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:

Sharon Dooley
Newsletter/Communications Chair
TC Williams Band Boosters

Booster Highlights, Fundraising Help & More (newsletter for the week of March 15, 2015)

Boosters Highlights

Much of the booster meeting involved discussion of how to raise funds to meet a projected shortfall between revenues and expenses and avoid dipping into our reserve funds. Upcoming fundraising opportunities include a car wash, an appearance by the Marching Titans, grant applications, association and business solicitations and Spring-to-Action—a one-day giving campaign for non-profits in Alexandria. We need your help with these fund raising activities. See other articles in the newsletter for more details as particular activities occur. Read the minutes to get more information.

In addition, we discussed forming the nominating committee to put together the slate of booster officers for next year. If you’d like to serve on the nominating committee or are considering getting involved as a booster officer, please contact Craig Schiele at tcwbandboosters@gmail.com or any of the other people listed at the end of this newsletter. The nominating committee presents the slate of officers for next year for vote at the May 22 concert, which also serves as the Boosters annual meeting.

Trip Payments Past Due!!

If you’ve not paid in full or in three installments, 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. Please get those payments in ASAP! Continue reading

Assessment Recap, Boosters Meet, Solo & Ensemble & More (newsletter for the week of March 8, 2015)

Assessment Update

From Mr. González
I am very proud of the effort and energy the Wind Ensemble students have put in to their craft over the last few weeks leading to Assessment. There is ample evidence of progress in all sections of the band. These young musicians handled missed rehearsals and cancelled concerts with grace and maturity. There’s a lot more opportunities for learning and making music left this school year. Thanks to the parents who support the band and our quest to teach life skills such as determination, attention to detail, individual responsibility, and team work through music.

From the editor
Traditionally, we take a picture of the Seniors after performing their last District Assessment. Below are nearly all the Seniors in Wind Ensemble at Assessment. (Markell was unavoidably absent, so pretend Doug is Markell. Doug is a junior, but he decided to be in the senior picture.) Continue reading

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!)


Sharon Dooley
Newsletter/Communications Chair
TC Williams Band Boosters