Sunday, November 27, 2016

Welcome back

Welcome back!

Our year is moving quickly and we have a lot to accomplish in this last month before the break.
Here are a few things to remember as we get ready for our December 15 Concert.
  • Rehearsals before and after school are an essential part of a successful performance.  See the schedule below.  Open practice time is for all students.  Sectionals are for Concert and Symphonic band students.
  • Student dress for concerts
    • Casual -  Band T-shirt and school pants.  This is for performances such as football games, parades, Sandy Lake, etc
    • Concert Black - Black Dress Shirt, black dress pants, black dress shoes.  Boys may wear a jacket and tie but are not requiredBlue accents like a tie for boys or jewelry for girls are acceptable.  This is for Concerts and contests like UIL, Pre-UIL, and Peak Festival
    • December Concert Special Dress - Same as Concert Black but with Holiday accent colors.
      • Girls may wear a dress or skirt only if it is knee length or longer - NO EXCEPTIONS.  Leggings and a short skirt is NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Skirts above the knee are not acceptable for appearing on stage.  

This Week Nov. 28 -  Dec. 2

Monday
8:00 - 8:30 - Open practice time for Beginning and Advanced Bands
3:45 - 4:30  - Flute and Clarinet sectionals

Tuesday
8:00 - 8:30   Open practice time for Beginning and Advanced Bands
3:45 - 4:45   Trumpet sectionals

Wednesday
8:00 - 8:30   Open practice time for Beginning and Advanced Bands
3:45 - 4:45   French Horn/Alto Sax and Percussion sectionals

Thursday
8:00 - 8:30   Open practice time for Beginning and Advanced Bands
3:45 - 4:45   Low Brass sectionals

Friday
8:00 - 8:30   Open practice time for Beginning and Advanced Bands

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fund raiser Orders are due

Fund raiser orders due Thursday, November 17.

Our fund raiser is ending today, Thursday November 17.  All order forms and payments are due today. 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

This week in Band, Nov. 14 - 18

Congratulations to All-City Honor Band members

This past Monday Nov 7, The Walker Band program hosted the District All-City auditions for Middle School Band.  I would like to recognize the following people;
  • Mr. Pogue for his work above and beyond the call of duty
  • The band parents who served food and drinks to the students
  • The band students that stayed to help set up the rooms, chairs and stands
  • The 12 band students that earned the opportunity to audition for All-City
Congratulations to the 7 Walker students who won a position in the All-City honor band!
  • Heather Tull - Clarinet
  • Janette Jimenez - Clarinet
  • Sebastian Gomez - Trumpet
  • Jose Contreras - Trumpet
  • Jasmine Farias - Baritone
  • Raul Montano - Baritone
  • Brandon Lopez-Cardona - Baritone Saxophone

This Week Nov. 14 - 18


Monday
8:00 - 8:30 - Open practice time for Beginning and Advanced Bands
3:45 - 4:30  - Flute and Clarinet sectionals

Tuesday
8:00 - 8:30   Open practice time for Beginning and Advanced Bands
3:45 - 4:45   Trumpet sectionals

Wednesday
8:00 - 8:30   Open practice time for Beginning and Advanced Bands
3:45 - 4:45   French Horn/Alto Sax and Percussion sectionals

Thursday
8:00 - 8:30   Open practice time for Beginning and Advanced Bands
3:45 - 4:45   Low Brass sectionals

Friday
8:00 - 8:30   Open practice time for Beginning and Advanced Bands
Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 7, 2016

November 7-11, This Week in Band

All-City Auditions

All-City Honor Band Auditions are Monday evening, Nov. 7 from 5PM until judging is complete and results are posted.  Only selected students from the Symphonic band are participating. 

If your student was selected to audition they were notified last week and received an itinerary last Friday.  A group of band parents is providing snacks from 5 - 6 PM in the Walker cafeteria.  If you would like to help with that please arrive between 4 and 4:30.


