Wester Band How-To Videos

 

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How to use Remind

How to use CHARMS

How to use the CHARMS app

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Wester MS Summer Band Camp Reminder

We hope you’re all enjoying your summer!!
See below for some August Reminders:
  • August 10- 14 (9am-noon):  Band Camp at Wester MS.  This is required for incoming 7/8th graders.  We will use this time to prepare for our Cat Camp performance on Aug. 14.
  • August 13th (4:00 – 6:00 pm – come and go):  Band Registration.  This is for ALL band students/parents.  Please bring your band student and check book.
  • August 14th (time TBA):  Cat Camp! Incoming 6th graders will attend Cat Camp and incoming 7/8th graders will perform in the pep rally.  PIZZA PARTY FOR ALL BAND STUDENTS AFTERWARDS! (TIME TBA)
Returning band members:  if you have not practiced much, pull out your instrument and begin playing again.  You can practice anything you want, as long as you are playing your instrument.  Click here if you need music.

 

Enjoy the rest of your break!!

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Wester Band Awards and Honors

Congrats to ALL members of the Wester Band!! We attended many contests and festivals this semester.  The results are below:

Monday, March 2:  The Concert 2 Band attended UIL and received a I (Superior rating).

Wednesday, March 25:  The Symphonic Band attended UIL and received a I (Superior rating).

Saturday, April 11:  The Symphonic Band attended the Peak Music Festival at the Allen Performing Arts Center.  They received a First Division (Superior) Rating, Best in Class and Best Middle School Band of the day.

Tuesday, April 28th:  The Beginner Band attended the Sandy Lake Music Festival and received a First Division (Superior) rating.

Tuesday, April 28th:  The Concert 1 Band attended the Sandy Lake Music Festival and received a First Division (Superior) rating.

Friday, May 1st:  The Concert 2 Band attended the Peak Music Festival at Liberty High School and received a Second Division (Excellent) rating.

Wednesday, May 6th:  The Symphony Orchestra (Symphonic Band and Orchestra, combined) attended the Peak Music Festival at The Eisemann Center.  They received a First Division (Superior) rating, Best in Class and Best Symphony Orchestra of the day.

Congrats to these students and all their hard work!  It’s been a great year!!

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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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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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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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How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain

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