Attend Boosters Meeting Wednesday & More

(from the newsletter of the week of April 6, 2014)

Bylaw Revisions Top Boosters Agenda for April 9

Plan now to attend the Band Boosters meeting April 9 and 7:30 in the orchestra room. (The band room will be busy with pit rehearsal for the spring musical.) One important part of the agenda is the review of proposed revisions to our bylaws, the rules that govern the Boosters organization. Read the proposed bylaws here. Other topics include next year’s budget, including fund raising plans, and preparations for the spring concert and annual membership meeting.

We Have a Nominating Committee!

Many thanks to Sandi Slaven, Theresa Rhodes and Deborah Lockett for serving on the Nominating Committee! They’ll be working over the next few weeks to identify a slate of Booster officers for next year to present at the spring concert in May. New terms start July 1, which will be here before you know it! When they contact you, please consider how you can help support the TCW Band program.

Invite Friends and Family to Support TCW Bands

Alexandria’s Spring 2 ACTion campaign on April 9 is YOUR chance to make a real impact with your donation and donations from people you encourage to donate– every donation made gives us the chance to win even more in grants and prizes.

Please help replenish our treasury after this exciting year. Invite your family, friends, co-workers, social network connections, all those people you share the videos of all the bands with, and anyone else you can think of to make a donation. All donations are tax deductible.

Use this link to donate: http://www.razoo.com/story/Tcwilliamsbandboosters
OR
Use the big Donate button on the TC Williams Band Boosters website.

You’ll be glad you did.

Zombie Band Wins

According to the fall calendar, the Marine Corps Marathon cleanup is the same day as the Zombie Band marches in the Del Ray Halloween Parade. The Halloween Parade wins. Go ahead and mark your calendar now—October 26, Zombie Band.

Coffee Sales Support the Band Program

Remember that great coffee you got last fall to support the Sugar Bowl trip? There are still a few bags left, all just $12 a bag:

  • New York, New York (ground)
  • French Vanilla (ground)
  • Breakfast Blend (ground)

Act now, before all the remaining bags are gone. Contact Denise Gray at dgray@seyfarth.com or 571-216-2371 to work out the purchase and delivery details. All proceeds go directly to support the TC band program!

Chantilly Jazz Performance

Here’s an album with all three songs from TC JazzA’s recent performance at the Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival. Enjoy!

Summer Opportunities

Check out the Summer Opportunities page on the booster website to find out more about UVA camps, JMU camps, National Jazz Workshop, Bar Harbor Brass Week, the NOVA Summer Low Brass Ensemble and more.

If you know of another opportunity, please send it along and I’ll add it to the list.

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 can very likely 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.

Learn more about private lessons and get the scholarship application form on the Private Lesson Scholarships page of our website.

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 you information needs.

April
9: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
26: Solo & Ensemble Festival, Stonewall Jackson High School, 8820 Rixlew Lane in Manassas
28: Pit Parents provide dinner for Chorus Line pit, cast and crew (Monday of Tech Week)

May
2-3: Spring Musical
9-10: Spring Musical
14: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
21: Concert: Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, 7:30pm

June
4: Jazz Bands Concert & Band Awards
11: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
14: Graduation

August
Marching Band Camp

  • August 11-15: all day
  • August 18-22: all day
  • August 22: Titan showcase, evening
  • August 25-28: three hours in the afternoon/evening

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

Boosters Need You, Upcoming Meeting & More

(newsletter for the week of March 30, 2014)

From the Directors

Mr. Rogers
A summer jazz opportunity: Jam with the pros and learn the tricks of the trade. At JAM Camp and JAM Lab you will learn how to perform in big band and combo formats. You will enhance your ability to craft solos/improvise. You will have loads of fun jamming with your peers, instructors and our guest touring artists. If you are an instrumentalist or a vocalist have at least 1 year of formal music training and have completed the 5th grade you are eligible to attend. Students are grouped by skill level.

Get more info about the 2014 Summer JAM Camp.

We Need You for the
Nominating Committee

Believe it or not, it’s time to start finding Boosters leaders for next year. You can help by serving on the Nominating Committee to identify officers for next year (terms run July 1-June 30).

What does the Nominating Committee do, you wonder? Well, the three booster members, including no more than one member of the current Executive Board, work together in consultation with the directors and current board to identify, contact and encourage band parents to support the band program by serving in one of several Booster leadership positions. The goal is a slate of officers and committee chairs to present for a vote at the annual membership meeting at the May concert. The positions that need to be filled are:

  • President
  • 1st Vice President of Membership (President Elect) (chairs the Performance and Membership Committee)
  • 2nd Vice President of Fundraising (chairs the Fundraising Committee)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Communications Director (chairs the Communication and Outreach Committee)
  • Uniform Director (chairs the Uniform Committee)
  • Hospitality Director (chairs the Hospitality Committee)

In addition to the Executive Board, we need people to lead the following committees:

  • Tag Day Committee
  • Audit and Finance Committee
  • Policy and Programs Committee

Read the specific duties for each of the positions in our revised bylaws.

If you can serve on the Nominating Committee, please contact Craig Schiele, Booster President, at craig.schiele@verizon.net.

If you are ready to help lead the Boosters in supporting the TC Band program next year, then go ahead and contact Craig about that too.

Bylaw Revisions Top Boosters Agenda for April 9

Plan now to attend the Band Boosters meeting April 9 and 7:30 in the orchestra room. (The band room will be busy with pit rehearsal for the spring musical.) One important part of the agenda is the review of proposed revisions to our bylaws, the rules that govern the Boosters organization. Read the proposed bylaws here. Other topics include next year’s budget, including fund raising plans, and preparations for the spring concert and annual membership meeting.

Help Feed Chorus Line Pit, Cast and Crew Monday, April 28th

Parents of pit members (and anyone else who’d like to help!), we’re feeding the 80 members of the Chorus Line cast, crew and pit orchestra on Monday, April 28th, the first night of Tech Week. The plan is to provide Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, a vegetarian entrée, side dishes (chips, veggies, salads, etc.) and desserts—for 80 people. So, it will take us all pitching in! A simple way to help would be to contribute toward the cost of the Chick-Fil-A sandwiches.

Here’s the link to the SignUp Genius page the Drama Boosters have created to help organize the meals. If you’d rather just let me know what you’ll be contributing, I’m happy to add it to the SignUp Genius page for you. Just email me, Sharon Dooley, at qplguy@gmail.com or call 703-931-7157.

