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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.)
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.
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, email@example.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.
|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!
|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|
Send your ideas and suggestions for the TC Band Boosters to any of the following:
- Craig Schiele, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ginny Kalish, Secretary, email@example.com
- Bob Warden, Treasurer, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sharon Dooley, Newsletter/Communications Chair, email@example.com
TC Williams Band Boosters