The look of the West High Band has been updated with a new logo for our apparel! For students, these new t-shirts and sweatshirt are congruent with the dress code and can be worn for all spirit days or over a collared shirt. These new shirts would look great at any of our competitions or concerts. If you would like to order, please fill out the form below and return it, along with payment, to Mr. Kleinheinz or Mr. Conrad.
Wind Symphony only!
Thursday, March 12th at UNI (Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center)
- Bring your concert wear to school in the morning (concert dresses for ladies, tuxes for men)
- Also have your instrument, music folder, and a pencil
- You are excused from periods 4 through 8, but you must communicate with your teachers about what you need to make up.
- Our performance/clinic block is from 2:10 to 3:10 (warm-up at 1:35)
Solo and Ensemble Festival – Saturday, April 18th at Waterloo East High
The Iowa High School Music Association’s Solo and Small Ensemble Festival is a GREAT opportunity for our band students to grow into more confident and independent musicians. While it is not a requirement for students to participate, students can earn 15 Band Points toward their letter for each event in which they participate!
The registration fee for each student will be covered for ONE event only. For each additional ensemble a student chooses to participate in, he/she will have to pay $12 (check made out to Waterloo West Band; memo: S & E registration).
If any students end up not being able to perform for whatever reason (lack of preparation or illness, for example), they will be required to pay the registration fee for all events for which they had signed up.
For example, if a trombone student wants to prepare and perform a trombone solo, a trombone duet, and a brass quintet, he/she would owe $24 (to Waterloo West Band) plus whatever the pianist charges to accompany the solo (paid directly to the accompanist).
Please make sure that we know if you are taking the ACT that day, or if you have any other scheduling concerns/needs.
Any instrumentalist can play a solo (usually with piano accompaniment). It is recommended that the students who are studying privately pick a solo with their private teacher.
Soloists should make sure that they have two original copies of the piece they are playing, and that they are well-prepared for their performance. Coordinate with your accompanist to schedule rehearsals and figure out payment.
Students need to prepare their individual parts to the best of their ability and should rehearse with their ensemble on a weekly basis.
Check back here for all of the jazz band itineraries for the year.
- IHSMA State Jazz Festival – Monday, January 26th at Union High School (LaPorte City) | Itinerary – PDF | Itinerary – Word
- Tallcorn Jazz Festival – Friday, February 20th at UNI | Itinerary – PDF | Itinerary Word
- Coe College Jazz Summit – Friday, February 27th in Cedar Rapids | Itinerary – PDF | Itinerary – Word
- NEIBA Jazz Festival – Saturday, March 7th at Waterloo West High | Itinerary – PDF | Itinerary – Word
- Iowa Jazz Championships – Tuesday, March 31st at the Des Moines Civic Center | Itinerary – PDF | Itinerary – Word
- Jazz Band I at Crème de la Crème – Sunday, April 26th at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (UNI) | Itinerary – PDF | Itinerary – Word
Nutty (w/ Johnny Griffin)
Nutty (w/ Charlie Rouse)
There Is No Greater Love – Billie Holiday (key of F)
There Is No Greater Love – Ammonds and Stitt
Each Waterloo West Band student is either assigned to Pep Band A or Pep Band B. Click the links to access the Pep Band Rosters. The Pep Band roster has also been posted on the band bulletin board for a couple of weeks. All of the Pep Band performance dates are listed on the band calendar. Pep Band A will perform at five games, and Pep Band B will perform at five games.
Students must perform at the games to which they are assigned. If faced with an unavoidable conflict, the student must find a substitute who plays the same instrument. This is part of each student’s band grade as outlined in the handbook! Students may perform at additional (more than five) games to earn points toward their band letter (check out page 12 of the handbook for details on earning a band letter).
The first pep band performances of the school year are PEP BAND A on Tuesday, December 2nd and PEP BAND B on Friday, December 12th. Students will need to report to the school by 6:45 PM for warm-up.
I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Teddy The Toad
I’m Not So Sure (Roy Hargrove version)
The Mooche (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra)
When I Fall In Love
Bemsha Swing (original Monk version)
Bemsha Swing (MIDI of arrangement)
Rumba Guaguanco Practice Loop
“Put it On the Website” – Paquito D’Rivera
Shoot the Dog – mp3
Shoot the Dog – video 1
Shoot the Dog – video 2
Vine Street Rumble
Come Sunday (Eastman Jazz Ensemble)
Come Sunday – Ellington (Mahalia Jackson singing)
El Ritmo Da Vida
Black Coffee – big band arrangement
Black Coffee (Peggy Lee’s version)
Black Coffee solo chorus – play along/practice track
Sugar (original Stanley Turrentine version)
Sugar – play along
Stolen Moments (original Oliver Nelson version)
My Romance (Red Garland version)
Bye Bye Blackbird – big band arrangement
Bye Bye Blackbird – Miles Davis
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.”