Spring2ACTion and Departure Concert Wednesday & More (newsletter for the week of April 19, 2015)

Departure Concert April 22 at 6pm

Come hear the TC Williams Festival Band in a final run-through of their Orlando performance before they leave on the spring trip. The band will be playing at 6pm in the TC Williams auditorium. This is your chance to hear this group, formed especially by all the TC band students going on the trip, combining members of the wind ensemble and symphonic band. Hope to see you there!

April 22: Spring 2 ACTion in Support of TC Bands

It’s here–this Wednesday, April 22, Spring 2 ACTion. Get your friends and family from all over (not just in Alexandria) to donate. This is YOUR chance to make a real positive impact on the TC Bands program–not only through a direct donation, but by encouraging others to donate.

Ask your family and friends (especially the online ones) who so enjoy those videos and photos you share with them to show their appreciation of the bands’ hard work and dedication. Remind all those folk you share the band videos with how much they enjoy those videos and ask them to show that support with a donation to the band. And remember, all donations are tax deductible.

Giving is easy for everyone–just use this link: http://www.razoo.com/story/Tcwilliamsbandboosters. Share it with your friends and family.

Show your support by encouraging others to show theirs!

TC JazzA Upcoming Performances

Mark your calendars now to catch TC JazzA in concert!

  • Sunday, May 3, 1:00-1:30 at the Titan Expo
  • Friday, May 8, between 6-8pm. JazzA shares the bill with other performing ensembles at the annual Mother’s Day Concert at Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St)

Pit Parents Join Other Drama Parents to Support Tech Week

Tech week for the TCW Spring Musical is rapidly approaching (next week — yikes!!!) and the parents of musicians in the pit need to join with cast and crew parents in providing meals for the four nights of practices during Tech Week. The pit parents are providing 46 Chick-Fil-A sandwiches for Thursday night, April 30th. Pit parents, please get your donation ($10-$15 should do it) to Derrick or Joyce Wagner (cash or check made out to Derrick Wagner or Joyce Wagner) who are coordinating the sandwich purchase and delivery.

If you aren’t the parent of a pit musician and would like to support this effort, get your donation to Derrick or Joyce.

You can deliver your donation in person this coming Wednesday night, April 22nd, at the concert before the band leaves for Orlando. If you’d prefer to drop your cash or check in the Wagner’s mail slot, their address is 9 West Chapman Street, Alexandria, VA 22301. Deadline for contributions is next Wednesday, April 29th. If you have any questions, please email joycewagner4@comcast.net.

Your Child Needs You!

Ask your child how much they enjoy Chick-fil-A at band concerts. Ask them how much they enjoy ice cream during marching band camp. Ask them how much they appreciate having a uniform that fits with all its zippers and buttons working. Chances are, your child appreciates all those things. BUT, those things don’t just happen. Booster parents make that happen. Your child needs YOU to help out so all those things, and more, can keep happening.

The Boosters can’t support the band program and all our student musicians without lots of help from Booster parents. You don’t have to know much about band; you just need to be willing to help out. There are many officer positions available. Contact Ginny Kalish, of the Nominating Committee, at vbkalish@gmail.com to learn more. Read about the different booster positions here and get an idea of where best you can contribute your talents. We are especially in need of parents of rising juniors, sophomores and freshmen.

The Nominating Committee (Ginny Kalish, Margo Williams and Martha Schiele) will be reaching out to Booster parents to find people to fill all the positions so a slate of officers can be approved at the Annual Meeting at the Spring Concert May 20. When they contact you, think about what your child is getting out of participating in band. Then join in to help that happen next year.

Booster Meeting Highlights

Here are the highlights of the April Booster meeting:

  • In preparing next year’s budget, we need to re-evaluate marching band and concert band fees.
  • Congratulations to the recipients of the Band Booster scholarships awarded through the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria:
    • Maddy Dooley, Band
    • Peter Eckel, Jazz
  • We have a nominating committee! Ginny Kalish, Margo Williams and Martha Schiele will be preparing next year’s slate of candidates at the annual meeting during the Spring Concert May 20. (See related article about officer needs for next year.)

