Bandorama Organizational Meeting

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 10, 2007 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: important
There will be an organizational meeting for this year's Bandorama on Tuesday, October 16 @ 8:15 PM in the High School Band Room. I hope it will only take one hour. All parents interested in participating in anyway (i.e. helping), should please attend.

Sophomores & Juniors

Posted by Mr. H on Sep 25, 2007 - 10:19 AM  •  Filed under: important
Sophomores and Juniors: Sign up in the guidance office now to take the PSAT on October 20th at 8:00a.m. This test will enter you into the National Merit Scholarship Competitions and will predict your SAT scores. You will need the PSAT or the PLAN test in order to dual enroll in high school. See your counselor if you have any questions. Test is $15.00 and the deadline to sign up is October 14th.

Footnote: I strongly recommend ALL BAND MEMBERS complete the PSAT in order to provide you flexibility in scheduling classes later in your High School career.

High School First Week Information [UPDATED 2X]

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 26, 2007 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: important
High School Students are asked to bring their instruments, music, drill charts and all necessary supplies the very first day of school. Remember that our first week of school will be VERY busy:
Tuesday, Sept. 4
 Drumline rehearsal4 - 6 PM
 Full Band DRESS rehearsal7 - 9 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 5
 Band Parents Meeting7 PM
Thursday, Sept. 6
 Full Band rehearsal7 - 9 PM
Friday, Sept. 7
 Full Band rehearsal4:30 - 5:30 PM
 Football!!!6:30 - 9:30 PM
Saturday, Sept. 8
 CarwashAll Day

High School Jazz Band:
First class will be on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at class begins at 6:36 6:31 AM. We will also meet on Friday, Sept. 7 at 6:36 6:31 AM.

UPDATE 8/27 11:30 AM:
Updated High School Grading Policy and Acknowledgement Form as well as other policy documents are available in the Policy Area of the Download Page.

UPDATE 8/29 4:30 PM:
HS Jazz Band will begin at 6:31 AM (previously listed incorrectly)
First Week schedule: Tues 9/4 is a Monday schedule, Wednesday is Tuesday schedule, etc.

School Equipment Drop-off

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 19, 2007 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: important
Students that have school equipment at their house because they volunteered to 'store' it over the summer due to construction are requested to return it to the school on Tuesday, August 28 between Noon and 2:00 PM or between 6:30 and 7:30 PM. If a student is playing the instrument in a school ensemble, they can hold on to the instrument until school begins if they wish.

Please take the instrument to the North end of the building and check in to the High School Band Room. Some instruments will need to be carried from there to the new Middle School Band Room. Someone will be there to direct you accordingly. :-)

Uniform Distribution - Wednesday 7/25

Posted by Mr. H on Jul 24, 2007 - 03:52 AM  •  Filed under: important
Uniforms will be distributed to all High School Band members on Wednesday, July 25 according to the following schedule:

Seniors: 2:00 PM

Juniors: 2:45 PM

Sophomores: 3:30 PM

Freshman A–M: 4:30 PM

Freshman N–Z: 5:30 PM.

Please arrive at your appointed time and plan about one hour to complete the task. If you cannot attend at your scheduled day/time, contact Mr. Heydenburg.

Important to SLT Members

Posted by Mr. H on Jul 12, 2007 - 11:39 AM  •  Filed under: important
Student Leadership Team Members - there is no SLT Meeting on Saturday (It had been mistakenly entered in to the website calendar - but is now removed). Please plan to attend the regular rehearsal at 1:00 and the social activity!

Also - SLT members should CALL their sections to make sure they know what is going on for Saturday and Sunday! Try your best to talk to a human being instead of the answering machine.

2007-2008 Band Calendar Posted

Posted by Mr. H on Jul 02, 2007 - 07:21 AM  •  Filed under: important
The complete Band Calendar for the 2007-2008 School Year has been posted in our Downloads Area. It is also linked from our Online Calendar, which contains most of the same information and is updated frequently. Please be sure to incorporate the relevant dates into your family calendar to ensure that you attend all of the events!

2006-2007 Awards and 2007-2008 Audition Results

Posted by Mr. H on May 31, 2007 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: important
You can download a one-page review of all the awards and audition results from the High School Band Awards Banquet right here (If the document says "available soon", then try back in a few hours).

Senior Photo Planned

Posted by Mr. H on May 30, 2007 - 11:29 AM  •  Filed under: important
Seniors - it is a tradition to get a picture taken of all of you in your graduation gown on the day of the senior assembly. Please plan to meet at the tree (or in the band room if raining) when your rehearsal is finished in the morning. At that point, get everyone together (remind your friends, because not everyone will see this) and then someone come and get me and we'll take the picture! thanks!

