Concert Reminder

Hello all,

Friendly reminder: our concert is tonight!

6:30pm call time.
7:00pm start.

Concert Band
Symphonic Band
*Brief stage change*
Choirs (w/ special appearance with World Drums)

Please stay for the entirity of the concert as all ensembles and students have worked very hard in preparing this material! It will be a very special night.

Obviously, tuxedos and dresses.... world drums, all black.

Two reminders for tonight...

Pep band report time is at 6:30pm. Wear orange & black. Next few games you can participate in the theme nights but let's be uniform tonight. (If you don't want to do theme nights that's okay, but default to O&B.)


Secondly, after school we've got the special brass auditions for symphonic band. I don't have an order but let's do it quickly and efficently. Get to the band room, warmup, and line up in the order you wanna knock it out.


Thanks all!

Augustana Honor Band Students

Cross post from individualized e-mails... This isn't for everyone but I'm simply posting here for reference for those folks....




If you're receiving this e-mail, you've been accepted to either Blue or Gold Band (or, an alternate) for the 2018 Augustana Honor Band! 


Below is a link to all of the details, cost, etc for the event. Music is within as well - but I've got it all printed for students tomorrow.


If you're unable to do it from the time you signed up, please inform me ASAP so alternates can be selected from the students that didn't make it.



QC Open Solo & Ensemble Contest Committee Chair Questionnaire

Quad City Open...


In March we'll be hosting the Quad City Open Solo & Ensemble Contest. If you're interested in volunteering, or being a committee chair, we have a questionnaire to fill out.


This is a big deal - and we don't host a lot of events - so we want it to go without a hitch. To give you an idea, we need about 80 volunteers. (Yes, 80). This would be for March 3rd. More information to come!


Help us out and see if you can fill this out so Mrs. Juliet Minard can establish a base of folks to help out.

Basketball Concessions - Parents/Volunteers Needed!!!

Cross post from Mrs. Bumann and Mrs. Carleton

Hey everyone its that time a year to "band" together and serve foods from the concession stand for Boy BB Games. Please find attach the list for the Dec. 8 & 9 games.

I will post sign up sheets for the other games.

this is really a great opportunity to meet each other and it is always fun :)

Hey parents!! The UT Booster Club has once again asked the 3 bands to take care of running the concession stands for the boys basketball season. In return, the Booster Club puts aside $8,000 each year (before the year even begins) for the bands to use during competitions (meal money), new equipment, supplies, etc. So, I am asking all of our awesome parents to help us work during our home games. I have seen many of you in action whether it is at competitions, football games, donating items that are needed, or helping at camp...and we would love it if you could volunteer with us at these events as well.

I am including a list of all of our homes games below. It will give you the date/time and how many we will need. The 1st game is next Friday, December 8th. If you could please volunteer for at least 1 game, that would be awesome!! If you are able to work more, we would greatly appreciate it. Please come out and join us!! We had a great group of people working together last year (and hopefully again this year) and would always love to see new faces among us. It is not hard work and only lasts a couple of hours. We always have a great time!!! Please let me know as soon as possible for the games coming up next week!! Thank you so much!!!

Here is the list:
Dec 8th - 6:00 & 7:30 v. Galesburg (10 people)
Dec 9th - 5:00 & 6:30 v. Peoria (7 people)
Dec 11th - 6:00 v. Moline (freshman) (5 people)
Dec 15th - 6:00 & 7:30 v. Moline (13 people)
Dec 22nd - 6:00 & 7:30 v. IA City (7 people)
Dec 28 & 29 - 1:00 Optimist Invite (TBD)

Jan 2nd - 6:00 v. North Scott (Freshman) (5 people)
Jan 8th - 6:00 v. Rock Island (Freshman) (5 people)
Jan 20th - 5:00 & 6:30 v. Dixon (7 people)
Jan 26th - 6:00 & 7:30 v. Alleman (13 people)
Jan 29th - 6:00 (Freshman) v. Galesburg (5 people)
Jan 31st - 6:00 (Freshman) v. Alleman (5 people)

Feb 3rd - 11:00 a.m. (Freshman) v. Quincy (4 people)
Feb 10th - 5:00 & 6:30 v. Quest Academy (7 people)
Feb 16th - 6:00 & 7:30 v. Quincy (13 people)
Feb 23rd - 6:00 & 7:30 v. Rock Island (13 people)

Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Youth Jazz Band Auditions...