Nov. 7 - 11

Monday
8:00 - 8:30 - before school practice time - all band students
3:35  -          All-City Honor Band Auditions - select students only

Tuesday
8:00 - 8:30 - before school practice time - all band students
3:45 - 4:45  - Trumpet section rehearsal

Wednesday
8:00 - 8:30 - before school practice time - all band students
3:45 - 4:45  - Alto Sax, French Horn and Percussion section rehearsal

Thursday
8:00 - 8:30 - before school practice time - all band students
3:45 - 4:45  - Low Brass/Low WW section rehearsal

Friday
8:00 - 8:30 - before school practice time - all band students
3:45 - 4:45  - No rehearsal - All Region Auditions

Saturday
All Day - All Region Auditions


Monday, October 24, 2016

This week in Band 10/24/16

This week in Band!
Lot's going on this week for Beginners and Advanced students.
  • Before school practice for all students Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  8:00 - 8:30 AM
  • Concert and Symphonic Bands start this week.  See Schedule below.
  • Fall Festival  - Volunteer opportunities
  • Fall Festival - Friday - Volunteers and Donations needed
  • Donations needed for Fall Festival
    • Please bring a cake, a dozen cupcakes, cookies, brownies or other baked treats for our CakeWalk at the Fall Festival.  Please bring Thursday or Friday.
    • Volunteers needed to work at the Band Booster  concession stand

Monday
  • 8:00 Before school practice time
  • 3:45 - 4:45  Flute and Clarinet Sections
Tuesday 
  • 8:00 Before school practice time
  • 3:45 - 4:45  Trumpet Section
Wednesday
  • 8:00 Teachers meeting
  • 3:45 - 4:45  Saxophones and French Horns
Thursday 
  • 8:00 Before school practice time
  • 3:45 - 4:45 Low Brass Section

This week in Band 10/24/16

This week in Band!

Lot's going on this week for Beginners and Advanced students.

  • Before school practice for all students Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  8:00 - 8:30 AM
  • Concert and Symphonic Bands start Section Rehearsals this week.  See Schedule below.
  • Fall Festival - Friday - Volunteers and Donations needed
  • Donations needed for Fall Festival
    • Please bring a cake, a dozen cupcakes, cookies, brownies or other baked treats for our Cake Walk at the Fall Festival.  Please bring Thursday or Friday.
    • Volunteers needed to work at the Band Booster Concession stand
Monday
  • 8:00 Before school practice time
  • 3:45 - 4:45  Flute and Clarinet Sections

Tuesday
  • 8:00 Before school practice time
  • 3:45 - 4:45  Trumpet Section

Wednesday
  • 8:00 Teachers meeting

  • 3:45 - 4:45  Saxophones and French Horns, Percussion

Thursday
  • 8:00 Before school practice time
  • 3:45 - 4:45 Low Brass Section
Friday
  • 8:00 Before school practice time
  • No after school

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Homecoming Week Band Performances!

This week in Band - October 2 - 8, 2016

 Concert and Symphonic Band

  • Tuesday 
    •  Pep rally 2:40 PM
    • Rehearsal 3:45
    • Performance at Homecoming Game 6:00
  • Friday
    • Performance at WT White Football Game

Beginning Band

  • All beginning students are working on tone production across the first five notes
  • Students will begin bringing instruments home later this week when they demonstrate mastery of the first five notes

Schedule for Tuesday and Friday

  • 3:45 - Students will stay after school for practice in Walker Band Hall
  • 4:00 - students snack in the cafeteria.  5:00 - Load busses and depart for Couch Stadium
  • 5:15 Depart for Game
  • 6:00 - Game Begin
  • 8:00 - Game ends, Load busses, depart for Walker
  • 8:30 - Unload busses, put away equipment
  • 8:45 - Students are dismissed
  • Parents, for safety students must be picked up in the parking lot by the band hall.  Southeast corner of the Walker campus by the baseball field.
  • Students, wear your Walker Band Shirt, comfortable walking shoes, and School pants - preferably khaki