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"Common Times" Weekly Newsletter 9/13-9/17

Greetings Wildcat Band Family!

How bout them HOGS!!!!

It's been another tremendous week of musical and personal growth. Let's stay on track, keep working hard, and practice regularly to continue our musical journey!

Grades are up to date in HAC as of Saturday so feel free to check how your student is doing. If there is a missing grade it is because I do not have any from your student.

BPS Grading symbols:

X = excused. Neither hurts nor helps a student's grade. It's as if it was never assigned to them.

N = nothing turned in and calculated as a zero. The assignment can still be turned in for full credit.

Z= something was turned in but it was incomplete and is calculated as a zero. The assignment can still be turned in for full credit.

0 = assignment not completed and it can NOT be turned in for credit.

In band, students are welcome to redo ANY assignment for a higher grade within a 9-weeks grading period.


Just a reminder that instruments go home every single day and that it's vital for student progress to practice no less than 15 minutes per day, 5 days a week. Please help your band student find time at home to practice and beef up their musical muscles! Students are welcome to practice in the band room before school on A days as early as 7:30am (just come knock on the back band room door) and can stay any day there is a scheduled after sectional until 4:30 to practice in a practice room.

If your student is "bored" with what we are currently doing in class and wants more of a challenge, reach out to me and I will get them some more challenging material to work on.

If your student is struggling with what we are doing in class, please reach out as I have many resources available to assist students at all levels.


Many thanks to all those who volunteered this week in the concession stands at Tiger Stadium!!! We could NOT do it without you. I've heard from several of our volunteers how much fun and how easy it was! So, if you have some time this week, please consider signing up for a junior high game or the high school game. The concession stand is the single largest fundraiser for the Bentonville Bands. Funds from this help to offer band feeds, purchase new instruments, provide financial assistance to band families and scholarships for students to attend summer band and music camps. It takes a village!


HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to our first ever Dine Out Night at Slim Chickens! We were able to earn $65 from this event to put towards a purchase of a bass guitar for the jazz band program. Stay tuned for other dine out night opportunities to help us in our endeavor.


The WJHS Pep Band will perform at 6:33pm THIS Tuesday at Arvest Ballpark prior to the Natural's Game. Pizza will be served to students after school and transportation provided to and from the event.

Attire is white band t-shirt and nice shorts/pants. NO ATHLETIC TYPE SHORTS/PANTS.

Naturals Game Letter 2021
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Students should bring $10-15 if they wish to purchase refreshments while at the ballpark. Parents are welcome to pick up their student post performance from the ballpark but must check them out with Mr. Jones or our chaperone Mrs. Streck prior to leaving. Please note that the ballpark has a clear bag policy when entering the park.


The Jazz Band's Mums fundraiser ends this week. Delivery will be on 9/21. Please help support our jazz band by ordering a beautiful mum from Westwood Gardens.

Mums are $15 each. Quantities still. available:

Red: 36

Orange: 40

Yellow: 12

White: 22

Orders are first come first reserved. Westwood Gardens is all sold out so we cannot go over these quantities.

Mums Order Form
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We kicked off the full band Annie Dee's candles fundraiser this past week and sent ordering packets home with students. These are wonderful soy wax candles with a mesmerizing scent. They are $16 each and for each candle a student sells $6 will go towards their band related expenses. Anything over will be reserved in their Charms Account to be used for future band related expenses such as trips in the spring, supplies they may need and will roll over for band expenses next year. Orders are due September 21nd and will be delivered early October once I return from Paternity Leave.


All-Region Sectionals

Continue this week.

No clarinet sectional due to Naturals Game

Saxophones will meet during priority on Tuesday.

Euphoniums will meet during priority on Thursday.

Trombones will be IN person Wednesday 3:45-4:30.

Sectionals WILL continue with our awesome sub Mrs. Quitschau (14 years of successful band directing experience). while I am out on Paternity Leave scheduled to begin on September 23rd.


Our fall apparel store has closed!

Orders will begin to be processed by Eluminious Graphics this week and it could take up to 12 business days for us to receive the products.


Bentonville Pride Marching Band Report

We will periodically provide updates and info on what's going on for the Bentonville Pride Marching Band so you can be aware of some of the performances, events and volunteer opportunities that our Wildcat Band Family can plug into and take part in even now. Our students and families have a special opportunity to be a part of the nationally recognized, state champion Bentonville Pride Marching Band!

  • The Bentonville Pride Marching Band recently wrapped up their successful 3+ weeks of Pride Summer Camp. They are preparing for a full season of competitions that will take them to Tulsa, Little Rock, St. Louis and Indianapolis this Fall!

  • At halftime of each home Bentonville Tigers Football game this season, you can see the band performing more and more of their 2021 show, Opus 48.

  • One major fundraising event for the Bentonville Pride Marching Band is the Bentonville Marching Invitational. It takes place on Saturday, October 2nd, and features judged performances from over a dozen high school bands across the region, right here at Tiger Stadium. Tickets are available at and if you or your company would like to be a sponsor of this annual event, find the Sponsor/Donate section of the website.

  • Are you interested in volunteering to earn donations for your student's band account this year that can even roll forward to future years to pay for high school band fees? Both Bentonville Bands have a unique opportunity to work concessions shifts at Walmart AMP concerts to earn donations directly for your student's band account. No training or experience is needed, and it can be a fun, enjoyable experience while enjoying the great lineup of acts visiting the AMP this season. And you can start now! Visit for more information and to sign-up for the program!

-Kevin Miller, WJHS and BHS Band Parent


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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