Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser

Posted by altogirl on Jul 20, 2009 - 05:36 AM  •  Filed under: highschool

The band class of 2010 is having a fundraiser to raise money for our senior show!

Go to Buffalo Wild Wings on Wilder Rd. in Bay City this Wednesday, July 22nd, turn in one of our fundraiser flyers, and 20% of your bill will be donated to our cause! Bring your friends and family!

view the rest of the article to get a copy of the flyer

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Great Cornfest!

Posted by Mr. H on Jul 19, 2009 - 09:36 AM  •  Filed under: highschool

THANK YOU to all one hundred participants in the parade this year! The band truly did look and sound about as good as I can remember for the Cornfest Parade! The drumline expecially did great. It was awesome to see so many of you there!

As a reward, I posted the Main Show Audio Files on the site. Now you can follow along in your music and start practicing!

See you soon! Band Camp is in two weeks!

No July 12 Rehearsal!

Posted by Mr. H on Jul 07, 2009 - 07:15 AM  •  Filed under: highschool

There is NOT a rehearsal on July 12.

There was a mistake in the letter that said there would be a rehearsal on "Saturday, July 12" (which obviously is not a Saturday). The headline on that section of the letter is correct.

The rehearsal is Saturday, July 18.

sorry for the typo!

please call your friends that don't read the website and let them know!

[updated letter]

2008-2009 Awards and 2009-2010 Audition Results

Posted by Mr. H on Jun 30, 2009 - 08:56 AM  •  Filed under: highschool

Several students requested that the results that were announced at the band banquet be posted to the website so they could be more carefully perused. So, finally, and with tremendous fanfare (imagine joe playing really loudly right now) here it is! enjoy.

Marching Band Softball Challenge

Posted by lil*fegan on Jun 19, 2009 - 04:25 PM  •  Filed under: highschool

On July 18th we are going to have a softball/kickball challenge after our Marching Band rehearsal. There will be two teams, Mr. Heydenburg's and Ms. Schlosser's. We are also hoping to have a cook out, but we will buy food after we collect money from people, so we will be buying the amount of food depending on how many people bring money. Please bring $3 or $4 dollars to cover the food costs. We will be having water and lemonade for beverages, if you would like pop or gatorade you are more than welcome to bring it. The food bought will be hot dogs and maybe nachos and cheese. Please talk to your parents and ask if you can stay longer to enjoy time with other band members. This is also a great way for the freshman to get to know the other members in band, so PLEASE stay and have some fun

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Bay Area Summer Wind Ensemble Forming

Posted by Mr. H on Jun 10, 2009 - 02:54 PM  •  Filed under: highschool

The Bay Area Summer Wind Ensemble (Bay City, MI) will serve as a musical outlet and performance opportunity while promoting the area arts and cultural community. Ideally, the ensemble will be comprised of local advanced high school students (whose school programs will be benefited by donations taken at the final concert) as well as college level musicians and area professionals. The concept is for students to sit and perform next to their teachers and give the experienced instrumentalists an opportunity to lead sectionals, masterclasses, etc. A chamber music aspect will be incorporated, allowing those interested to participate in smaller ensembles. There is NO fee to participate.

Check out their website for more information.

Commencement in the Gym

Posted by Mr. H on Jun 07, 2009 - 06:31 AM  •  Filed under: highschool

The School Website says that Commencement will take place in the Gym today at 4:00 pm. See you there!

Missing Uniform Pieces

Posted by Mr. H on Jun 04, 2009 - 09:02 AM  •  Filed under: highschool

Good news! Some very generous students spent some time looking through the uniforms that were returned and found a few more pieces that I had announced were missing!

Below is a final list of all missing uniform pieces as of Thursday, June 4 at 3:00 pm. If your name is listed please look to find your uniform pieces and return them. If you name is not listed, please look and see if you might have one of these at home! Please return all uniform pieces on Sunday!

click the link to see the list...

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Drumline, Guard & Drum Major Auditions Scheduled

Posted by Mr. H on May 07, 2009 - 11:38 AM  •  Filed under: highschool

I have scheduled the annual practices and audition times for Drumline, Guard and Drum Major on our calendar. All current 8th - 11th grade students interested in participating in any of these parts of the band should plan to attend as many of the practices as possible and also be sure to attend the audition.

MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Results [UPDATED]

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 29, 2009 - 07:06 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
Congratulations to all the students that participated in MSBOA's State Solo and Ensemble Festival in Okemos on Saturday, March 28, 2009. I'm sorry that I was unable to watch your performances (I was stuck in the office all day!). From the results, it is obvious that all of you performed wonderfully and represented Western most excellently! I have your rating sheets and will hand them out at school after break. See below for complete results.



Special congratulations to Alison Phelps for being nominated to the Michigan Youth Arts Festival as a soloist. More information on this below.



UPDATE: In addition to the information above, Alison Phelps has been nominated to the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honors Band! You can read the Post at MSBOA.org for all the information. Congrats to Alison!

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Information Meetings for Parents

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 18, 2009 - 01:39 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
There will be two meetings held on Monday, March23, 2009. The first begins a 6:30 and should last about 45 minutes. The meeting is geared toward all parents of current eight grade band students. We will be presenting information about High School Band and answering questions you may have about band camp, the Band trip to Disney in 2010 and any other questions you may have.



At 7:30 for about 30 minutes we will be discussion the impact of Trimester scheduling on Band and looking at how you can help your student prepare for their future and still enjoy the benefits of being in the band program. This meeting is open to all current and future band parents.



Please come!

St. Pat's Parade Information

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 17, 2009 - 02:09 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
The High School Band will be marching in the Annual Bay City St. Patrick's Day Parade this Sunday, March 22. Students should arrive in uniform with raincoats at the Temple Israel on the corner of Center and Green at 1:15 PM. The parade begins at 2:00 PM. The WHS Band will be #28 in the parade (which is the first band!). Hopefully this means that we will be finishing the parade around 3:00 PM. Parents must pick up their students at the end of the parade. The parade ends at the corner of Water and Center, but it is recommended that parents arrange to meet their students a few blocks from there as traffic is thick at that point. The Band Trailer will be available at the end of the parade to take only percussion equipment and sousaphones. All other students should plan to take their instrument home.



The band room will be open from noon to 12:15 pm on Sunday for anyyone who forgot their instrument. don't be late. Also - despite the weather, we will be marching unless they cancel the whole parade (which never happens). Bring your raincoat! You can wear anything you like under your uniform to keep warm - just as long as we can not see it!



We'll be playing the Fight Song and also Thriller Beginning at measure 9.

MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Schedule

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 13, 2009 - 09:24 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
The MSBOA High School State Solo and Ensemble Festival Schedule is posted below. The festival will take place at Okemos High School on Saturday, March 28, 2009. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Proficiency soloists should see THIS website for proficiency information. Remember that Proficiency II includes all the proficiency I scales, etc. See Mr. heydenburg if you have questions!



Google Map to Okemos High School

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Celebration Tryout Information

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 28, 2009 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
Celebration tryouts will be ONE DAY ONLY this year, due to Mrs. Keenan's afternoon elementary teaching schedule. Start gearing up for TUESDAY MARCH 24! Tryouts will begin at 1:30 and will go until about 3 or 4:00. There will be a sign-up sheet in the office 2 weeks before the tryouts. Students will be able to sign-up for a speciific 5 minute time slot. We are looking for "performance ready" vocals, instrumentals, dances, magic acts, comedians, skits, etc. Start planning now....Spring will be here before you know it!

2009 MSBOA High School District Solo & Ensemble Results

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 22, 2009 - 02:51 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
Congratulations to all the students that participated in Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday, February 21. Weather-wise it was a cold and blustery day, but the students from Bay City Western were a ray of sunshine as 13 of the 16 events earned division one ratings. (click below to see all the ratings). The other three events earned a division two rating. All in all a truly successful day - in spite of the weather!



Events that earned a division 1 rating are eligible to participate at the state-level solo & ensemble competition on March 28, 2009 at Okemos High School. Please note that this date is the first weekend of Spring Break and that the location is different than it has been in the last several years. Students that wish to attend must register before the end of the week (before 2/27). Freshman Solos are $15, Proficiency Solos are $21, Duets $16, Trios $18, Quartets $20, Sextet $24, Chamber $50. Proficiency Solos require scales and sight reading. See Mr. H for more information.

