Band Letter-Summer 2018

The Westby Area High School Bands

Monte A. Dunnum, Director

Kory L. Dahlen, Director

July 16, 2018

Dear Westby High School Band Member,

Summer is flying by quickly and it’s almost time to begin your season as a member of the Westby Area High School Marching Norse.   

We are very proud of our Music Program here in the Westby Area Schools.  “WE” includes staff, students, alumni and community members. Your challenge and duty are to continue meeting these high standards.  To be a part of this band, you must be committed and willing to work hard to carry on the traditions and excellence of those that have gone before you.  You will be expected to be present and willing to work as a member of this band.  Please do not take these expectations lightly.  

Basic Expectations:

  1. Attendance is expected at ALL band events.  Things come up that can’t be avoided and that’s where communication is a key.  My contact information is included in this letter, use it if you have to contact me.  Texting, facebook, I don’t care....communicate.

  2. Your uniform is very valuable.  Our uniforms are only a few years old. You will be fitted very carefully and it will be your job to make sure that you bring your marching shoes with you to the fitting. If you don’t have marching shoes, either a used pair will be given to you or you may order new marching shoes at the fitting.

  3. Be sure your instrument is in good working order. If you have to rent an instrument from the school, rent is $10 per month or $90 for the year.  Contact me if you are in need.

Summer Rehearsal Plan

August 13 Drumline Noon-1pm

Full Band from 1-4pm

Juniors and Seniors Uniform Fitting from 4pm to 5pm

August 14 Drumline Noon-1pm

Full Band from 1-4pm

Sophomores and Freshmen Uniform Fitting from 4pm to 5pm

August 15 Drumline Noon-1pm

Full Band from 1-4pm

Final Day for Uniform Fitting for anyone still in need at 4pm

August 16 Drumline Noon-1pm

Full Band from 1-4pm

Burgers in the Park-Lv School 5:30pm, Perform 6pm

August 17 GAME DAY

Full Band Report time at 5:30pm--Drumline Report time is 4:30pm

Football Home Opener at 7pm vs. Thorp

Included you will find a copy of the Music Calendar for 2018-19.  Please place these dates on your calendar. We need all of you to be committed and present for us to achieve our potential.   Please take note of the all dates and notify me well in advance if you need to be absent.

**Potential Jazz Band Members:  Summer Practices will be OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED in Jazz.  We will rehearse the week of August 20. We will meet during Band Camp to set the schedule so most can attend.  

**Summer Trombone Choir-”BONE-A-FIED” our community based trombone choir will rehearse on Sunday, August 19 from 6-8pm in the WHS Band Room.  All trombone players are welcome.

**Polka Experience-We will have POLKA AND PIZZA.  Dates and times will be determined at Summer Band Rehearsal in August. All are welcome to attend.  Listening and performing polkas and yes, eating pizza.

**Summer Drum Line- Each day before band practice as noted above.  All percussion students should attend.

Summer (and early season) Marching Band Schedule:

Aug 13-17 HS Marching Band Rehearsals - 1-4pm (HS GYM)

Aug 17 FB Halftime Show vs. Thorp - 7pm

Sept 7             FB Halftime Show vs. River Valley - 7pm

Sept 9 Cashton Parade (bus at 11:30am) Parade at 12:30pm

Sept 14      Jazz Band at Vernon County Fair-Noon

FB Halftime Show vs. GET - 7pm (with MS)

Sept 29            Oktoberfest Parade-Departure Time TBA

Note on the Music calendar that we have a VERY busy start to the school year.  ON BROADWAY will be our Street Song and Field Opener for the fall. All music should be posted on the website by AUGUST 1ST so please go there and download the appropriate parts, PRACTICE THEM and bring to the rehearsal,

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Looking forward to a great year.  Any questions or if you need a school instrument, let me know via email or phone. See you on August 13th.


Monte A. Dunnum, Director of Bands

Westby Area High School  or

School-634-0136      Cell 608-632-0078