Boosters Need Your Input!

We have the chance to earn $450 for cleaning up one mile of the Marine Corps Marathon route on Sunday morning, October 26, 2014. The group of 18 or more (teens and adults) cleans up what the runners have left behind—water bottles, energy snacks, clothing even. They provide the bags and plastic gloves; we supply the people power and earn $450 for the band. With enough interest, we could clean up 2 miles (with two different groups).

Before the Boosters commit to this, though, the leadership would like to hear from you. What do you think? Does it sound like a worthwhile fund raising activity? Contact Craig Schiele, booster president, at craig.schiele@verizon.net to let him know your thoughts on the matter. (Personally, I think it is a great idea!)

Coffee Sales Support the
Band Program

Remember that great coffee you got last fall to support the Sugar Bowl trip? There are still a few bags left, all just $12 a bag:

  • New York, New York (ground)
  • New York, New York (whole bean)
  • French Vanilla (ground)
  • Breakfast Blend (ground)

Act now, before all the remaining bags are gone. Contact Denise Gray at dgray@seyfarth.com or 571-216-2371 to work out the purchase and delivery details. All proceeds go directly to support the TC band program!

Saxophone Day April 5

Due to the budget situation for this year, the Navy Band canceled the 2014 Saxophone Symposium. They hope to bring it back in 2015. But, saxophonists, don’t despair—you haven’t been forgotten.

You are invited to the First Annual Catholic University of America Saxophone Day on Saturday, April 5, 2014! The event includes master classes and performances hosted by Dr. Robert Beeson and The US Army Band (Pershing’s Own) Saxophone Quartet. Participation is free, but prior registration is required. Registration closes Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Learn more with this link.

Chantilly Jazz Performance

Check out this video from TC JazzA’s performance at the Chantilly Invitational. (More to come!)

April 9: A Great Fund
Raising Opportunity

We are participating in Alexandria’s Spring 2 ACTion campaign on April 9. Spring2ACTion is one extraordinary day to support the organizations that make Alexandria amazing. This is YOUR chance to make a real impact – every donation you make gives your favorite organization(s) the chance to win up to even more in grants and prizes. You, and all the people you encourage to donate, can even schedule a donation in advance.

Please use this opportunity to help replenish our treasury after this exciting year. Invite your family, friends, co-workers, social network connections, all those people you share the videos of all the bands with, and anyone else you can think of to make a donation. Donations are tax deductible.

Use this link to donate: http://www.razoo.com/story/Tcwilliamsbandboosters

You’ll be glad you did.

Summer Opportunities

Check out the Summer Opportunities page on the booster website to find out more about UVA camps, JMU camps, National Jazz Workshop, Bar Harbor Brass Week, the NOVA Summer Low Brass Ensemble and more.

If you know of another opportunity, please send it along and I’ll add it to the list.

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 can very likely 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.

Learn more about private lessons and get the scholarship application form on the Private Lesson Scholarships page of our website.

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 you information needs.

April
3-5: All-Virginia Band & Orchestra Event, Moss Arts Center at VA Tech
5: Saxophone Day at Catholic University
9: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
26: Solo & Ensemble Festival, Stonewall Jackson High School, 8820 Rixlew Lane in Manassas
28: Pit Parents provide dinner for Chorus Line pit, cast and crew (Monday of Tech Week)

May
2-3: Spring Musical
9-10: Spring Musical
14: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
21: Concert: Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, 7:30pm

June
4: Jazz Bands Concert & Band Awards
11: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
14: Graduation

August
Marching Band Camp

  • August 11-15: all day
  • August 18-22: all day
  • August 25-28: three hours in the afternoon/evening
  • August 28: Titan showcase, evening

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

Jazz Band Competes, Patron Ads, Pit Rehearsal & More

(newsletter for the week of March 23, 2014)

Jazz Band A Competes at Chantilly March 29

Make plans now to support Jazz Band A at the Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 29th 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 1:30pm. The top three bands of the day come back that evening for a final round of competition. The Army Blues, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Army, and the George Mason University Jazz Ensemble will also perform that afternoon. Come out for some great music and to support the TC band! Get more details here.

Jazz Band A in performance at the Mid-Winter Concert, January 21, 2014.

Jazz Band A in performance at the Mid-Winter Concert, January 21, 2014.

Chorus Line Patron Ads
Due March 28

Purchase a patron ad to support TC’s spring musical this year, “A Chorus Line.” Ad rates are: full-page $100, half-page $50, quarter-page $25, eighth-page $15. Submit your ad content in a Word or PDF file to tc.drama.ads@gmail.com. The deadline is Friday, March 28, so don’t delay!

Help Feed Chorus Line Pit, Cast and Crew Monday, April 28th

Parents of pit members (and anyone else who’d like to help!), we’re feeding the 80 members of the Chorus Line cast, crew and pit orchestra on Monday, April 28th, the first night of Tech Week. The plan is to provide Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, a vegetarian entrée, side dishes (chips, veggies, salads, etc.) and desserts—for 80 people. So, it will take us all pitching in! A simple way to help would be to contribute toward the cost of the Chick-Fil-A sandwiches.

Drama Boosters will be setting up a SignUp Genius page to get this all organized (don’t want to have all desserts and no veggies!). Once the page is ready, I’ll get that info out to everyone. If you’d rather just let me know what you’ll be contributing, I’m happy to add it to the SignUp Genius page for you. Just email me, Sharon Dooley, at qplguy@gmail.com.

Pit Rehearsal Schedule

For you pit parents, here’s the pit rehearsal schedule, as of Tuesday, March 25:
6:30-8:30pm

  • Wednesday, 3/26
  • Wednesday, 4/2
  • Wednesday, 4/9
  • Wednesday, 4/23

Tech Week 3:30-10:30pm

  • Monday, 4/28
  • Tuesday, 4/29
  • Wednesday, 4/30
  • Thursday, 5/1

Friday, 5/2: OPENING NIGHT!

We Need You for the
Nominating Committee

Believe it or not, it’s time to start finding Boosters leaders for next year. You can help by serving on the Nominating Committee to identify officers for next year (terms run July 1-June 30).