QCA Band Directors,


The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Youth Jazz Band, sponsored by the Bix Memorial Society of Davenport, IA, is an auditioned big band that seeks to share the music of Bix Beiderbecke and other early 20th century artists while furthering jazz education in the Quad Cities area. My name is Toni LeFebvre and I am thrilled to be taking over as director of this ensemble for the 2018 season.

Auditions for membership are open to all high school instrumentalists in the QC area. One round of auditions was successfully held on Sunday, 11/26, but there are still spots to be filled. I ask that you please encourage your jazz students to attend the second upcoming audition date for this ensemble, which will be held on Sunday, 12/17 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Bettendorf Community Center (2204 Grant St.). These will be OPEN auditions, so students should come when they can between those hours. Rehearsals will be held at the same location and will occur every other Sunday (Jan 14th – May 20th) from 2:00-4:00 PM and every Sunday (June 3rd – July 29th) from 2:00-4:00 PM.

Membership in this ensemble allows students to immerse themselves in an exciting era of jazz music, make lifelong friends from other area schools, and gain confidence performing in a professional setting. The Bix Youth Band performs at many great events during the summer, including concerts at the Bettendorf Band Shell, the Blossoms at Butterworth event in Moline, and culminating with multiple gigs at the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival which will take place August 2nd-4th, 2018.


Audition Requirements for Sunday 12/17:

Saxophone, trumpet, trombone:

- 12 major scales (may use a scale sheet)

- Chromatic scale over the full range of the instrument

- Prepared melody of your choice (can be a jazz etude or lead sheet from any big band chart)

- Standard jazz head of your choice followed by 1-2 choruses of improvisation (please bring a backing track with you)

- Sight reading

Piano, bass, guitar:

- 12 major scales (may use a scale sheet)

- Standard jazz head of your choice (1x: play the head, 2x: comp/walk bass line, followed by 1-2 choruses of improvisation) (please bring a backing track with you)

- Sight reading


*Please bring sticks and brushes

- Demonstrate the following jazz styles

               1. Swing (easy tempo, up tempo)

               2. Shuffle

               3. Ballad

- Play along to the tune “Summertime” (Gershwin) at approximately 144 bpm., followed by 2 choruses of improvisation by trading 4’s. (This will be done as a duo with the director playing the melody and trading 4’s with you on trumpet.)

- Sight reading


Auditions are very inviting and low-key. Students’ chosen etudes and tunes should be anything familiar to them that they have played before and are comfortable with. Perhaps they could use their school jazz ensemble audition materials or a lead sheet from their favorite chart they played last year. If you have a student unable to attend open auditions, please have them send me an e-mail to set up an alternate date. Feel free to email me any questions. I look forward to hearing many more great auditions next month!



Toni LeFebvre

December Band Parent Meeting Cancelled (Cross post from Skyward e-mail)

Hello all,


The December Band Parent Meeting is cancelled due to Glenview having their concert here at UTHS. To find another day would be too wild and interfering with other carefully laid December dates.


We’ll have our meeting January to discuss Quad City Open Solo & Ensemble Contest (we’re hosting this year, and the event occurs in March)… and lay out the expectations for the 2nd semester. Mrs. Bumann and Mr. Bacorn will soon be getting details that will be shared out to find committee heads and volunteers for the event. It’s truly an “all hands on deck” sort of event. More information to come.


I hope you all had a wonderful start to your holidays. The students are doing great and just a reminder that we have our shared Holiday concert with the bands and choirs on December 14th (Thursday). Right here at UTHS!


As always, please e-mail me with questions. Skyward messages are funky for me and sometimes go unchecked, so an e-mail response ( is much better for prompt response.


Have a good one!

-Mr. W

Symphonic Band Date (Cross Post from Skyward E-Mail)

Hello Symphonic Students,


Please add February 6th to your calendars. In addition to our January evening rehearsals (Monday, 6pm-8pm at UTHS) we’re recording our Superstate Audition tape on February 6th at Centennial Hall at Augustana College. This event will be from 7:30pm-10:00pm, but please arrive earlier. More details will come and we will likely not go that far into the night.




-Mr. W

Concert Band Assignments for Friday's Quiz...

Cowboy Christmas

Flutes - mm. 15-18
1st Clarinets - mm. 15-18
2nd/3rd Clarinets - mm. 107-112
Bassoon/Bass Clarinets/Bari Sax - mm. 15-21
Alto 1 & 2 - mm. 93-99
Tenors - mm. 15-22
Trumpets - mm. 35-42, mm. 111
French Horns - mm. 93-99
Trombones - mm. 89-93 (w/ pickup)
Euphoniums - mm. 89-93 (w/ pickup)
Tubas - mm. 15-22

Symphonic Band Brass Audition

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I'm thankful for all of you!