Review the draft minutes of the meeting at the TC Band Boosters website.

Solo & Ensemble Festival Recap

Congratulations to the eleven TC musicians who performed at Solo & Ensemble Festival Saturday, April 18. Three students presented solos, and there were 4 performing ensembles. Everyone got useful feedback from their judges right after they played. Written score sheets with more feedback will be available from the band directors within about a week. Stay tuned for details on how you will have the chance to hear some of these young musicians in performance in person.

TC Williams' first known tuba duet: Jamed and Maddy

TC Williams’ first known tuba duet: Jamed and Maddy

WMYO Auditions May 16 and 18

Would you enjoy performing orchestral masterpieces with talented, motivated student musicians? Would you like to be part of one of the region’s most outstanding youth orchestra programs? Consider auditioning for the Washington Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. Use this link to learn more about WMYO and the auditions. Want to talk to someone about WMYO? Try Garrett or Bobby or Denny or Maddy about their WMYO experience. Seniors get the chance to play a solo with the orchestra—ask Maddy about hers!

Canadian Brass in Concert May 29

Not going to prom? Here’s a great activity for you: the Canadian Brass in concert with the Loudoun Symphonic Winds on Friday, May 29 at John Champe High School in Aldie, VA. Tickets are just $15 for this concert. The program includes classical greats by Tchaikovsky and Rossini as well as American favorites by Gershwin and Lennon. Use this link to learn more and get your tickets.

Hold the Date: Drum Corps
in Theaters June 17

Check out the season kick off of Drum Corps International on June 17 when, once again, the DCI Tour Premier will be broadcast live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to theaters nationwide. The following corps perform in this 2-hour season opener: Blue Stars, Bluecoats, Cadets, Carolina Crown, Cavaliers, and Madison Scouts. Use this link for more info, including ticket information. Get a group together. If you’ve never seen DCI, you owe it to yourself. If you have, you’re already there!

Come August there’s even more marching fun when DCI’s “Big, Loud & Live 12” will feature the live performances of the top 15 corps at the DCI World Championship Prelims in their entirety along with highlights of groups that performed earlier in the day.

Stanford Youth Orchestra
Summer Camp Seeks Players

Limited spots are available in the Stanford Youth Orchestra for a three-week intensive orchestral and academic summer program. According to information sent to Mr. Rogers from the Chair of the Music Department, “The Stanford Youth Orchestra will run from July 12 to August 1, 2015. Admission is competitive, and a complete application includes a recorded audition. Limited financial aid is available. We will accept applicants on a rolling basis until the program is full. We are specifically looking for musicians who play viola, oboe, bassoon, double bass, french horn, trumpet, trombone and cello.” Learn more at their website.

Summer Music Opportunities

There are many summer music camp options available to TC musicians. Whether you’re looking for jazz, concert, or marching camp, or maybe even some quintet or quartet work, check out the Summer Opportunities page on the boosters website. If you know of other summer music opportunities, please let me know and I’ll add them to the page: Sharon Dooley, qplguy@gmail.com.

Did You Know?

Did you know that the TC Band Boosters support private lesson scholarships? It’s true. The better each individual plays, the better the whole band sounds, marching or sitting. If you don’t already have a private lesson instructor, talk to Mr. González or Mr. Rogers. They know several they can recommend, and you may be able to get a scholarship to cover part of the lesson fee. If you already have an instructor, talk to them about the possibility of a scholarship to cover part of the lesson fee.

Have a question about the band program? Please ask and I’ll get the answer to publish here.

Upcoming Dates

Check the Booster site calendar for all your information needs.

April 22 Orlando Departure Concert (hear the tunes the TCW Festival band will be playing in Orlando)

Spring 2 ACTion: get friends and family to donate to the TC Bands!

