Recent Podcasts Available!

Posted by Mr. H on May 25, 2006 - 12:59 PM  •  Filed under: news
Please be sure to check out our Podcast Archive to listen to recently recorded concerts, including the Spring Concert for the High School and Middle School. You can use iTunes (free download) to subscribe to the podcast and then it will automatically download the most recent broadcasts - or you can listen to the recordings right through your web browser as long as you have Quicktime installed!

BCPS Bond Approved!

Posted by Mr. H on May 03, 2006 - 01:33 AM  •  Filed under: news
The Bay City Public School Bond issue was passed by voters on May 2, 2006. This will inject nearly 70 million dollars into our school and community. Western and the Western Band program will see major improvements and we are very excited! Thank you to our supportive community!



More Bond Information

New Trier High School Jazz Site

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 18, 2006 - 09:38 AM  •  Filed under: news
You need to check out this site! New Trier High School Jazz



The site is full of all kinds of simply awesome video and audio clips of High School musicians (I still can't believe they're in High School!). Be sure to check out the videos of recent concerts.



Awesome - just awesome.

Jazz Band Wins Awards!

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 14, 2006 - 10:38 AM  •  Filed under: news
Congratulations to the High School Jazz Band. The Jazz Band performed at the Alma College Jazz Festival on Thursday, April 13, 2006. This is the first time that Western has performed at this festival. The Festival awards best soloists for each instrument and best section for each section. There were approximately 25 bands in the competition.



The Western High School Rhythm Section was selected as Best Rhythm Section! The rhythm section includes: Tom Calvo, piano, Jason Litchfield, guitar, Mike Jarema, drums, Aaron Lowell, drums and Adam McFarland, bass.



In addition, Jason Litchfield was selected as Best Guitar Player and Adam McFarland was selected as Best Bass Player!



Congratulations to everyone and thank you for an excellent performance! Recordings will be made available in the next few days. Please check back!

Win $25,000 for the Band Room and $1600 for YOU!

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 04, 2006 - 01:40 PM  •  Filed under: news
Enter the EXPO "Win a Classroom Makeover" and win $25,000 to makeover our room and $1600 in savingsbonds for yourself. All you have to do is write a 100 word essay! Give it a shot and ENTER!!!

State Solo & Ensemble Results (2006) [updated]

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 25, 2006 - 01:54 PM  •  Filed under: news
Congratulations to all the students that performed at Central Michigan University for the MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday, March 25, 2006. All the students that performed did very well and represented Bay City Western with great respect.



UPDATE 3/28 1:00 pm: Congratulations to Janel Rutzen, BCW Junior Flutist, who has been nominated for the opportunity to perform at the 2006 Michigan Youth Arts Festival Gala Concert on Friday, May 12, 2006. Janel is one of 40 flute players, and about 250 total students in the state who have been selected because of their performance at State Solo & Ensemble Festival. Janel was nominated from over 4200 students statewide. Janel must now participate in an audition process on April 6 at CMU, where a total of four students will be selected from the 250 to perform.



Read the rest of the story for complete S&E results...

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Mr. H Quoted in BC Times Article

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 21, 2006 - 01:30 PM  •  Filed under: news
''There is nothing that would keep us out of this parade,'' said Craig Heydenberg [sic], director of Bay City Western High School's marching band.



For Heydenberg, who has marched on St. Patty's day in rain, sleet and snow, the weather was perfect.



''In terms of our community, this is by far our largest audience,'' Heydenberg said, noting the band plays 20 to 25 public performances per year. ''It is a great parade.'



Read the rest of the article at mlive.

Western Bands Sweep Band Festival - All I's! [Updated 3/20]

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 18, 2006 - 04:59 AM  •  Filed under: news
Western "swept" MSBOA District 5 Band Festival this weekend, earning I's (superior) with all four bands for the first time in known school history. Each and every band, Seventh, Eighth, Concert and Symphonic, received an overall "I" or "superior" for their performance at Band Festival, held Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at Midland Central Middle School. Read the rest of the story for complete details...



