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"Common Times" Weekly Newsletter 9/26-9/30

Upcoming Events

Greetings Wildcat Band Families,

HAC has grades updated for any assignment turned in up to Friday, September 23rd.

I want to congratulate our incredible musician-athletes on another successful week! Volleyball won both games this week, 8th Grade Football won against Fulbright and Cross Country (XC) placed 2nd and boys Cross Country placed 4th on Wednesday with MANY PR's. Way to go!!!

Yesterday, the Bentonville High School Pride Marching Band participated in the Owasso Invitational Marching Contest earning Outstanding General Effect, Outstanding Visual, and Outstanding Music finishing 1st for class 4A in prelims!! Then, we finished 2nd over all in finals!! Way to go PRIDE!!!!

Monday we will have our Mums delivered and ready for pickup by 2:30 pm. If you arrive before 3:45, please check in through the front office. If you arrive after 3:45 you can pull around to the band room door by the picnic tables to load up. Thank you to everyone who supported a student as we sold everything we had (170 mums)!! This goes a LONG way to helping students pay for spring trips and band fees.

Our band shirts and apparel, and Domino's Cards are scheduled to come in this week so be on the lookout for that.

Wednesday, October 12th is the Jazz Band and 8th Grade Bands' Fall Concert. It begins at 6:30. Students are welcome to stay after school and we will order pizza. They should bring $3 if they want pizza and a bottle of water. Attire for the concert is Band T-shirt and nice jeans/pants. Students not staying after school should arrive no later than 5:45pm.

Friday, October 14th, we will combine with the Lincoln 8th Grade band to play in place of Bentonville Pride sense they will be in St. Louis for the Bands of America Super Regional Competition. If you are in town, please be on the lookout for a possible special volunteer performance opportunity on Sunday, October 16th.

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)

    • 8:00am - W6 all-region Week 5 assignment due for 8th grade Clarinets

    • 8:00am - Band Room open for students to help setup/practice

    • Advisory

    • 2:30-5:30 - Mums available for pickup.

    • 3:45-4:30 - Clarinet All-Region Sectional

    • 5:30 - Band Room Closes

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

    • 8:00am - W6 All-Region Week 5 Assignment Due for Trombones, and Euphoniums

    • 8:15-8:30 - Drop off instruments in band room

    • Priority time - Trombone Sectional with Mr. Pierce

    • 3:45-4:30 - Euphonium Sectional

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

    • 8:00am - W6 All-Region Week 5 Assignment Due for Flutes, Saxophones and Tubas

    • 8:00am - Band Room open for students to help setup/practice

    • 3:45-4:30 - Saxophone and Tuba All-Region Sectional (required for 8th graders)

    • 4:45pm - Band Room Closes

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

    • 8:00am - W6 All-Region Week 5 Assignment Due for Oboe and Percussion

    • 8:15-8:30 - Drop off instruments in band room

    • 4:00pm - Band Room Closes

  • Friday (A Day - Classes 1-4 and Engagement Friday)

    • 8:00am - W6 All-Region Week 5 Assignment Due for Trumpets and French Horns

    • 8:15-8:30 - Drop off instruments in band room

    • 3:45-4:30 - Trumpet and French Horn All-Region Sectional (required for 8th graders)

    • 4:45pm - Band Room Closes


Orders will be available for pick up by 2:30pm. The Band room will stay open until 5:30.


Below is the schedule for required sectionals for 8th grade band for the year that continues THIS WEEK. 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 $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


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

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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