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"Common Times" Weekly Newsletter 11/7-11/11

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Concert Opportunities

  • Nov. 18th - Old High Middle School Band Concert, 6:30pm @BHS

  • Dec. 7th - FJHS Band Concert, 6:30pm @BHS

  • Dec. 8th - BHS Winter Band Concerts 7:00p @BHS

  • Dec. 16th - LJHS Winter Concerts, 6:30p @BWest

Greetings Wildcat Band Families,

Congratulations to our WJHS Dance Team on completing an award winning season this past Saturday at Bentonville West! Also, congratulations to our 7th and 8th Grade Football teams on an incredible season!! Proud of you all!

As we move into November, I have updated the "Upcoming Dates" above to reflect all events from now until Winter Break. I have also added a "Concert Opportunities" drop down that lists band concerts throughout the district that you all may enjoy attending. There is a good deal going on, so please check these dates on your calendars.

We do have 3 early meet times that we need everyone to be aware.

This Wednesday, November 9th - Meeting in the Band Room @6:30a to prep for the Choose Love Pep Rallies. Attire - Grey Band Shirt and jeans/nice pants (long sleeves can be worn under the t-shirt)

Dec. 7th and Dec. 14th - 7:45am - Loading buses to perform at Old High and Barker for their 5th grade students to demonstrate what band is as they make their decisions for 6th grade. Grey Band Shirt and jeans/nice pants

November 9th is the Choose Love event for Bentonville Schools. We will be doing 2 pep rallies prior to the start of the school day. The first is for Apple Glen 7:30-8:00 and then for WJHS 8:10-8:30. 8th grade band and pep band students need to arrive at school by 6:30am to warm-up and suit up to go over to Apple Glen. We will wear our band shirt or a WJHS shirt. If cold that morning, students are welcome to wear layers to keep warm. Students should begin working with friends to carpool if necessary to ensure they are there on time. Students who have Geometry at BHS are excused from this performance.

Please take a few moment to review the information below so you are fully prepared for the week ahead.

This week:

  • Monday - A Day (Classes 1-4 and Advisory)

    • 8:15-8:30 - Drop off instruments in band room

    • 3:45-8:00 - All-Region Jazz Band Auditions


  • Tuesday - (B Day - Classes 5-8 and Priority)

    • 8:15-8:30 - Drop off instruments in band room

    • Priority Time - Trombone Sectional

    • 3:45-4:30 - Euphonium Sectional

  • Wednesday - A Day (Classes 1-4 and Priority)

    • Choose Love Pep Rallies

      • 6:00a - Band Room Opens

      • 6:30a - Rehearsal

      • 6:50 - Walk to Apple Glen

      • 7-7:30 - Perform

      • 7:30-7:50 - Donuts

      • 7:50 - Walk to WJHS

      • 8-8:30 - Perform

    • Priority Time - Flute Sectionals

    • 3:45-4:30 - Saxophone and Tuba Sectionals

  • Thursday (B Day - Classes 5-8 and Priority)

    • 8:15-8:30 - Drop off instruments in band room

    • 4:00pm - Band Room Closes

  • Friday (B Day - Classes 5-8 and Engagement Friday -Wind Ensemble/Advanced Band )

    • 8:15-8:30 - Drop off instruments in band room

    • 3:45p-4:30 - Trumpet and French Horn Sectionals


It's time to begin looking for concert black for upcoming performances. All Band students need to secure their concert black no later than Dec. 1st. Looking early is key to finding the appropriate attire. Sweat pants, sweat shirts, athletic wear, etc... are not acceptable forms of concert black.

PLEASE, please reach out by Nov. 17th if you need help acquiring the appropriate attire. We have funds set aside for families in need.


Please be sure to look at the change of sectionals beginning in January. This is to help facilitate a change in student schedules in the spring semester as well as a new focus on larger group. This was created based on student and parent feedback in the spring and summer of 2022.


You can find a complete copy of this year's calendar of events here.


PRIVATE LESSONS ARE AWESOME! They are designed to be fun, engaging, supportive and focused on the individual student.

We have an awesome partnership with Arkansas Music Conservatory where your student can take a lesson or two on US to see what private lessons can do for your band student! We have set aside $1150 for lessons this year. We can also help pay for additional lessons and offset the cost of lessons for families who need financial assistance in this area.

Who should take private lessons:

  • Advanced students who need to be pushed and challenged

  • Students who need some 1-on-1 assistance to learn and master concepts covered in class

  • Students who missed substantial class time due to illness

  • Students who just began playing this year

  • Students who want to get better


To sign up for a free lesson:

  • Contact Mr. Jones so he can track who is taking the exploratory lessons

  • Contact Arkansas Music Conservatory to setup a lesson 479-268-3307 (call) or 479-430-2226 (text)


To stay in the know be sure to follow us on your social media platform of choice: Facebook or Instagram - @wjhswildcatband and/or at

If you have any questions or concerns, please never hesitate to reach out. We are partners in your student's growth and need to work together for them to be as successful as possible.

Have a band-tastic week everyone!

Musically Yours,

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