What does the Nominating Committee do, you wonder? Well, the three booster members, including no more than one member of the current Executive Board, work together in consultation with the directors and current board to identify, contact and encourage band parents to support the band program by serving in one of several Booster leadership positions. The goal is a slate of officers and committee chairs to present for a vote at the annual membership meeting at the May concert. The positions that need to be filled are:

  • President
  • 1st Vice President of Membership (President Elect) (chairs the Performance and Membership Committee)
  • 2nd Vice President of Fundraising (chairs the Fundraising Committee)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Communications Director (chairs the Communication and Outreach Committee)
  • Uniform Director (chairs the Uniform Committee)
  • Hospitality Director (chairs the Hospitality Committee)

In addition to the Executive Board, we need people to lead the following committees:

  • Tag Day Committee
  • Audit and Finance Committee
  • Policy and Programs Committee

Read the specific duties for each of the positions in our revised bylaws.
If you can serve on the Nominating Committee, please contact Craig Schiele, Booster President, at craig.schiele@verizon.net.

If you are ready to help lead the Boosters in supporting the TC Band program next year, then go ahead and contact Craig about that too.

Coffee Sales Support
the Band Program

Remember that great coffee you got last fall to support the Sugar Bowl trip? Well, I’ve got some good news for you—you can restock with any of the following varieties, all just $12 a bag:

  • New York, New York (ground): 13 bags
  • New York, New York (whole bean): 2 bags
  • French Vanilla (ground): 5 bags
  • Breakfast Blend (ground): 6 bags
  • Smooth Jazz Decaf (ground): 1 bag

Act now, before all the remaining bags are gone. Contact Denise Gray at dgray@seyfarth.com or 703-836-5649 to work out the purchase and delivery details. All proceeds go directly to support the TC band program!

Saxophone Day April 5

Due to the budget situation for this year, the Navy Band canceled the 2014 Saxophone Symposium. They hope to bring it back in 2015. But, saxophonists, don’t despair—you haven’t been forgotten.

You are invited to the First Annual Catholic University of America Saxophone Day on Saturday, April 5, 2014! The event includes master classes and performances hosted by Dr. Robert Beeson and The US Army Band (Pershing’s Own) Saxophone Quartet. Participation is free, but prior registration is required. Registration closes Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Learn more with this link.

Tennessee Tech Tuba Videos

Here are all the clips from the recent appearance of the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble (TTTE) at TC Williams gathered in one album.

Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, Carnegie Bound (on Vimeo)

Marching Band Camp Dates

Mark your calendars now with the Marching Band Camp dates as you are making your summer plans:

  • August 11-15: all day
  • August 18-22: all day
  • August 25-28: three hours in the afternoon/evening
  • August 28: Titan Showcase, in the evening
  • Details, including start and stop times for each day will be forthcoming.

Summer Opportunities

The NOVA Summer Low Brass Ensemble information is now available. And the UVA Cavalier Marching Band Camp information is up to date for 2014. You’ll find application information, camp offerings and dates at those links. Check out the Summer Opportunities page on the booster website to find out more about UVA camps, JMU camps, National Jazz Workshop, Bar Harbor Brass Week, the NOVA Summer Low Brass Ensemble and more.

If you know of another opportunity, please send it along and I’ll add it to the list.

Did You Know?

Did you know that band requirements are changing starting next year? Read about the band program requirements for 2014 here. Then, you’ll be ready when you sign up for classes for next year, and you can encourage rising 9th graders to enroll in band.

Did you know that students can letter in band, just like they can in varsity sports? It’s true. Different band activities like marching band camp, private lessons, and district band auditions all earn points toward a band letter. Earn 100 points and get a band letter. Learn more on the Lettering in Band page on the website.

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 can very likely 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.

Learn more about private lessons and get the scholarship application form on the Private Lesson Scholarships page of our website.

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 you information needs.

March
29: Jazz Band A at Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival, at Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly, 1:30pm

April
3-5: All-Virginia Band & Orchestra Event, Moss Arts Center at VA Tech
5: Saxophone Day at Catholic University
9: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
26: Solo & Ensemble Festival, Stonewall Jackson High School, 8820 Rixlew Lane in Manassas
28: Pit Parents provide dinner for Chorus Line pit, cast and crew (Monday of Tech Week)

May
2-3: Spring Musical
9-10: Spring Musical
14: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
21: Concert: Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, 7:30pm

June
4: Jazz Bands Concert & Band Awards
11: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
14: Graduation

August
Marching Band Camp
• August 11-15: all day
• August 18-22: all day
• August 25-28: three hours in the afternoon/evening
• August 28: Titan showcase, evening

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

Jazz Band Competes, Booster Highlights, Support Musical & More

(from the newsletter of the week of March 16, 2014)

Jazz Band A Competes at Chantilly
March 29

Make plans now to support Jazz Band A at the Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival on March 29th 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 1:30pm. The top three bands of the day come back that evening for a final round of competition. The Army Blues, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Army, and the George Mason University Jazz Ensemble will also perform that afternoon. Come out for some great music and to support the TC band! Get more details here.

Jazz Band A in performance at the Mid-Winter Concert, January 21, 2014.

Jazz Band A in performance at the Mid-Winter Concert, January 21, 2014.

Band Boosters March Meeting Highlights

Here are highlights from the March band boosters meeting:

  • Nominating committee is forming to identify next year’s Boosters leadership
  • Review of proposed bylaws revisions will be an agenda item at the April Booster meeting. The revised bylaws will be voted on at the annual membership meeting May 21.
  • Concert dress fitting went smoothly. Dresses expected for May concert.
  • Pit practices have begun for the upcoming school musical, Chorus Line. Band Boosters (especially parents of those in the production on stage or in the pit) will have several opportunities to help, including ads in the play program and providing meals for “Tech Week” (also known as Hell Week)—April 28-May 1–the week before opening night on Friday, May 2.
  • Jazz Band A performs at 1:30pm Saturday, May 29, at the Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival. They’ll be sporting new outfits—tux slacks and jackets, black dress shirts and neon ties—all with Booster support.
  • Mr. Rogers kicks off All City Jazz Tuesday, March 25 at 7 in the band room. All middle schoolers, any instrument, are invited.
  • Dates to Save:
    • May 21: the annual membership meeting will be held at the Spring Concert. We will also recognize donors at the $500 and above level.
    • May 17: Spring Tag Day. After scouring the calendar, that is the date with best availability for band students. Just like Fall Tag Day, we will need parent drivers. No drivers, no Tag Day.
    • June 4: the end-of year awards ceremony will be held at the Jazz Bands concert.

