We have a fundraiser this Wednesday, February 22 at Panda Express in Waterloo! Show the flyer below when you pay at the register and the Waterloo West Band Boosters will receive a portion of your bill. This fundraiser goes all day (11:00 AM – 10:00 PM). That means you can go there for lunch, afternoon egg roll snack, dinner, late night crab rangoon snack and bed time lo mein! Thanks for supporting the band!
Friday, February 24, we are traveling with the jazz bands to the Coe College Jazz Summit in Cedar Rapids. The full itinerary is below, along with the Alternate Travel Form. Students needs to be at school early enough to load the bus at 7:15 AM. We should be back to West around 12:30 PM. Here are the performance times:
Jazz Band One: 9:20 in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium (Marquis Hall)
Jazz Band Two: 10:15 in Room 1 (Marquis Hall)
Students are also highly encouraged to travel back to Coe College on Saturday night for the Grand Finale Concert with the Coe College Jazz Band and featured guest artist Matt Wilson. He is a Grammy-nominated, New York-based drummer. He is a fantastic drummer who will be really great to hear! Students can sign up to ride the bus on Saturday with Mr. Prichard.
We are very excited to present our February band concert, An Evening of Music, this coming Monday, February 20 at 7:00 in Kersenbrock Auditorium. All three groups are putting together exciting programs for you to enjoy. We will also be taking group pictures for the yearbook before the concert. Here are call times for each group:
Concert Band: 6:15
Symphonic Band: 5:55
Wind Symphony: 6:35
Students should arrive in concert dress and be ready for the picture at their call time. Pictures will be taken in the Commons.
Band merchandise will be available for purchase. We’ll also have a bake sale before and after the concert. You can donate individually wrapped baked goods anytime on Monday. All proceeds go directly to the Band Boosters.
See you on Monday!
On Friday, February 17, we are heading to UNI in Cedar Falls for the Tallcorn Jazz Festival. This is a great opportunity to perform in a nice venue, get a good clinic, and hear other good bands. Students will also attend the Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz Concert that evening at 7:15. The guest artist performing with UNI Jazz Band One is guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. He is one of the top jazz guitarists in the world. Thank you to the West High Band Boosters for purchasing our students’ tickets! The itinerary and a link to the Alternative Travel Form are below.
Tallcorn Jazz Itinerary (doc)
Tallcorn Jazz Itinerary (pdf)
On Friday, February 10, we are heading to Washington High School in Cedar Rapids for the MoJazz Festival. Our students will get to work with three of the top jazz educators in the state. The itinerary and a link to the Alternative Travel Form.
MoJazz Itinerary (doc)
MoJazz Itinerary (pdf)
Here are the Pep Bands for the 2016-17 basketball season. Please take a look at the calendar to see when you are playing. If you need to miss an assigned pep band you must find a sub. Attending the other band’s dates will gain you band points towards your letter but will not make up for missing one of your assigned dates.
We are excited to perform at UNI next Monday, November 7, with the UNI Panther Marching Band at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The concert starts at 7:30, and here is a where you can order tickets: Order tickets. A portion of the ticket proceeds will come back to the Wahawk Band Boosters.
Students will need to be at West at 5:00 on Monday evening. Please eat dinner before arriving or bring a sack lunch to eat at UNI. We will have a rehearsal in the hall before the performance from 6:00-6:45. After that, we’ll change into uniforms. The concert should be over sometime between 8:45 and 9:00, and we’ll bus back to West at that time. If you are planning on having your student ride home with you, please fill out this form: Alternate Travel Plans Form.
This will be a great opportunity to showcase our students’ hard work during the marching band season, and it should be a fun night listening to the PMB perform a lot of their great half-time music! If you have any questions, please email Mr. Prichard.
The Band Halloween Party has been moved to November 1 at 6:00 in the Commons at West. Please RSVP using the link below, so we can let families know what to bring for the potluck. There will be a costume party with prizes!!! Email Mr. Prichard if you have any questions.
Jazz Band auditions will be held October 18 and 19 in the band room. Sign up for audition times outside the band room. Any student who auditions will be placed in either Jazz Band One or Jazz Band Two. Rehearsal schedules are based on availability of students in the ensembles. Please see Mr. Prichard or Mr. Kleinheinz if you have any questions. Good luck!
Here are instructions for the audition:
- Required: Play the prepared melody (or bass line) with the backing track. Everything is below. For guitar players, you are required to play the melody with the guitar melody backing track and the comping with the regular backing track. For drummers, play the etude below with the appropriate backing track and demonstrate the different styles in the handout.
- Optional: Improvisation. You may bring your own backing track or we can provide one for you. If you need something other than a blues in F or B-flat, please let us know ahead of time.
Guitar melody backing track
Regular melody backing track
Drum backing track