Help us win $25,000!

Posted by Mr. H on May 13, 2002 - 03:10 AM  •  Filed under: news
Yamaha2.jpgYou can help our Band win $25,000 worth of free instruments! If your entry is the winner, you also win $1000 toward purchase of a new instrument! Just go here and fill in the form. Tell all your friends and parents to register too! One entry per email address. I recommend that you read the rules before entering. Contest ends October 31, 2002.

Celebration Student Conductors Named

Posted by Mr. H on May 07, 2002 - 04:55 PM  •  Filed under: news
Congratulations to Adam Cruff and Kyle Talicska, recently named Student Conductors for Celebration 2002. These students will conduct the Symphonic and Concert Bands all three nights of performances! Best Wishes!

Celebration Shirts On Sale Now

Posted by Mr. H on May 06, 2002 - 06:28 AM  •  Filed under: news
Celebration T-shirts are on sale now for cast-members. Shirts are $6 each and come in royal or light blue. XXL shirts are $7. Jazz Band members should add $1 for their shirt and need to purchase them directly from Mr. Heydenburg. Regular cast members can buy their shirts from Mrs. Keenan or Mr. Heydenburg. All HS Band members are required to buy a shirt for Marching Band.

High School Uniforms due by May 10

Posted by Mr. H on May 06, 2002 - 02:30 AM  •  Filed under: news
All students should have their uniforms professionally cleaned and return them to the band office as soon as possible. Students should leave them in the dry-cleaning bag and with the receipt attached. Both the Concert and Marching uniforms should be cleaned. If you received a “nice” black-plastic hanger with your uniform, please return it. Don’t forget to return your hat and garment bag as well as the items that were cleaned.



Students who are unwilling or unable to have their uniforms cleaned will be charged a cleaning fee of $10 per marching uniform and $5 per concert uniform.



Students should keep their marching shoes, gloves and summer uniforms.



Uniforms are due by May 10. Uniforms turned in after May 17 will be charged a $5 late fee.

New Pictures!!! New Pictures!!!

Posted by Mr. H on May 03, 2002 - 11:37 AM  •  Filed under: news
That's right! The new photo-sharing system is online. There are a few 'tweaks' I'll likely have to make, but for the most part it is up and running. You can click HERE to check it out!

Bay City Western Bands shirts available now!

Posted by Mr. H on May 01, 2002 - 09:23 AM  •  Filed under: news
The Band Parents Council is taking orders for new "Western Bands" Shirts. You can buy T-shirts or sweatshirts. The design is the same as previous shirts. You can get black text on a grey shirt or white text on a blue shirt. You can also buy a gold fleece jacket with an emroidered logo. Download an order form (PDF, Word) for more information. Orders are due by May 10. No late orders accepted!

Jazz Night Pictures online

Posted by Mr. H on May 01, 2002 - 09:23 AM  •  Filed under: news
Here are a few pictures from Jazz Night of the jazz band. If you're interested...

State Festival Results

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 27, 2002 - 08:07 AM  •  Filed under: news
Both the High School Concert and Symphonic Bands received overall II's at MSBOA State Band and Orchestra Festival on Friday, April 26. Both bands played with a lot of emotion and intensity and I (Mr. H) was very proud of each and every person's effort. I really enjoyed myself as your conductor. Thank you!

High School State Festival Schedule

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 25, 2002 - 11:49 PM  •  Filed under: news
Both High School Bands perform at State Band Festival on Friday, April 26. The festival is held at Western
Concert Bandarrive 6:45 PMperform 7:25 PMSight Reading 7:50 PMrating posted approx 8:30 PM
Symphonic Bandarrive 9:00 PMperform 9:45 PMSight Reading 10:15 PMrating posted approx 10:45 PM

Where the heck are the Pictures?!?!?!

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 23, 2002 - 12:37 PM  •  Filed under: news
People keep asking for pictures from the trip to be posted. Short story: they're on their way - eventually. Long story: I'm revamping the way we share photos on this website to make it easier and its taking longer than I would like. I'll get to it as soon as I can....

BPC Meeting

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 18, 2002 - 10:48 AM  •  Filed under: news
The next BPC meeting will be on Monday, April 22, 2002 at 7:30 PM in the Band Room.

Jazz Band rehearsal schedule

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 18, 2002 - 10:47 AM  •  Filed under: news
There will be no morning rehearsals due to the MEAP modified schedule for the week of April 21. Rehearsals will begin again on Tuesday, April 30 and continue as regularly scheduled from there.

Band Camp Registration Opens

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 09, 2002 - 04:23 PM  •  Filed under: news
rollback.jpgRegistration due by Friday, April 12!
High School Marching Band Camp is going to be here sooner than you think! Guess what?!?! We've "Rolled Back" the prices to a jaw-dropping $175 per student (and $90 for second siblings!). This is because of the fundraising efforts of the BPC!

Click here to get a registration form. "Official" forms are available from Mr. Heydenburg

Kaleidoscope Finishes Fourth in State

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 08, 2002 - 02:20 AM  •  Filed under: news
Congratulations to the Kaleidoscope winterguard for placing fourth in the Auxiliary class at State Finals last Saturday, April 6, 2002 at Saginaw Valley State University. Their performance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was exciting to see and they did a great job! Full scores and more information is available here.