22-26 OrlandoFest!
May 3 JazzA at Titan Expo, 1-1:30pm
8 JazzA at Charles Houston Rec Center, 6-8pm
13 Band Boosters meeting
20 Spring Concert (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band) and annual meeting, 7:30pm
23 Car Wash, TCW Minnie Howard campus lower parking lot
Jun 9 End-of-year awards, before Jazz Concert
Jazz Concert, 7:30pm
10 Band Boosters meeting
15 Graduation, 10am, George Mason University

Ideas? Suggestions?

Send your ideas and suggestions for the TC Band Boosters to any of the following:

Cheers!
Sharon Dooley
Newsletter/Communications Chair
TC Williams Band Boosters

Mandatory Parent Meeting, Boosters Meet, Orlando Trip Plea & More (newsletter for the week of April 12, 2015)

From the Directors

Mr. González
Leadership Tryouts:
Leadership Tryouts for next year’s marching season will be next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Plan on being here from 3:30-5:00. Sign-up Sheet is by the TV in the band room. Anyone with at least 1 year of marching band experience may try out.

Mandatory Spring Trip Meeting: There is a mandatory meeting for all students and parents of students going on the spring trip to Orlando on Wednesday, April 15, 7:30, orchestra room. You need to be here to get the final itinerary, review rules and expectations, meet your chaperones, make sure you’ve planned to bring enough cash, etc.

Mr. Rogers
The Combo
will be performing at the following event 6:30-7:30:

Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley and the Alexandria City School Board are inviting Parker-Gray High School alumni to unveil a plaque to commemorate the history of the school on April 16.

The school for Alexandria’s black students opened in 1920 on Wythe Street, but by the 1950s increased enrollment created a need for a larger building and the school was relocated to a new location near the Braddock Road Metro.

Today, the administrative offices for Alexandria City Public Schools are housed on the site. The plaque will go up on the wall outside Central Office so that visitors can note its historic importance.

Parker-Gray High School was closed in 1965 when desegregation of Alexandria’s High Schools began. This year, its alumni celebrate 50 years since the final graduating class.

The combo will also play some jazz Monday, April 20 in the library during lunch…..April is Jazz Appreciation Month AND is School Library Month…..

Boosters Bank Balance Dangerously Low!!

If you’ve not paid in full yet for the spring trip to Orlando, you are LATE with your trip payments. The final $215 payment was due Monday, March 16. These funds are needed to make the scheduled payments to the tour company organizing the trip. The Boosters bank balance is dangerously low right now because scheduled payments needed to be made whether or not all families had paid up. Please get those payments in ASAP!

Don’t know what your status is on funds paid for the spring trip? See the Charms page on the Boosters website to find out how you can check.

Boosters Meet April 15

Plan now to attend the April Band Boosters meeting Wednesday, April 15 in the band room. We’ll start around 7:45, after the mandatory Spring Trip parent meeting (see related article). Learn more about how you can help support your student and all the members of the TC Williams bands. Agenda topics include upcoming end-of-year activities and next year’s budget and fund raising plans.

Solo & Ensemble Festival Saturday, April 18

Good luck to all the TC musicians participating in Solo & Ensemble Festival this Saturday, April 18, at Frost Middle School, 4101 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22032. Check with your director to get your scheduled time.

April 22: Spring 2 ACTion in Support of TC Bands

Once again, we are participating in Alexandria’s Spring 2 ACTion campaign on April 22. Spring2ACTion is one extraordinary day to support the organizations that make Alexandria amazing. This is YOUR chance to make a real positive impact on the TC Bands program–not only through a direct donation, but by encouraging others to donate.

There are so many worthy organizations in Alexandria seeking funds. Use this day to expand the pool of givers–ask your family and friends (even the online ones) who so enjoy those videos you share with them to show their appreciation of the bands’ hard work and dedication as demonstrated in those videos. Remind all those folk you share the band videos with how much they enjoy those videos and ask them to show that support with a donation to the band. And remember, all donations are tax deductible.

Giving is easy for everyone–just use this link: http://www.razoo.com/story/Tcwilliamsbandboosters. Share it with your friends and family. People can even schedule donations in advance to be credited to the band on April 22.

Show your support by encouraging others to show theirs!

