It’s Festival Season!!

April and May is Festival Season in Band World!  Below you can find itineraries and permission forms for all the festivals we are attending this spring.  Please email Mr. Smith or Mrs. Black if you have any questions.

Beginner Band – Sandy Lake Music Festival, Tuesday April 28th

In order to attend the Sandy Lake trip, all beginner band students are REQUIRED to attend beginner band rehearsals on Wednesday April 22nd from 4-5pm and Thursday April 23rd from 4-5pm.

Sandy Lake Itinerary Beginners 2015

Form – Permission Field Trip Release Form – BB Sandy Lake


Concert 1 – Sandy Lake Music Festival, Tuesday April 28th

Sandy Lake Itinerary Concert 1 Alternate Idea 2015

Form – Permission Field Trip Release Form – C1 Sandy Lake

 

Concert 2 – Peak Music Festival, Friday May 1st

Concert II Peak 2015

Form – Permission Field Trip Release Form – C2 Peak

 

Symphonic Band – Peak Music Festival, Saturday April 11th

Symphonic Peak 2015

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Awesome Free Resource

It has come to our attention recently that a terrific resource has been made available in PDF form for music students.

It is called the Arban Method for Trumpet. The exercises in the book can be played by any and all treble clef instruments despite the fact that it was written specifically for Trumpet players.

If your student would like to use this as a supplement to their regular practicing, then they can download the PDF’s and practice to their hearts content. The book is divided up into 5 different downloads and is over 300 pages long in total. We suggest that you just play it off of your device.

We are not using this for performance or a grade, but just offering up whatever tools we can find to help your students play their best.

http://arbanmethod.com/free-pdf-download-of-arban-method/

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Wester Band Youtube Channel

Click here to check out the Wester Band YouTube Channel.

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Concert 2 UIL Performance

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Lottery Results

Wester Beginning Band Lottery Results

Oboe
Megyn Jernigan
Alagan Pinto
George Soliz

Bassoon
David Ni

Saxophone
Xavier Ayala
Kayla Buckley
Trevon Collins
Austin Hodge
Connor Kelly
Tucker Kirby
Sam Russell
Simon Song

Percussion
Devin Cybulski
Cameron Delay
Jackson Helm
Dante Henriquez
Alexis Knieriemen
Maria Pelayo
Madison Romberger
Cosmo Scattini
Jackson White
Dorian Wilson

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Hey 5th Graders!!

It’s that time of the year – time to start thinking about what band instrument you’d like to play next year!! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Smith (smithb@friscoisd.org) or Mrs. Black (blackmj@friscoisd.org). You can click on the 5th grade tab above for more information.

If you missed our Instrument Carnival nights on February 5th and 9th, it’s not too late!!! Contact a band director and we will set up an appointment for you to come try an instrument!

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Wester Band Named Commended Winner in National Competition

Congrats to the 2013-2014 Wester Symphonic Band for being recognized in the Mark of Excellence, National Wind Band Honors Contest!!  In June, we submitted a recording of Symphonic Band and were selected as a Commended Winner in the competition.  Sarah Song, who is currently a Freshman at Centennial High School, earned an Outstanding Soloist Award for her clarinet performance.  More than 224 groups from 35 different states entered the competition, with the best receiving an award.  Huge congrats to Frisco High School, Stafford Middle School and Maus Middle School, who were also recognized in this contest.

You can see the full article on the FISD website here.

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Band Parent Meeting

Last night, we had our band parent meeting.  If you were unable to attend or would like to view the materials, they are below:

The Parent’s Role in their Musician’s Homework

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All-Region Sectionals

Sectionals begin next week for all students in Symphonic Band, Concert 2 and Concert 1.  Sectionals are required.  Sectionals will occur every week unless notified.

Symphonic Band students will attend the “All Region” sectional for their instrument.

Concert 2 students will choose to either attend an “All Region” sectional or a “Non-Varsity” sectional.

Concert 1 students will attend a “Non-Varsity” sectional.

Below is the sectional schedule:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM Non-Varsity Woodwind / Percussion  (7:30-8:15) All Region Percussion (7:15-8:15)
PM Non-Varsity Brass (3:45-4:30) All Region Oboe / Clarinet (3:45-4:45) All Region Saxes (All) / Low Brass (3:45-4:45) All Region Flutes / Trumpets (3:45-4:45) All Region Horns (3:45-4:45)
All Region Low Reeds (3:45-4:45)
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Band Registration

EDIT:  If you were unable to make it to Band Registration on August 14th, you will be able to register at the Band Parent Meeting on September 4th from 6-6:30pm.

Make plans to be at Band Registration on Thursday, August 14th from 4-6pm in the Wester Band Hall.  This is your opportunity to pay for band fees and supplies – so make sure you bring your checkbook.  Registration is come and go – you do not need to be here for the entire event.

Contact Mr. Smith or Mrs. Black with any questions.

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