April's Conn-Selmer Articles

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 04, 2007 - 04:43 AM  •  Filed under: news
Ideas for Improvisation and Solo Building by Greg Abate

Students who are learning how to improvise often need practical examples

Have a Successful Clinic by Alan Raph

Your clinician may have a lot to offer - And never get it across- This might be YOUR fault!

Rehearsal Techniques: Attacks and Releases by James Neilson

Music is composed in many styles and idioms, each with its own type of attack and release.

Resonators Place Third in State

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 02, 2007 - 06:47 AM  •  Filed under: news
Congratulations to the members of the Midland-based Resonators Drumline who placed Third in the recent State Finals Competition at the MCGC Championships. The Resonators include Western students Aaron Lowell and Joe Schindler as well as Alum, Titiana Zapata. In addition, their director, Chris Saborin, is a former instructor of the WHS Drumline and current instructor of the Dow HS Drumline. The Resonators finished third in the Percussion Michigan A class with a score of 85.8. I believe this is their first year in competition.

State Government Relents, Eases Requirements

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 01, 2007 - 08:00 AM  •  Filed under: news
LANSING, MICHIGAN (AP) - April 1, 2007 - In a surprise move, Jennifer Granholm, Governor of the State of Michigan issued an Executive Order on Sunday, April 1, 2007 delaying the implementation of the recently approved graduation requirements for the class of 2011. The delay indefinitely postpones the implementation of the rigorous requirements that had recently been proposed by her own Lieutenant Governor, John D. Cherry, Jr. and his "Cherry Commission" and then later voted into law by the Michigan Legislature.


Winterguard Scores Big at State Finals!

Posted by Ms_Schlosser on Mar 31, 2007 - 10:49 AM  •  Filed under: news
Congratulations to the Kaleidoscope Winterguard members for placing 2nd overall in the Michigan A Class at MCGC State Finals held March 31st at Saginaw Valley State University! Winterguard members scored 76.1 points to gain second place for their show "Never Alone". Kaleidoscope has been competing in the MCGC for nine years. This is the first time they have ever placed in the top three at the State level. The members received medals and a trophy for their efforts! Great job everyone!

MSBOA HS State S&E Results

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 24, 2007 - 04:18 PM  •  Filed under: news
Congratulations to all the events that performed at MSBOA High School State Solo & Ensemble this Saturday, March 24, 2007. Western High School was very well represented! click more to read the results.

UPDATE: Some pictures have been posted in the Gallery.


Rhythm Society Jazz Group to perform at BCC

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 22, 2007 - 02:11 AM  •  Filed under: news
Please join the BCC band boosters and Gold Jazz band in welcoming Paul King and the Rhythm Society Orchestra to the Bay City Central auditorium on Sunday, April 15, 2007. The Rhythm Society is a 16-piece dance band specializing in true vintage swing music. (read the rest >>>)


High School State Solo & Ensemble Schedule Available

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 13, 2007 - 09:44 AM  •  Filed under: news

Click the 'read more' link (or the title) to see the whole schedule for all High School State Solo & Ensemble Events. The festival is on Saturday, March 24 and is held at Central Michigan University School of Music. (be sure to inform your accompanist immediately!)


Western Bands Successful at Band Festival [UPDATED 3/14]

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 11, 2007 - 06:21 AM  •  Filed under: news
Congratulations to all the Western Bands on excellent performances this past Friday at MSBOA District Band Festival. The ratings are shown below.

BandPerf. judge 1Perf. judge 2Perf. judge 3SR judgeOVERALL RATING
Seventh GradeIIIIII
HS Concert BandIIIII
HS Symphonic BandIIIII

Overall an excellent showing.

Please note that this festival is not a competition in the sense that a "First Place" or "Second Place" is awarded. It is easier to think of the ratings as "grades"... a "I" is like a "A" and a "II" is like a "B". Using this idea, you could say that each group received an overall "A" or "B" on their performance.

UPDATE 3/14: Check out the Histroical Ratings Record

Each student will be able to purchase a blue medal ribbon (for $3) and a gold plaque will be purchased for display in the band room.

Congrats to all the students that worked so hard!