UPDATE 3/20: Recordings now posted in the downloads area. Also check out the Bay City Western Historical Record of MSBOA ratings at MSBOA Band and Orchestra Festival.

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U-M Tuba Player Earns $102,000 Job

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 14, 2006 - 03:20 PM  •  Filed under: news
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — It's 9:30 on a Saturday night, and Carol Jantsch's cell phone is ringing.



She's 20 years old, she's in State College, Pa., for an ultimate Frisbee tournament, and she has no idea who'd be calling from the 215 area code.



On the other end is the personnel manager for the Philadelphia Orchestra, one of America's finest symphonies."He told me that they'd like to offer me an audition," recalled Jantsch, now 21, a tuba player in her senior year at the University of Michigan. The call last April began an arduous process that involved multiple auditions and performances with the orchestra before Jantsch won the tuba job last month from a field of 195 musicians.



Orchestra officials say she is the first woman to earn a tuba seat with a symphony considered to be among the top five in the United States. She also may be the youngest person ever to win a top-five tuba spot, although memories and records are fuzzy before the early 1930s.



read the rest of the article

New Site Design

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 13, 2006 - 03:29 PM  •  Filed under: news
Welcome to the new design of westernbands.net!



I'm not quite finished with what I've planned, but I wanted to get the new site out and begin testing it live. If you find problems, please post them to the forum and I'll do what I can. Let me know what you think!

Apple Computer Offers Scholarships

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 06, 2006 - 09:55 AM  •  Filed under: news
It's a new college scholarship program that rewards students for their innovative use of technology in their schoolwork.



This year, we [Apple Computer] will select ten college-bound high school seniors from across the nation based on each student's innovative use of technology in academics. Show us your best work, and you could take a MacBook Pro, iPod nano, and $2000 to campus next fall. All of which will make college life a great deal easier.



for more information visit the Apple Website

BCPS 2006-2007 Budget Update [update 2/21]

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 20, 2006 - 01:37 AM  •  Filed under: news
On Monday, February 13, 2006 the Bay City Public Schools held their monthly Board Meeting at the Handy Media Center. This was the first review of proposed changes to the 2006-2007 budget in which a recommendation has been made to reduce spending by $7.4 million. Read more to view the areas which are recommended to be cut.



[Update 2/21: Special Board Workshop Schedule - see below for details]

Read more...

HS Solo & Ensemble Results

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 20, 2006 - 12:50 AM  •  Filed under: news
Congratulations to all the participants in District Solo & Ensemble 2006. Everyone that participated did a great job and represented western well. We had 10 First Divisions (I's) and 7 Second Divisions (II's). Click 'read more' to see the specific results.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences Upcoming

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 01, 2006 - 01:14 AM  •  Filed under: news
Bay City Western High School and Middle School Parent / Teacher Conferences will occur according to the following schedule:



Middle School:

Monday, February 6, 2006 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, February 8, 2006 4:00 - 7:00 PM



High School:

Monday, February 20, 2006 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 4:00 - 7:00 PM



Mr. Heydenburg will be available on February 6 and February 20.

Ms. Schlosser will be available on February 6 & 8

District HS Solo & Ensemble Schedule Posted

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 27, 2006 - 10:08 AM  •  Filed under: news
The MSBOA District 5 High School Solo & Ensemble Festival schedule is available below. The festival takes place on February 18, 2006 at St. Johns High School. Remember that students must provide their own transportation.



Map to St. Johns High School

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Rutzen takes First in Bay Music Senior Division

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 22, 2006 - 07:44 AM  •  Filed under: news
Congratulations to Bay City Western High School Junior and Band Member, Janel Rutzen for winning First Place in the Annual Bay Music Foundation Scholarship Competition on Saturday, January 21, 2006. Janel has won $350 to put towards her musical activities by performing a flute solo. Janel studies flute privately with area flute teacher, Mrs. Lauren Rongo. Congrats!

