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"Common Times" Weekly Newsletter 8/15-8/19

Upcoming Events

Greetings Wildcat Band Family,

We are excited to see you this week to kick of THE BEST year of school yet! We are going to work hard, get better at our instruments, work on becoming the best versions of ourselves and have fun along the way. Help your student be ready for the first day by making sure they find and fully charge their chromebook. Most classes, including band, will need them.

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)

    • First A Day of School (Classes 1-4 and Advisory)

    • NO INSTRUMENTS except for Jazz Band and 8th Grade Band/Pep Band

    • 7:30am - 8th Grade Band/Pep Band meet wearing WJHS shirt received 2 weeks ago and comfy pants/shorts

    • 7th Grade Flutes and Saxophones have 1st Lunch. Eat right after 2nd period.

    • 4:00pm - Band Room Closes

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

    • First B Day of School

    • NO INSTRUMENTS except 8th Grade Band

    • 8th Grade Band will have 1st lunch and needs instruments for class

    • 4:00pm - Band Room Closes

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

    • All classes need instruments

    • Drop off in band room between 7:50am and 8:30am

    • 4:00pm - Band Room Closes

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

    • All classes need instruments

      • 7th Grade percussion needs full kit but can leave bells section at home)

    • Drop off in band room between 8:15am and 8:30am

    • 4:00pm - Band Room Closes

  • Friday (B Day - Classes 5-8 and Advisory)

    • All classes need instruments

    • Drop off in band room between 8:15am and 8:30am

    • 4:00pm - Band Room Closes

There will be no assignments this week. First assignments will be assigned the week of August 22nd and due the week of August 29th.


Below is the schedule for required sectionals for 8th grade band for the year that begins the week of August 22nd. 7th graders are welcome to attend sectionals first semester if they want to be challenged to learn the all-region honor band audition music. Auditions occur in December and are required for all 8th Grade Band Students and 7th Grade Percussion.


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 $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 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


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 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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