T.C. Williams Musicians at All State Band

Last week, five T.C. Williams Wind Ensemble members participated in All-Virginia Band and Orchestra, held April 9 – 11 at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. Selection for All-Virginia Band is a highly competitive process, beginning with auditions for District Band in December and culminating with all-state auditions in February. All-Virginia wind and percussion members represent the top ½% of high school band students in the state. T.C. Williams was one of eleven Virginia high schools (out of around 400) placing five or more members in the ensembles. These highly skilled student musicians worked with top collegiate conductors, starting on Thursday afternoon, when they saw their music for the first time. They spent 16 hours rehearsing challenging music, and presented a fabulous concert on Saturday afternoon in the CNU Ferguson Center for the Arts.

According to booster Betty Youmans, “The concert was fabulous! The many movements of Orff’s Carmina Burana performed by the Concert Band offered a wide spectrum of themes culminating in the exciting and intense finale. The Epinicion by Paulson, performed by the Symphonic Band and depicting the clash in the US over the Vietnam War, painted a picture of discord, chaos, and even allowed the audience to experience the hostilities in Vietnam with napalm ravishing the landscape.”

Congratulations to Symphonic Band member Garrett Youmans (tenor trombone) senior, and Concert Band members Jillian Schiele (alto saxophone) junior, senior Darrius Carter (bass trombone) senior Bobby Warden (tenor trombone), and Mani Shah (clarinet) senior.

(Editor’s note: Thanks to Martha Schiele for the research and writeup about the process and event and to Betty Youmans for the description of two of the pieces. If you’d like to hear these incredible ensembles perform (including the All-Virginia Orchestra), use this link to the archived live stream from CNU.

Carlos Gonzalez, Director of Bands, with TC Williams High School 2015 All-Virginia Band members: (from left) members Jillian Schiele (alto saxophone) junior, Darrius Carter (bass trombone) senior Bobby Warden (tenor trombone)  senior, Garrett Youmans (tenor trombone) senior, and Mani Shah (clarinet) senior.

Carlos Gonzalez, Director of Bands, with TC Williams High School 2015 All-Virginia Band members: (from left) members Jillian Schiele (alto saxophone) junior, Darrius Carter (bass trombone) senior Bobby Warden (tenor trombone) senior, Garrett Youmans (tenor trombone) senior, and Mani Shah (clarinet) senior.

Open Mic Night Recap

Thanks to everyone who volunteered (especially Mrs. Eisenhower and Mr. Rogers) and came to the open mic! We had a great time and hopefully next year someone else will organize it again. (Editor’s note: Those who weren’t there missed on out something special. I hear from Mr. Rogers that there were about a dozen performances and 90 minutes of fun.)

Rehearsals for Orlando Performance on Wednesdays

The TCW Festival band rehearsals are underway on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Everyone going on the spring trip to Orlando needs to be in these rehearsals. For details check the TC Williams Bands Calendar under the Calendar tab on the website.

Marching Band Camp Dates

Marching band camp starts August 17 and runs through August 28 from 8am to 4:30pm. It continues August 31-Sept 2 from 4pm to 6:30pm. Please get these dates on your family calendar now. A great marching band camp helps make a great marching band! You can find these dates and more on the TC Williams Bands Calendar maintained by the band directors in the Calendar tab on the Boosters website.

May 23 Car Wash: Hold the Date

Please mark the morning of Saturday, May 23, on your calendar for a TC Williams Bands car wash. This is one of the activities that will help raise needed funds to support the band program. As the date gets closer, there will be sign up sheets in the band room for different shifts. Parents—we need someone to coordinate this car wash. Minnie Howard’s lower lot (by the soccer/lacrosse field) has been reserved. There are buckets, sponges and towels in the band storage closet. We could sure use your help. Contact Craig Schiele at tcwbandboosters@gmail.com to be our car wash coordinator.