GO TO SLEEP!

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 18, 2006 - 11:22 AM  •  Filed under: news
Biologically speaking, teens are really out of it in the early morning, brain researchers say. Brown University professor Mary Carskadon thinks most U.S. school systems should pay close attention to what she found in the saliva of teenagers. If they did, she said, high schools would start later than they do, and teachers would educate students about a subject as basic as reading and math: sleep.



Read the whole article

Bay City Times Article [UPDATED 2x]

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 23, 2005 - 03:22 AM  •  Filed under: news
Be sure to check out the Bay City Times on Saturday, December 24! The article about our trip and the pictures that were taken will probably be in the Times on that day. Someone bring a copy with you on Monday so I can read it too!



You can read the article online! CLICK HERE!



I added to the gallery the four photos that were sent to me from the newspaper. These may or may not be the ones that were used in the article...

MSBOA All-State Band Announced

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 02, 2005 - 09:06 AM  •  Filed under: news
Congratulations to the following students for being selected to the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association All-State Band!



Melissa Rutzen, clarinet, 8th grade

Danielle LeFevre, trumpet, 8th grade

Rachel Morr, trumpet, 12th grade

Mike Jarema, percussion, 10th grade



Also congratulations to Adam McFarland (Euphonium, 11th grade) who was selected as an alternate for the High School All-State Band.



The All-State Bands are the top 100 musicians at the High School or Middle School level in the state. Hundreds of students auditioned and it is a tremendous honor to be selected! Congratulations to all of you!



More information is available at the MSBOA website.



Thanks to all who auditioned!

PBS TV Special Features MSU Marching Band

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 11, 2005 - 06:00 PM  •  Filed under: news
A TV Special made by the PBS Station in Lansing called "Halftime!" Features the Michigan State University Marching Band as they put together and rehearse a show to honor the 50-year anniversary of the local PBS affiliate (WKAR). The show will be broadcase by local affiliate WDCQ on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 10:30 pm and on Sunday, November 27, 2005 at 3:30 pm. The show features some closeups of Western High School Alum, Andrew (Fuzzy) Pawloski. Check it out!

Bandorama photos

Posted by Ms_Schlosser on Nov 02, 2005 - 04:52 AM  •  Filed under: news
There are pictures from Bandorama available in the photo album 2005-06.

WHS Band Member's Little Brother Killed in Accident

Posted by Mr. H on Aug 14, 2005 - 06:37 AM  •  Filed under: news
WHS Band member Keith Tippman's little brother Kirk, the youngest of four children of Thomas and Bonnie Tippman of Bay City, died Friday at Covenant Medical Center-Cooper, Saginaw, from injuries sustained in car-bicycle accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Keith and his family in this difficult time.



Funeral services for Kirk Tippman will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Church, 501 N. Walnut St.

Colorguard Fundraiser Wednsday 7/20

Posted by omgbecky on Jul 19, 2005 - 08:47 AM  •  Filed under: news
Come one come all to the colorguard fundraiser.

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Jazz Festival Recordings Available - Concert Recordings to be Removed

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 05, 2005 - 11:13 AM  •  Filed under: news
The recordings of the High School Jazz Band at CMU Jazz Festival are now available online (you might have to go to the second page of the list).



After April 15, the recordings of the Bands at District Festival WILL BE REMOVED. If you want them, get them soon.

Footnote: enjoy!

Kaleidoscope at State Competition

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 01, 2005 - 01:57 AM  •  Filed under: news
The Kaleidoscope Winterguard will perform at State Competition at SVSU on Saturday, April 2, 2005 at 4:08 PM. Throughout the morning and early afternoon there will be Indoor Percussion Line performances and from 4:00 PM until 9:45 PM there are Winterguard performances. There is a cost to get in ($12 per person). Go and support your friends! Go Guard!
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