Eastern Trombone Workshop
March 19-22

The Eastern Trombone Workshop is one of the largest annual events for trombone in the world. The workshop is held at Brucker Hall—The U.S. Army Band’s performance center—located on historic Fort Myer, Virginia. It is the only professionally organized and staffed trombone workshop or conference in the United States. Soloists, educators, and students—as well as university and college trombone ensembles from around the world—attend the workshop annually.

All events are open and free to the public. Activities include concerts, master classes, recitals, lectures and clinics by the leading artists of the day. The workshop annually features premier performances of new works and arrangements for tenor and bass trombone.

Learn more with this link.

Support Upcoming Chorus Line Production

TC’ spring musical this year is “A Chorus Line,” a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante. The pit orchestra has started rehearsals with student director Brendan Kerwin and there are many ways we band parents can help support the production.

You can purchase an ad in the program/play bill. Ad rates are: full-page $100, half-page $50, quarter-page $25, eight-page $15. Submit your ad content in a Word file to tc.drama.ads@gmail.com. The deadline is Friday, March 28, so don’t delay!

Parents of the pit, cast and crew all join together to provide dinners for all the students during tech week rehearsals April 28-May 1 leading up to opening night on May 2. They also sell tickets and other duties helpful to the production.

And, of course, plan now to come at least once to see the show. Performances are May 2, 3, 9, and 10, all at 7:30pm. Tell your neighbors. TC always puts on an excellent musical—remember “The Wiz,” “Crazy for You” or “Chicago”?

Saxophone Day April 5

Due to the budget situation for this year, the Navy Band canceled the 2014 Saxophone Symposium. They hope to bring it back in 2015. But, saxophonists, don’t despair—you haven’t been forgotten.

You are invited to the First Annual Catholic University of America Saxophone Day on Saturday, April 5, 2014! The event includes master classes and performances hosted by Dr. Robert Beeson and The US Army Band (Pershing’s Own) Saxophone Quartet. Participation is free, but prior registration is required. Registration closes Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Learn more with this link.

New Solo & Ensemble Date

TC musicians will participate in Solo & Ensemble on April 26 at Stonewall Jackson High School (8820 Rixlew Lane in Manassas) in District 9. Entry fee information will be available soon. The change of date is due to the conflict with All State Band on April 5, the scheduled date for District 10.

New Summer Music Opportunity

Low Brass (yes, you who play trombone, tuba or euphonium), here’s a summer music opportunity just for you: back for its 6th year, the NOVA Summer Low Brass Ensemble. It runs for 6 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9pm starting July 1. Get more details at the Thiele Low Brass website.

Tennessee Tech Tuba
Ensemble at TC

Enjoy these clips from the recent appearance of the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble (TTTE) at TC Williams. The group was on their way to Carnegie Hall where they played to a standing-room only crowd. They previewed their Carnegie Hall show for us. Here are the clips along with some of the program notes:

  • Also and Elsa’s: Local high school musicians, including some from TC, sat in with the TTTE on Also Sprach Zarathustra (Sunrise) Finale and Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral. Also Sprach Zarathustra is “a tone poem by Richard Strauss…inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical treatise of the same name.” You may recognize it as the theme to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Elsa’s Procession is “from the German romantic opera Lohengrin by Richard Wagner…the occasion is the imminent betrothal of heroine Elsa to Lohengrin, Mystic Knight of the Holy Grail. The Wind Ensemble performed this at a concert last spring.
  • Heavy Metal: A “tongue firmly in cheek” look at the timbral and textural resources available in this unusual and marvelous instrumental combination. In addition to extensive use of mutes, the performers are asked to scat-sing, perform rhythmic patterns through choreographed hand clapping, and imitate human and ‘animal-like’ sounds, specifically elephants, both real and figurative.
  • The Four Seasons: Concerto No.4 in F Minor ‘Winter’: The fourth of a set of four violin concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. “Ice, snow, freezing cold, but silvery chill beauty is what Vivaldi had in mind.”
  • Andante and Hungarian Rondo Op.35 (K.158): Originally, a viola piece by Carl Maria von Weber, he rewrote it for bassoon, and it is more commonly heard in its bassoon incarnation. “The “Andante” begins with a series of variations on a simple theme. The rondo is sprightly and is probably meant to suggest a Hungarian folk dance.”
  • Toccata From Symphony No. 5: Charles Marie Widor’s best –known single piece for organ is this, the final movement from his Symphony for Organ No. 5. “[It] is often played as a recessional at wedding ceremonies and at the close of the Christmas Midnight Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
  • Fearful Symmetry: Premiered at the 2010 International Tuba/Euphonium conference in Tucson, AZ. “The title, taken from a poem by William Blake, refers to the symmetrical scales and rhythms that define the composition.”

Marching Band Camp Dates Final

The tentative dates previously announced for marching band camp are the final dates:

  • August 11-15: all day
  • August 18-22: all day
  • August 25-28: three hours in the afternoon/evening
  • Details, including start and stop times for each day will be forthcoming.

The Titan Showcase, where we all get to see the progress the band has made during marching band camp is the evening August 28. Mark your calendars now to make sure you are in town for marching band camp.

We Need You for the
Nominating Committee

Believe it or not, it’s time to start finding Boosters leaders for next year. You can help by serving on the Nominating Committee to identify officers for next year (terms run July 1-June 30).

What does the Nominating Committee do, you wonder? Well, the three booster members, including no more than one member of the current Executive Board, work together in consultation with the directors and current board to identify, contact and encourage band parents to support the band program by serving in one of several Booster leadership positions. The goal is a slate of officers and committee chairs to present for a vote at the annual membership meeting at the May concert. The positions that need to be filled are:

  • President
  • 1st Vice President of Membership (President Elect) (chairs the Performance and Membership Committee)
  • 2nd Vice President of Fundraising (chairs the Fundraising Committee)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Communications Director (chairs the Communication and Outreach Committee)
  • Uniform Director (chairs the Uniform Committee)
  • Hospitality Director (chairs the Hospitality Committee)

In addition to the Executive Board, we need people to lead the following committees:

  • Tag Day Committee
  • Audit and Finance Committee
  • Policy and Programs Committee

Read the specific duties for each of the positions in our revised bylaws.

If you can serve on the Nominating Committee, please contact Craig Schiele, Booster President, at craig.schiele@verizon.net.

If you are ready to help lead the Boosters in supporting the TC Band program next year, then go ahead and contact Craig about that too.