Having said that - if you are a concert band trumpet/euph/bone/tuba and you're interested in a special audition for Symphonic Band - EMAIL ME ( if you'd like the audition materials for a POSSIBLE bump into symphonic band.

Details below... but again, you MUST e-mail me if you'd like the music. (If you're going to do symphonic band, you've got to be able to show initiative and open your school e-mail)

Please know that just because you're auditioning doesn't guarantee entry into the group. These are voices I'd like to have more of but don't necessarily need if the parts are not prepared adequately. I am also not responsible for the resulting schedule change that may occur as a result.

December 8th we'll hear it AFTER SCHOOL. (Still prepping for holiday concert at that point so I don't want to burn class time). Use a metronome when practicing. You'll have to prepare both etudes in the PDF you'll receive via e-mail.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Practicing!

Bradley Pep Band Opportunity


Hello all,


See below for an e-mail from Dr. Vroman, Director of Bands at Bradley University. Two pep band games that they invite folks out for and occur in the evening of “off-days” for UT Band things. Just something for your consideration…




Hi All,


Attached is a flyer that has some "Friends and Family Basketball Band" opportunities you can share with your students.  Even you and your friends are invited to play - we rehearse 30 minutes - then off to the game to play for the Braves.


Just 3 requirements 


- must be high school or older

- a good sight reader

- cheer for BU  


We have two games next week and then several over semester break.  (see flyer)

Wednesday, November 22 - Men vs. Missouri S&T

5:30 p.m. Rehearsal * 6:00 p.m. Bus Leaves * 7:00 p.m. Gametime


Saturday, November 25 - Men vs Georgia Southern

11:30 a.m. Rehearsal * 12:00 p.m. Bus Leaves * 1:00 p.m. Gametime


Share the flyer with anyone you think will be interested!


Dr. Vroman


PS  Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!


We've been officially accepted to the Chicagoland Band Festival this year for both bands. Symphonic band will once again be on the featured stage. We don't have specific performance times yet, but please add...

April 7th, 2018 (Saturday) to your calendars. It has been on the band calendar for awhile.

ILMEA Reminder

8:00am - Bus leaves UT 

9:00am-11:30am - Rehearsal in Carver PE Center

11:45-12:45 - lunch in student center

1:00-2:45 - rehearsal in Carver

3-4:30 - rehearsal in Ensemble Room/Bergendoff

4:30-5:30 - dinner in student center

6:00 - seated in carver

6:30 - senior concert.  

Transportation on the way home is on your own.  

Augustana Honor Band

Hello all,

If you're interested (and just as important, available during the published dates) in the Augustana Honor Band (they have two - blue and gold bands) - please indicate your interest to Mr. Wawrzynski. Below is the e-mail I received as well as attachments from Dr. Lambrecht (father to Mr. Lambrecht here at UT). Sort of cool!

Dear Fellow Band Directors,
I sincerely hope you are all off to a wonderful fall. Marching season is about over for most of you, and now is the beginning of concert season. In that light, I would like to invite you and your students to participate in the 47th Annual Augustana High School Honor Band which will take place on Sunday and Monday, January 14 & 15, 2018.

This year we will again have two guest conductors to work with the Blue and Gold Bands. They are Dr. Eric Smedley and Dr. Jason Nam, Associate and Assistant Directors of Bands at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Both gentlemen are renowned educators who have taken their ensembles to national and state conventions, as well as numerous pedagogical and instructional clinics.

In keeping with our recent method, nominations will be entered on an Excel spreadsheet that is found at the bottom of the email. The same fields as always will be present for you to fill out. After filling out the information listed, you will then simply email it back to me. Those spreadsheets will be uploaded then to the master data base. This is a much simpler system and faster on this end.

The deadline for nominations will be November 22, 2017. Please let me know if you need more time - we can easily give you an extension. I will then select the two ensembles in the next 10 days. Your accepted students, along with PDF’s of the music will be shared with you through a specific Google Folder beginning the 2nd week of December). This system has worked significantly better with email systems that restrict attachments.

The tentative rehearsal schedule, cost for the two days, and other information for the weekend are to be found below. Please contact me if you have any questions. We look forward to having your students participate again in this year’s honor band.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and we hope to see you all very soon!

Take care,