Summer Music Opportunities

There are many summer music camp options available to TC musicians. Whether you’re looking for jazz, concert, or marching camp, or maybe even some quintet or quartet work, check out the Summer Opportunities page on the boosters website. If you know of other summer music opportunities, please let me know and I’ll add them to the page: Sharon Dooley, qplguy@gmail.com.

Did You Know?

Did you know that the TC Band Boosters support private lesson scholarships? It’s true. The better each individual plays, the better the whole band sounds, marching or sitting. If you don’t already have a private lesson instructor, talk to Mr. González or Mr. Rogers. They know several they can recommend, and you may be able to get a scholarship to cover part of the lesson fee. If you already have an instructor, talk to them about the possibility of a scholarship to cover part of the lesson fee.

Have a question about the band program? Please ask and I’ll get the answer to publish here.

Upcoming Dates

Check the Booster site calendar for all your information needs.

Apr 18 Solo & Ensemble Festival (with District 11 at Frost Middle School, 4101 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22032)
22 Orlando Departure Concert (hear the tunes the TCW Festival band will be playing in Orlando)

Spring 2 ACTion: get friends and family to donate to the TC Bands!

22-26 OrlandoFest!
May 13 Band Boosters meeting
20 Spring Concert (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band), 7:30pm
23 Car Wash, TCW Minnie Howard campus lower parking lot
Jun 9 End-of-year awards, before Jazz Concert
Jazz Concert, 7:30pm
10 Band Boosters meeting
15 Graduation, 10am, George Mason University

Ideas? Suggestions?

Send your ideas and suggestions for the TC Band Boosters to any of the following:

Cheers!
Sharon Dooley
Newsletter/Communications Chair
TC Williams Band Boosters

Tonight’s Booster Meeting Postponed to Next Wednesday

Booster Meeting Postponed
At special request from Mr. González, tonight’s Band Booster meeting is postponed to next Wednesday, April 15, following the Parent Meeting for the Spring Trip.

Parent Meeting for Spring Trip Announced
Mr. González is calling a special brief parent meeting on Wednesday, April 15 at 8pm, for all those participating in the Spring Trip to Orlando.

The Band Boosters April meeting will occur at the conclusion of the parent meeting, around 8:15pm. Think about staying and learning more about what you can do to help support the TC Williams bands.

Sharon Dooley
Newsletter/Communications Chair
TC Williams Band Boosters

Orlando Trip Plea, Jazz Band Competes, Boosters Meet, & More (newsletter for the week of March 22 & 29, 2015)

Boosters Bank Balance
dangerously low!!

If you’ve not paid in full yet for the spring trip to Orlando, you are LATE with your trip payments. The final $215 payment was due Monday, March 16. These funds are needed to make the scheduled payments to the tour company organizing the trip. The Boosters bank balance is dangerously low right now because scheduled payments needed to be made whether or not all families had paid up. Please get those payments in ASAP!

Don’t know what your status is on funds paid for the spring trip? See the Charms page on the Boosters website to find out how you can check.

Jazz Band A Competes at Chantilly March 28

Make plans now to support Jazz Band A at the Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 28th at Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Road, in Chantilly, VA. Bands representing two dozen schools from VA, MD and the east coast will compete for scholarships, prizes and general “bragging rights” in Combo and Big Band divisions.

TC’s Jazz Band A performs at 12:35pm, the last band before the lunch break. Plan to be there by Noon, so you don’t miss a note. Come out for some great music and to support the TC band! Get more details here.

Boosters Meet April 8

Plan now to attend the April Band Boosters meeting Wednesday, April 8, at 7:30pm in the band room. Learn more about how you can help support your student and all the members of the TC Williams bands. Agenda topics include next year’s budget and fund raising plans as well as the spring trip.

Open Mic Night April 10

The TC Williams band will be sponsoring an open mic night on Friday, April 10th at 6:30pm in the TCW auditorium. This will be a great opportunity for those who are still interested in fundraising for the Spring trip. If you would like to volunteer, please either talk to Julia Wagner or email her at julia.wagner.43@gmail.com. Even if you aren’t interested in volunteering, come and watch or participate in poetry performances, music, and other types of entertainment! There will be a $5 door fee for everyone. Spread the word!

