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"Common Times" Weekly Newsletter 5/9-5/13

Upcoming Events

Happy Mother's Day Wildcat Band Family,

We want to wish all the moms, grandmoms, adopted moms a WONDERFUL Mother's Day! Students, be sure to make the day extra special by listening the first time, cleaning something and pampering your mom. She deserves it!

We had a GREAT time at Silver Dollar City on Saturday and the Jazz Band did an amazing job earning an 83.5 at our first ever adjudicated festival. Way to go JazzCats!

  • There are NO after school activities this week for 8th grade band members.

  • 7th Grade Band has rehearsal Thursday after school until 5:30.

  • 8th Grade Band will travel to Worlds of Fun on Friday to participate in the Music in the Parks concert band festival.

    • Concert black will be needed. Bring in a bag with your name on it as we will store concert attire under the bus.

    • Food and drinks are welcome. BUT, drinks mut have a screw on lid so when it is dropped it won't make a mess.

    • The bus will depart at 5:30am so plan to be early. Band room will open at 4:45. We can't wait for late arrivals.

    • Set out everything you'll need Thursday night, concert black, WJHS WHITE Band Shirt (MUST WEAR THIS), comfortable shorts, blanket/pillow for the bus, INSTRUMENT AND MUSIC.

  1. Worlds of Fun is a CASHLESS PARK. Students should bring money on a debit type card or can put cash on a free debit card that can be used anywhere not just the park upon arrival: More information here.

We have been lucky to have such an incredibly student teacher with us this quarter, Ms. Bailey Tadda! She is quick to jump in to do whatever is needed, is an excellent educator and has a kind personality. Ms. Tadda accepted an assistant high school band director position in Kansas this past week! Congratulations!!! At that concert we would love to provide her with a token of our appreciation. If you can send a dollar or two to go towards this gift that will be presented to her at the concert, we can get her something awesome! Just send it in in an envelope marked Tadda. :) Thank you to those who have already sent something in.

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

7th Grade Band Rehearses THURSDAY, May 12th until 5:30

8th Grade Band Rehearses Tuesday-Thursday May 10th-12th during Priority

Tuesday, May 17th - Spring Band Concert @BHS

Tuesday, May 24th - Spring Jazz Band Concert @WJHS

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


Sam Streck - Kiwanis Youth Excellence Award

Nicholas Graziani - Proclamation Youth Choir concert soloist and BHS Principal Trombone in Symphonic Winds

Hudson Cowart - Outstanding Soloist Music in the Parks and BHS Wind Ensemble

Kelsey Fisher - Principal Clarinet Symphonic Band

Bryce Allred- Principal Euphonium in Symphonic Winds

Logan Maddry - Principal Euphonium in Symphonic Band

Lucy Ogden - Principal Flute in Concert Band

Baylee Mohrhauser - Principal Clarinet in Concert Band

Caden Price* - Principal Trombone Symphonic Band

Abby Jaramillio* - Principal Clarinet in Symphonic Winds

Inesh Kaul* - Principal Percussion in Symphonic Winds

Jason Langham - Principal French Horn in Symphonic Winds

Mallory Willard* - Oboe Wind Ensemble and Pride Marching Band Drum Major

Nathan Arivett* - Principal Trombone in Wind Ensemble

Nick Plumlee* - Principal Saxophone in Wind Ensemble

Jack Lockhart* - Principal Trumpet in Wind Ensemble and Trumpet Music Section Leader

Connor Cowart* - Principal French Horn in Wind Ensemble

Brett Miller* - Principal Percussion in Wind Ensemble

Pablo Fajardo* - Principal Tuba in Wind Ensemble and Tuba Music Section Leader Pride Marching Band

Carson Clark* - Principal Clarinet in Wind Ensemble and Clarinet Music Section Leader Pride Marching Band

Brad Allred* - Brass Captain Pride Marching Band

Jack Ring* - Co-Section Leader Trumpet Pride Marching Band

Austin Rushing* - Horn Section Leader Pride Marching Band

Easton Lyle* - Saxophone Section Leader Pride Marching Band

Alaina Beckett* - Pride Marching Band Librarian

Noah Letson* - Loading Crew Captain

Alexa Roldan* - Loading Crew

Skye Brown* - Loading Crew

Emma Holmes* - Uniforms

Ben Mattingly* - Pride Marching Band Drum Major

Norah Rustad* - Pride Marching Band Drum Major

*WJHS Band Alumni


Homework Assignments this Week

Assignments this week will be short spot checks based on areas that need improvement in the concert music and all due by Friday.

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 3:00pm Friday, April 29th.


Summer Band Camps

Summer Band Camps are a great way to keep your student involved in music making, have fun, grow on their instrument while in a safe and controlled environment for a week and get them out of the house :) . There are several AMAZING camps back in action this summer and more information on each can be found below:

University of Arkansas July 10th-15th (Mr. Jones works at this camp)

Most camps have a discount if you register early


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

August 5th: We have been asked to kick off the Wildcat Welcome. More Details to Come


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.


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


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,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

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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