Friday, January 30, 2015

All-city schedule this weekend


All-City Band Schedule

Congratulations on Making the All-City Honor Band.  It is a great privilege.  We are very proud that you will be representing E.D. Walker and our band at this event.  Here is the schedule.  Please arrive early for all rehearsals and the performance.  If you have a conflict please let Mr. Flemons know ahead of time.

I know some of you have auditions for Booker T Washington HS Saturday morning.  The staff at Booker T is also aware and will get you in to audition first if you let them know you have to go to All-City.

Clinic/Concert:
 Friday, January 30, 2015 Moises Molina High School 2355 Duncanville Rd., Dallas  TX  75211
 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Rehearsal
 Saturday, January 31, 2015
 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Rehearsal
 12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch
 1:30-3:30 p.m. Rehearsal
 6:00 p.m.  Concert  Middle School, Director’s Band, High  School


Here are the names of the students that are involved in All-City this weekend.  I’ve included parents names and contact #’s if you want to contact each other and carpool.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fundraiser ends tomorrow - Friday 1/23

Reminder - Fundraiser ends tomorrow!
  • Friday 1/23, is the conclusion of our fundraiser.  Please turn in all orders and funds during your band class tomorrow.

Monday, January 19, 2015

This Week in Band

This week in Band

  • Tuesday

    • 8:00-8:30   Morning Band  - Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced
    • 3:45-4:45   After school Band - Intermediate and Advanced Band
  • Wednesday

    • 8:00-8:30   Morning Band  - Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced
  • Thursday

    • 8:00-8:30   Morning Band  - Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced
    • 3:45-4:45   After school Band - Intermediate and Advanced Band
  • Friday

    • 8:00-8:30   Morning Band  - Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced

Looking ahead

  • Jan 30 and 31  - All-City Clinic and Concert
  • Jan 31 - Auditions for Booker T Washington HS of Performing and Visual Arts
  • Feb 7 - District Solo and Ensemble
  • March 3 - Music in our Schools month Concert
  • March 24 - Pre UIL Concert and Sight Reading
  • April 7, 8 - UIL Regional Concert and Sight Reading
  • April 25 - Band Day at Sandy Lake Music Festival
  • TBA - Band recording session and Performance

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!


The new year is time for new beginnings.  Students, you accomplished a great deal in the first semester.  Now it's time for us to refocus and move forward in the new year.

This week

No before or after school band this week.  Online assignment is due.  See the Assignment tab for details.

Next week

Before school practices will begin next week Jan 12 - 16.
After school rehearsal will begin the following week on Tuesday Jan 20

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It's that time of Year!

Congratulations and Thank you!

Congratulations to the Honor Band for a fantastic performance at the Northern Lights Ice Festival last Friday.  Students, you worked very hard and came to extra rehearsals.  I'm very proud of you.  You represented E.D. Walker very well and it was a great event!

Thank you to all the parents drove out and attended and especially to those that brought trucks and helped with equipment.

Concert - Tuesday - December 16


Tuesday evening is our biggest event of the semester.  Our semester concert.  This is important for several reasons:
  • It is the "world premier" of  our beginning band.  Their very first performance!
  • It is the final performance of the semester and a "test grade" for each and every band student.
  • It is our first time this year to see and hear the entire band family at one event

What to wear

  • Beginning Band - school pants and Band T-shirt.  Students may also wear something festive along with their Band Shirt - like a Santa hat.  No jeans please.  Skirts must be knee length or longer.   
  • Advanced Band - Dress Up!  All black is the standard dress.  Dress pants, shirt and shoes.  Boys may wear a coat and tie but it is not required. Girls may wear a dress but it is not required.  No jeans please.  Students may have colorful accents like a tie, scarf , jewelry or a festive sweater.  Acceptable accent colors are Red, Green or Blue.  Skirts must be knee length or longer.  No jeans please.  

Schedule for the Day of the Concert

  • 1:00 - school releases and band rehearsal begins in the band hall
  • 2:00 - move equipment to the auditorium
  • 2:30 - Clinic - Advanced band on stage, Beginners in the Band Hall
  • 4:00 - Dress rehearsal.  This is a practice run through of the entire concert.  Parents are welcome to attend.
  • 5:00 - Supper time.  Students should bring a sack lunch or $5 for pizza
  • 6:00 - Call time.  All students should be in place in the auditorium.  Doors open to the public
  • 6:30 - Concert begins
  • 7:45 - Concert Ends
$5 for Pizza Tuesday afternoon - Students should bring $5 for pizza by Monday Dec 15 so we can order pizza for Tuesday evening.