Rehearsals for Orlando Performance on Wednesdays

The TCW Festival band rehearsals are underway on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Everyone going on the spring trip to Orlando needs to be in these rehearsals. For details check the TC Williams Bands Calendar under the Calendar tab on the website.

April 22: Spring 2 ACTion in Support of TC Bands

Once again, we are participating in Alexandria’s Spring 2 ACTion campaign on April 22. Spring2ACTion is one extraordinary day to support the organizations that make Alexandria amazing. This is YOUR chance to make a real positive impact on the TC Bands program–not only through a direct donation, but by encouraging others to donate.

There are so many worthy organizations in Alexandria seeking funds. Use this day to expand the pool of givers–ask your family and friends (even the online ones) who so enjoy those videos you share with them to show their appreciation of the bands’ hard work and dedication as demonstrated in those videos. Remind all those folk you share the band videos with how much they enjoy those videos and ask them to show that support with a donation to the band. And remember, all donations are tax deductible.

Giving is easy for everyone–just use this link: http://www.razoo.com/story/Tcwilliamsbandboosters. Share it with your friends and family. People can even schedule donations in advance to be credited to the band on April 22.

Show your support by encouraging others to show theirs!

Marching Band Camp Dates

Marching band camp starts August 17 and runs through August 28 from 8am to 4:30pm. It continues August 31-Sept 2 from 4pm to 6:30pm. Please get these dates on your family calendar now. A great marching band camp helps make a great marching band! You can find these dates and more on the TC Williams Bands Calendar maintained by the band directors in the Calendar tab on the Boosters website.

May 23 Car Wash: Hold the Date

Please mark the morning of Saturday, May 23, on your calendar for a TC Williams Bands car wash. This is one of the activities that will help raise needed funds to support the band program. As the date gets closer, there will be sign up sheets in the band room for different shifts. Parents—we need someone to coordinate this car wash. Minnie Howard’s lower lot (by the soccer/lacrosse field) has been reserved. There are buckets, sponges and towels in the band storage closet. We could sure use your help. Contact Craig Schiele at tcwbandboosters@gmail.com to be our car wash coordinator.

Summer Music Opportunities

There are many summer music camp options available to TC musicians. Whether you’re looking for jazz, concert, or marching camp, or maybe even some quintet or quartet work, check out the Summer Opportunities page on the boosters website. If you know of other summer music opportunities, please let me know and I’ll add them to the page: Sharon Dooley, qplguy@gmail.com.

Did You Know?

Did you know that the TC Band Boosters support private lesson scholarships? It’s true. The better each individual plays, the better the whole band sounds, marching or sitting. If you don’t already have a private lesson instructor, talk to Mr. González or Mr. Rogers. They know several they can recommend, and you may be able to get a scholarship to cover part of the lesson fee. If you already have an instructor, talk to them about the possibility of a scholarship to cover part of the lesson fee.

Have a question about the band program? Please ask and I’ll get the answer to publish here.

Upcoming Dates

Check the Booster site calendar for all your information needs.

May 28 Chantilly Jazz Festival
Apr 8 Band Boosters meeting
9-11 All-Virginia Band & Orchestra, Christopher Newport University
18 Solo & Ensemble Festival (with District 11 at Frost Middle School, 4101 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22032)
22 Orlando Departure Concert (hear the tunes the TCW Festival band will be playing in Orlando)

Spring 2 ACTion: get friends and family to donate to the TC Bands!

22-26 OrlandoFest!
May 13 Band Boosters meeting
20 Spring Concert (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band), 7:30pm
23 Car Wash, TCW Minnie Howard campus lower parking lot
Jun 2 End-of-year awards, before Jazz Concert
Jazz Concert, 7:30pm
10 Band Boosters meeting
15 Graduation, 10am, George Mason University

Ideas? Suggestions?

Send your ideas and suggestions for the TC Band Boosters to any of the following:

Cheers!
Sharon Dooley
Newsletter/Communications Chair
TC Williams Band Boosters