Playoff Information

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 26, 2008 - 12:42 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
Facts we know so far:

Game is Friday, Oct 31, 2008 @7:00 PM at WHS

first round opponent: Traverse City Central (5-4)

WHS Band Students will rehearse on the practice field in full uniform at 6:00 PM.

all playoff pairs now listed at

Winterguard Auditions!!!!

Posted by omgbecky on Oct 23, 2008 - 12:17 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
Come one, come all to Kaleidoscope wintrguard auditions. Auditions will be held Monday Oct. 27 and Tuesday Oct. 28 from 6pm-9pm. All are welcome to tryout. We are doing a fun up beat show this year! The other Instructors and I are excited about it and I know you will be too! Bring your shining personalities and charisma. The auditions will be held at The Auburn 1st baptist church in auburn right next to the McDonalds. Please use the 2nd door. The gym is just down the stairs and to the right. If you can not make both evenings you must make arrangements a head of time. Contact becky at (or catch me at the game on friday)

Theme for tuesday the 14th

Posted by lil*fegan on Oct 13, 2008 - 11:54 AM  •  Filed under: highschool

They are as follows:

Flutes- Green


Saxaphones- orange

F-alto/baritone- red

Tubas- Blue


trombones- yellow

trumpets- white

Drum Majors- rainbow

Week of Oct 12-19

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 10, 2008 - 05:32 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
Some notes for the week of October 12 - 19

* There is no separate guard or drumline rehearsals this week.

* Monday 10/13 will be concert instruments in class - rain or shine.

* Full Band will practice Tuesday 10/14 from 7-8 pm only.

* There is a SLT meeting on Tuesday 10/14 from 8-9 pm.

* There is optional (social) Glow Bowling on Friday 10/17. Please see the calendar item for more information.


Posted by Mr. H on Oct 09, 2008 - 02:03 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
High School Band,

Congratulations on a fine performance at the Midland Marching Showcase! I truly felt that each and every student truly committed to performing each and every note. You truly shined! I was very proud of you all.

Unfortunately, I messed up with the video recording and so we currently do not have any kind of video of the performance. If anyone's parent videotaped the show, I would truly appreciate a copy.

Schedule Adjustments for this week

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 06, 2008 - 05:37 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
In order to 'lighten the load' for our band students this week, please observe the following minor adjustments to practice times:

Monday 10/6 percussion: 7-8pm only

Tuesday 10/7:

guard 4-5 is optional

guard 5-6 required

full band 7-8:15 pm only

Wednesday 10/8: see schedule below

Thursday 10/9: free!

Friday 10/10: 5:00 pm in line in uniform for parade (attendance at 5:10)

parade begins at 5:30

VERY short break (not time enough to leave) after parade

line up at tree for game 6:30

Let's all hope for nice weather for all our activities this week!

Midland Showcase October 8, 2008

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 03, 2008 - 06:07 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
Midland Marching Showcase Itinerary:

Wednesday, October 8, 2008:

loading: 4:30 PM

leaving: 5:00 PM (students in uniform)

arriving Midland: 5:20 PM

unloading/sitting: 5:20 – 5:40 PM

Seated by: 5:40

Performing: 8:15 PM

loading: 9:45 PM

departing Midland: 10:00 PM

arriving BCW: 10:20 PM

Please have all parents at Western by 10:15 PM.

THEME for Tuesday the 23rd

Posted by lil*fegan on Sep 22, 2008 - 02:15 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
The theme for Tuesday, the 23rd will be............................................


so dress up as your favorite superhero or just put on a cape and funky tights, show your SPIRIT!! :D

September 26 Schedule Modified

Posted by Mr. H on Sep 22, 2008 - 01:16 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
The schedule for the High School Band for the Friday, September 26 has been modified. The rehearsal from 4:30 - 5:30 is canceled.

5:45 PM Rehearsal in full uniform on the practice field.

(no break)

6:30 PM Line up at the tree (same as usual)

7:00 PM Football Game


Posted by lil*fegan on Sep 19, 2008 - 06:03 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
On Friday October 17th, I have planned a Glow bowling get together for all high school band members.

It will be from 5-8, each games costs $2.75 and shoe rentals are $1.75. We will probably play about 3 or 4 games, bring extra money for food and drinks.

It will be at monitor lanes in Bay City.

It would be much appreciated if we could have some parents help chaperone this get together. Mr. Heydenburg and Ms. Schlosser may not be there, so if you're parents are willing to come out and have a good time with us, and help keep things under control, it would be very helpful and very appreciated by the people at Monitor. We will need at least 5 parents, depending on how many people come. We all know how to behave well, and I'm hoping that the parents can come and have a good time and not have to worry too much about anyone doing anything to get them in trouble.

