• Welcome to the Western Band page!  We have a long tradition of musical excellence and opportunities. This page has a few details, including a "Calendar of Events" and the Western High School Band Handbook.  For even more information, be sure to join our Western High School Bands Facebook page, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.  Please email Mr. Bickel at paul.bickel@wsdpanthers.org if you would like more information about the band.

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  • Due to a referee shortage, Western was assigned a Thursday night slot at 5:30 p.m. for this final season varsity football game.


    We do not want the seniors to go without their senior show and parent recognition, so we will be just marching at halftime and dismissing immediately following. Senior parents should now report by 6:40 p.m. to be safe.


    The middle school bands both have concerts.  Mr. Wallace is coordinating any time changes for those.


    6:10 p.m. Marching Band check-in, new gym (Pete/Katti and parents chaperone until Mr. B. arrives)


    6:30 p.m. Marching Band heads outside to stands


    *Marching Band performs at halftime 


    *Marching Band dismissed after halftime

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  • The Western Bands Apparel store is OPEN!


    We have until October 11th to browse and purchase!
    The orders should be in by early December.
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  • Western High School Marching Band continues its tradition of marching at the Jackson County Marching Band Invitational on Monday, September 27th!
    They will be performing all five selections from this year's signature show: HYPE!
    Students report to school by 5:15 for uniform inspection, then board buses to travel to Vandercook Lake.
    The Jackson County Marching Band Invitational is at Vandercook Lake and starts at 6:30 p.m. 
    There will be at least five bands performing, and Western is the final band. 
    All parents and fans are invited to attend. It's a great event to support music education in our county, and a great way for us to support our band!
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  • From Mrs. McCallum:
    Here is where you can order marching band photos. Pictures from the first are at the beginning of this gallery, and towards the end I have added photos from the last day of band camp.
    A few things: 1) Message me if you just want digital files and not actual prints. Each digital photo is $2.50 and I accept pay pal or Apple Pay.
    2) It can take up to 2 weeks to receive your prints once you order them, but often it does not take that long. They come from a professional lab (Mpix) from out of state.
    3) This gallery has a "copyright" watermark on all pics. Your digital photos and prints will NOT. 😉
    4) Lastly, I wanted to let you guys know that the majority of all $ that comes in for photos is going straight back to your band. 🙂 I try to cover my costs, but everything else goes right back!
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  • Tuesdays and Thursdays--

    *All start in band room for attendance in concert seats

    *In band room with Mr. Bickel--- non-marchers and all marchers who don't need study hall

    *In commons after attendance with Mr. Wallace--marchers who need study hall 

    *All marchers will rehearse during the FLEX marching band practice from 10:25-11:15 a.m.

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  • Western Bands Game Day Schedule

    Thursday, September 2nd


    4:15 Begin rehearsal in stadium

    5:30 Break for dinner, changing into uniforms

    6:00 Uniform inspections begin

    6:15 All band members take seats with instrument and music

    6:30 Begin indoor rehearsal (attendance)

    6:40 Head outside to positions by gate (as practiced in class)

    6:45 March around to pregame positions

    6:52 Pregame begins (7 minutes remaining on clock)

    Play selections

    Follow the leader down field

    Go to gym for picture night

    Sit in seats after section picture, then full band picture

    Use restroom before returning to stands

    All band students to sit with the band, stay in area 

    Jacket can be removed if “Western Bands” T-Shirt is worn

    If leaving area, student must wear full uniform and have coat zipped.

    Failure to comply will result in student losing privilege for remainder of season.


    2 minutes remaining in second quarter Head to halftime positions off the field


    Halftime Perform show

    Turn to the left and march down sideline, then out gate


    Third quarter Full band dismissed, ninja band remains


    Fourth quarter Ninja Band---fight song at the end of the game.


    After students are dismissed

    Band students only to enter building

    Instruments and music to be put away in lockers

    Uniforms to be neatly hung up and taken home, not left at school—please make arrangements.


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  • Hi, all! If you'd like to purchase some pictures taken during band camp, click here!



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  • The next marching band rehearsal is on Monday, August 16th, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

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  • Finally...band apparel is BACK! Click this link to check out the offerings!








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  • Hi, all! If your student still owes for band camp or is marching at Disney, please ask him/her to check their school email account to see the amount and pay in this way.
    Use the "donate" box to pay. Link: https://western-band-boosters.square.site/?fbclid=IwAR1G4hViJ6DtghYyn647L9PMflPm-1qSRuqbH-6CMjRSj9ZQ8vfDUrKcSlU
    Thank you! July 26th is the first day of camp! :)
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  • Welcome, Mr. Wallace, to our music staff! We are so glad you are teaching with us.

