The West High Band Boosters, with the aid of the Waterloo Community Schools Foundation, offers a scholarship for private lesson study. This money will be used to pay for a student to study privately with an expert on their instrument.
Application deadline is January 8, 2016. By that date, you need to turn in the application along with the prepared essay, or fill out the form online. The form can be downloaded below or at this website:
We are awarding these funds to students who are serious about their desire to attend lessons and improve their musical skills. If frequent absences are noted without appropriate make-up lessons scheduled, the award may be revoked and given to other students who will attend their lessons.
All information on this form is strictly confidential. The directors will be the only people who see this information.
Your essay should include why you want the scholarship, your level of commitment to private lessons and the West High Band Program, and your desire to improve as a musician.
If you don’t have the name of a private instructor to study with, Mr. Prichard or Mr. Kleinheinz can help you find one.
If you have any questions regarding this application or scholarship, please contact Mr. Prichard at email@example.com or school phone (319) 433-2700.
Above is the list for both pep bands and the dates that they will be playing. Everyone is required to play at their 5 pep bands or find a sub to fill in their spot. You will receive 5 band points towards your letter for each extra pep band that you attend.
Unfortunately the weather has become an issue and we have decided that for a vast array of reasons it would not be wise for us to perform at tonight’s football. We are currently trying to figure out if we can do some sort of “last hurrah” marching band performance so that the students can perform their show and families/friends watch it knowing that it is the last one. Updates on that will come later.
Senior recognition night will continue as planned. This is our last opportunity to give the seniors the recognition they deserve in front of a crowd that they have played for the past 4 years. Please dress warmly and bring an umbrella! I would suggest that seniors dress up a little bit. We can attempt to find a spot to take a senior picture. Since the band is not performing seniors and their parents can plan to arrive at 6:45pm instead of 6:15pm.
The cancelled performance tonight has no bearing on All-State auditions tomorrow. We will still meet at 6:30am and be back as soon as the last audition is over. Remember to dress up for the audition and bring comfortable clothes for the rest of the day.
Auditions for Jazz Band will be on October 19 in the West High Band Room. Every student who auditions for jazz band will make either Jazz Band One or Jazz Band Two. You will need to sign up for an audition time outside the band room. Please be on time and warmed up for your audition. Audition material is below. It is also available in the band room. The play-along tracks are also below for you to use for practice.
For the audition, you will play the prepared melody with the play-along track.
Improvisation is optional. You can bring a play-along track with you, or we can provide one. We will have blues play-alongs available. If you are planning on using something other than the blues, please bring a track with you or let Mr. Prichard know a few days ahead of your audition.
Play-along: Have You Met Miss Jones?
Bass Audition – Start at letter A, play through the 1st measure of letter D
Drum Set Audition – Start at letter A, play to the end of the page
In addition to the etude, be prepared to play a swing pattern at these tempos: quarter note = 112, 144, 180
Piano Audition – Start at letter A, play through the 3rd measure of C
Play-along: bass, drum set, and piano
We have band parent shirts available for purchase. Show your pride in the Wahawk Bands by purchasing one of these shirts! Prices start at $10. Please make checks payable to West High Band Boosters. Orders can be given to Mr. Kleinheinz or Mr. Prichard. All orders are due by October 16 so we can get the shirts back to you for the final home game of the season. If you have questions, please contact Tammi Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the order form below to see the shirt. Please fill it out and send it to Mr. Kleinheinz or Mr. Prichard. Order forms can be emailed to them, as well.
Here are some important changes for tonight due to extreme heat.
1) Students will NOT be in marching band uniforms. Instead, students should wear dress code shorts/pants, any Waterloo West t-shirt, and tennis shoes. Students were told this at rehearsal this morning.
2) Students need to be at the field by 5:30. We will meet on the practice field at that time.
3) At the game tonight, students are not allowed to eat or drink anything except water during the 1st, 2nd, or 4th quarters. Please do not bring them food or drinks (except water) during this time. They will have the 3rd quarter free, but need to be back in the stands BEFORE the end of the 3rd quarter. For normal games, students are not allowed to eat or drink anything (except water) while in uniform. They are expensive and need to last a long time, so we can’t risk having stained uniforms. Thank you for helping with this.
If you are helping with the RAGBRAI fundraiser here is a link to a map of where we will have our stand. See you Wednesday!