I am hoping that a lot of people come, it will be a fun night to just relax and not think about school work. You do not have to stay the whole time, but you do need to pay for your game before you leave. Talk to your friends, and plan on coming and having a good time! :D

Sign up sheets will be up in the band room beginning Tuesday. The first sign up sheets will be just to see how many people are planning on coming, then I will call Monitor again and reserve lanes, After I do that I will probably put up sheets to sign up for a lane. So start talking to friends about being on a lane together!


Tuesday the 16ths Rehersal Theme!

Posted by lil*fegan on Sep 13, 2008 - 03:54 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
Tuesday rehearsals theme will be..........................


so wear your shirts, and pants if you can, inside out :)

NEW! Theme Nights For Tuesday and Friday Rehersals

Posted by lil*fegan on Sep 03, 2008 - 02:42 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
Hair1.jpgStarting this Friday, September 5th, we will be having a theme for each marching band rehearsal we have. The themes will make the rehearsals a little more interesting, but they should not distract us from our work. Each week, the themes for that week will be posted on the board. I encourage everyone to join in on this, it's a way to make rehearsals a little more fun and to see how creative everyone is.

If you would like to make a suggestion on a theme, please contact me at The themes should be school appropriate and they should not be distracting to anybody. The themes will be approved by Mr. Heydenburg first.


Amanda Fegan

August 26 is Moving Day!

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 14, 2008 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
Anyone and everyone come help move stuff from the Middle School Band Room Back to the High School Band Room.

On August 26 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm (or until we're finished) we will be moving all our stuff back to the High School Band Room. We need your help! I will provide lunch to anyone that can help. In addition, anyone that took school instruments home for the summer should bring them back at this time.

You can even bring in your own stuff to get ready for school (or that evening's rehearsal :) )

Meet at the High School Band Room at 9:00 AM. You should be able to enter from the North Parking Lot! Exciting!

Pictures, Picture, Pictures!

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 13, 2008 - 09:18 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
The photos from band camp have all been posted in our photo gallery. If you see a photo that should be removed, please send me a PM. Also, if you have photos you would like to add to the gallery, please send me a PM and I will set it up for you (please do not email me any pictures - thanks!).

All the photos are 640x480 because I need to save space on the server. If you need a larger res version of a photo, you might try Joe's photo gallery, which has slightly larger resolution versions. However, the full band photo on this site is the largest version available - just click on the photo until the photo is full size.

Also - the most fun is to leave comments or make up your own captions - so get to work!

Great Camp!

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 09, 2008 - 01:56 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
Thanks to everyone for a great Band Camp 2008! I am so pleased and proud of everyone that was at camp. I was thankful for the help of every adult that attended. I was pleased with the leadership shown by the SLT and upper-classmen and I was very impressed by our new freshman! Amazing! ;) I was especially proud of the students that had minor aches and pains through the week and still kept participating - inspirational! You all were awesome to work with! I'm looking forward to August 28 - our first "real" performance :)

I am headed out of town for a few days to visit my family, so the pictures will not be posted right away. I hope to get them on the site later in the week. In the meantime, don't forget to put the upcoming events on your family calendar! I'll see you at uniform distribution on August 26 August 14!

Also - the band room construction is coming along! The instrument storage cabinets have been installed and they look amazing :) It is going to be a great year.

UPDATE: I was tired. Sorry about that. :)

Camp Topics [UPDATED 4x - last 8/1 @9am]

Posted by Mr. H on Jul 27, 2008 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
Counselor assignments: Counselor assignments are noted on the updated Cabin list (available in the downloads section).

Medicines: Students are not allowed to self-medicate (prescription and/or non-prescription). The policy for MDI/EpiPens is - students will be able to carry them, but they must still be checked in and usage logged. All medicines (including over-the-counter) should be placed in a ziplock bag with the student's name written on it. Please leave prescriptions in their original container (with the student's name on it, etc.). In the bag, please provide written instructions on how the student should take the medication if it differs from the directions on the bottle. Please turn in the bag to the Camp Nurse (Mrs. Costello) according to the schedule below. If you have specific health concerns, you may speak with Mrs. Costello as your student boards the bus (She will be standing with Ms. Schlosser). (See Medical Policy in our downloads area).

Medication check in at camp

Sunday 8/3

  • Seniors: 2:00 pm
  • Freshman: 2:10 pm
  • Juniors: 6:00 pm
  • Sophomores: 6:15 pm

Departure: The busses will leave at 12 noon exactly FROM THE WEST PARKING LOT and will not wait for students to arrive. If a student misses the bus they should drive to camp and meet us there. Plan to assist in the loading of your own bags and instrument between 11:15 and 11:45 AM. Eat Lunch before you arrive at school!

Weather: [Weather Forecast] Please be aware that we take reasonable precautions to account for weather. We will, however, continue to work as much as appropriate.

Neckbands: Last year, students received a neckband that would help keep them cool. If you still have it, would you bring yours to camp? If you don't want it, please give it to Mrs. Schindler. For the Freshman, I believe you can buy something like this at the dollar store, or you could make something like it by wrapping a bandanna around your neck after getting it wet.