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  • To all students/parents of marching band members for the 2021 season:



    Q: What squad am I in?

    A: Scroll down this page to see the entire marching band roster.

    Q: How can I help at Band Camp?
    A: Just send me an email letting me know, and thank you in advance!

    Q: If someone has to leave band camp rehearsals, how does that work?

    A: Students can leave, arrive late, or leave early with a parent or pre-approved adult for an acceptable reason. Otherwise, students are expected to remain on campus. Students are expected to catch up on all that was missed while he/she was gone. Squad leaders should be sure to assign another squad leader or drum major to his/her squad for learning new material if the squad leader has to be absent for any reason.

    Q: How does the band class schedule work for this upcoming year?

    First semester, marching rehearsals and concert rehearsals occur during regular band hour (2nd hour has grades 9/10, and 3rd hour has grades 11/12).

    Students electing marching band attend band camp and perform at home games, two parades, and a marching invitational and also rehearse the day of home games in the afternoon from 4:15-5:30, have dinner, then perform at the game.

    Students electing not to march complete a performance grade video for credit in place of marching band events.

    Second semester, regular concert rehearsals occur during the band hour.


    Q: What about auditions?

    A: Auditions will be held at the end of the first nine weeks.


    Q: Where can I find a copy of this year’s schedule?

    A: On the website---click this link and scroll: .https://www.wsdpanthers.org/domain/209

    Q: Where can I find a copy of the Band Handbook?

    A; On the website---click this link: https://www.wsdpanthers.org/Page/491

    Q: When can I see the Bickel Brothers perform?

    A: On Wednesday, August 4th at the Grass Lake Community Events Park, 120 Brown St. 6:30 p.m. It will be a blast!

    Q: When are drumline practices?

    A: Tuesday and Friday nights, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    Email Jack Tallman at jackdtallman@gmail.com

    Q: When are Color Guard practices?

    A: Wednesday nights, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    Email Katti Chivington at kattiaugusta@gmail.com

    Q: When is Beginning Band rental night?

    A: This will be determined after the new director is hired.

    Q: When is the next Band Boosters Meeting?

    A: This will be announced later this summer.



    Please email any questions to paul.bickel@wsdpanthers.org

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  • 2021-2022
    Western HS Band Calendar
    26-29 WHS Marching Band Camp
    16 Marching rehearsal 6-8:30 p.m.
    2 WHS Marching Band at Home Football Game and Picture Night-HS
    17 WHS Marching Band at Home Football Game (Homecoming)
    25 WHS Marching Band at Parma Day Parade 11:00 a.m.
    27 WHS Marching Band at Jackson County Marching Band Invitational
    1 WHS Marching Band at Home Football Game
    14 Fall HS Band Concerts 7:00 p.m.
    22 WHS Marching Band at Home Football Game (Senior night)
    4 Band Department Small Group Day during class
    9 HS Holiday Band Concert 7:00
    6 Music Department Picture Day (During school. Wear concert uniforms)
    12-17 Disney Trip
    24 “Chilly” Jazz Dinner
    5 HS Band Solo/Ensemble at Onsted High School (optional)
    24 Band Concerts - HS @ 5:00 , 6th Gr. @ 6:00, and 7th & 8th Gr. @ 6:45
    11-12 Host MS/HS Band Festival here (6-9 Band Rehearsals on stage)
    19 Band State Solo/Ensemble (Optional, @ Okemos HS)
    15 HS Band Concert: 2:00 p.m. - HS Bands
    TBA Graduation (Symphonic and sophomore members perform)
    30 HS Marching Band (grades 9-12) at Spring Arbor Memorial Day Parade
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Western High School Bands

Western High Marching Band

This is a picture of the 2019-20 Western High Marching Band


  • Meet the Western High School Band Director!


    Mr. Paul Bickel

    Mr. Bickel started his teaching career in 1992 at Vandercook Lake, where he taught all bands in grades 5-12 (marching, concert, and MS and HS jazz), 9th and 10th Grade English, and restarted both the choir and jazz band programs at Vandercook Lake until 2002.  Mr. Bickel teaches 6th Grade Beginning Brass, 8th Grade Jazz Band, HS Jazz Band, HS Concert Band, HS Symphonic Band, and the WHS Marching Band. He also assists the 7th Grade Band and 8th Grade Band. Mr. Bickel is an active trumpet performer in the Jackson French Quarter Dixieland Band (run by father Philip Bickel), piano and vocal performer as a dueling piano player for "Piano Wars!".  He loves teaching because he loves to inspire students to perform and continue through and after high school. He is married to Bethany Bickel, Western's Elementary Music teacher, and they have two daughters, Julia and Laura.