Summer Opportunities

UVA Cavalier Marching Band Camp information is up to date for 2014. You’ll find application information, camp offerings and dates. UVA camps are just one way to build proficiency on your horn and hone your leadership skills during the summer. Check out the Summer Opportunities page on the booster website to find out more about UVA camps, JMU camps, National Jazz Workshop, Bar Harbor Brass Week and more.

If you know of another opportunity, please send it along and I’ll add it to the list.

Did You Know?

Did you know that band requirements are changing starting next year? Read about the band program requirements for 2014 here. Then, you’ll be ready when you sign up for classes for next year, and you can encourage rising 9th graders to enroll in band.

Did you know that students can letter in band, just like they can in varsity sports? It’s true. Different band activities like marching band camp, private lessons, and district band auditions all earn points toward a band letter. Earn 100 points and get a band letter. Learn more on the Lettering in Band page on the website.

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 can very likely 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.

Learn more about private lessons and get the scholarship application form on the Private Lesson Scholarships page of our website.

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 you information needs.

March
19-22: Eastern Trombone Workshop, Brucker Hall, Fort Myer, VA
29: Jazz Band A at Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival, at Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly, 1:30pm

April
3-5: All-Virginia Band & Orchestra Event, Moss Arts Center at VA Tech
5: Saxophone Day at Catholic University
9: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
26: Solo & Ensemble Festival, Stonewall Jackson High School, 8820 Rixlew Lane in Manassas

May
2-3: Spring Musical
9-10: Spring Musical
14: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
21: Concert: Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, 7:30pm

June
4: Jazz Bands Concert & Band Awards
11: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
14: Graduation

August
Marching Band Camp

  • August 11-15: all day
  • August 18-22: all day
  • August 25-28: three hours in the afternoon/evening
  • August 28: Titan showcase, evening

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

Tubas Perform, Boosters Meet & More

(from the newsletter of March 9, 2014)

Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble
at TCW March 11

The tubas are coming! The tubas are coming! There’s way more to tubas than oompah-pah: Find out for yourself when the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble performs at T.C. Williams High School in the main campus auditorium on Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m.

This internationally acclaimed ensemble from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tenn., is considered the “pioneer” ensemble of its kind. Music generated by and for the Tech ensemble has been performed in Japan, Australia, Canada, all over Western Europe and throughout the United States. The group is performing at T.C. Williams en route to its eighth appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. T.C. Williams tuba and euphonium students will be playing alongside as part of the ensemble. Learn more about the group.

The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble performs will perform at TCW on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30pm.

The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble performs will perform at TCW on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30pm.

Ladies Concert Dress Fittings
March 12

A representative from the uniform company will be at TC on Wednesday, March 12, to measure our ladies for their new concert gowns. Fittings will happen during band class for both Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Our timeline is for the new dresses to be ready in time for the spring concert.  If you can help with the fittings anytime between 11am and 3pm, please contact Anne Marie Lancour at annemarie.lancour@americanbar.org.

Band Boosters Meet March 12

Band Boosters hold their regular monthly meeting on March 12 at 7:30. Since the pit orchestra will be practicing with the cast in the band room, we’ll meet in the orchestra room across the hall. Come learn what you can do to support you student musician and what’s in store for the rest of the year.

Save the Date: Eastern Trombone Workshop March 19-22

The Eastern Trombone Workshop is one of the largest annual events for trombone in the world. The workshop is held at Brucker Hall—The U.S. Army Band’s performance center—located on historic Fort Myer, Virginia. It is the only professionally organized and staffed trombone workshop or conference in the United States. Soloists, educators, and students—as well as university and college trombone ensembles from around the world—attend the workshop annually.

All events are open and free to the public. Activities include concerts, master classes, recitals, lectures and clinics by the leading artists of the day. The workshop annually features premier performances of new works and arrangements for tenor and bass trombone.

Learn more with this link.

Jazz Band Competes at Chantilly
March 29

Make plans now to go hear the Jazz Band at the Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival on March 29th. 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. The Air Force’s “Airmen of Note” has described this event as “the premier scholastic jazz competition on the entire east coast.” When I have the performance time, I’ll add it here.

Saxophone Day April 5

Due to the budget situation for this year, the Navy Band canceled the 2014 Saxophone Symposium. They hope to bring it back in 2015. But, saxophonists, don’t despair—you haven’t been forgotten.

You are invited to the First Annual Catholic University of America Saxophone Day on Saturday, April 5, 2014! The event includes master classes and performances hosted by Dr. Robert Beeson and The US Army Band (Pershing’s Own) Saxophone Quartet. Participation is free, but prior registration is required. Registration closes Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Learn more with this link.

New Solo & Ensemble Date

Because of the conflict with All State Band (the directors need to be there too), all our musicians will perform at the Solo & Ensemble festival on April 26 in a neighboring region. So, a little more time to polish those solos and ensembles. See your director for details.

Tentative Marching Band
Camp Dates

Marching Band camp starts August 11. It will run Monday-Friday for two weeks all day. August 25-28, it will be only three hours in the afternoon/evening. The Titan Showcase, where we all get to see the progress the band has made during marching band camp is August 28. Mark your calendars now to make sure you are in town for marching band camp.

Summer Opportunities

There are many great ways to build proficiency on your horn during the summer. Check out the Summer Opportunities page on the booster website to find out more about Bar Harbor Brass camp, National Jazz Workshop, JMU summer band camps, UVA Cavalier Marching Band camps and more.

If you know of another opportunity, please send it along and I’ll add it to the list.

Did You Know?

Did you know that band requirements are changing starting next year? Read about the band program requirements for 2014 here. Then, you’ll be ready when you sign up for classes for next year, and you can encourage rising 9th graders to enroll in band.

Did you know that students can letter in band, just like they can in varsity sports? It’s true. Different band activities like marching band camp, private lessons, and district band auditions all earn points toward a band letter. Earn 100 points and get a band letter. Learn more on the Lettering in Band page on the website.

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 can very likely 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.

Learn more about private lessons and get the scholarship application form on the Private Lesson Scholarships page of our website.

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 you information needs.