UPDATE 7/28: Please note that the uniform distribution date was changed. The correct date was sent to you in the summer letter (sent July 1). The correct date is August 14 from 5:30 - 9:00 (Distribution Schedule).

UPDATE 7/30: Alison Phelps has updated the Camp Packing list. It is in the downloads area. Take a look.

UPDATE 8/1: Students only wear their summer uniform for the pictures and performance on the last day of camp. So, they need to take it with them (pictures are at camp this year), but they should plan to wear casual clothing the rest of the time (see dress code in downloads/band camp)


Posted by Mr. H on Jul 23, 2008 - 02:06 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
Yes, that's right. For the first time in history, we have our drill available to download from the website. It is probably easiest to access them from the Band Camp Information Page. For the new students, none of this will likely make any sense, but take a look. You will need to know your rank designator (e.g. Jessica Costello is B1, etc...). Each student will receive a copy of the drill from us for camp, so you don't need to bring your copy with you, but this one will be twice the size :)

Thanks to Ms. Schlosser who wrote the drill this year (with a little help from Becky I understand). Mr. H wrote the pregame drill (and changed one page! - no really - check it out!). If you spot any errors, send me an email or PM. Check back in a few days for possibly yet another surprise :D

Are you ready to Party?

Posted by lil*fegan on Jul 06, 2008 - 06:54 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
On Saturday July 12th (the day before cornfest) after our Marching Band Rehersal, we wil be having a party for the marching band from 2-5. There will be volleybell,kickball,double-ladder ball(the weird polish horseshoe game with the golfballs on strings),and of course, football. Food will include hot dogs,chips w/cheese and salsa,cookies,brownies,fruit, and other desserts. For drinks we will have lemonade and water. This party will be a lot of fun,and it will be a great way to meet new people in the band and to get to know them.

We are asking everyone to please bring a few dollars to help cover the cost of the food.

If you would like to make a dessert, please contact Amanda Fegan at 697-5513 or

We hope to see you all there, it will be a fun time of hanging out with old friends and making new ones.

Calling all Section Leaders...

Posted by Mr. H on Jul 01, 2008 - 05:21 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
If Section Leaders will send me a private message on the site here I will get you a phone list so you can be in contact with your section members. Other SLT members need not do this - just Section Leaders.

Regarding Senior Open Houses...

Posted by Mr. H on Jun 01, 2008 - 10:19 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
A couple items here: first, seniors are welcome to submit their open house announcement as a calendar item on the website here if they wish to. Understand that you would be, in effect, inviting anyone who reads this site, but you are still welcome to do that. To do so, find the appropriate date on the calendar and click on the little plus sign for that date. The item will not appear immediately as it must be approved first. Be sure to list an address, but it is not necessary to list a phone, etc.

Second, I would like to thank all of you that have invited me to your open house. Please understand that my family's calendar fills up very quickly for the summer (Grandparents can be very demanding, you know). It will be impossible for me to attend most of the open houses. Please do not be personally insulted if I can't attend yours, but do attend someone else's. It has nothing to do with how important you are to me and everything to do with how important my family obligations are. I do my best to attend a few and figure I will see most, if not all of you, at those few. I appreciate your understanding!

Commencement 2008 Details for the Band

Posted by Mr. H on May 30, 2008 - 02:11 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
Date: Sunday, June 1, 2008

Time: Ceremony: 1:00 pm

Band begins playing: 1:00 pm

Arrival: 12:40 pm (percussion 12:15)

Ends: roughly 2:30 pm

Location: Stadium or Gym if rain

continue reading for the rest of the details.


Band Pictures Are In!

Posted by Mr. H on May 28, 2008 - 07:43 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
The High School Band Pictures have arrived and are available for pickup immediately. Students should make sure they pick them up during their exam period (seniors too!). Pictures WILL NOT be mailed.

Awards and Audition Results 2007-2008

Posted by Mr. H on May 23, 2008 - 02:11 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
A review of all the Awards and Audition results that were announced at the band banquet on Thursday, May 22 is available in our download area as a PDF file. If you missed the banquet, you may want to check and see if you made it!

Uniforms Due Friday, May 16

Posted by Mr. H on May 10, 2008 - 04:14 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
All High School Students and their parents are reminded that all Uniforms are due by Friday, May 16, 2008. Please have your uniform professionally dry-cleaned before returning it.

Best Trumpet Section

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 10, 2008 - 12:00 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
The Bay City Western High School Jazz Band Trumpet section was awarded the "Best Trumpet Section" distinction at the Eleventh Annual Alma College Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival. The section is comprised of Megan Barnard (12), Danielle LeFevre (10), Rachel Switala (10) and Kerry Reynolds (9). The Band performed Tickletoe and Channel One Suite which had very demanding trumpet parts. Congrats to the section for a tremendous performance!
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