Also, we like to to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the students and parents that volunteered so many hours to help make our hosting of festival such a great success! We simply could not have done it without you!

Keynotes Articles

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 08, 2007 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: news
Here are a few more articles recently published by the Conn-Selmer Keynotes site.

The Trust of Leadership

The Triangle

"Labor of Love" Results in Special Flute

Please take a few minutes to read these interesting articles.

School Closed Monday, January 15, 2007

Posted by Ms_Schlosser on Jan 14, 2007 - 11:56 PM  •  Filed under: news
Bay City Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather for Monday, January 15, 2007 - this includes

closing of our Community Education & Alternative Education programs and also our

Parent Involvement Center (PIE).

Concert Podcasts Available

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 15, 2006 - 11:00 AM  •  Filed under: news
I managed to post the podcasts of the concerts before going home on Friday. So go on and check em out! Enjoy!

Woodwind and Brasswind Files for Bankruptcy

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 05, 2006 - 11:06 AM  •  Filed under: news
SOUTH BEND — The third largest musical instrument seller in the world, based on the city’s northwest side, has filed for bankruptcy.But to consumers and companies who do regular business with The Woodwind & The Brasswind, nothing will change, the company’s president and owner said Friday. Read the full story

All-State Band Selections

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 04, 2006 - 11:35 AM  •  Filed under: news
Congratulations to Samantha Ward, eighth grade flute and Sam Braun, eighth grade tuba for being selected to the second annual Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association All-State Band. They will perform with the All-State ensemble in Grand Rapids on January 27, 2007.

Bay Music Foundation Scholarship Competition

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 04, 2006 - 02:02 AM  •  Filed under: news
The Annual Bay Music Foundation Scholarship Competition will be held on February 10, 2007 at St. Boniface Church. Applications are available online and are due by January 27, 2007. Scholarships are up to $600 in each category (Instrumental, Voice, Piano) and in separate divisions (Intermediate, Senior, Advanced). See baymusicfoundation.org for more information.

Interview with Nobel Prize Chemist Reveals Connection with Music

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 26, 2006 - 06:05 PM  •  Filed under: news
lipscomb-interview.jpg"I think the intuitive processes of discovery are the same, very much the same, in the arts as in the sciences." William Lipscomb (Nobel Prize, Chemisty, 1976)

Professor Lipscomb talks about how the directions of his research abruptly changed in 1964, about how to get confidence in ideas that nobody believes in (3:30), why music is a very important part of his life (5:40) and how a chemistry set for kids made him enter science (9:55). He also gives some advice to young students (11:26).

Winterguard Fundraiser at Fazoli's!

Posted by omgbecky on Nov 22, 2006 - 02:36 AM  •  Filed under: news
Come and join us for an all you care to eat meal at Fazoli's in Bay City.

We will be there from 5-8 on Wed. Nov. 22.

We recieve $1 from every all you care to eat meal purchased.

Hope to see you there!

New Photos!

Posted by Ms_Schlosser on Nov 15, 2006 - 04:44 PM  •  Filed under: news
The pictures from the Western Band shirt day are now available in the photo link.

Conn-Selmer Articles

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 11, 2006 - 01:38 PM  •  Filed under: news
"Frequent comments by Instrumental Music teachers who are not French horn players lead one to believe there is a great deal of “mystery” involved in teaching or playing the horn. Many of these “mysteries” stem from a lack of clearly understanding a few basic fundamentals in the approach to horn teaching. This veil of “mysteries” can be lifted only through the understanding of a clear, concise, logical explanation of teaching and playing procedures." [read the whole article at Conn-Selmer Keynotes]

"While there are 40 rudiments endorsed by the Percussive Arts Society, there are nine that are mostly found in concert band and orchestra literature. Are you obsessing about rudiments in your school programs? Certainly if you have a marching program the answer is no, but if you want your young drummers to play more musically in concert band and orchestra, you’ll focus less on the entire list of rudiments and home in on the handful of more useful ones found in school literature." [read the whole article at Conn-Selmer Keynotes]

