Winter Concerts

Posted by admin on Dec 03, 2012 - 03:33 AM  •  Filed under: important
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Western Bands will present several concerts this week:


Winter Jazz at the State
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
State Theater, Bay City
7:00 pm
FREE
featuring performances by Central, Dow, Western, Meridian, Essexville


Winter Band Concerts
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Bryant Auditorium, Bay City Western
6:30 pm - Middle School Bands
8:00 pm - High School Bands
both concerts are FREE

Band Parent Meeting: Wednesday Nov. 28

Posted by admin on Nov 27, 2012 - 09:51 AM  •  Filed under: bpc
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There will be a Band parents Council meeting on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30 pm in the high school Band Room. We will be discussing Fundraising including the bowlathon and trips. Hope to see you there!

SVSU Pre-Solo & Ensemble Clinic

Posted by admin on Nov 27, 2012 - 03:20 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
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This event is being held at Saginaw Valley State University on February
2, 2013. Warm-up and performance times will be announced after
registration has closed at 5PM on December 14th, 2012. Registration is
free. There will be a classical saxophone recital afterwards at 7:30pm
in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall on campus that is free as well.
The event is for woodwinds (solos and small ensembles), brass (solos and
small ensembles), percussion (solos), and piano (solos) only.
Please contact Dr. Jane Girdham (jgirdham@svsu.edu) for further information.


REGISTER: http://svsu.edu/music/outreach/presoloandensemble/

High School Band Photos

Posted by admin on Nov 16, 2012 - 01:57 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
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Individual band portrait photos are being taken by Harbour Light Photography on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 during the students' exam period. Students are not required to purchase a photo package but if you are choosing to do so, please send payment in Tuesday (11/20) morning with your student. See the attached picture for photo package prices.  Students also received an order form with price information. Please make checks payable to "Harbour Light Photography."

Most students do not need to bring anything special or dress specifically for the photos. A uniform and gloves will be provided to students for the photos. Colorguard members should bring in their uniform top please.

If payment is made on Tuesday 11/20, it is expected that photos will be delivered before Christmas vacation.

Cookie Dough Fundraiser Begins!

Posted by admin on Nov 12, 2012 - 11:16 AM
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The annual band cookie dough fundraiser has begun! Get your orders in on or before November 26, 2012! All sorts of wonderful, delicious flavors are available. Each tub is $12 and will directly benefit the band and the students. Please contact a band student to order yours today!


Band students are encouraged to try to sell at least 10 tubs each. Students may take order until November 26, 2012 when all order forms must be returned with full payment. Please make checks payable to Western Middle School and combine your entire payment into one check if possible. All orders must use the official order forms provide by the school - no photocopies or handmade spreadsheets please!


Certain incentives are available for students participating in the fundraiser! Please see your student's letter for more information.


All cookie dough orders must be picked up on Friday, December 14, 2012 between 2:30 and 6:30 pm in the auditorium. You may send anyone you wish to pick up your order.

Annie jr. on stage at WHS this weekend

Posted by admin on Nov 05, 2012 - 02:59 AM
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Western High School proudly presents Annie Jr.


Shows will be this week on Thursday (11/8) and Friday (11/9) at 7:00 pm, also with two shows on Saturday (11/10) at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, adults are $10.

Meijer Community Rewards

Posted by admin on Oct 25, 2012 - 04:41 AM
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Easily help raise money for Westernbands! Costs you nothing! Anyone can support us!
Sign up now!
Our Organization Number is 572796

Program Overview

Bandorama 2012 Tonight @6:30pm

Posted by admin on Oct 24, 2012 - 02:22 AM  •  Filed under: important
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The annual Western Bandorama is tonight at 6:30 pm in the Western Gym. The concert will feature performances by the Western Middle School seventh grade band and eighth grade band as well the Western High School jazz band, concert band, symphonic band and marching band. In addition, the concert will feature the world premier performance of the Western Middle School sixth grade band!