2007 - 2008 School Calendar Updated [UPDATED]

Posted by Mr. H on May 25, 2007 - 11:58 AM  •  Filed under: important
The 2007 - 2008 School Calendar has been entered and updated today. As some of the students are aware, there have been some modifications in the calendar since it was initially entered a couple weeks ago - specifically spring break. All of our performances and rehearsals have not been entered yet (they will be soon), but the basic school-year structure is there. While, I do not anticipate any further changes, you can "never say never"! So mark it down in dark pencil! :-)

UPDATE 5/27: I just input all our planned events for the 2007-2008 school year - all concerts, rehearsals, etc. Check it out! (CALENDAR)

Jazz Bands to Perform at Alma Jazz Festival

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 06, 2007 - 03:07 AM  •  Filed under: important
Both the WHS Jazz Band and the Western Standard Time Jazz Band will be taking a trip to Alma on Thursday, April 12 for the Annual Alma College Jazz Festival. The students will be taking a bus and leaving Western at approximately 7:45 AM. WST will perform at 10:30 AM and the HS JB will perform immediately following at 10:55 AM.

The students will go out to lunch and return to listen to other bands and stay for the awards concert which will be at 4:00 PM. We will leave for home immediately thereafter (we will not be stopping for dinner). I expect that we will arrive around 6:00 PM.

Parents are welcome to join us if they wish. The performance is free and open to the public.

Directions and Campus Map (we will be in building #26 - the Remick Heritage Center)

Podcast Changes [UPDATED 3/14]

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 13, 2007 - 06:39 AM  •  Filed under: important
I have changed the podcast system slightly for Westernbands. If you have previously subscribed to our podcast, you will want to unsubscribe as that feed will no longer work. To unsubscribe, open iTunes and choose the "Podcasts" icon in the Library area; highlight the Westernbands podcast and click the 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of the window.

If you now click on the Podcast link in the navigation bar at the top of this webpage, you will be taken to the High School Symphonic Band's podcast. Use the menu at the top of that page to navigate to the podcast you wish to subscribe to and then click the subscribe button. iTunes will automatically subscribe you to that podcast and you will receive updated versions of the broadcast everytime a new one is published. You can subscribe to all the podcasts if you choose.

As always - you can continue to listen to the podcasts right through your web browser, assuming you have Apple's Quicktime installed on your computer (which comes pretty standard nowdays).

The festival recordings will be available in this format as soon as possible. The Symphonic Band is already posted :)

UPDATE 3/14: 7th & 8th Grade podasts posted

School Closed Tuesday, February 6

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 05, 2007 - 04:47 PM  •  Filed under: important
Bay City Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather for Tuesday, February 6, 2007 - this includes closing of our Community Education & Alternative Education programs and also our Parent Involvement Center (PIE).

UPDATE: Please assume that the Basketball Game and Parent / Teacher Conferences will still occur tonight. Information will be posted here when we know for sure. Please check back later in the day.

UPDATE #2 [11:36 AM]: Conferences for tonight have been cancelled as well. No word yet on the game.

UPDATE #3 [2:00 PM]: The Basketball Game is ON, please plan to attend and perform! Also - The High School Schedule for the next three days will be "Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday". Please plan ahead! And - MS Conferences for tonight have been rescheduled to next Tuesday 2/13 (see below).

UPDATE #4 [9:10 PM]: Reminder: HS Jazz Band WILL meet wednesday morning! (and Friday) WST JB will meet Thursday night!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 28, 2007 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: important
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held at the Middle School on Tuesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 8 and Tuesday, February 13 (rescheduled) from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. Ms. Schlosser will attend both sessions. Mr. Heydenburg will only be available on Thursday, Feb. 8.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held at the High School on Tuesday, February 13 and Wednesday, February 14 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. Mr. Heydenburg will only be available on Tuesday, Feb. 13. (Ms. Schlosser will not attend.)

Please plan accordingly. Thank you!

Western Standard Time Jazz Band Founded

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 16, 2007 - 05:41 AM  •  Filed under: important
Beginning Tuesday, January 23 a new Jazz Band will begin at Western. Introducing Western Standard Time; a jazz band for Middle and High School Students directed by Mr. Heydenburg.

This jazz band will meet most Tuesdays until the end of the year and perform at Academic Track Meets, the Alma Jazz Festival and both Middle School and High School Spring Band Concerts.

All interested students must attend the first rehearsal/audition on Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 PM in the band room. Don't be late!

For more information, please read the letter.

Band Festival Performance Times

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 12, 2007 - 12:31 PM  •  Filed under: important
Western Bands will perform at MSBOA District Band Festival on Friday, March 9, 2007 at Western according to the following schedule:

7th Grade Band: 3:30 PM

8th Grade Band: 5:00 PM

HS Concert Band: 6:15 PM

HS Symphonic Band: 8:30 PM

Students will be required to arrive as much as one hour previous to their performance time and will be dismissed at least one hour after their performance time. More information will become available within two weeks of the performance.

