Pyramid Concert Cancelled; Come to Open Rehearsal Wednesday Night (special edition of March 3, 2015)

Wind Ensemble Open Rehearsal

Tonight’s Pyramid Concert is cancelled due to the weather. But, you still have the opportunity to hear the Wind Ensemble as they prepare for the upcoming District Assessment, March 7.

Mr. González invites you to a Wind Ensemble open rehearsal tomorrow (Wednesday, March 4) from 6pm-8pm in the auditorium. Come watch and listen as the band works on polishing their presentation for their performance on Saturday.

Assessment Details

TC bands’ district assessments are this Friday and Saturday at Edison High School, 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310.

  • Symphonic Band performs at 6:50pm Friday, March 6
  • Wind Ensemble performs at 4:10pm Saturday, March 7

Come out this weekend to support the bands in this important performance. It is basically the Standards of Learning test for wind band, and it is the only SOL that you get to watch your son or daughter take.

Sorry I managed to mess up the dates in the newsletter that went out yesterday. The ones above are right, and I’ve corrected the information in the post on the site and in the site calendar. Hope I didn’t confuse too many of you for very long.

Snow Day Activity for Thursday

Looking for something to do on the snow day forecast for Thursday? Make your bracket pick’s for Sousa’s March Mania. The United States Marine Band hosts “Sousa’s March Mania” during March. It’s a tournament pitting 32 marches against each other with the Marine Band online community determining which one is the favorite. Listen to competing marches and get your bracket filled out by 8am March 6. You could be March King for a day! (Maybe you could even get some extra credit in band class!)

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Sharon Dooley
Newsletter/Communications Chair
TC Williams Band Boosters

This Week’s Concerts, 5 Selected to All-State & More (newsletter for the week of March 1, 2015)

From the Directors

Pre-Assessment Concert Timeline
Here’s the timeline for both Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble for the Pre-Assessment Pyramid concert Tuesday, March 3, 2015:

  • 6:00 arrive, dress, warmup
  • 7:00 concert begins
  • 9:00 concert ends

Mr. González
Wind Ensemble District Assessment Timeline
Here’s the timeline for the wind ensemble performance at the District Assessment Saturday, March 7, 2015:

  • 1:00 band room open
  • 2:00 rehearsal in full uniform
  • 2:45 depart for Edison
  • 3:05 arrival, restroom, warm-up and tune
  • 4:10 concert
  • 4:40 sightread
  • 5:20 depart for TC
  • 5:45 arrive at TC
  • 6:15 band room closed

Mr. Rogers
Symphonic Band District Assessment Timeline
Here’s the timeline for the symphonic band performance at the District Assessment Friday, March 6, 2015:

In-school field trip 6th period

  • 4:45 load buses, depart TC
  • 5:35 arrive Edison HS
  • 6:05 warm-up time
  • 6:50 performance time
  • 7:50 snacks if you want
  • 8:20 depart Edison
  • before 9:00 arrive TC
  • 9:15 Band Room closed

Five TC Musicians Earn All-State Honors

Congratulations to the five TC musicians who earned All-State band honors this year: Jillian, Mani, Darrius, Bobby and Garrett. They were selected based on audition Saturday, February 28, at JMU in Harrisonburg. These musicians will participate in the All-State event April 9-11 at Christopher Newport University in Newport News. Last year, TC placed four musicians in the All-State ensembles. This is the second time Garrett, Bobby and Mani have earned a spot in one of the All-State ensembles. Congratulations! Continue reading

All-State Auditions, Pre-Assessment Concert Activities & More (newsletter for the week of February 22, 2015)

Good Luck to Our All-State Team

Congratulations to the 10 musicians who will be auditioning for the All Virginia band: Duncan, Maddy, Akie, Jillian, Sohail, Mani, Darrius, Cameron, Bobby and Garrett. These musicians will travel to James Madison University for auditions on February 28. Those selected will participate in the All-State event April 9-11 at Christopher Newport University in Newport News. Last year, TC placed four musicians in the All-State ensembles. One graduated, and the other three are auditioning again this year: Garrett on tenor trombone in Symphonic Band and in Concert Band, Mani on clarinet and Bobby on trombone.

TC Williams musicians that earned All-State Auditions for 2015: front (left-right): Duncan, Maddy, Akie, JIllian middle (left-right): Sohail, Mani, Darrius, Cameron back (left-right): Garrett, Bobby (Courtesy of Craig Schiele)

TC Williams musicians that earned All-State Auditions for 2015:
front (left-right): Duncan, Maddy, Akie, JIllian
middle (left-right): Sohail, Mani, Darrius, Cameron
back (left-right): Garrett, Bobby
(Courtesy of Craig Schiele)

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Boosters Highlights, District News & More (newsletter for the week of February 15, 2015)

Boosters Meeting Highlights

Read the minutes to get all the highlights from the February Boosters meeting.

Your Son or Daughter Needs You to Help Raise Funds

Are you a fund raising professional? Have you ever raised funds for any sort of organization? Have you written a grant seeking funding? If you have any of these skills, you can use them now to help the TC Williams Band Boosters support your son or daughter in band. Quite simply, it takes more funds than ACPS can provide to maintain a high-quality high school instrumental music program. To help fill the gap, the boosters are organizing to seek donations from local Continue reading