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

Monday, December 1, 2014

This Week in Band

This Week in Band


Honor Band and Symphonic Band Lists


The lists for Honor Band and Symphonic Band are out.  You can see them by clicking the link for "Documents" at the right of this page.

Before and After School Rehearsals this week


8:00 - 8:30 Monday -Friday
All Band Students Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced have practice before school each day.

3:45 - 5:00 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Honor Band members have rehearsal each of these days after school.  Transportation is provided in the form of a bus that will take students to their elementary school at 5:30 PM.

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 is Dress Black with festive color accessories such as a tie, scarf, jewelery etc.  Appropriate accent color is blue or red or green.

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

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.