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.

Band Festival Schedule

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 02, 2009 - 11:01 AM  •  Filed under: important
The High School and Middle School Bands will perform at MSBOA Band Festival according to the schedule below. The Festival will be held at Western on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, 2009. More information about arrival times and so forth will be available as we get closer to the performances.


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 >>


St. Patrick's Day Parade Rescheduled to March 22

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 13, 2009 - 02:35 AM  •  Filed under: important
Please note that the Bay City St. Patrick's Day Parade has been rescheduled. It is now scheduled for March 22, 2009. Please change your calendars.


Posted by lil*fegan on Jan 12, 2009 - 04:01 PM  •  Filed under: highschool

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.

Introducing Ms. Shaker, Student Teacher

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 04, 2009 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: news

Ms. Shannon Shaker will be student teaching with Ms. Schlosser and Mr. Heydenburg from January until May, 2009.

Shannon Shaker is from Pinconning, Michigan, and graduated from Pinconning Area High School in 2004. Shannon is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education with a concentration on the clarinet at Central Michigan University. During her time at CMU, Shannon has played clarinet and bass clarinet in many ensembles including: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, JACKS Woodwind Quintet, and the Marching Chippewas. Shannon was also a member of Delta Omicron (a professional, international music fraternity), and served as president for a year. In her free time, Shannon enjoys cooking, baking, reading, and walking her dog. She hopes to get a job next year teaching band or elementary music, and cannot wait to student teach at Bay City Western this spring.

Band Parents Council Meeting

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 03, 2009 - 06:36 AM  •  Filed under: bpc
All Middle School and High School band parents are invited to attend the Band Parents Council Meeting on Wednesday, January 7, 2009. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the High School Band Room. HS Band Trip Destinations for 2010 will be discussed as will some amendments to the By-Laws. Meetings usually last one hour or so. Please come and bring a friend! Get involved!

October, November & December Conn-Selmer Articles

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 23, 2008 - 07:32 AM  •  Filed under: news
October 2008

Some Thoughts Regarding Recruitment and Retention of Instrumental Students by Dr. Stewart L. Ross

Directors need to recruit families, not just individual students. While it is true that students recruit students, it is also evident that music parents recruit other music parents.

A Parent Guide to Music Education by Shirley Strohm Mullins

Our society values music for its intrinsic beauty, its meaning, its sheer joy. Imagine celebrations, social or religious events, football games, television, inaugurations and parades without music. We value music because it touches our hearts and souls.

Beginning Band and Orchestra, The Roots of a Successful Program (Part 1) by William W. Gourley

In today’s economic climate and with the pressures from other academic disciplines music programs are in a fragile position.

November 2008

Beginning Band and Orchestra, The Roots of a Successful Program (Part 2) by William W. Gourley

Everyone may not be right for instrumental music but instrumental music must be right for everyone.

Partnerships: A Powerful Tool by David Branson

Partnerships between school district music programs and community art groups are critical for the creation and enhancement of a vital arts environment.

Grading the Music Student:: The Revelli Point System by William Revelli

Conductors can be afraid to give a student the grade he or she really deserves because they’re afraid that that student might become discouraged and quit. I was always a very tough grader – if Revelli gave you an A, you’d better frame it.

December 2008

Teaching the Flute to Students with Braces – No Bad Sound Days by Valerie Simosko

The majority of student flutists must at some point in their playing career learn to play with braces on their teeth. Rather than cringing at the thought of losing some of your best students to what may seem like an unhappy event, you can capitalize on it by exploring the world of sound production with your student.

How To Rehearse by Nicholas V. Holland, III, Ph.D.

Yes, I can hear your laughter, and deservedly so; there isn’t really anything “sure-fire” in teaching. However, I can guarantee that you will find at least some part of these two teaching methods useful in your daily rehearsals.

Commitment Is The Price Of Leadership For Both Students And Teachers by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions, and it is the actions that speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none – coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of, the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.

School Closed Friday, December 19, 2008

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 19, 2008 - 12:14 AM  •  Filed under: important
Bay City Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather for Friday, December 19, 2008 - this includes closing of our Community Education & Alternative Education programs and also our Parent Involvement Center (PIE).

Alumni Perform at Bowl Games

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 17, 2008 - 03:01 AM  •  Filed under: news
Did you know that we will have several Alumni traveling to and performing at College Football Bowl games this winter?

Motor City Bowl - December 26, 2008 - Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Central Michigan University vs. Florida Atlantic University

David Shephard, WHS 2004 CMU

Anna Cruff, WHS 2005 CMU

Tyler DeFord, WHS 2007, CMU

Megan Barnard, WHS 2008, CMU

Capital One Bowl - January 1, 2009 - Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Michigan State University vs. Georgia University

Renee Pawloski, WHS 2005 MSU

Brian Arendt, WHS 2008, MSU

Have YOU considered joining a college band after you graduate? you SHOULD! You too may get to spend your vacation in a warm location!

Concerts Tonight!

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 16, 2008 - 11:02 AM  •  Filed under: important
Our Annual Winter Concerts are tonight. The Middle School concert (6, 7 & 8th grades) begin at 6:30 PM. 6th graders meet in the High School Band Room at 6:15 PM. 7th & 8th graders meet at the Middle School Band Room.

The High School Bands meet at 7:45 PM (ready to play, in uniform) in the High School Band Room and the Concert begins at 8:00 PM.

Both concerts should take approximately one hour each.

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.

School Closed Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 09, 2008 - 11:09 PM  •  Filed under: important
Bay City Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather for Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - this includes closing of our Community Education & Alternative Education programs and also our Parent Involvement Center (PIE).

NOTICE: We will be running a "Friday Schedule" for the next two days... - bring your instrument!

School Closed Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 08, 2008 - 11:17 PM  •  Filed under: important
Bay City Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather for Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - this includes closing of our Community Education & Alternative Education programs and also our Parent Involvement Center (PIE).

BCPS District Survey of Parents

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 11, 2008 - 05:55 AM  •  Filed under: news
Parents of Bay City Public School students are encouraged to participate in this year's BCPS Online Parent Survey Such that the district can better respond to your needs. Thank you.

Bay Music Foundation Scholarship Competition

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 10, 2008 - 11:30 AM  •  Filed under: news
web_logo.gifThe Bay Music Foundation will be holding their annual scholarship competition on February 14, 2009. Applications are available from your band director or from the Bay Music Foundation Website. Students can win as much as $600 that they can use toward music camps and other music-related expenses (see site for details). Recent winners include Bay City Western Grads! Take a look.

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)

WinterGuard Audition Results!!!

Posted by omgbecky on Oct 30, 2008 - 10:46 AM  •  Filed under: news
Here's what all who auditioned were waiting for.


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!

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

FSN Detroit To Air Selection Sunday Show

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 24, 2008 - 04:22 PM  •  Filed under: news
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Oct. 21 – High school football teams around the state will huddle around their television sets on Sunday (October 26) at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) to find out the qualifiers and pairings for the 2008 Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Playoffs during the Selection Sunday Show, exclusively on FSN Detroit.

The 30-minute program, hosted by FSN’s Mickey York and Ryan Field, will provide a rundown of the 256 teams that have qualified for the MHSAA Playoffs, as well as their first round matchups and game sites.


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)

MSBOA All-State Audition Schedule

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 17, 2008 - 11:39 AM  •  Filed under: important
The Audition Schedule for MSBOA All-State Band and Orchestra is available here (pdf). All Bay City Western students will be lited in "District 5" and begin roughly on page 16 or so. you can also search in the PDF for your name. Let your band director know if you can't find the information for some reason.
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