WHS Band Boosters

WEEKLY NEWS: 8/13-8/19


Thanks for a good first week of school! Thank you to all the parents who attended Meet the Teacher Night.

Get your Band Blast tickets sold.

First Football Game Friday Night

Report to the band room at 5:30 pm. Wear your band t-shirt and jeans (Freshmen will receive their shirts this week).
Warm-ups begin at 6:00. We move to the stadium at 6:30. Pre-Game ceremonies will be performed at 6:45 p.m.
Our Half-time show will feature a rhythm and blues theme. The band will perform Soul Man and Funky Town.
Students will be dismissed at the end of the game. Usually that is between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m.


Competitive Marching Band Members - On Thursdays we are asking that all students please wear a white colored top to rehearsal. This will give us a uniformed look as we work the drill for the show.

Guard parents be on the look out soon for information about Cadet Guard and a parent meeting for the 2018 Shamrock Showcase Winter Guard Contest that we will be hosting on 1/28/18.

EVERY THURSDAY, PROP HELP NEEDED!! On Thursdays, the marching band practices on the football field with props. Props are stored in the semi on the practice field at the middle school. Therefore, we will need volunteers every Thursday starting at 5 pm and extending throughout the evening to put up and take down props. If folks can be there at all to either push a cart over to stadium on their way to watch practice or push one back after practice, that would be VERY helpful. No one should feel like if they can't be there until 6 or 7 that they can't help, there will be stuff to help with and the more folks that pitch in the better! Questions, contact Jim Dechand

BAND FEES: Your 2017 Marching Band fees should be all paid up. If you paid band fees in installations (for example, $150/$150/$125) or would like to use other money in your miscellaneous account (for example; individual fundraiser money, Scrip, United) to cover those band fees, you will need to email treasurer@westfieldbandboosters.org and tell the Treasurer to "Please use (student name)'s miscellaneous balance to pay (his/her) Marching Band fees." Just copy and paste this. It's a formality, but must be done. Some students are saving for lessons or the Boston trip, so we must be told how you'd like to spend the money in your account. If you paid in one $425 check, there is no need to do this.

BAND BLAST: Students MUST turn in money and any unsold tickets (but we'd rather you sell all 10 :) ) to the brown box THIS WEEK. Raffle will be held August 16th! Car wash is THIS SATURDAY, August 19 from 9-3!

We also still need students and adults to help with the car wash, especially the 3rd shift.  Please sign up HERE to volunteer! And sign up HERE to donate snacks/towels!

MATTRESS FUNDRAISER: Parents, PLEASE make sure to watch this 3 minute informational video about our upcoming Mattress Fundraiser which is on Saturday, August 26th. The thing that makes this event successful for us year after year is spreading the word throughout the whole community about this event. We've raised $20,000 in just 2 years with this easy, 1 day event! We want each family to try to find 1 person that may be in need of a mattress.


There is also a Facebook event set up for our page where the fundraising company will be sharing about the Mattress Fundraiser. PLEASE share this event on your own FB page! It's one of the easiest ways to spread thew word. Just remember to add this to your posts "make sure to mention ______ (your child's name) when you come in and purchase a mattress so they get credit".


CONCESSIONS: There are still some spots open to volunteer in the concessions stand for this Friday's game. Sign up HERE!

SHAMWALKERS: Shamwalkers will start this week, meeting at 7:00 PM on Tuesdays (at the tower on the practice lot) and Thursdays (on the football field). This is a fun time to get together and socialize with other band parents and get some steps in at the same time! 

SENIOR SASHES: Our next meeting will be Tuesday, August 22 at 7:00 PM in the LGI. 

BOSTON TRIP: There are still 15-20 spots available for students or adults for the Boston Trip this Spring. For more information, the trip flyer and contact info, CLICK HERE.

CRAFT SHOW: Our 1st Craft Show 2017 meeting will be THIS Thursday, August 17th at 6pm in the WHS cafeteria. We currently need sub committee chairs and/or help with passing out signs, vendor hospitality and volunteer hospitality. If you have any questions about how to help out or where to help out before, during and after the show, feel free to come. Or if you just want to hang out with a fun group of people, feel free to come. Please keep in mind that Craft Show is a mandatory event--we need everyone's help to continue the success of this event.

CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED!! During band camp and during the school year, we help stop traffic on Hoover St so students can safely cross from the practice lot at the middle school back to the high school. This task lasts from 5 minutes before the end of practice until approximately 15 minutes after. Especially if you are already picking up your students, we ask you to pick up one or more of these shifts. Please sign-up in Charms.




               Monday...6-8:30 PM Shamrock Pride Rehearsal

               Tuesday...6-8:30 PM Shamrock Pride Rehearsal


               Thursday...6-8:30 PM Shamrock Pride Rehearsal

                                  6:00 PM Craft Show Meeting (Cafeteria)

                Friday...5:00 PM Football Concessions (vs Harrison)

                Saturday...9 AM-3 PM...Band Blast Car Wash & traveling performances


Football Game vs Southport: August 25th @5:00 pm

Mattress Sale: August 26th

Marching Mini Camp: August 26th 9 am - 5 pm

Scrip Card Orders: Due online every Sunday Night by Midnight