FANFARE A Publication of the Watertown High School Bands June 1, 2007 Welcome 2007-2008 Freshmen, During the 2003-2004 school year, the band staff Transfer Students and Their Families developed a band website. The website is intended to be an online source of band We would like to take this opportunity to information, news and features. The website is the welcome all of the new students to our band ideal way to find calendar information, attendance program. Auditions have now been completed and grading policies, news of upcoming events, for all band members except students from staff contact information and many other features. parochial schools, transfer students, and Future features will hopefully include a Pics page Riverside eighth graders. showing pictures from band events and a Sounds Starting with the 2004-2005 school year, all page that will include audio clips from freshmen are placed in the Concert Band. We performances. believe this allows for a stronger Concert Band The band website is the principal vehicle for and also, as a result, a stronger Symphonic Band band announcements. By doing so, the staff is and Wind Ensemble. Next year, Mrs. Leiser able to reduce paper usage and mailing costs. will be moving to the Middle School as a full Students whose families do not have internet time director there. Mr. Reid LeDew has been access will continue to receive all documents in hired for the traveling director position. Band paper form via handouts or mailings. assignments for Mr. LeDew and Mr. Roberson Another change in means of communication will be have not yet been determined. Mr. Heninger the use of email. At the beginning of the school year, will remain the director of the Wind Ensemble students will be asked to register with the band staff This newsletter will provide information about whether or not they have internet access and to end-of-the-school-year activities as well as identify their email addresses. The email information Summer and Fall performances. will not be shared with anyone else and will be used One of the first experiences our freshmen band only for necessary announcements of band events. members will have is marching band. Our Families who do not wish to receive band program produces an award-winning marching announcements via email will be able to register that band. We hope your son and/or daughter will information as well. come to our marching rehearsals and The band website may be accessed by connecting to performances with the knowledge that they are the Watertown School District website, about to begin a new and exciting period in their www.watertown.k12.wi.us, then navigate to the High band life: one based on pride and accomplishment. School website, then Departments, then to Music, and finally to the Band website. To go directly to the band website, the address is http://www.watertown.k12.wi.us/HS/Music/Band/ To all of the parents who chaperone our trips and . activities, the students and directors say Thank You! We could not do these activities without you. We also wish to thank the parents who put in time fixing uniform parts, sorting music, and helping in a multitude of ways. A special thank you to the Parent Music Club for their continuous support of all of the Music Department’s activities. You all are terrific! Required Marching Band Uniform: Can I Use a School-Owned Instrument? Get Your Items Now School-owned instruments are available to rent for The Watertown High School Marching Band requires $50 per year. However, the school does not rent Flutes, that each member of the band be in uniform at all Clarinets, Alto Saxes, Trumpets, or Trombones. The marching events. The required uniform parts, needed following instruments are available for rent: Oboes, accessories, and who is responsible for providing those Bassoons, Bass Clarinets, Tenor Saxes, Bari Saxes, items are as follows: Goose Honker (hereditary) Horns, Baritones, Tubas, Percussion. Students who do not own their own instrument of any kind, will be Beret Lyre & flip folio required to rent an instrument. If students have been (student) (for holding music) (student) asked by a band director to switch to a rental instrument for the purpose of balancing instrumentation, those Jacket White Gloves students will be exempt from paying rent. All (school) (student) percussionists pay $25 per year rental for use and Black Socks maintenance of school-owned percussion equipment. Pants (student) (school) 2007 Fall Field Show Music Announced Black Shoes (student) The beret, gloves, marching shoes, instrument lyre and After many hours of deliberation, listening to flip folio (for holding marching music) are available at recordings, evaluating music, and discussions with band White House of Music on S. Church St. in Watertown. staff and students, the directors have selected as our We have secured a special discounted price from them. 2007 field show the music from the hit movie trilogy We do not allow the use of varied shoe styles and/or "Pirates of the Caribbean." The students should have, by colors because it is too difficult to match up the uniform the end of this school year, all of the music for the show. parts. Be sure to order the supplies by June 15 to During the summer months, all band members should ensure delivery by our first performance, July 4. work on the music to the best of their abilities. Band White House cannot ensure delivery in time for the camp will include time to put all of the music together. Watertown parade if the supplies are ordered after June However, this is not possible without some preparation 15. For most people, the total cost of the items together on the part of the students. will be approximately $40. If there is a financial Special News!!!! hardship in the family, please do not hesitate to contact For the first time in recent memory, the WHS Marching the directors immediately in order to make other Band will perform their show in full costume! This will arrangements. require that students provide old pieces of clothing that The jacket and pants will be assigned at the first can be fashioned into pirate costumes. Please see the marching rehearsals. special insert with this letter. PLEASE NOTE: In no way does this costume replace the need for the full marching band uniform and related accessories. The marching uniform will be used for all parades, band trip and other marching events throughout the summer and school year. Our uniform inventory is in a constant need of mending and cleaning. Many pairs of pants have need for zipper, hem, and seam repair. We will need these pants by June 30 in order to fit all of our students. If you are able to Watertown High School Band Staff: sew pants or help in the cleaning of uniforms and would Call 262-7500 Email (lower case - teacher last name then first initial) be willing to volunteer your time, please call the band @watertown.k12.wi.us directors at the numbers listed in this newsletter. Thank you! Tom Heninger (Wind Ens., Jazz, Musicals, Adv. Music, July 4th Parade Music Beginning Instruments, Team Leader), ext. 3411 Laurie Leiser (Concert Band, Flag Squad, Jazz, Riverside This year, the band will perform “God Bless America” M.S.), ext. 3413. during the Watertown July 4th Parade. Students should DeWayne Roberson (Symph. Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Show Choir/Madrigal Bands, Soundscapes, Adv. make sure they have a copy of the music and have it Music), ext. 3413. prepared to the best of the abilities when they come in Reid LeDew (duties to be announced), ext. 3413. for the parade rehearsals. See the summer band calendar for rehearsal and parade dates and times.
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