Admission to the concert is $2 per person at the door. There is a reception in the commons immediately following the concert.

For this performance, Middle School families are asked to sit on the main (lower) floor bleachers. High School families are asked to sit in the upper gym bleachers. Thank you for your cooperation!

Football Playoff Game

Posted by admin on Oct 22, 2012 - 02:13 AM
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The Bay City Western High School Football Team will begin their playoff run at Traverse City Central on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm. The band will not be going to this game.


We wish the team all the best and know that they will win! When the team wins we will possibly have a second playoff game in Midland on Nov. 2. The band would plan to perform at that game as a pep band. Put it on your calendar!

Bay City Central Band Member Killed in Auto Accident

Posted by admin on Oct 20, 2012 - 02:48 PM  •  Filed under: news
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"GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Michigan State Police have identified Autumn Rose Elwell, 17, of Bay City as the victim of a fatal crash on I-96 near U.S. 131 early Saturday." (MLive article).


Autumn (in photo on right) was a senior member of the Band City Central Band and a saxophone player. The Western Band family extends its sincere condolences to the Elwell family and the Central Band family.


The Western Band family will be collecting donations for flowers and preparing a card to send to the family. Donations can be sent to class with your student and given to Mr. Heydenburg or Ms. Schlosser.

Band Parent Meeting: Wednesday Oct. 17

Posted by admin on Oct 14, 2012 - 03:35 PM  •  Filed under: bpc
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There will be a Band parents Council meeting on Wednesday, October 17 following the completion of High School Parent Teacher Conferences. Conferences takes place from 4:00 - 7:00 pm in the Gymnasium. The Band Parent meeting will take place in the Band Room and begin soon after the completion of Conferences. We will be discussing Bandorama and future fundraisers. Please attend!

Midland Marching Showcase

Posted by admin on Oct 05, 2012 - 02:40 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
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The Midland Marching Showcase will take place at the Midland Community Stadium on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 beginning with the National Anthem at 5:55 pm. Admission for non-performers is $5 adults, $2 students at the gate. There are no concessions available. Please read the rest of the story for a complete schedule and details about the itinerary for Western High School Band.

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School Cancelled Tuesday, Sept. 18

Posted by admin on Sep 17, 2012 - 03:36 AM  •  Filed under: important
School will be closed on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 so that district students and staff may attend the funeral services for Bay City Central High School teach Pete Karoly. All evening activities (athletics, band practice, etc) will still be held as scheduled. WHS Curriculum night will be rescheduled.

Band Parents Meeting Schedule

Posted by admin on Sep 06, 2012 - 02:25 AM  •  Filed under: bpc
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The Band Parents Council has set forth its meeting schedule for the 2012-2013 School Year. Please plan to come to our meetings and support your student!


  •  Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2012 @6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2013 @ 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2013 @6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @6:30 PM

Also thank you to our newly elected executive board:


  • President: Kim Arsenault
  • VP of Fundraising & Public Relations: Jennifer Swiecicki
  • VP of Volunteers: Ronni Ettline
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Kellie Deming

First Band Parents Meeting: Wednesday Sept. 5 @6:30 pm

Posted by admin on Sep 01, 2012 - 07:32 AM  •  Filed under: bpc
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The first meeting of the Western Band Parents Council will take place on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm in the High School Band Room. All new (and 'old') parents of band members are invited to attend! Come and see how you can help your child's experience in band a better one!

First Day Paperwork available

Posted by admin on Aug 31, 2012 - 12:28 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
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If you are interested in getting a 'head start' on paperwork for the first day in band you can download them right here beginning today!

Yard Signs!

Posted by admin on Aug 30, 2012 - 05:07 AM  •  Filed under: fun
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You can order your very own yard sign to show your true Western Bands Spirit! Download the order form and return it to the main office before September 7, 2012 and you too can be a cool kid (or parent)! Cost is $25 (make checks payable to Western High School - this benefits the touchdown club).

