HS Band to Travel to Cedar Point

Posted by admin on Apr 17, 2014 - 09:49 AM  •  Filed under: fun
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The High School Band will be traveling to Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH on June 9, 2014. The cost to each student will be $35. Signup and payment information will become available at a later time. Some parents will also be able to join us.


This low cost is the result of past fundraising done by the Band Parents Council with activities such as the Bowlathon! Please help support this and future activities by getting your pledges for the current Bowlathon! Pledges are due and lane sign sign up is next week (April 21 - 24).


Yard Signs!

Posted by admin on Aug 30, 2012 - 05:07 AM  •  Filed under: fun
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You can order your very own yard sign to show your true Western Bands Spirit! Download the order form and return it to the main office before September 7, 2012 and you too can be a cool kid (or parent)! Cost is $25 (make checks payable to Western High School - this benefits the touchdown club).

Glow Bowling & Chinese Gift exchange

Posted by lil*fegan on Dec 09, 2009 - 10:59 AM  •  Filed under: fun

On Friday, December 18 I have planned a glow bowling/ chinese gift exhange get together at Monitor Lanes in Bay City at 5:30 p.m. Come out to have a great time with friends and if you would like to participate in the chinese gift exchange just bring a small wrapped gift that could be for a boy or girl. Bring at least $10. For 2 games of bowling and shoes it will be $7.50

If you have any questions feel free to email me at mandie090192@yahoo.com or text or call me at (989) 415-4594

Thanks,
Amanda Fegan
Band President

Band Camp Shirts

Posted by lil*fegan on Jul 26, 2009 - 12:59 PM  •  Filed under: fun

Band Camp shirts have arrived!!

 The Shirts will sell for $8.00 each. Exact change will be greatly appreciated. We will  be bringing them to band camp to sell. Buy one to show your love for band and to show that you survived band camp!

Finally! Photos! [UPDATED 10/21]

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 17, 2008 - 01:52 AM  •  Filed under: fun
I finally posted the photos from Senior Night and CMU Band Day. They are in our website's photo album - check em out. Don't forget that the fun comes from leaving your comments so get to work! Also - if any senior would like a higher resolution version of one or two photos, please email me and I will email you the picture back.



UPDATE 10/21: Just added today - photos taken by the Fegans.

YouTube Video of St. Pats 2008

Posted by Mr. H on Jun 28, 2008 - 12:42 PM  •  Filed under: fun
I found this by accident on YouTube...

UPDATE 6/29: Boots says it was from 2008, not 2007. Headline corrected.

Al Jarreau

Posted by Mr. H on May 06, 2008 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: fun
Al Jarreau is a vocalist that uses his voice more like an instrument. He's getting pretty old now, but in the late 70's and early 80's he was very popular. This video has some great solos as well - piano, drums... great all around! Enjoy!

Rafael Mendez part 2

Posted by Mr. H on May 01, 2008 - 03:00 PM  •  Filed under: fun
In the third installment of the Rafael Mendez special entitled "The Trumpet," Mendez discusses his amazing finger dexterity and breath control, and then to illustrate these concepts he plays Flight of the Bumble Bee (with a super close-up on his fingers) and an excerpt from The Mexican Hat Dance (played entirely in one breath).
In this fourth installment of the Mendez Trumpet series, Mendez plays the virtuoso violin piece Zigeunerweisen. Mendez is in top form, which is pretty amazing considering how much he's already played and how out of breath he is from playing the Flight of the Bumble Bee in one breath just moments before. This piece showcases Mendez's brilliant lyrical abilities as well as his unrivaled technique. This performance is truly the work of the Master.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 29, 2008 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: fun
Bohemian Rhapsody, sung by everyone else (everyone who shouldn't be singing it). Very funny.



Rafael Mendez - Trumpet Extraordinaire!

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 25, 2008 - 11:33 AM  •  Filed under: fun
Rafael Mendez performs Scherzo in D Minor in the first of a four part video called "The Trumpet".



In this second installment of the Rafael Mendez special entitled "The Trumpet," Mendez begins with discussing the origins of the trumpet and then plays an exceptional rendition of the third movement of the Haydn trumpet concerto.

The Way Music Should Be Performed!

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 23, 2008 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: fun
The Venezuelan National Orchestra is AMAZING! I watched a "60 Minutes" Story about it the other day. Makes me want to move there... except for the abject poverty... Anyway - CHECK THIS OUT!



Beat Box Mario Flute

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 19, 2008 - 06:58 AM  •  Filed under: fun
Here's a fun video:

Loop 2.4.3 to Perform

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 11, 2008 - 06:22 AM  •  Filed under: fun
The percussion group Loop 2.4.3 will perform in concert at Saginaw Valley University Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. Led by percussionists Thomas Kozumplik and Lorne Watson, they will perform nine compositions off of their debut album “Batterie.”