Parent Volunteers

Any parents that would like to help by picking up pizza Tuesday afternoon and helping serve the students by 5:00 would be greatly appreciated.   Please contact Mr. Flemons by email at jflemons@dallasisd.org or phone at 469-774-9934

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ice Festival Performance - Update

Update for tomorrow's performance


The "Honor Band" students will be performing at the Northern Lights Ice Festival tomorrow at 6 PM.  All Walker Band Family members are invited to attend and support the band.  Come out and enjoy a great family event and ice skating.

Dress for the event is "Festive".  Blue Jeans or school khakis plus a band t-shirt and festive sweater or jacket and accessories like a scarf or hat.  We will have Santa hats for those that want to wear one.  

Still in need of a pick-up truck and driver to haul music stands and equipment.  Please call Mr. Flemons at 469-774-9934 or email at jflemons@dallasisd.org if you can help.

Itinerary

3:45 Load Busses and depart
4:45 Arrive at Northern Lights5:00 Warm Up6:00 Performance7:00 Time for skating and Fun!8:00 Load busses and depart for Walker9:00 Arrive at Walker and unload.  Rides should be waiting to pick up at 9:00

Festival Schedule

6:00 Walker Band Performance
6:30 Living Nativity performance
7:00 "Frozen" Ice Skating show
7:15 Open Ice skating, food trucks, Christmas Village

Costs

Any Food or Drink that anyone chooses to purchase will be at the posted price.

Skating is free for the students that are performing.  It is $10 per person for non-performers up to a limit of $30 per family.  So if you have 5 people in your family that wish to go skating it is still only $30


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mid Week Updates

Need Help for Friday!

Anyone who has a pick-up truck and could go with us Friday to haul music stands and instruments please contact Mr. Flemons at 469-774-9934 or jflemons@dallasisd.org ASAP to help the band.  We have to bring music stands and percussion instruments but don't have room on the busses.  

Performance for Honor Band this Friday

The Honor Band will perform at the "Northern Lights Ice Festival" this Friday at 6:00 PM.
Northern Lights is a public Ice Rink in Prosper Texas.  We will perform on a professionally lighted stage.  After our performance the students will have time to enjoy the festival.  There will be ice skating provided plus there are Food Trucks and a Christmas Village to visit.  Food Trucks only take cash so bring some $ if you want to buy something at the Food Trucks. 

Dress for the concert has changed. 

Dress for the performance will be Festive Casual.  Band T-shirts required plus jeans or school pants, festive sweaters and hats.  Things appropriate for outdoor performance and ice skating.

Performance will go on regardless of weather.  We will move indoors if the weather gets too severe for outdoor performance.

Schedule
3:45 Load Busses and depart
4:45 Arrive at Northern Lights
5:00 Warm Up
6:00 Performance
7:00 Time for skating and Fun!
8:00 Load busses and depart for Walker
9:00 Arrive at Walker and unload.  Rides should be waiting to pick up at 9:00


All are invited to come to the performance and Ice Festival

We would love to as many students and parents come out to the Festival and support the band as possible.  There will be ice skating, a Christmas village, a live performance of the Christmas story, Food Trucks and more.  It would be a great Family outing for the weekend.  There is a link to a map below.  The Festival is at 1001 Prosper Trail in Prosper TX. Just take Preston Rd or the Tollway North to Prosper about a 2 miles north of HWY 380.  Turn on Prosper Trail and Follow the lights.

Map to Performance

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/E.D.+Walker+Middle+School,+12532+Nuestra+Dr,+Dallas,+TX+75230/1001+W+Prosper+Trail,+Prosper,+TX+75078/@33.0841939,-96.9216348,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x864c20eba3991faf:0x91c11acc3dacd18e!2m2!1d-96.810376!2d32.919839!1m5!1m1!1s0x864c3f674beaaa63:0x398c7eb89262db37!2m2!1d-96.8127032!2d33.2463361