Kaleidoscope performs at State Finals

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 02, 2002 - 09:30 AM  •  Filed under: news
Kaleidoscope, Western's winterguard, will be performing at State Finals this Saturday, April 6, 2002 at Saginaw Valley State University. They perform at 11:03 AM in the main gym. They are performing a routine to "Thriller" by Michael Jackson. Tickets are $12 and will allow you to see performances all day long. See the Michigan Color Guard Circuit Web Page for more information. Members of Kaleidoscope include members of our color guard as well as members of the band. Good Luck!

We're Baaaaaaack...

Posted by Mr. H on Apr 02, 2002 - 02:28 AM  •  Filed under: news
The band arrived at 10:20 AM this morning after spending about 13 hours on the road. Everyone was very tired and thankful to be home. We'll see you all next Tuesday! Have a good spring break!

Jazz Band

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 30, 2002 - 05:20 PM  •  Filed under: news
Jazz band will meet this Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday as usual, even though the school week is short.

Band Festival News

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 29, 2002 - 11:54 AM  •  Filed under: news
Despite ending in a rather unusual fashion, MSBOA District Band Festival went well for the Western Bands.

7th Grade Band: overall rating: II

8th Grade Band: overall rating: III


HS Concert Band: overall rating: I

HS Symphonic Band: overall rating: I


The audio page has been updated with the recordings of the High School performances. The Middle School performances have been posted as well.

We're on our way home!

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 26, 2002 - 01:47 AM  •  Filed under: news
Today is our last day of the trip. Yesterday, we went to the Smithsonian Museums. The kids had a chance to visit several of the many buildings that are there. Most kids went to the Air & Space museum and the Natual History museum. Some also went to the American History museum and Art museum. Last night the group went to Smokey Glen farm. Smokey Glen is an outdoor sports/recreation facility and restaurant. Kids played basketball, soccer, mini-golf, etc.



We had our first "injury" last night. Amy Thibo re-injured her knee playing vollyball and we had to take her to the emergency room. She is fine. However, we were up until 2:00 AM getting her to see a doctor... ACK!



Today we will be touring the monuments and Ford's Theater. Then we will leave for home late tonight. Hopefully everything will be on schedule. I will attempt to update the website as we near home so that you know what time to pick up your child. I may not be able to do this from the road, so if this web page is not updated by 8:30 AM tomorrow morning, then please call my office: 989-662-4481 ext. 6186. I will leave a message on my voicemail there telling you when we plan to be back. See you soon!

Bands perform, have fun.

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 24, 2002 - 05:04 PM  •  Filed under: news
On Saturday, The HS Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Jazz Band all performed in the Festivals of Music competition. At this festival, bands earn both a rating and a placement. The rating is based on a national standard and the placement is based on a comparison to the other bands in their class at this site. All three bands played VERY well and I (Mr. H) was VERY proud of their performances!



Here are the results:
bandratingplacement
Concert BandExcellent2nd place, class AA CB
Symphonic BandExcellent2nd place, class A CB
Jazz BandExcellent2nd place, class AA JB


**a rating of "excellent" would be comparable to a "I" rating at our State Festival.



Special recognition was also given to sections in the Jazz Band (JB) competition: The Western High School Jazz Band earned Best Trombone Section, Best Saxophone Section, and Best Rhythm Section.



Awards were distributed at a special Ceremony in Busch Gardens on Sunday Morning. The students then spent the rest of the day in the Busch Gardens Theme Park and had a great time.

We're Here!

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 23, 2002 - 12:14 PM  •  Filed under: news
Well, we survived the long bus trip and lived to perform! We left WHS at 4:00 AM and arrived at our hotel in VA Beach at 10:00 PM. We stopped approximately every three hours.



We performed on Saturday morning and afternoon. All three bands did VERY well and I am very proud of their hard work and good attitudes. We don't know yet our scores and how we compare to the other bands, but the judges we worked with were very complimentary.



Tonight we are headed off to our Dinner/Dance cruise and the kids are very excited! Tomorrow, we go to Busch Gardens and then drive to Washington DC.



I'll try to post again as we continue our journey. Check back for more updates! -Mr. H

We're Off!

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 21, 2002 - 11:00 AM  •  Filed under: news
The High School Bands are off to Virginia Beach and Washington DC! You can check back to this page to find updates (hopefully). If this page doesn't change much in the first couple days of our trip, then we may not be able to access it. The final itinerary has been added to our Trip FAQ. The emergency Number is 1-800-496-2346. Remember you can call Mr. Heydenburg's voicemail to get notification of our planned return time. Call between 8:00 and 9:00 AM on Wednesday morning. (phone number: 662-4481 ext. 6186).

Thank You!

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 20, 2002 - 01:59 PM  •  Filed under: news
A HUGE THANK YOU to the Western Booster Club, Inc. who has agreed to fund our purchase of a 20' x 8' dual-axle trailer. The trailer will be customized for use by the band and will be owned by the School District. Here are a few pictures to give you a better idea. (updated 1/13 with more pics).

Entertainment Books

Posted by Mr. H on Mar 20, 2002 - 01:54 PM  •  Filed under: news
Entertainment Books are SOLD OUT! Click the picture to order online!

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