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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Band Camp 2014!

Update from Band Camp!

Dallas Wind Symphony Band Camp 2014 has come to a close. This was absolutely the best year ever for this camp. Here are the highlights:

- Over 20 current E.D. Walker MS Band students performing in a band at the camp
- At least 9 former Walker Band students in the High School Honor Band
-Over 600 students at the camp total. 6 bands in all.
-Outstanding performances by all 6 bands.
-Mr. Flemons got to conduct a piece on the concert. What a privilege!
-Lots of new friends!
-We made great music together!
-Great way to kick off the summer
-Look for pictures to come later
-Stay tuned for more events over the summer!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Time for Band Camp!

It's time for Band Camp!  Here is what our schedule looks like for Monday. 


7:30 AM meet at Walker band hall

7:45 AM load bus and depart for Booker T. Washington HS

8:15 AM arrive at Booker T. 

8:30 AM check in and get room assignment. Auditions on Monday. 

9:00 AM Auditions begin

12:00  Lunch time. Lunch is provided each day. There will be a recital each Tuesday - Friday

1:00 PM rehearsal with your assigned group


3:00 PM  load busses and return to Walker. Please be ready to pick up you student between 3:30 and 3:45

Monday, May 12, 2014

End of the year events

End of the year events


May 15  -  Concert and award ceremony. Concert begins at 6:30 PM. Students should arrive by 6:00. Beginners should wear band t-shirt and school khaki pants. Advanced students should wear concert dress black.   This is the major project grade for the last six weeks.

May 23  -  End of the year school performance.  1:30 in the afternoon. Parents are invited. All students should wear band shirt a school khakis

May 26  -  instrument turn in.  All school instruments must be turned in by this day for end of the year inventory.

May 28  -  Instruments can be checked out for the next school year, 2014-2015.  $25 fee will check the instrument out for the summer and for the 14-15 school year

June 9-14  -  Dallas Winds Summer Band Camp.  Forms have come home with students. Students will catch the bus at Walker each day.  Final performance will take place in the Meyerson Symphony Center!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sandy Lake Music Festival!


Sandy Lake Music Festival!!!   And Band Family day in the Park.  It’s time for one of our biggest performances of the year!  
Students earned the privilege of going on this trip by:
Making an A in class
Passing all classes on their report card
Learning their music
Coming to extra rehearsals and practicing at home. All the students that met the qualifications were notified earlier this week and were given a permission slip. 
Students will wear their Band Shirt and khaki shorts, pants or jeans. Students should bring $10 or more  for rides and concessions.
Two performances:  Beginning Band at 10:00 AM and Advanced band at 1:30 in the afternoon.
We need parent volunteers to help serve pizza and hot dogs for the group.  We need hot dogs, buns, paper goods, condiments and anything else for a cookout.    Parents that want to help out can contact Janell Branch at 214-335-9620 or Violeta Rios at 469-233-6971
Parents can get in the Park for free.  Just tell the person at the gate you are here for Walker MS Band.
Itinerary
8:00 AM        Meeting in the band room for all students and parent volunteers
8:30               Rehearse/Warm up
9:00               Load busses
9:15               Depart for Sandy Lake
9:45               Arrive Sandy Lake
10:00             Beginning Band Warm up.  Advanced Band Listens to performances
10:20             Beginning Band Performance
10:45             All Band members meet at our Pavillion
11:00 – 1:00             Lunch time, cook out, play games, rides in the park
1:00                All Students meet at our Pavillion
1:30               Advanced Band Warm up, Beginning Band goes to performance tent to listen to bands
2:00               Advanced Band performance
2:30               Pack all equipment in busses
2:30 – 4:00  Park time – ride rides, play games
4:00              Award Ceremony
4:30            Load Bus and Depart for Walker MS
5:00             Arrive Walker MS – Dismiss

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Congratulations!

Congratulations!  

to the E. D. Walker Middle School Band and the 4 other Dallas Middle Schools to make 1st division ratings at UIL Regional Evaluations this past week.  Walker is the only CC school to achieve this rating and one of only two comprehensive middle schools.  The DISD schools to make 1st division ratings are:

Travis Academy    2-1-1
Greiner Academy  1-1-1
Atwell Academy   1-2-1
Quintanilla MS      1-1-1
E.D. Walker MS  1-1-1

I am very proud of the work our students have put in.  They showed a lot of effort and grit.  Way to go Timberwolves!

