Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wrapping up the Year!

Here are a few items to be aware of...

*Congratulations Honor Band!

Well, the last performance of the 2014-15 edition of the the E.D. Walker Band is in the books.  The Honor Band performed at the Peak Festival in Frisco TX this past Friday.  The students did an amazing job and received 1st division ratings from all 3 judges.  What a great way to close out the year!  I'm so very proud of you students.

*8th grade Advanced band taking SmartMusic exams this week and ACP's last week of school.

*All students are turning in their school instruments this week.

*Returning students may start checking out instruments for next year starting Tuesday May 26

*Band Camp registration forms are due Friday May 22.  This is going to be a great year for Walker at Dallas Winds Band Camp


Sunday, May 17, 2015

End of year events!

What a wonderful year!

First of all, Congratulations! to the Walker Honor Band for earning 1st division ratings from all judges at the Peak Festival Friday evening!  It was a beautiful performance.  I have loved making music with with you this year!

This week
-8th grade band members will be taking the performance ACP.

-All students will be turning in their instruments for the year.

-All students should turn in their registration for summer band camp with the Dallas Wind Symphony by Wednesday.  June 8-13.  This is a great opportunity that all students should take advantage of.  Cost is only $25 per student including transportation and meals.

-All students that are returning to band at E.D. Walker for the next school year, 2015-16, will be able to check their instrument out starting May 25.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Final Performances and End of Year events

This Week in Band!

Tuesday May 12 - End of year Concert/Graduation/Awards

  • This is our Band Graduation Ceremony
  • Students should be dressed up and within school dress code.  Color of clothing is your choice.  Black is always good but not required for this event.  No jeans, No shorts, No short skirts.
  • Parents please bring cameras, this is a good opportunity for pictures
  • Students should be in place ready to play by 6:00 PM
  • Concert begins at 6:30 PM
  • Students may stay after school until the concert but should bring a snack or get a snack in the cafeteria

Friday May 15 - Peak Music Festival

  • Select students will be chosen and given permission slips
  • 1:00 bus departs for Festival
  • 3:00 Warm Up
  • 3:30 Performance
  • 4:00 Load busses and return to Walker
  • 4:30 Pick students at Walker Band Hall

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sandy Lake! Tomorrow - Saturday 4/24

Sandy Lake! Tomorrow - Saturday 4/24

It's time to Shine!  The sun should be out tomorrow.  We're looking forward to a beautiful day.  Parents, please come join us for a fun day in the park.


8:00 AM - Morning Meeting and rehearsal - ALL STUDENTS must attend
8:30 AM - Load bus and depart from Walker
9:00 AM - Arrive at Sandy Lake Park - Unload bus, prepare for performances
9:40 AM - Beginning Band Warm Up and Performance
11:00 AM - Symphonic Band Warm up and Performance
11:30 AM - Honor Band Warm up and Performance
12:00 Noon - Lunch is served at our pavilion - see details below
12:30 - 3:00 - Time to play in the park
3:30 PM - Busses depart for Walker
4:00 PM - Students picked up at Walker

Dress:  Students should wear their band T-Shirt with school appropriate blue jeans or school pants or school shorts

Lunch:  Students may bring $5.00 to purchase a hamburger combo or hot dog combo from the band boosters.  Students my bring their own sack lunch if they prefer or buy food from the park concession

Pick Up:  If a student is to be picked up at the Park the parent or guardian must check their student out in person with a director.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Congratulations Band!

Congratulations Walker Band! for  EXCELLENT ratings in Concert and Sight Reading at UIL.  Way to go Band!  Let's keep working hard toward our next performance.

The following letter of congratulation is from Mr. Tim Linley,  Director of Instrumental Music for DISD.

Mr. Flemons, Mr. Osborne and Mr. Heffernan,

Just a quick email to extend my congratulations to Mr. Flemons, Mr. Osborne and the Walker Middle School Band for bringing home EXCELLENT ratings in UIL Concert & Sight Reading!  This is a great honor and represents the fantastic teaching of the staff, the hard work of the students, and the support of the campus administration. Your students were EXCELLENT ambassadors for the tremendous work going on at Walker Middle School and within the Dallas ISD Visual & Performing Arts programs.

A most heartfelt congratulations! 

Tim Linley
Director of Instrumental Music
Dallas Independent School District

Sunday, April 5, 2015

UIL Contest Week at Cedar Hill High School

UIL week - Contest at Cedar Hill High School

Symphonic band  travels to UIL Tuesday. Honor band travels to UIL Wednesday.   Students should wear dress black.  Girls, black and/or gray dress or pants outfit.  Boys, black and/or gray pants and shirt. Accessories can be blue as an accent color. All students should bring $6 for lunch at CiCi's pizza the day of the contest.


8:00 AM rehearsal
3:45 - 5:00 rehearsal

Tuesday Symphonic Band
8:00 AM Rehearsal
10:00 load bus and depart for contest
11:00 lunch at CiCi's
12:30 depart for Cedar Hill HS
1:00 arrive CHHS
1:30 warm up
2:00 Stage Performance
2:30 Sight Reading Performance
3:00 load bus and depart for Walker
4:00 Arrive at ED Walker

Wednesday - Honor Band
8:00 rehearsal
9:00 load bus and depart
10:00 arrive Cedar Hill High School
10:30 Warm Up
11:00 stage Performance
11:30 Sight Reading Performance
12:30 load bus and depart for lunch
1:00 arrive CiCi's pizza
2:00 Depart for E.D. Walker
3:00 Arrive Walker

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Rehearsal schedule

Rehearsal schedule for this week and next.

It's been a busy week full of STAAR testing.  With very little time left until UIL regionals our band needs all the rehearsal we can get.  So here is the schedule.

8 AM - 8:30 rehearsal
4PM - 6 PM rehearsal
6PM - 8pm. Band Movie night ( not required) students can bring $5 for pizza and we'll watch a movie. Have your ride here to pick you up by 8:00.

8am - 8:30 rehearsal

8am - 8:30 rehearsal

Symphonic band travels to UIL

Honor band travels to UIL