Bay City Fire Rescue Earns $10,000

Posted by Mr. H on Feb 03, 2010 - 01:25 PM  •  Filed under: news
You may remember the story requesting your help for the Bay City Fire Department.

Good news!

Congratulations! Thanks to your support - and the support of others in our community - Bay City Fire Rescue has earned a $10,000 Fire Safety Pledge Award from Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Thank you for contributing to this worthy cause by demonstrating your commitment to fire prevention.

Michael Piscopo


Bay Concert Band Scholarship Opportunity

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 27, 2010 - 03:27 PM  •  Filed under: news

Continuing in the tradition of promoting band participation in Bay County, the Bay Concert Band is again offering, to qualified band students,scholarships of up to $500 to be used for attendance at a 2010 summer band camp of the student’s choice. Scholarships are available to students in grades 9 through 11 who are interested in furthering their music education during the summer months. Scholarship awards will not exceed the cost of the camp session.

Key dates concerning applications and awards are as follows...


High School S&E Schedule Posted

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 19, 2010 - 02:16 AM  •  Filed under: highschool

Click below to see the February 20, 2010 MSBOA District 5 High School Solo & Ensemble Schedule.

Google Map to Owosso High School.


Band Festival Schedule

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 10, 2010 - 08:35 AM  •  Filed under: important

Band Festival takes place at Western on Friday, March 5, 2010 and Saturday, March 6, 2010. Here is the performance schedule for Western's Bands:

  • Seventh Grade: Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 9:50 AM
  • Eighth Grade: Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 1:50 PM
  • HS Concert Band: Friday, March 5, 2010 at 6:20 PM
  • HS Symphonic Band: Friday, March 6 5, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Band members are typically expected to arrive approximately one hour before the performance time and typically are released approximately 1:15 hours after the performance time. All students are required to attend. Your director will provide you with complete details as the date approaches.

School Closed January 8, 2010

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 07, 2010 - 11:14 PM  •  Filed under: important

Bay City Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather for Friday, January 8, 2010 - this includes closing of our Community Education & Alternative Educacation programs and also our Parent Involvement Center (PIE).

Basketball Game:

The Varsity Basketball games are ON for tonight. Therefore, we will perform. Please arraive at the band room no later than 6:00 PM with your instrument and marching music. Wear your yellow band polo and jeans. Tell your ride to pick you up at 8:15. See you tonight!

Band Parents Meeting January 6, 2010 @7pm

Posted by Mr. H on Jan 04, 2010 - 02:38 AM  •  Filed under: bpc

There will be a meeting for the Band Parents Council this Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the High School Band Room. All parents of Western Band students (6-12 grade) are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Basketball Band

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 31, 2009 - 10:25 AM  •  Filed under: highschool

A reminder to all high school band students that our first basketball band performance is Friday, January 11 8, 2010. All students are required to perform at 3 of the 5 games in this term. (fall drumline and guard members are only required to attend 2). All students must attend at least one of the first two games (because of the rehearsal before the game).

All games (these are listed on the site calendar as well)

  • Friday, January 8, 2010 @6:00 pm  #1 Basketball Band Performance
  • Friday, January 22, 2010 @6:00 pm  #2 Basketball Band Performance
  • Friday, February 5, 2010 @6:45 pm  #3 Basketball Band Performance
  • Friday, February 12, 2010 @6:45 pm #4 Basketball Band Performance
  • Friday, February 26, 2010 @6:45 pm #5 Basketball Band Performance

There will also be an optional performance on February 9 January 29, 2010 @6:00pm for the Boys Swim Meet.

The full policy is available here for your review.

Citizen Bank and SBSO Scholarship Competition

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 18, 2009 - 01:29 AM  •  Filed under: news

The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra has announced the Citizens Bank Wealth Management Young Musician of the Year Competition. Students submit an application and recording to be considered for a $500 cash award and featured performance at a Saginaw Bay Orchestra concert. Please see the SBO website for more information. Deadline for application is January 8, 2010.

Understanding the School Funding Crisis

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 16, 2009 - 04:15 AM  •  Filed under: news

Take a moment to read this information from Doug Newcombe, Bay City Public Schools interim Superintendent. It is posted to help you understand some of the details about school funding and its impact on the Bay City Public Schools.

Help the Bay City Fire Department

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 14, 2009 - 08:34 AM  •  Filed under: important

The Bay City Fire Department is very close - but not quite there - to receiving a grant through this web link online fire safety quiz. They are "on the bubble" and can really use our help to have this grant opportunity from Liberty Mutual in the amount of $10,000.

In order to be successful, it requires completion of a 10-question quiz related to fire safety and then crediting the Bay City Fire Rescue. Entry is limited to one completed per email address - so an email address is required to participate. Please help them by participating in the quiz before December 21, 2009.
1) Go to:
2) (You can skip the video if you wish.)
3) Select "Help Your Fire Department Earn $10,000 "
4) Select "Get Started"
5) Complete the 10-question quiz
6) After, "Congratulations - you completed the quiz, hit "continue"
7) Enter the requested information (including email address to receive the confirmation email)
8) Upon receipt of the confirmation email, you'll be provided a link to select the Bay City Fire Rescue
9) Connect to the link and credit the Bay City Fire Rescue
Any questions, you may contact Ann at the Bay City Fire Department at 892-8601.

Glow Bowling & Chinese Gift exchange

Posted by lil*fegan on Dec 09, 2009 - 10:59 AM  •  Filed under: fun

On Friday, December 18 I have planned a glow bowling/ chinese gift exhange get together at Monitor Lanes in Bay City at 5:30 p.m. Come out to have a great time with friends and if you would like to participate in the chinese gift exchange just bring a small wrapped gift that could be for a boy or girl. Bring at least $10. For 2 games of bowling and shoes it will be $7.50

If you have any questions feel free to email me at or text or call me at (989) 415-4594

Amanda Fegan
Band President

School Closed Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 08, 2009 - 11:17 PM  •  Filed under: important

Bay City Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather for Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - this includes closing of our Community Education & Alternative Education programs and also our Parent Involvement Center (PIE).