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Podcasts updated Thursday 2/19

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 19, 2009 - 02:09 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
High Sschool students, please take some time to listen to the recent podcasts. I forgot to hit record in the Concert band rehearsal on Thursday but I did post some recordings for you, plus there is last week's rehearsal you can still listen to. Symphonic Band, there is a couple things there for you today. Enjoy.

School Board Approves New Marching Band Uniforms

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 10, 2009 - 04:59 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
At the BCPS Board of Education meeting on Monday, February 9, 2009 the Board approved purchase of new Marching Band Uniforms for both Western and Central High School Bands. Sample uniforms were displayed and several member of the board asked questions of the band directors present before approving the purchase. While the uniforms may not be exactly as the samples, the final uniforms will be very similar to those presented.



The last time Bay City purchased new marching uniforms was 11 years ago, at that time there was no replacement plan in place and the cost took the district by surprise. Fortunately there was money available then. The district then put a plan in place so that money would be available when the time came to purchase new uniforms again. The District has been setting aside $10,000 per year from the general fund in order to save for band uniforms. The School District has shown tremendous fiscal responsibility in saving general fund money for the purchase of band uniforms on a cyclical basis. Since the implementation of a band uniform savings account the district has also begun similar savings for other replacement needs, two examples being textbooks and furniture.



We are very fortunate to have a school board and administration that support the music program and our needs. I look forward to an exciting marching season this fall showcasing our new uniforms. Click below to view a picture of the sample uniforms.



UPDATE 2/11: Bay City Times article on the board meeting and uniform purchase



There will be a meeting for band parents/alumni for discussion of uniform design on Friday, February 13 @ 6:00 pm

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Requirements & Trimester info

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 05, 2009 - 04:39 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
On Tuesday 2/3 and Wednesday 2/4 I gave presentations to the High School bands about High School Graduation Requirements and Trimester Scheduling. A document summarizing the grad requirements is here and the sample schedules are here. Eventually the entire presentation will be posted online, but not in the immediate future due to technical hurdles.

High School Solo & Ensemble Schedule

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 30, 2009 - 08:07 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
High School MSBOA District Solo & Ensemble will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at Owosso High School (directions)



The schedule is posted below >>

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SECTION PARTIES!!

Posted by lil*fegan on Jan 12, 2009 - 04:01 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
HIGH SCHOOL BAND STUDENTS!!



Have you missed out on spending time with your sections since the concert season started? Not feeling as close with your friends?? Try throwing a section party!



Get everyone in your section together to just hang out at a house or go out and do something as a group!



Talk to your section leader and see if you can get something together.

Footnote: let Mr. H know and I'll help spread the word.

Chinese Gift Exchange

Posted by lil*fegan on Dec 12, 2008 - 01:57 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
On Thursday the 18th, after the basketball game, we are going to have a Chinese gift exchange in the band room.

Flyers are up in the band room in the storage room and on the board on the wall in the band room.



It's going to be a fun chance to say good-bye to everyone before Christmas break.

Opt-Out Testing Information

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 10, 2008 - 01:39 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
Students - Opt-out applications are available from your counselor for the January testing cycle. The completed form is to be returned to your counselor no later than November 24, 2008. Late applications will not be processed. Please read the application carefully – it contains important information regarding testing material and testing dates. (This may also apply to 8th graders, but I am not certain).

2009 and 2010 Football Schedules online

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 05, 2008 - 03:30 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
For anyone that wants to REALLY plan ahead. I have added the 2009 and 2010 Football Schedule to our website calendar. Only the Home games are listed, however (except next year's trip to BCC). I hope it helps you plan ahead.

Playoff Game #2 Information

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 31, 2008 - 04:22 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
Our second playoff game will be against Midland High School. The game is currently scheduled for Friday, November 7, 2008 at 7:00 PM AT WESTERN. There is no word yet on whether the MHS Band will be coming to the game. More information as it becomes available.

MHSAA Playoff Scoreboard (Division 2)

Midland Marching Showcase Video Online

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 27, 2008 - 11:53 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
The Midland Community Television Channel - specifically the Midland Public Schools Educational Cable Television (MPS-TV) is broadcasting the Midland Marching Showcase this week on Charter channel 17 in Midland (I don't think this is available in Bay City). In addition you can also view the broadcast online through their website using Windows Video Player. Enjoy!
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