Lorne was a percussion instructor for Western High School about 10 years ago. I guarantee this will be an awesome concert and there are workshops you can attend too. Great stuff for EVERYONE - not just drummers (or even percussionists!). Consider going.



Loop 2.4.3 Website

Rafael Mendez Part 2

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 01, 2008 - 03:00 PM  •  Filed under: fun
In the third installment of the Rafael Mendez special entitled "The Trumpet," Mendez discusses his amazing finger dexterity and breath control, and then to illustrate these concepts he plays Flight of the Bumble Bee (with a super close-up on his fingers) and an excerpt from The Mexican Hat Dance (played entirely in one breath).






In this fourth installment of the Mendez Trumpet series, Mendez plays the virtuoso violin piece Zigeunerweisen. Mendez is in top form, which is pretty amazing considering how much he's already played and how out of breath he is from playing the Flight of the Bumble Bee in one breath just moments before. This piece showcases Mendez's brilliant lyrical abilities as well as his unrivaled technique. This performance is truly the work of the Master.




Noted Website: McCracken Middle School Band

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 01, 2008 - 01:16 PM  •  Filed under: fun
site: McCracken Middle School Band



This site is well designed and features a Middle School band in Skokie, Illinois. The band is apparently very good as they have been featured at many high profile events and the literature they select is music that is typically reserved for High Schools. There are links to many resources and information as well. Take a minute and check it out!

New Podcasts

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 20, 2007 - 09:35 AM  •  Filed under: fun
New podcasts of the High School Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Jazz Band have been posted. They are all recordings of the November 20, 2007 rehearsal. Enjoy!

New Photos!

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 12, 2007 - 11:29 AM  •  Filed under: fun
Mrs. Miller has just finished posting a bunch of pictures in our photo gallery. Check out the photos of Homecoming, Central Game, Midland Showcase and Bandorama! Thanks Mrs. Miller!

New Photos!

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 02, 2007 - 05:34 AM  •  Filed under: fun
New photos have been added to our photo album From both CMU Band Day (thanks Mrs. M.) and Senior Night. Be sure to add your comments!

SHIP AHOY!

Posted by Mr. H on Sep 21, 2007 - 03:35 PM  •  Filed under: fun
I came across this video from a fellow band director's website. -H



"This is a very special music number taken from the film Ship Ahoy with music geniouses Buddy Rich on drums, trumpet solo by Ziggy Elman, clarinet by Johnny Mince, Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra and the Queen of Tap: Eleanor Powell. Wonderful music and beautiful dance moves."



Link to Video

Formal Pictures Posted - UPDATED

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 08, 2007 - 07:11 AM  •  Filed under: fun
Formal Pictures taken at band camp are now posted. I will work on the candids when I get more time (e.g. next week). This year, I have uploaded larger sizes in case you want to print out your own. To see the larger size, click on the thumbnail, then click again on the intermediate size and you will get the larger version. Of course, half the fuin in the photo gallery is leaving your comments! Enjoy.



UPDATE (8/13 4:15 PM): I have just finished posting a bunch of candid pictures as well as making available pictures taken by the Geyers and the Arendts. Get busy leaving your whitty comments!

The Middle School Band Room has tile!

Posted by Ms_Schlosser on Jul 14, 2007 - 01:00 PM  •  Filed under: fun

Even More New Pictures

Posted by Mr. H on Jul 12, 2007 - 11:33 AM  •  Filed under: fun

More Pictures!

Posted by Mr. H on Jul 09, 2007 - 06:10 AM  •  Filed under: fun
I have posted a few more pictures of the current state of the band room(s) and the progress of the construction. take a look!

WST and Academic Track Calendar Changes

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 05, 2007 - 02:44 PM  •  Filed under: fun
The Western Standard Time Jazz Band and the Academic Track Band have had to make modifications to our calendar due to changes in the AT Meet schedule.



The AT Meet from 3/1 (cancelled due to weather) will now occur on 3/22 at Handy

The AT Meet originally scheduled for 3/13 has been rescheduled to 3/20 and will still be at Western



therefore, the WST Jazz Band cannot rehearse on 3/20 or 3/22 (both rehearsals cancelled)

The WST Jazz Band will rehearse on 3/27 (as originally scheduled) and add a rehearsal on 3/29.



Thank you for your understanding!

BCPS Faculty Recital Fundraiser

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 28, 2007 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: fun
The Bay City Public Schools Faculty will present a Musical Recital on Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 7:00 PM at Bay City Central High School. This will be a fundraiser for the Bay Music Foundation ($2/ea. at the door). Please come and be amazed as Ms. Schlosser plays the trombone and Mr. Heydenburg plays... well at least hits a snare drum and possibly other faculty members. :D



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