Tuesday Morning – 6:45 AM rehearsal is CANCELLED.
Tuesday Evening – Rehearsal from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. No Pit!
Wednesday Morning – 6:45 AM is on as scheduled.
Thursday Morning – 6:45 AM rehearsal is on as scheduled.
Thursday Evening – 6 PM rehearsal will occur on the practice field. This will be our final marching band evening rehearsal of the year. Students who have jazz band auditions will be excused for 20 minutes (10 minute warm-up, and 10-minute audition in their time slot).
Friday Morning – 6:45 AM rehearsal is on as scheduled. This will be our final early-morning marching band rehearsal of the year.
Friday Evening – Students should report to Memorial Stadium by 5:30 PM. We will do senior recognition and will also be joined by some 8th grade band students for pre-game.
Saturday – Mid-Iowa Band Championships in Ankeny, IA. See the itinerary. This will be our last performance of “Newsies.”
Rehearsal on Thursday will start at 7:15am. We will resume our normal 6:45am start time on Friday.
Check back to this post for all of the itineraries for the marching band season! In the itineraries you will find the times of all of the performances, call time for rehearsal at West High prior to departure, arrival time back to West High from competitions, alternative travel forms, and maps to all of our performance sites plus much more. If you see a mistake or have any questions, please e-mail Mr. Kleinheinz.
Students: The DOT BOOK is a small notebook or group of notecards (with a string or shoelace) that contains the information for all of the marching moves in our show. It makes up 15% of the 1st semester grade. If you don’t do it, it will be impossible for you to receive an “A” in band. If you do a poor or incomplete job, your grade will reflect that.
Here are the collection dates for Dot Books:
#1: Thursday, 9/11 at the end of 1st/2nd period
#2: Thursday, 9/18 at the end of 1st/2nd period
#3: Wednesday, 9/24 at the end of 1st/2nd period
#4: Tuesday, 9/30 at the end of 1st/2nd period
The FINAL DEADLINE for Dot Books (they may be turned in on this date for a slightly reduced grade):
Monday, 10/6 at the end of 1st/2nd period
Remember, this is a tool to help YOU in our rehearsals. It should be some thing that allows you to rehearse more efficiently and to march the show better.
Your DOT BOOK must contain:
1. Coordinates for each set
2. Number of counts to get to that set
3. Corresponding measures in the music for that move
4. Thumbnail image of entire picture for that set
5. Yard line crossings for that move (if any)
There should be a separate page for each set.
Math Formula for Yard Line Crossings:
# of steps from the yard line that you cross
(# of steps you move total in that move / # of counts in that move)
All of this information is posted on the band bulletin board as well. Please ask one of the directors if you have any questions.
Due to several absences from Booster Board Members and the cold weather Family Night on the Field and the Band Booster meeting have been postponed. They will take place one week later on Thursday, September 18th. Family Night on the Field will start promptly at 6:00pm and will be followed by the first booster meeting of the new school year. All of this will take place at West High School. We hope to see you there!
The sophomore game is delayed due to lightning. The varsity game may still happen tonight, but the band will NOT perform. Right now there is a severe thunderstorm warning, and the rain is likely to continue for the rest of the night.
The next time we will meet as a band is Tuesday morning at 6:45 AM. Next week’s evening rehearsals are on Tuesday night and Thursday night, since Labor Day is this Monday.