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Friday, November 7, 2014

Fall Festival this evening

Walker Fall Festival - this evening

The Band is sponsoring two booths at the Fall Festival this evening.  A Concession stand and a Cake Walk. We need the following items to be donated:

Baked goods for the cake walk - cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, etc.

For the concession stand - sodas, chips, candy

Students can bring items to the band room before during or after school today.

Friday, October 31, 2014

All-City Auditions Monday

All-City Auditions

Auditions take place Monday evening here at Walker Middle School

6:00 PM  Students report here for warm up and check in
6:30 PM  Rooms open and students begin to report
7:00 PM  Auditions begin
Auditions continue until all students have performed
Results will be posted after the auditions conclude

Students that are trying out can stay after school if they choose.  Students must bring their own food.  No Food will be provided. 

Dress up nice for the audition.  Practice this weekend!  Preparation = Performance!

I'm proud of the hard work you have put in!

Mr. Flemons

Thursday, October 30, 2014

All - City Auditions and Fall Festival Next week

All -City Auditions Monday Evening 11/3/14

Many of our 7th and 8th grade students have prepared to audition for the All-City Honor band.  I am so proud of the hard work they have put in to get ready!  We are hosting the auditions here at Walker Monday evening at 6PM until all auditions are completed.  This process can take quite a while so please be patient.  Here is the schedule.

6;00 PM  Warm - Up
6:30 PM  Judges Meeting in the Library
7:00 PM  Auditions begin
9:30 PM  Auditions conclude

Each instrument will be assigned a room.  When that room has concluded students are free to leave.  Students can wait until results are posted if they choose.  

Fall Festival Friday 11/7/14

The band boosters will sponsor two booths again this year.  We will host a cake walk in the auditorium.  We need students to bring some kind of baked good on Thursday or Friday like a cake, a dozen cookies,  a dz brownies, pie or some other kind of baked good to donate for the cake walk.  The boosters will run a concession stand in the cafeteria as well.  They will be selling a variety of snacks and goodies like tacos! pizza, candy, Takis and whatever else we come up with.  Parents are NEEDED to volunteer to work at this booth.  Please contact Violeta Rios at 469-233-6971 to volunteer for this event.


Practice times and Chair tests

Students should be practicing 20 - 30 minutes per day outside of class.  They can do this by...
1 - practicing at home
2 - practicing in the band room before school Monday - Friday 8 - 8:30
3 - practicing in the band room after school Tues, Weds, or Thurs from 4 - 5

Practice time attendance is considered when choosing the Honor Band and deciding who goes on field trips to competitions.

Chair Tests will be given weekly in class.  The student's performance will affect their placement in the band and will affect their grade in the class.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Congratulations to WT White Band!

Congratulations to the WT White Band on their 1st Division performance at the UIL region 20 marching contest today! Now it's on to Area competition next Saturday. Come out to Mesquite next week to cheer on all the former Walker students and the rest of the WTW band.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall Events

Fall events

 Saturday, 10/18:

--UIL Region 20 6A Marching Contest – Panther Stadium – Duncanville, TX
--UIL Region 24 Marching Contest – Standridge Stadium – Carrollton, TX

Get out and cheer on the WT White band at regionals in Duncanville Saturday. They perform at 6:00 PM at Panther Stadium by Duncanville High School.   900 Camp Wisdom Rd.  Duncanville TX  75116.  If you can't make it to Duncanville head over to Carrollton for some of the strongest high school marching bands in the country. Both events are FREE and so is the parking

Monday, Nov 3:

--All-City Band Auditions.  Hosted by the Walker Band and Band Boosters at Walker Middle School. 7th and 8th grade students should be practicing daily to be ready to qualify for this event

Friday, Nov 7:

--Walker Fall Carnival. Parent volunteers are needed to help run a concession stand at the carnival in order to raise funds for new instruments

December 16:

--Fall Semester Concer. All band students will be involved   

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Thursday performance - WT White Homecoming parade

Thursday - The Advanced Band will perform at the WT White Homecoming parade Thursday October 9, 2014.  WT White HS is located at 4505 Ridgeside Dr, Dallas, TX 75244.

The parade is a project grade for all Intermediate and Advanced band students.

- Students should wear the black Band t-shirt and khaki school pants/shorts or skirt
- A bus will take the students from Walker to WT White HS for the parade.
- The parade begins at 4:15.  Come out and support the band and enjoy the parade!
- The parade should be done by 5:00.
- Students should be picked up at WT White in the teachers parking lot on Welch Street by the portable buildings.  Students are responsible for transporting their instruments after the parade.  There will NOT be a bus to transport students after the parade.

After the parade, Nathan Adams elementary school is holding a Fall Carnival.  Band students may attend the carnival and perform with the band at 5:30.  Performance at the carnival is voluntary and not for a grade.  Any students that choose to perform at the carnival will receive a meal at the festival.  Nathan Adams Elementary is down the street from WT White HS at the corner of Welch and Harvest Hill.

Monday, October 6, 2014

This Week in Band 10/6/14

This Week in Band

Advanced Band

  • Monday - Football game at Franklin Stadium.  Refer to itinerary that was sent home with the permission slip.  Students will stay after school for rehearsal and leave by bus for Franklin Stadium.  Located at Ben Franklin Middle School on Hillcrest Drive.  Students should bring a sack lunch or $5 for pizza.  We will return to Walker at 8:30PM.  Students can be picked up at the game at 8:00PM or at Walker at 8:30PM
  • Thursday - Parade at WT White High School.  Advanced band members will perform at the WT White homecoming parade at 4:30PM.  Students should be picked up at WT White HS in the East parking lot by the portable buildings.  There will NOT be a bus coming back to Walker.  
  • After School - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every week the band hall is open for practice from 3:45 to 5:00.  Woodwinds have a required section rehearsal on Tuesdays.  Brass and Percussion are Thursdays.  There is a bus that will transport students to their home elementary schools at 5:30 each of the three days.
  • Students should be practicing and preparing the scales and music for All-City Auditions that take place Nov 3 at Walker MS

Beginning Band

  • Morning practice times start this week.  The band hall opens every day at 8AM.  Students are encouraged to come in before school to take advantage of the time and have supervised practice time
  • Students should be practicing Lessons 1 - 5 this week