8th Grade Band Information
MARCHING BAND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR MARCHING BAND?
Information Night - Tuesday, March 12 @ 7:00pm
Registration Night - Tuesday, April 30 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm
WHERE: Walled Lake Western High School Band Room (F111)
Please bring the completed registration forms. Registration forms are available at the bottom of this page.
Please note: physicals may be turned in at anytime before the first rehearsal on July 29, but MUST be dated AFTER April 15, 2019
CAN I PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES AND STILL BE IN MARCHING BAND?
YES! Members of the marching band have participated in virtually every activity available at Western High School. These include:
Tennis, Musical, Cheerleading, Football, Orchestra, Choir, Soccer, Tennis, Swimming, SADD, Acting, Cross-Country, Baseball, Softball, NHS, Volleyball, Model UN, Basketball, Language Clubs, Golf, Robotics, Student Council, WLTV, Track, Lacrosse, Equestrian, Hockey, Bowling, and Wrestling.
Many of the activities in the list above have not yet started while marching band is active. Open communication between the student, parent, band director, and coach are necessary to work through potential conflicts.
DOES MARCHING BAND TAKE UP MY WHOLE SUMMER?
NO! Marching Band begins for all students at the very end of July, with the vast majority of rehearsals taking place in August. Even these rehearsals are NOT all day rehearsals, leaving plenty of time for other activities, vacations, etc.
DO I HAVE TO MEMORIZE MY MUSIC?
Yes, but it is not as hard as it may seem. The marching band rehearses in a very systematic manner that encourages memorization. The exercises and show music are available on the band website so students can begin looking through the music as soon as school is out.
CAN I TAKE AP, IB, AND HONORS CLASSES AND STILL DO MARCHING BAND?
YES! In fact, the majority of Walled Lake Western Marching Band students participate in advanced classes!
IS MARCHING BAND TOO HARD?
NO! Marching Band is taught in a way that allows the music and drill to be learned is a very systematic way that promotes success. Students of all ability levels can be successful in marching band!
DO I HAVE TO BE IN A BAND CLASS TO PARTICIPATE IN MARCHING BAND?
YES! You need to be enrolled in a regular band or orchestra class at Western High School to participate in marching band. Some exceptions apply due to unique circumstances. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Dudzinski.
HOW DO I ADD MARCHING BAND TO MY SCHEDULE?
Marching Band can be added to your schedule by making a note on the course schedule card or by contacting one of the high school counselors directly. More importantly, attend the Marching Band Registration Night in May.
I WANT TO HANG OUT WITH MY FRIENDS AT THE GAME…
You can! The marching band plays in the stands at the games for the first half. After halftime, the second half is covered by a volunteer pep band. The full band is only required to stay the entire game for the PINK OUT, Homecoming, and late-season playoff games.
WHAT IF I PLAY THE OBOE…OR BASSOON…OR VIOLA?
Many students who play instruments not suited for marching learn a new or similar instrument. Bass clarinetists frequently play clarinet or tenor saxophone. Bassoonists and oboists frequently play saxophone or percussion. String students often play percussion, electric bass, guitar, piano, or even learn a wind instrument.
I’M AFRAID MARCHING BAND WILL TAKE TOO MUCH TIME…
Having marching band in your schedule at the beginning of the year is a great way to start the year organized with a plan for time management. This is a great skill that will be useful for the rest of your life.