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"Common Times" Weekly Newsletter 4/18-4/22



Upcoming Events

Happy Easter Wildcat Band Family,


I'm incredibly impressed with how much the 7th grade, 8th grade and Jazz Band have accomplished in such a short time this concert cycle!


The fundraiser items are scheduled to be available for pickup on Thursday, April 28th. You can begin picking them up as early as 1:30p and as late as 4:30p. Since nothing has to be refrigerated items can be picked up on Friday as well.


I know that this quarter is typically the busiest for students and families and keep that in mind when making assignments. Goals of assignments:

  1. Assess where every student is each week to help them be highly successful in the most efficient manner possible.

  2. Accountability

Assignments are short and to the point so the above goals can be accomplished. Hence the reason we are not doing practice records this quarter.


High School Band placement audition music is going terrific! The band is able to play all the way through exercise A and students are making great headway on Exercise B. Please remember that Exercise C only need to be played if a student wishes to be considered for placement in Wind Ensemble (band #1) or Symphonic Winds (band #2).


Please remember that the next marching band clinic for current 8th graders who will be in the BHS Band is this Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-6:00pm at BHS. Students should wear a white shirt, athletic type shorts, athletic type shoes and bring a water bottle for the marching band clinic. They will meet in the BHS Band Room.


8th Grade Band Sectionals have concluded for the 2021-2022 school year. I greatly appreciate everyone's help in getting students to the sectionals. They are vital for student growth and an important transition from individual instrument classes to full band.


Jazz Band will meet in the band room this Saturday at 9:30am in concert black. We perform at the Fayetteville Public Library 12:00-12:45. Buses will return to WJHS around 3:30pm. Students are welcome to bring money for the food truck. Parents are welcome to check out your student after the performance if you plan to attend.


If you were unable to send in ticket orders for the Natural's Game last week, we are still able to take those orders through Monday afternoon. Here is the Itinerary for the trip.


The 7th Grade Silver Dollar City trip is May 7th Itinerary


The 8th grade band will attend the Festival of Music at Worlds of Fun on Friday, May 13th. Cost is $40 per student plus money for lunch, dinner and any snacks they may need in the park. Please remember that this is required of 8th grade band students since we will be competing at the music festival. Itinerary




The Jazz Band will NOT be participating in the Bentonville West Jazz Festival scheduled for Saturday, April 30th. We look forward to being able to do so in the future.


To review a complete copy of our calendar until the end of the year, you can find it here.

 

Homework Assignments this Week

There will NOT be new assignments this week. With a weeks of ACT Aspire Testing this will be a catch up and make-up assignment week. All assignments should be video recorded with an audible metronome and turned in to Google Classroom for full credit. (Tutorial on how to record video on a Chromebook)


All assignment turned in by Saturday night have been graded, returned and HAC updated. If a grade shows an "N" it is because your student hasn't turned it in yet.


All grades are updated in HAC as of 6:00pm Saturday, April 16th.

 
 

7th Grade Band Family

The first week of August, the 8th grade band (currently 7th graders) will have 1 sectional and 1 full band rehearsal to knock off the summer rust, start preparing for the school year, and learn all of the pep music we will perform at pep rallies, Natural's Game, and other public performances the first quarter. Like last year 7th graders (current 6th graders) are welcome to attend!


I have spoken with all the coaches at WJHS and have crafted a schedule that does not overlap with any other activity that week and gives students some time between activities for those who are involved in multiple ones that practice this week.


These sectionals and rehearsals are essential as we will not learn this music once school starts. We will clean it up but not learn any of it from scratch. So please, put these dates on your calendar so your band student can be there.


August 1st 12:00p-3:30p: Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba Sectional.

August 2nd 12:00p-3:30p: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Trumpet Sectional.

August 3rd 12:00p-3:30p: Percussion Sectional

August 4th 12:00p-3:30p: Full Band Rehearsal

 

We are using a program called "Band" app to communicate important reminders and updates. T


his is similar to Remind 101 but better suited for groups such as band. This also allows us to share photos and videos that we may not want public on our social media channels. Lastly, it is a one stop location for access to our calendar and other resources.

Grading Reminders (Click to expand)

 

It is important to review our calendar dates for the spring. The most updated calendar can be found linked here.

 

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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 $1000 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 were not in class the last year and a half due to covid.

  • 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

 

Support the WJHS Band AND make your life easier! It's a win-win for everyone. Fundshine is an online service that allows you to purchase paper and plastic goods that will shipped directly to your home. Spot checking prices come in a little cheaper than from local stores plus a portion of sales comes back to the band twice a year. Even better, you can sign up to have recurring shipments so you get set it up and forget about it. Also, family and friends can use this service anywhere in the US! :)


Check it out by going to www.fundshine.org,support the band and make sure your pantry is always stocked!

 

To stay in the know be sure to follow us on your social media platform of choice: Facebook, Instagram or Twitter - @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.


Have a band-tastic week everyone!


Musically Yours,