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
We are excited to take the band out for two more performances this Saturday. We will be in Dubuque in the morning and Des Moines for Valley Fest in the evening. It is a long day for the students, but it is a fun way to end our competitive season. The students will get to see a lot of really good marching bands after we perform at Valley Fest.
The itinerary for the day is below. If you are planning on taking your child home with you, please fill out the Alternate Travel Form or you can download the itinerary and fill out a paper form. Alternate Travel Forms must be completed and returned by Friday, October 7. The expectation after their performance at Valley Fest is that all students stay and watch some bands before leaving with parents.
We are excited to take the band to our first competitions this Saturday in Cedar Rapids. The itinerary below has an Alternative Travels Plans Form. You can also fill it out online using this link: Alternate Travel Plans Form. Students are not allowed to leave between Bands Across the Prairie and 5 Seasons. If you have any questions, email Mr. Prichard or Mr. Kleinheinz.
The Varsity Football game has been moved up to 6:15pm due to the impending floods. Call time for the band is now 5:00pm. The freshmen football game has been cancelled. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility!
Due to the 1 hour early dismissal today, the parade will now start at 1:15.
Call time for the game tonight is still 5:30.
We have extra show shirts available for sale. You can order the shirts using this link: Show Shirt Order Form. Cost is listed on the form. Checks can be made out to West High Band. We need to have your payment before you get your shirt. Please email Mr. Prichard if you have any questions.
Need help practicing and memorizing? Use the click-tracks to help you out.
The annual Band Picnic will be held at 6:00pm on Friday, August 19th at Byrnes Park (near the pool). See the flyer for what everyone is responsible for for the potluck. Those bringing beverages, please make sure that the beverages are cold. If bringing soda please bring canned soda as we will not have cups available to make use of 2 liter bottles. Please consider bringing a cooler with ice to help keep drinks cold. Plates, napkins, and plastic ware will be provided. Please bring lawn chairs for seating.