• Welcome to the Western Middle School Band page!

    Contact the director, Mrs. Prater, at christina.prater@wsdpanthers.org.

  • Hello, all!  I would like to remind you of two upcoming events that are important in our department.

     

    Chilly Jazz--Monday, February 11th--5:45 to 7:00 p.m.

    First, the Chilly Jazz Dinner will be on Monday, February 11th.  This is a fundraiser for the entire band program, and the students performing represent all of us.  It is meant to be a family night out, and we provide dinner and a show that runs from 5:45-7:00 p.m.  It has traditionally been well-attended and well-supported, and we would like to continue that tradition.  

     

    You can buy tickets at the door, using the Square.  If you’d like to bypass the line, please click on this link to buy tickets in advance:

     

    https://squareup.com/store/western-band-boosters?fbclid=IwAR38xxFIs-uwEU7ecLV7Be-ip1fX7NuoO8T1nyAEjN0LCxNHp4N_GiW2K7o

     

    To simplify things, we have also have transitioned from people bringing in food items to donating money toward the purchase of them.Please click on this link to help donate toward those items:

     

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45aea82ea4f85-chilly3



    Love and Wars--Saturday, February 23rd at the Cascade Manor House--5:30-10:00 p.m.

    This is also a night out...for grown-ups!  It’s in February, to count as your Valentine’s Day dinner (Love) at the Cascades Manor house, with a cash bar available. It is also a dueling piano show by Piano Wars, and Mr. Bickel is one of the players. This is a rock-and-roll dueling piano show, complete with singing, dancing, and donating toward the cause.  All proceeds raised benefit the band and choir departments. We’d love for you to join us with your significant other, or bring a friend! There are also sponsorship opportunities available for your business (just reply to this email for more information). ANYONE is welcome to attend this event, provided they are an adult.  Bring your friends and fill a table! Please click on this link to buy tickets today!

     

    https://squareup.com/store/western-band-boosters?fbclid=IwAR38xxFIs-uwEU7ecLV7Be-ip1fX7NuoO8T1nyAEjN0LCxNHp4N_GiW2K7o

     

     
    Thank you for your support of the students of the music programs! We can't do it without you.
     
    Best wishes,
    Paul Bickel
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  • Due to the uncertainty of weather conditions on Monday, the Western Bands Chilly Jazz event will be held two weeks later, on Monday, February 11th.

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  • For parents and graduates:  Love and Wars tickets are still available!  Prices go up on Friday, January 11, so get yours this week! Copy and paste the link.

     

    https://squareup.com/store/western-band-boosters?fbclid=IwAR0ETkL1HqGaneX80u7HrVDmLBCCveCXxgpArMw4UlhD3G0-Xpb2lwSZEBY

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  • 2018-19 Western Middle School Band Calendar

    (Bold activities are required and/or graded)

    August

    • 21st - Band Booster Meeting, 7 PM @ Biggby Coffee in S.A.
    • 21st - 6th Grade pre-owned instrument evaluation and repair, 6 PM @ HS Band Room
    • 22nd - First Day of School
    • 28th - 6th Grade Instrument rental night & general meeting, 6 PM in the MS Cafeteria

    September

    • 10th - Band Booster Meeting, 7 PM @ Biggby Coffee in S.A.

    October

    • 8th - Band Booster Meeting, 7 PM @ Biggby Coffee in S.A.
    • 16th - Fall Concert: 6:00 - 6th Gr. & 8th Gr. Jazz / 6:45 - 7th & 8th Gr., 7:30 - HS

    November

    • 8th - Small Group Day @ Western - During Class TIme
    • 12th - Band Booster Meeting, 7 PM @ Biggby Coffee in S.A.
    • 12th - Blue Lake Scholarship Auditions - during class time

    December

    • 6th - Holiday Concert: 6:00 - 6th Gr. & 8th Gr. Jazz / 6:45 - 7th & 8th Gr.
    • 10th - Band Booster Meeting, 7 PM @ Biggby Coffee in S.A.

    2019

    January

    • 7th - Band Booster Meeting, 7 PM @ Biggby Coffee in S.A.
    • 10th - Jazz Band to Elem. Schools - 5th Grade Recruitment
    • 17th - Music Department Picture Day (Wear all black uniform)
    • 28th - “Chilly” Jazz Dinner (8th Grade Jazz Only)

    February

    • 8th - Solo & Ensemble Registration Deadline
    • 11th - Band Booster Meeting, 7 PM @ Biggby Coffee in S.A.
    • 14th - MS Band Fundraiser kick-off!
    • 28th - Pre-Festival Concert: 5:30 - HS, 6:15 - 6th Gr., 6:45 - 7th & 8th Gr., Fundraiser forms due.

    March

    • 8th - Band Festival @ Western HS, 7th Grade @ TBA, 8th Grade at TBA
    • 9th - Work at Band Festival - Sign-up list in band room (Extra credit & Service Hours)
    • 11th - Band Booster Meeting, 7 PM @ Biggby in SA

    April

    • 8th - Band Booster Meeting, 7 PM @ Biggby in SA
    • 13th - MS Solo & Ensemble (7th & 8th Gr. optional) - Jonesville High School
    • 27th - Thornapple Jazz Festival - Hastings (Saturday, 8th Gr. Jazz only)

    May

    • 13th - Band Booster Meeting, 7 PM @ Biggby in SA
    • 20th - Spring Concert: 6:00 - 6th Gr. & 8th Gr. Jazz / 6:45 - 7th & 8th Gr
    • 25th - Delivery week, day & time TBA
    • 28th - Percussion Cleaning Party! - After school (all percussionists)

    June

    • 7th - Last day for students - Take instrument home!

    July

    • 23-27 (9 am-5:30 pm) - HS Band Camp!, Performance on Friday at 5.
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