March
11: Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble @ TCW!
12: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the orchestra room
19-22: Eastern Trombone Workshop, Brucker Hall, Fort Myer, VA
29: Jazz Band at Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival, time tba

April
3-5: All-Virginia Band & Orchestra Event, Moss Arts Center at VA Tech
5: Saxophone Day at Catholic University
9: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
26: Solo & Ensemble Festival, alternate date to accommodate All-Virginia Band

May
2-3: Spring Musical
9-10: Spring Musical
14: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
21: Concert: Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, 7:30pm

June
TBD: Band Awards Banquet
4: Jazz Bands Concert
11: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
14: Graduation

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

Assessment Success, Tuba Ensemble & More

(from the newsletter for the week of March 2, 2014)

Success at District Assessment

Congratulations to the Wind Ensemble for earning a Superior rating at the District Assessment on Saturday, March 1.

TC Williams Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Carlos Gonzalez in performance.

TC Williams Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Carlos Gonzalez in performance. (Courtesy of Paul Taylor)

Eight seniors were part of the ensemble that made this the 6th year in a row for TC’s top band to earn the Superior rating. And it was the 4th year they did it playing grade 6 music, the most challenging level and the level performed in college ensembles. Around 6 percent of the over 500 Virginia high schools attain a superior rating playing grade 6 music, so TC is in an elite group.

Last District Assessment for the TC Williams Wind Ensemble Class of 2014: row 1 (l to r): Brenna Lancour, Stephanie Slaven, Urmana Islam row 2 (l to r): Juan Lara, Bryson Lockett, George Rhodes, Brendan Kerwin, Alex Aplin

Last District Assessment for the TC Williams Wind Ensemble Class of 2014:
row 1 (l to r): Brenna Lancour, Stephanie Slaven, Urmana Islam
row 2 (l to r): Juan Lara, Bryson Lockett, George Rhodes, Brendan Kerwin, Alex Aplin
(Courtesy of Sharon Dooley)

Symphonic Band also had a fine showing at their assessment performance Friday, February 28. They earned a rating of Excellent, which was the goal Mr. Rogers had set for the group this year.

TC Williams Symphonic Band under the direction of Mr. Doug Rogers in performance.

TC Williams Symphonic Band under the direction of Mr. Doug Rogers in performance. (Courtesy of Paul Taylor)

Hear the Wind Ensemble performance yourself with these video clips (courtesy of Kevin and Sharon Dooley):

Order the CD

RonArt Associates recorded this year’s District X Band Assessment. Use this order form to purchase the CD—it includes both bands from TC Williams.

Solo & Ensemble Entry: Not Too Late

The Solo & Ensemble festival is Saturday, April 5, at Luther Jackson Middle School. For those with scheduling conflicts, you can play at another district’s festival on April 26. Get your ensemble together, pick your solo or ensemble piece and get to practicing. There is a small fee to enter. See your director.

Use this form to register.

Ladies Concert Dress
Fittings March 12

Weather permitting, a representative from the uniform company will be at TC on Wednesday, March 12, to measure our ladies for their new concert gowns. Fittings will happen during band class for both Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Our timeline is for the new dresses to be ready in time for the spring concert.  If you can help with the fittings anytime between 11am and 3pm, please contact Anne Marie Lancour at annemarie.lancour@americanbar.org.

Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble
at TCW March 11

Makes plan now to brighten up a dreary March with a performance by the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble (TTTE) on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30pm. The internationally acclaimed TTTE from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee, is considered the “pioneer” ensemble of its kind. Music generated by and for the Tech ensemble has been performed in Japan, Australia, Canada, all over Western Europe, and throughout the United States. Indeed, they’ll be stopping at TC Williams on their way to their 8th Carnegie Hall appearance. TC Williams tuba and euphonium students will have the chance to play alongside as part of the ensemble.

Band Boosters Meet March 12

Band Boosters hold their regular monthly meeting on March 12 at 7:30 in the band room. Come learn what you can do to support you student musician and what’s in store for the rest of the year, now that Assessment is complete.

Tentative Marching Band
Camp Dates

Marching Band camp starts August 11. It will run Monday-Friday for two weeks all day. August 25-28, it will be only three hours in the afternoon/evening. The Titan Showcase, where we all get to see the progress the band has made during marching band camp is August 28. Mark your calendars now to make sure you are in town for marching band camp.

Summer Opportunities

There are many great ways to build proficiency on your horn during the summer. Check out the Summer Opportunities page on the booster website to find out more about Bar Harbor Brass camp, National Jazz Workshop, JMU summer band camps, UVA Cavalier Marching Band camps and more.

If you know of another opportunity, please send it along and I’ll add it to the list.

Save the Date: Eastern Trombone Workshop March 19-22

The Eastern Trombone Workshop is one of the largest annual events for trombone in the world. The workshop is held at Brucker Hall—The U.S. Army Band’s performance center—located on historic Fort Myer, Virginia. It is the only professionally organized and staffed trombone workshop or conference in the United States. Soloists, educators, and students—as well as university and college trombone ensembles from around the world—attend the workshop annually.

All events are open and free to the public. Activities include concerts, master classes, recitals, lectures and clinics by the leading artists of the day. The workshop annually features premier performances of new works and arrangements for tenor and bass trombone.

Learn more with this link.

Did You Know?

Did you know that band requirements are changing starting next year? Read about the band program requirements for 2014 here. Then, you’ll be ready when you sign up for classes for next year, and you can encourage rising 9th graders to enroll in band.

Did you know that students can letter in band, just like they can in varsity sports? It’s true. Different band activities like marching band camp, private lessons, and district band auditions all earn points toward a band letter. Earn 100 points and get a band letter. Learn more on the Lettering in Band page on the website.

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 can very likely 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.

Learn more about private lessons and get the scholarship application form on the Private Lesson Scholarships page of our website.

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 you information needs.

March
11: Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble @ TCW! 7:30pm
12: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room

April
3-5: All-Virginia Band & Orchestra Event, Moss Arts Center at VA Tech
4-5: Solo & Ensemble Festival, Luther Jackson Middle School
9: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room

May
2-3: Spring Musical
9-10: Spring Musical
14: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
21: Concert: Symphonic Band and Concert Band

June
TBD: Band Awards Banquet
4: Jazz Bands Concert
11: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
14: Graduation

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

Timeline for Wind Ensemble Assessment

(Posted Saturday, March 1, 2014)

From Mr. Gonzalez: the timeline for today’s (Saturday, March 1) District Assessment for Wind Ensemble. Plan now to be at JEB Stuart High School (3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church, VA 22044) by 1pm to ensure you hear every note of their performance that starts at 1:30pm.