Fruit Pickup

Posted by Mr. H on Dec 07, 2009 - 04:04 PM  •  Filed under: highschool

Fruit Pickup:

Thursday, December 10

2:30 - 5:00 pm

WHS North parking Lot

at the Band Trailer

November SBO Magazine

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 24, 2009 - 02:16 AM  •  Filed under: news

The November issue of SBO Magazine can be viewed here.

Congratulations Gabriel Deyarmond

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 20, 2009 - 10:37 AM

Gabriel Deyarmond (WHS Senior oboe player) has been named as an Honorable Mention winner in the 2009-2010 MSBOA All-State Band. Congratulations to Gabe for this acheivement.

The full list of selected students and honorable mentions is available at the MSBOA homepage. No other students from Western HS or MS are listed.

November 2009 Conn Selmer Articles

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 19, 2009 - 07:00 PM  •  Filed under: news

Just another day at the office; How to get better results in concerts, auditions and other high-pressure performing situations- Part 1 of 4 by Jon Gorrie
"Just another day at the office..." was originally written for classical musicians as an aid in preparing for auditions and other solo performances. However, the information in this article can be applied to anyone in a 'high-pressure' performance situation.

Time for Grant Writing by Marcus L. Neiman
Who in their right mind would even considered thinking about writing grants during an economic downturn? Who indeed!

Conn-Selmer's Donation-From Kenosha to Vermillion: Preserving the Leblanc Legacy by Margaret Downie Banks
After Conn-Selmer agreed to donate the Leblanc Archive and various musical instruments to the National Music Museum (NMM) at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, seven staff members and students made two, 500-mile road trips to Kenosha, Wisconsin, in late June and mid-July 2008, to retrieve priceless historic artifacts and archival materials from the plant, prior to its imminent closure.

Links from Diego Calvo

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 19, 2009 - 02:11 AM  •  Filed under: news

YouTube has some very interesting videos and can be very useful in learning how to play your instrument better. Diego Calvo has found a few links on Trombone playing that he would like to share with you. Read the rest of the story to see them. enjoy!


Congrats to CMU Honors Band

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 16, 2009 - 02:20 AM  •  Filed under: news

Congratulations to Western High School students Samantha Ward, flute, Gabriel Deyarmond, oboe and Melissa Rutzen, clarinet, for their selection to and participation in the 2009 Central Michigan University High School Honors Band.

Students were required to submit a recording as an audition and were then selected by CMU Faculty. The concert was held Sunday, November 15, 2009 at the Music Building at CMU.

WHS Band Fruit Sale 2009

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 08, 2009 - 07:22 AM  •  Filed under: highschool

Fruit sale for high school band to begin November 5th 2009 with money and orders due November 20th, 2009. Fruit delivered December 10th, 2009. 40% profit for the band parent council.


Read more to learn about sales incentives...


2009/2010 Marching Band Awards

Posted by Mr. H on Nov 04, 2009 - 03:28 AM  •  Filed under: highschool

Following the October 29, 2009 Band rehearsal, The Drum Majors and Student Leadership Team announced the 2009/2010 Marching Band Awards. Congratulations to the students listed below and to the whole band for an outstanding season!



Posted by Mr. H on Nov 01, 2009 - 01:49 AM  •  Filed under: news

Bandorama 2009 takes place this Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 6:30 PM in the Western Gym.  This is a concert which features all the bands at Western: 6th, 7th, 8th, HS Concert, HS Symphonic, Jazz and Marching Bands! This should be a great concert for everyone.

Admission is $2 per person at the door.

Each grade-level student has received differing instructions for arrival times. Parents, please communicate with your student to know what time they are expected to arrive.

The Gym doors will not open to the public until 6:00 PM. 6th Grade parents need to sit on the first floor bleachers on the West end. Other parents can sit on the East end or in the upstairs bleachers.

Setup crews will begin at 5:00 pm.  We will need assistance cleaning up after the concert. Please consider helping out!

Playoff Information UPDATED 10/30

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 25, 2009 - 01:48 PM  •  Filed under: highschool

As of 2:00 PM October 30, 2009, the band has CANCELLED our participation in the game due to concerns about weather.

Bay City Western Football Team will be traveling to Lapeer West High School for their first playoff game this year.

The Game is at 7:00pm on Friday, October 30, 2009 at Lapeer West.

The Band will be going to the game and performing. We will leave western at 5:00 pm. We hope to return approximately 11:00 pm.

The other two teams in the district are Flushing and Midland. They will play at Midland.

Lapeer West is the first seed in the district, then Midland, the Flushing, then Western.

Entire list of football pairings

October 2009 SBO Magazine

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 23, 2009 - 03:36 AM  •  Filed under: news

To view the October 2009 edition of SBO magazine click here.

All State Schedule Posted

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 16, 2009 - 09:49 AM  •  Filed under: important

The MSBOA All-State Band and Orchestra Audition schedule has been posted at

As I mentioned in class, there is problem with the original printing of that schedule for the Sunday times. The corrected version is available here.

Disney Payment Due 10/30

Posted by Mr. H on Oct 15, 2009 - 05:45 AM  •  Filed under: DisneyTrip

For parents and students participating in the Disney Trip, a second payment of $250 (per person) is due by October 30, 2009. Please make checks payable to Bay City Western and mail or send in to Mr. Heydenburg with your student.

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