First Day Back - Monday, January 8

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 03, 2007 - 05:26 AM  •  Filed under: important
Welcome back on Monday, January 8! All students are reminded that everyone will need their instruments on the first day of school after break. Also - HS Jazz Band is reminded that we will meet on Monday as well (6:36 AM!). I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful vacation. I'm looking forward to working with all of you again.

UPDATE: We also have basketball games on Tuesday, 1/9 and Friday, 1/12. There is also a Band Parents Council meeting on Wednesday, 1/10 at 7:00 PM. ALL band parents encouraged to attend!

UPDATE x2: There is no basketball game on Friday, 1/12 (Thanks Mr. Arendt)

School Closed Friday 12/1

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 30, 2006 - 11:46 PM  •  Filed under: important
Bay City Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather for Friday, December 1, 2006 - this includes closing of our Community Education & Alternative Education programs and also our Parent Involvement Center (PIE).

This is why you are supposed to take your instrument home every day...

The HS Solo & Ensemble Registration Deadline will be Monday, December 4.

The Middle School Solo & Ensemble Festival will go on as scheduled on Saturday, December 2 in Perry, MI. See you there!

High School Solo & Ensemble Deadline Approaches

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 22, 2006 - 03:42 AM  •  Filed under: important
High School Students interested in participating in Solo & Ensemble Festival must submit their registration to Mr. Heydenburg, with payment, by December 1. You can download a registration form, or pick one up at school.

Friday, October 20 Information

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 20, 2006 - 07:03 AM  •  Filed under: important
Hey! - so how is YOUR day going? ;-)

Things at school are now calmed down and everything is safe and secure.

The plan for tonight is unchanged. (We ARE making a couple of slight modifications however).

WHS Band rehearsal starts at 4:30 PM. In Full Uniform.

Students WILL have access to the band room ONLY. Students will not be allowed into the hallway or access to our 'regular' bathrooms. Student bathrooms will be available from the gym entrance and at the stadium only.

CHS will join our rehearsal at 5:15 and a social gathering will take place OUTSIDE (tailgate!) on our field at 6:00ish. The bands will line up and leave at 6:30 pm and the game begins at 7:00.


MSBOA All-State Band Information

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 29, 2006 - 05:32 AM  •  Filed under: important
Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to audition for the MSBOA All-State Band. Auditions will be held November 4 or 5 at a location to be determined soon. In order to audition you must attend the audition and perform the required material for a recording (note: we have most, if not all of these - just ask). Last year, Western was well represented by two high school and two middle school students. The cost to audition is $5 per student. If you are interested, please pay your director and sign up by September 22.

If you are selected, the rehearsals for the All-State Ensembles will be Thursday January 25 through Saturday January 27. The performances will on Saturday January 27 in the afternoon. All rehearsals and performances are in Grand Rapids.

Carwash Information UPDATED

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 08, 2006 - 11:14 AM  •  Filed under: important
carwash.gifThere will not be a carwash this Saturday (August 12). The carwash WILL be the following Saturday (August 19). Please check back to the website for more information as it becomes available.

UPDATE 7:45 PM: Before posting this note, I was unaware that a letter had been sent home. Please change the date in the letter - The Car Wash WILL be on Saturday, August 19 - we apologize for the confusion.

Band Camp Update - Weather

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 01, 2006 - 04:25 AM  •  Filed under: important
Dear Concerned Family members,

Please be assured that the band camp staff is taking every reasonable precaution to accomodate the extreme heat that we are experiencing. We have adjusted rehearsal schedules and insured that students are properly hydrated and rested. Our students' health is our first priority.

Thank you,

Mr. Heydenburg

Senior Meeting - Saturday, 7/8 @ 8:00 PM

Posted by Mr. H on Jul 06, 2006 - 10:31 AM  •  Filed under: important
Senior Meeting - Saturday, 7/8 @ 8:00 PM

at Jordan's House

Sorry for the late notice - Mr. H will be there too! Please come!

2006-2007 Band Calendar Posted

Posted by Mr. H on May 16, 2006 - 01:45 AM  •  Filed under: important
The 2006-2007 School and Band calendar is posted right here on our website calendar. While calendars are always inherently tentative, we strive very hard to nail down these dates are far ahead as possible for you to plan for your family schedules. So - please take this opportunity to look ahead (all the way to June 2007!) [note that that you navigate the calendar by clicking the 'arrows' (e.g. << or >>) on either side of the month name.]

You may also download a pdf list of all the calendar events if you prefer.
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