  • 10:20am: Band room opens
  • 11:15am: Warm up (that means dressed and ready to play)
  • 12noon: Leave for Stuart
  • 1:30pm: Perform
  • Around 3:30-4:00pm: Return to TC
TC Williams Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Carlos Gonzalez performs at the Pyramid Concert February 25, 2014.

TC Williams Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Carlos Gonzalez performs at the Pyramid Concert February 25, 2014.

Timeline for Symphonic Band Assessment

From Mr. Rogers, here’s the timeline for today’s (Friday, February 28) District Assessment for Symphonic Band. Plan now to be at JEB Stuart High School (3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church, VA 22044) by 4:30 to ensure you hear every note of their performance that starts at 5pm.

  • noon MH students ride bus to King St
  • 12:15 King St students report to bandroom
  • short warm up
  • load buses
  • 1:00 depart TC
  • listen to two bands
  • 3:40 dress
  • 4:10 warm up
  • 5:00 perform
  • 6:00ish depart JEB Stuart
  • 6:30ish arrive TC
  • 7:00ish band room closed
TC Williams Symphonic band under the direction of Mr. Doug Rogers performs at the Pyramid Concert February 25, 2014.

TC Williams Symphonic band under the direction of Mr. Doug Rogers performs at the Pyramid Concert February 25, 2014.

TC Places Four in All-VA Band, Assessment News & More

(from the newsletter for the week of February 24, 2014)

Four Selected to All-State Band

Six TC Williams musicians traveled to JMU to audition for All-State band on Saturday, February 22, competing against hundreds of musicians from across the Commonwealth. Four students were successful in being selected to participate in this prestigious ensemble—one to the Symphonic Band (the top Virginia band) and three to the Concert Band:

  • Garrett Youmans, Tenor Trombone (Symphonic Band)
  • Mani Shah, Bb clarinet (Concert Band)
  • George Rhodes, Trumpet (Concert Band)
  • Bobby Warden, Tenor Trombone (Concert Band)

Garrett is the first TC student in a very long time to earn a spot in the top state band. (He may be the first ever, but I don’t have records to check back that far.) Competition is always stiff at these auditions and it is great for TC to have four musicians earn this honor. They will join musicians from around the state at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg April 3-5. Congratulations Garrett, Mani, Bobby and George!

TC Williams' All-State Band team on the morning of audition day at JMU, February 22, 2014. From left: George Rhodes, Darrius Carter, Bobby Warden, Maddy Dooley, Garrett Youmans, Mani Shah.

TC Williams’ All-State Band team on the morning of audition day at JMU, February 22, 2014. From left: George Rhodes, Darrius Carter, Bobby Warden, Maddy Dooley, Garrett Youmans, Mani Shah.

Pyramid Concert February 25

Make plans now to come to the Pyramid Concert in the TC Auditorium on Tuesday, February 25. It’s the “dress rehearsal” for the ACPS middle and high school bands’ district assessments. The concert starts at 7pm and is a great way to appreciate the musical progression of students through the ACPS band program.

TC’s symphonic band and wind ensemble will perform, along with bands from George Washington and Hammond middle schools. The timeline for musicians will be announced later. For now, make plans to be in the TC Auditorium for this evening of music. Boosters will be selling Chick-fil-a before and after the concert, so you don’t even have to worry about dinner!

Uniform Notes:

Gentlemen–don’t forget, you need to supplement your tux pants and jacket with:

  • A white collared shirt (preferably a tuxedo shirt). If you borrowed one for the Winter concert and haven’t returned it yet, you need to bring it back cleaned and pressed.
  • Black socks to go with your black shoes. And those would be all black shoes, not mostly black athletic shoes with white logos or soles. (Hint: Dinkles work great for this.)

Come to District Assessment
February 28 & March 1

TC bands’ district assessments are coming up at JEB Stuart High School, 3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church, VA 22044.  Here’s the scoop:

  • Symphonic Band: Friday, February 28, perform at 5pm
  • Wind Ensemble: Saturday, March 1, perform at 1:30pm

Come out this weekend and hear the bands and support them 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. Want to learn more about District Assessment? Check out the District Assessment section of the FAQs page on our website.

Solo & Ensemble Entry Fee
Due Feb 26

Participating in the district Solo & Ensemble Festival is another way you can grow musically and earn points toward you band letter.  Solo & Ensemble is Saturday, April 5, at Luther Jackson Middle School, so now is the time to get your ensemble together, pick your solo or ensemble piece and get to practicing. There is a small fee to enter, due Wednesday, Feb 26. See your director.

Use this form to register.

Tentative Marching Band
Camp Dates

Marching Band camp starts August 11. It will run Monday-Friday for two weeks all day. August 25-28, it will be only three hours in the afternoon/evening. The Titan Showcase, where we all get to see the progress the band has made during marching band camp is August 28. Mark your calendars now to make sure you are in town for marching band camp.

Summer Opportunities

There are many great ways to build proficiency on your horn during the summer. Check out the Summer Opportunities page on the booster website to find out more about Bar Harbor Brass camp, National Jazz Workshop, JMU summer band camps, UVA Cavalier Marching Band camps and more.

If you know of another opportunity, please send it along and I’ll add it to the list.

Save the Date: Eastern Trombone
Workshop March 19-22

The Eastern Trombone Workshop is one of the largest annual events for trombone in the world. The workshop is held at Brucker Hall—The U.S. Army Band’s performance center—located on historic Fort Myer, Virginia. It is the only professionally organized and staffed trombone workshop or conference in the United States. Soloists, educators, and students—as well as university and college trombone ensembles from around the world—attend the workshop annually.

All events are open and free to the public. Activities include concerts, master classes, recitals, lectures and clinics by the leading artists of the day. The workshop annually features premier performances of new works and arrangements for tenor and bass trombone.

Learn more with this link.

Did You Know?

Did you know that band requirements are changing starting next year? Read about the band program requirements for 2014 here. Then, you’ll be ready when you sign up for classes for next year, and you can encourage rising 9th graders to enroll in band.

Did you know that students can letter in band, just like they can in varsity sports? It’s true. Different band activities like marching band camp, private lessons, and district band auditions all earn points toward a band letter. Earn 100 points and get a band letter. Learn more on the Lettering in Band page on the website.

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 can very likely 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.

Learn more about private lessons and get the scholarship application form on the Private Lesson Scholarships page of our website.

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 you information needs.