MSBOA All-State Band Information available

Posted by admin on Aug 29, 2012 - 12:52 AM  •  Filed under: news
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Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) auditions an All-State Band each year that performs at the Michigan Music Conference in January. Last year, John Costello represented Western High School at this event. This year, I would encourage anyone who is interested to audition. There are both High School and Middle School opportunities.

The information about the process and materials is available from the MSBOA website. Actual music will be available from Mr. H or Ms. Schlosser in the first few weeks of school. Auditions are typically held in November or December at another school.

More information will be available at school in the first few weeks.

HOME football game Thursday 8/23 (changed)

Posted by admin on Aug 21, 2012 - 04:56 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
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The football game originally scheduled AT Flint Northwestern will now be played at HOME! The game begins at 7:00 pm. We will perform as a simple Pep Band for the game (we will not be marching pregame or halftime). But we need to get the word out to everyone. Please call your friends and let them know. Band arrival to bandroom: 6:00 pm. Dress: Summer uniform shirt with JEANS and appropriate brown & gold additions for weather. Please post questions to the facebook post.

Warrior Night 8/27 @5:00pm

Posted by admin on Aug 20, 2012 - 11:35 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
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All High School Band members are expected to attend Warrior night on Monday, August 27 at 5:00 pm. Please wear your summer uniform (like the last day of band camp). Free food begins at 5:00 pm at the stadium. We will perform at 6:00 pm (in the stadium). When the band's performance is complete, you will be dismissed (which will be approximately 6:20).

Westernbands on Twitter!

Posted by admin on Aug 17, 2012 - 11:01 AM  •  Filed under: news
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Well, I took the plunge and created a westernbands twitter account. You can find it at http://www.twitter.com/westernbands. I am also experimenting with a web-service that automatically posts news items from the westernbands.net website/blog to both the facebook and twitter a accounts. This is my first test of the service. I hope it works!

I suppose you are supposed to 'follow' the twitter feed. Since I have no idea what I'm doing with twitter at the moment, that's all I can say. Hopefully you will teach me what to do ;-)

Website Updated for 2012

Posted by admin on Aug 17, 2012 - 08:40 AM  •  Filed under: sitenews
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The website has recently been updated "under the hood". I am working to fix a few areas that I know are busted, but if you spot something, feel free to let me know. I've tried to update the menu bar to make things easier to find and also the Downloads area will look very different and hopefully be easier to navigate. Photos have been removed (for now at least) and the calendar will be updated again in the near future with a slightly different look. I am also looking for some ideas on how to integrate facebook with this site a bit closer and also considering twitter. If you have any ideas on how this website could serve you better, please let me know!

2012 High School State Solo & Ensemble Results

Posted by admin on Mar 25, 2012 - 04:11 PM  •  Filed under: highschool
Congratulations to all the WHS students that performed at MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Okemos High School on Saturday, March 24, 2012. See below for results.

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2012 District Band Festival Results

Posted by admin on Mar 05, 2012 - 05:05 PM
Congratulations to all the band students of Bay City Western High School and Middle School for their terrific performances at MSBOA District 5 Band & Orchestra Festival on March 2 & 3, 2012.

The Seventh Grade Band earned an overall Division I rating. The Eighth Grade Band earned and overall Division II rating. Both the High School Concert Band and Symphonic Band earned Division I ratings, with the Symphonic Band earning 'straight I's' for the eighth consecutive year. Since 2001, the High School Bands have earned Division I ratings every year except in 2003.

BCW Festival Rating History

This year, the bands will not be participating in the state festival.

2012 High School District Solo & Ensemble Results

Posted by admin on Feb 22, 2012 - 10:39 AM  •  Filed under: highschool
Congratulations to all the participants at MSBOA District 5 Solo & Ensemble Festival. You truly represented Western High School with awesome performances! Thank you for your dedication to your performance! See Below to view all the results!

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