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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

Monday, March 24, 2014

Progress Reports / Report Cards and Eligibility

Progress Reports / Report Cards and Eligibility


Student progress reports will be sent home this week.  A Report Card or  a Progress Report determines the student's eligibility to participate in competition for the next three weeks.  All classes must be passing with a 70% or higher in order for a student to be eligible.

Mark your calendars - Upcoming competitions


April 9 - UIL Regional Concert and Sight Reading - Advanced Band Only
April 26 - Sandy Lake Music Festival - Beginning and Advanced Bands

This Week in Band


Monday
8:00 AM   Advanced Band and Beginning Band rehearsals

Nothing After School

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Contest Tomorrow!


Pre-UIL Band Evaluations - Wednesday March 19
Itinerary
  • The students that are involved were notified and given a permission slip. 
  • Students should arrive to the band hall in their Concert Dress Black clothes by 8:00 AM ready to play their instruments.
  • Boys - Black or grey dress pants, shirt, shoes and socks.  Tie and jacket is optional.  
  • Girls - Black or grey dress, or dress pants outfit.  Skirts MUST be knee length or longer.  
  • Students should bring $7 for lunch at CiCi’s pizza, their instrument, their music, reeds, valve oil and all needed accessories and their permission slip. 
  • All parents are welcome to travel with us and attend the performance
8:00 - Meet in the band hall, warm up and rehearse
9:15 - Pack and Load the bus
9:30 - Depart for Tasby Middle School 7001 Fair Oaks Ave., Dallas, TX 75231 | Phone:(972) 502-1900
10:00 - Arrive Tasby Middle School unpack and line up
10:15 - Warm time
10:45 - Concert Performance
11:15 - Sight Reading Performance
12:15 - Pack and load the bus
12:30 - Depart for CiCis pizza 7879 SPRING VALLEY RD
12:45 - Arrive at CiCis
1:30 - Depart for Walker Middle School
1:45 - Arrive at Walker - Go to 6th and 7th period classes

Friday, March 14, 2014

Back to School - Contest Wednesday!

Back to School Monday - Contest on Wednesday!


Our first Contest of the Spring is Wednesday March 19.

  • Students should be practicing at least 15 minutes a day at home to prepare their music for performance
  • We will be having required practice before and after school Monday and Tuesday.  8:00 AM - 8:45 each morning and 3:45 - 4:45 each afternoon.  Make arrangements for transportation.
  • Wednesday morning we will meet in the Band Room at 8:00 am and load the bus to travel to the contest
  •  This applies to the advanced band members who qualified by:


  1. Making an "A" in band 90% or higher
  2. Passing all classes on the last report card 70% or higher
  3. Attended extra rehearsals and passed their music.   

Those students will be traveling by bus to Tasby Middle School Wednesday morning to perform at the Dallas ISD Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluations.

Students should "dress up" in their concert black or a combination of black and gray.   Boys should wear dress pants, shirt and shoes.  Ties and Jackets are optional.  Ties can be blue as an accent color.   Girls should wear a black or black and grey dress or skirt/blouse or dress pants outfit.  All skirts must be knee length or longer.  Girls can wear blue accessories as an accent color.  This is formal wear.  
What NOT to wear.  Students should not wear jeans, athletic shoes or anything outside of the guidelines listed above.  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Happy Spring Break! Apps for Band.


Hope everyone is having a great Spring Break!  Here is what's happening in band.


Students should download a "Tuner" app for their phone or tablet.  These apps greatly improve the students practice and ability to tune their playing with the rest of the students.  There are many good apps, some are free and some cost a dollar or so.  here is a list of what we recommend:

Best *****        Tonal Energy Tuner     

this one costs 3 or 4 bucks but would be worth ten times that.  It has a tuner, metronome, sound analyzer and the ability to record and playback  


Very Good***   Clear Tune               excellent tuner  $2
                           Pitch Lab Pro          multiple screens.  Sometimes free, sometimes 1 or 2 dollars


Good**          LinoStrobe Lite            Free
                       Da Tuner                     Free