"Recently I read how George Gershwin became interested in music. When he was ten years old, he heard a classmate play a piece on the violin, and suddenly a whole new world opened up for him. He befriended the boy, they discussed music and went to concerts together, and George’s life was changed forever." [read the whole article at Conn-Selmer Keynotes]

'Mop' Lays Down 18-Mile Solar System

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 07, 2006 - 03:25 PM  •  Filed under: news
DSC03072.thumb.jpg "Where’s the sun when you need it?" joked planetarium specialist William Mitchell. "It’s right there!" Jacob said, shaking the long, curly blond locks that earned him the nickname "Mop" among his classmates as his dad finished installing the sign. Mitchell checked Jacob’s math over the summer and helped guide the family through the process. "We’ve had kids do science fair-type projects before, but nothing in the community like this. Nothing that has a presence in the community," he said. [Midland Daily News]

Fourteen-year-old Jacob Larsen so loved the universe, he brought it down to earth.

Podcasts Available

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 27, 2006 - 04:34 AM  •  Filed under: news
Podcasts are always available through the link in the header bar. I have recently published recordings of the High School Concert and Symphonic Bands from October 26. Enjoy!

Winterguard Fazoli's Fundraiser

Posted by Ms_Schlosser on Oct 24, 2006 - 06:42 AM  •  Filed under: news
The Winterguard will be having a fundraiser at Fazoli's on Wilder Road in Bay City on Wednesday, October 25 from 5-8 PM. We receive $1 back for each "All-You-Can-Eat" Spaghetti dinner. Please come out and support the Winterguard.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 23, 2006 - 02:50 PM  •  Filed under: news
High School Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 25 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. Mr Heydenburg will be available only on Wednesday, October 25.

Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Monday, October 30 and Wednesday, November 1 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. Mr. Heydenburg will be available only on Wednesday, November 1. Ms. Schlosser will be available on both 10/30 and 11/1.

Friday, Oct. 20 Info

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 19, 2006 - 10:24 AM  •  Filed under: news
HS Symphonic Band and Eighth grade Band members will be released from class at 9:55 in order to participate in the Ground Breaking Ceremony which will begin at 10:15 on the South Lawn of the School. Eighth Graders will return to lunch/class immediately afterwards. Symphonic Band members will return to the band room and be dismissed from there to lunch.

HS Concert Band members will be released from class at 1:15 in order to participate in the Pep Assembly. There, they will join the Symphonic band members (in their 6th block) and parade in the halls to the assembly. Students are dismissed following the assembly.

The Marching Band will rehearse in FULL UNIFORM at 4:30 PM on the practice field in preparation for the Football Game that evening. The BCC Band will join us at about 5:15 and we will rehearse pregame together. At about 5:45 or 6:00 PM, all band students will be dismissed to the commons for refreshments. At 6:25 all students must be lined up to march to the stadium.

Parents, please plan to pick up your student from the game about 9:15.

All-State Band Audition Schedule

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 16, 2006 - 11:45 AM  •  Filed under: news
The All-State audition schedule has been posted at the MSBOA website (pdf). The WHS and WMS students are at the 'Western High School' site (we are hosting) which begins on the bottom of the 8th page and continues to the top of the 10th. Times and dates have been assigned by the state organization and cannot be changed.

Music leader warns parents to buy with care [UPDATED]

Posted by Mr. H on Jun 22, 2006 - 11:53 AM  •  Filed under: news
The Great Falls school district's music supervisor is warning parents of band students to avoid the lure of buying inexpensive instruments from "big box" discount stores or the Internet. Although they may be significantly cheaper than "brand name" instruments sold at full-service music stores, they're imported instruments of inferior quality that sometimes don't sound as good and break down frequently, Dennis Granlie said... his campaign against one brand of discount instruments has landed him in hot water with the Massachusetts company that imports it. In late July, Granlie e-mailed Wal-Mart's customer service center to complain about the Quality of the First Act Concert Series band instruments the store was selling.

The instruments are "poor quality, basically junk," he said. "Local repairmen will not work on them."

A week later, a lawyer for First Act, the company that imports the instruments from China, wrote Granlie a letter defending the instruments and threatening legal action if he didn't stop.

Read the whole story...

UPDATE 6/30: Here is a buying guide on eBay that you may find useful
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