Sandy Lake Music Festival is in two weeks.  Saturday, April 26


We will take two bands to perform at this event.  6th, 7th and 8th graders who have done the following will qualify for the trip:


  1. Must be making an "A" 90% or higher in band
  2. Must pass off the assigned music with a 90% or higher
  3. Must pass all classes with a 70% or higher on the next report card.  Grading ends next Friday 4/18
  4. Must attend 5 or more before school rehearsal between now and April 26.
This will be a fun day in the park for our kids and families.  Talk to your students about qualifying for the event.


Calling all parents.  We want you to be a part of our day at Sandy Lake.  Here is what we need...


  • Grillmasters to man the grills for a cookout
  • leaders to take groups through the park
  • leaders for games.  Bring footballs, frisbees, volleyball, soccer ball for game


This week in Band


Monday
8:00 AM - Beginning and Advanced band Rehearsal
Nothing after school

Tuesday
8:00 AM - Beginning and Advanced band Rehearsal
Nothing after school

Wednesday
8:00 AM - Beginning and Advanced band Rehearsal
Nothing after school

Thursday
8:00 AM - Beginning and Advanced band Rehearsal
Nothing after school

Friday
8:00 AM - Beginning and Advanced band Rehearsal
Nothing after school

Next Week in Band


Monday
8:00 AM - Beginning and Advanced band Rehearsal
Nothing after school

Tuesday
8:00 AM - Beginning and Advanced band Rehearsal
Nothing after school

Wednesday
8:00 AM - Beginning and Advanced band Rehearsal
Nothing after school

Thursday
8:00 AM - Beginning and Advanced band Rehearsal
Nothing after school

Friday
8:00 AM - Beginning and Advanced band Rehearsal
Nothing after school

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Big Event this week!

This is one of the biggest events of our year!  This week the Honor Band will perform at UIL Regional Concert and Sight Reading.  The Contest will take place Thursday at Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill TX.  Students who qualify will bring home a permission slip and itinerary this week.  Attendance at before and after school rehearsals is critical. 

This week's schedule 4/7 - 4/11

Monday
8:00 AM Advanced Band and Beginning Band rehearsals
3:45 - 4:45 Advanced Band Sectionals

Tuesday
8:00 AM Advanced Band rehearsal
3:45 - 4:45 Advanced Band Sectionals

Wednesday
8:00 AM Advanced Band and Beginning Band rehearsals
3:45 - 4:45 Advanced Band Sectionals

Thursday
8:00 AM Advanced Band and Beginning Band rehearsals
UIL Concert and Sight Reading Regional Evaluations - Cedar Hill High School - Cedar Hill TX

Friday
8:00 AM Advanced Band and Beginning Band rehearsals
Nothing after school

Sunday, March 30, 2014

STAAR Tests this Week - UIL Contest next Week

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STAAR Tests will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  We will not have morning rehearsals on those days but we will have rehearsal after school for Advanced band after school every day except Friday.  There will be morning rehearsal for all students on Monday, Thursday and Friday

UIL Regional Contest is Next Week - Advanced band students should attend every before and after school rehearsal this week and next week.  Please see the schedule below


This Week in Band 3/31 - 4/4


Monday
8:00 AM   Advanced Band and Beginning Band rehearsals
3:45 - 4:45 Advanced Band Sectionals

Tuesday
 No Activities before School
3:45 - 4:45 Advanced Band Sectionals

Wednesday
No Activities before school
3:45 - 4:45 Advanced Band Sectionals

Thursday
8:00 AM Advanced Band and Beginning Band rehearsals
3:45 - 4:45 Advanced Band Sectionals

Friday
8:00 AM Advanced Band and Beginning Band rehearsals
Nothing after school



Next week in Band  4/7 - 4/11



Monday
8:00 AM   Advanced Band and Beginning Band rehearsals
3:45 - 4:45 Advanced Band Sectionals

Tuesday
8:00 AM   Advanced Band and Beginning Band rehearsals
3:45 - 4:45 Advanced Band Sectionals

Wednesday
8:00 AM Advanced Band and Beginning Band rehearsals
3:45 - 4:45 Advanced Band Sectionals

Thursday
8:00 AM Advanced Band and Beginning Band rehearsals
UIL Concert and Sight Reading Regional Evaluations - Cedar Hill High School - Cedar Hill TX


Friday
8:00 AM Advanced Band and Beginning Band rehearsals
Nothing after school