February
25: Pre-Assessment (aka Pyramid) Concert: GW, Hammond, and TCW bands
28: District Assessment: Symphonic Band, 5pm, JEB Stuart High School

March
1: District Assessment: Wind Ensemble, 1:30pm, JEB Stuart High School
11: Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble @ TCW!
12: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room

April
3-5: All-Virginia Band & Orchestra Event, Harrisonburg High School
4-5: Solo & Ensemble Festival, Luther Jackson Middle School
9: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room

May
2-3: Spring Musical
9-10: Spring Musical
14: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
21: Concert: Symphonic Band and Concert Band

June
TBD: Band Awards Banquet
4: Jazz Bands Concert
11: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
14: Graduation

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

All-State Auditions, Pyramid Concert and Assessment News & More

(From the newsletter of the week of February 17, 2014)

Good Luck to our All-State Team

Six TC Williams travel to JMU in Harrisonburg this weekend for All-VA Band & Orchestra auditions. These students scored well enough at District Band auditions in December to earn the right to audition. Those selected will join musicians from around the state at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg April 3-5. Good luck to Garrett, Mani, Bobby Maddy, George, and Darrius! Titan Pride!

TCW all-state auditioners for 2014: (from left) Garrett, Mani, Bobby, Maddy, George and Darius.

TCW all-state auditioners for 2014: (from left) Garrett, Mani, Bobby, Maddy, George and Darius.

Pyramid Concert February 25

Make plans now to come to the Pyramid Concert in the TC Auditorium on Tuesday, February 25. It’s the “dress rehearsal” for the ACPS middle and high school bands’ district assessments. The concert starts at 7pm and is a great way to appreciate the musical progression of students through the ACPS band program.

TC’s symphonic band and wind ensemble will perform, along with bands from George Washington and Hammond middle schools. The timeline for musicians will be announced later. For now, make plans to be in the TC Auditorium for this evening of music. Boosters will be selling Chick-fil-a before and after the concert, so you don’t even have to worry about dinner!

Uniform Notes:

Gentlemen–don’t forget, you need to supplement your tux pants and jacket with:

  • A white collared shirt (preferably a tuxedo shirt). If you borrowed one for the Winter concert and haven’t returned it yet, you need to bring it back cleaned and pressed.
  • Black socks to go with your black shoes. And those would be all black shoes, not mostly black athletic shoes with white logos or soles. (Hint: Dinkles work great for this.)

District Assessment
February 28 & March 1

TC bands’ district assessments are coming up at JEB Stuart High School, 3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church, VA 22044.  Here’s the scoop:

  • Symphonic Band: Friday, February 28, perform at 5pm
  • Wind Ensemble: Saturday, March 1, perform at 1:30pm

Mark your calendars now and plan to come out and hear the bands and support them 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. Want to learn more about District Assessment? Check out the District Assessment section of the FAQs page on our website.

Parade Recap

The Marching Titans braved the freezing temperatures and left over snow piles for the George Washington’s Birthday Parade in Old Town, Alexandria, on Saturday, February 15. They entertained spectators along the parade route with the school fight song and a few of their popular stand tunes from the football season. They entertained at the reviewing stand with the medley of Beatles tunes from the Sugar Bowl halftime performance.

Marching Titans in parade block at the George Washington's Birthday Parade in Old Town, Alexandria, on February 15, 2014. (Courtesy of Paul Taylor)

Marching Titans in parade block at the George Washington’s Birthday Parade in Old Town, Alexandria, on February 15, 2014. (Courtesy of Paul Taylor)

Check it out with these links:

Payments Due

Some students haven’t yet paid their concert attire fee or their Dinkle’s marching band shoe fee. If yours is one of them watch for a reminder notice to come home with them. And there are a few students that still need to pay the balance for their Sugar Bowl trip. Reminders will be coming home about that as well. These are all important income sources for the band program. Those funds are needed to support the bands for the rest of the year. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mr. González.

Register Now for
VCU Band Day March 8

TCW Alum Jonathan Forbes invites TCW band students to join the VCU pep band, The PEPPAS, at Band Day on Saturday, March 8th at the VCU vs. St. Bonaventure basketball game in the Verizon Wireless Arena. To register, or for more information, email vcubandday@gmail.com. The VCU Peppas have been recognized as one of the highest energy pep bands in the country.  A sample of their performance of Wrecking Ball got them a favorable mention on People.com: College Pep Band Nails Miley Cyrus’s ‘Wrecking Ball’

Tentative Marching Band
Camp Dates

Marching Band camp starts August 11. It will run Monday-Friday for two weeks all day. August 25-28, it will be only three hours in the afternoon/evening. The Titan Showcase, where we all get to see the progress the band has made during marching band camp is August 28. Mark your calendars now to make sure you are in town for marching band camp.

Solo & Ensemble Entry Fee
Due Feb 26

Participating in the district Solo & Ensemble Festival is another way you can grow musically and earn points toward you band letter.  Solo & Ensemble is Saturday, April 5, at Luther Jackson Middle School, so now is the time to get your ensemble together, pick your solo or ensemble piece and get to practicing. There is a small fee to enter, due Wednesday, Feb 26. See your director.

Did You Know?

Did you know that band requirements are changing starting next year? Read about the band program requirements for 2014 here. Then, you’ll be ready when you sign up for classes for next year, and you can encourage rising 9th graders to enroll in band.

Did you know that students can letter in band, just like they can in varsity sports? It’s true. Different band activities like marching band camp, private lessons, and district band auditions all earn points toward a band letter. Earn 100 points and get a band letter. Learn more on the Lettering in Band page on the website.

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 can very likely 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.

Learn more about private lessons and get the scholarship application form on the Private Lesson Scholarships page of our website.

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 you information needs.

February
22: All-Virginia Band & Orchestra Auditions, JMU
25: Pre-Assessment (aka Pyramid) Concert: GW, Hammond, and TCW bands
28: District Assessment: Symphonic Band, 5pm, JEB Stuart High School

March
1: District Assessment: Wind Ensemble, 1:30pm, JEB Stuart High School
11: Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble @ TCW!
12: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room

April
3-5: All-Virginia Band & Orchestra Event, Harrisonburg High School
4-5: Solo & Ensemble Festival, Luther Jackson Middle School
9: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room

May
2-3: Spring Musical
9-10: Spring Musical
14: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
21: Concert: Symphonic Band and Concert Band

June
TBD: Band Awards Banquet
4: Jazz Bands Concert
11: Band Boosters meet, 7:30pm in the Band room
14: Graduation

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