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"Common Times" Weekly Newsletter 12/19-12/21



Upcoming Events

Upcoming Concert Opportunities


Happy Holidays Wildcat Band Family,


This past week was so much more relaxed than the previous one. We performed at Old High on Wednesday and the students did incredible! The facilities made it a challenge since we aren't able to have all 3 groups setup at one time and our Wildcat Band Members did a great job of making it happen in such a tight space. HUGE thank you to all the parents and family members that worked together to get students to school early for these performances. We couldn't do it without you. YOU MATTER!!!!


Reminder that Mr. Jones will not be at school this week as I will be attending the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic with the other junior high and BHS band directors. Mr. Aguilar will be our sub. :)


The Merchants of Bentonville held a "Santa at the Depot" event on Sunday and two of our amazing saxophone students provided some holiday cheer. Bravo to Braeden S. and Kenna H!!!!


During the holiday season, many families like to get cute music related gifts for their student. I have a stocking stuffer+ list of ideas from fun things to items that will help your student out. Here is that list for you.


Sectionals will resume with the new schedule the week of January 9th for 8th grade band members only. These will last until about February where we change over to a once a week full band rehearsal. There is a possibility the sectionals will move to during the school day and not after school. It hinges on the availability of spaces we need during class and priority time to make this happen.

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


This week: No Sectionals until January. Band Room will close each day at 4

  • Monday - A Day (Classes 1-4)

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

  • 8th Grade Band and 7th Grade Trumpets/ French Horns will NOT bring instruments on this day.

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

  • Last day of the fall semester

  • Classes will all play. Students should bring instruments.

  • December 22nd-January 4th - NO SCHOOL

 

Current 7th Grade Band Members

Current 8th Grade Band Members

Times will be determined once speaking with XC, Cheer, Dance, Volleyball and Football Coaches so that there aren't any conflicts. Typically, these are 12:30-3:30. For those planning to attend Camp War Eagle, please plan to do one of the early sessions. These dates could be moved back to August 7th-11th depending on when school begins.

July 17th - Expected Beginning of Daily Summer Pride Band Rehearsals (only for those who are in the BHS Pride Marching Band or Color Guard. (Could change depending on start of school dates yet to be released.)

​July 31st - Low Brass and Low Reeds Sectional (Bass Clarinets, Saxophone, French Horns, Trombones, Euphoniums and Tubas)

August 1st - High Woodwinds and High Brass Sectional (Flutes, Clarinets and Trumpets)

August 2nd - Percussion Sectional

August 3rd - Full Band Rehearsal

August 4th - Full Band Rehearsal


 

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

  • EVERYONE

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 www.wjhswildcatband.com


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.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Musically Yours,







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