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!!

The INSTRUMENT CARNIVAL (where you try ALL the instruments) is on Thursday, February 4th and Tuesday, February 8th.  You only need to come to ONE of the tryouts.  Even if you’re not sure you want to be in band, come anyway…it will be FUN!!

To sign up for Thursday, February 4th, click here.

To sign up for Monday, February 8th, click here.

For more information about beginning band, instruments and the screening process, click here.

We are so excited to meet you and can’t wait for you to be in our program next year!!


If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Smith (smithb@friscoisd.org) or Mrs. Black (blackmj@friscoisd.org).

 

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Concert Band Sectional Schedule

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM (7:15-8:15) Flute, Oboe Clarinet Make up Day (**you may ONLY attend this sectional with prior permission from Mrs. Black!!!!!)
PM (3:45-4:45) Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Bassoon Trumpet Percussion French Horn Alto Sax, Bari Sax
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Symphonic Band Sectional Schedule

Begins the week after Thanksgiving Break.

Winter Symphonic Band Sectional Schedule – Afternoon Sectionals

Monday – Low Brass/Woods

Tuesday – Alto/ Horn

Thursday – Trumpet

Friday – Flute/Oboe/Clarinet

 

Sectionals run from 3:45 – 4:45

 

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All Region Band Audition Results

We are incredibly proud of ALL our students who attended the All-Region auditions Thursday evening and Saturday.  You are awesome!!

Congratulations goes out to the following students for making a region band.  See the band directors on Monday for specific chairs and rankings.

Flute Lisa Kan Wind Symphony
Flute Reagan Rasmussen Honors Band
Clarinet Hannah Ames Wind Symphony
Clarinet Daniel Hahn Wind Symphony
Clarinet Colin McBride Wind Symphony
Clarinet Lefan Zhang Honors Band
Clarinet Elizabeth Dock Concert Band
Bassoon Joseph Cui Honors Band
Alto Saxophone Simon Song Concert Band
Tenor Saxophone Brian Vasquez Concert Band
Trumpet Jacque Parker Wind Symphony
Trumpet Frank Lu Honors Band
Trumpet Alexis Ludeman Symphonic Band
Trumpet Jordan Le Symphonic Band
Trombone Josh Ni Wind Symphony
Trombone Ryan McGhee Symphonic Band
Euphonium Aidan Marshall Symphonic Band
Percussion Nikka Evidente Concert Band
Percussion Ethan Oliver Concert Band

 

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Band Parent Meeting Information

If you were not able to attend the band parent meeting last night, you can find the information on the following presentation:

 

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Fall 2015 Sectional Schedule

Sectionals are graded and required.  All students in Concert Band and Symphonic Band will attend their assigned sectional.  (Beginners do not have sectionals)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Before School (7:15-8:15) Symphonic Band Percussion Concert Band Flutes Oboes Symphonic Band Flutes
After School (3:45-4:45) Clarinets French Horns Concert Band Percussion Bassoons, Bass Clarinet, Trombones, Euphoniums, Tubas Trumpets, Saxophones

 

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Band Handbook and Medical Release/Photo Release Form

Please View the UPDATED (as of 8/22) Band Handbook

Band Handbook 2015-16

Please print, fill out and turn in the following forms to Mrs. Black:

Handbook Acknowledgement Form

Medical and Photo Release 2015-2016

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Locker Info

All locker numbers and combos can be found in CHARMS.  Watch the tutorial below:

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Wester Band How-To Videos

 

See our other How-To Videos:

How to use Remind

How to use CHARMS

How to use the CHARMS app

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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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