Band results are in. Please know that the 4-5 minutes I heard you playing are not indicative of you as a person or musician. I do the best I can with the snap shot I get.

That said - if you have a question or concern, please wait until Monday to ask IN PERSON.

As for marching band results - we'll have leadership results posted on Wednesday or Thursday after Drum Major Auditions end. For now, I've put everyone in with their most obvious instrument. 


Weekly Reminders


Hello all,

Happy Concert Week from the UT Instrumental Music Department. A few reminders…

8th Period Wednesday we will have an Africa Dress rehearsal with everyone in the band room. This will be the only opportunity we have to play it all together, so we’ve got to make it count. Unless administration says otherwise, this will be our time. This includes world drums. (Please be flexible if this needs to change – it’s May, and there are a lot of conflicts – I will update if this changes)

UT Concert and Symphonic Percussionists will be with their bands on Thursday during 4th or 6th period depending on your specific class. 7th period will be a lunch.

Call time for band students is 6:30pm on Thursday in dress or tuxedo. World drums is 6:50pm, wearing all black. The concert is Thursday night and starts at 7:00pm. I hope to have the final note of the final piece played by 8:45pm. There are a few field trips occurring that day – so please work it out as best as able. 

It will also be senior recognition night. We will recognize band seniors with a flower and a solo walk (no parents/guardians) in between concert and symphonic band.

Rental tuxedos must be turned in that night or NO LATER THAN FRIDAY BY LUNCH. Please bring a change of clothes.

Banquet is on Friday, May 18th – dinner to start at 6pm, awards to begin by 7pm. Attached you will find a flyer that was distributed today (5/14) during class. This is due no later than the end of the day on Wednesday.

If you didn’t fill out the awards survey, it’s too late to receive anything. We had 85 people work it out – but if you do have something pressing, please talk to Mrs. Minard.

Tomorrow (5/15) concert winds will have a playing quiz during class. That assignment was told to them during class today and is attached to the e-mail. This tune is not in SmartMusic, and instead will be done in class.

Banquet Request!

A message from Mrs. Bumann, who can be reached at

It’s band party time!! The end of the year brings celebrates for your wonderfully talented students. We will hold the annual band banquet Friday, May 18th in the UTHS cafeteria. Time to be announced. More details coming.

If you like to plan parties, decorate, and are willing to help plan and set up for the Band Banquet on May 18th this is the spot for you. Please see the sign-up sheet to help organize and celebrate your students.

Tapes from the year

Below is a link to all of the judge's tapes for Chicagoland for both bands, and 2 of the 3 superstate listening judges. (The lost one is in the mail apparently)

Skyward E-Mail...

Hello all,


Just a few friendly reminders from the band room. Apologies in advance for the length…

  • For Chicagoland, we’ll be collecting $2/3 a student to provide pizza on the way home. Please bring any snacks for the ride there.
  • Report time for Chicagoland is 8:30am, with a departure promptly at 8:45am.
  • The full itinerary for the event is on the website (, as well as on Twitter, Facebook, and was Remind texted out.
  • Mrs. Bumann has asked I send out this link for CHAPERONES WHICH WE NEED for Chicagoland, if you want a free ride to Hersey… I’d advise signing up.
  • Our band parent meeting for tonight (4/3) has been cancelled.
  • Please e-mail Mrs. Bumann ( with any interest in helping with our booster bash basket. If you’re new, the $10,000 (You read RIGHT! $10,000) Booster Bash Raffle drawing happens at BOOSTER BASH! The band traditionally has had the coolest raffle basket there (each group presents a basket that is raffled off) – please e-mail Mrs. Bumann if you’re interested in helping in that endeavor.
  • BOOSTER TICKETS – if you received a booster ticket and haven't sold it yet, please do so ASAP. Ticket sales across the board as miserable this year – and it's honestly the one of two things the boosters ask us to do (band parents also staff concessions pretty regularly) – but if you want a raffle ticket and haven’t recieved one yet, have your student talk to me.
  • Our Spring Concert is May 17th. Our band awards will be May 18th.
  • Be on the lookout for another e-mail with more information about Chicagoland specifics. I will try and send that later tonight.
  • Auditions for UT students will be the last week of April or the first week of May. Students have this information.

More to come! 

From Mr. Bacorn's post on Facebook, plugging Mr. Brown's Brass Camp...

This is an AMAZING value for a camp of this nature. A normal single lesson hour costs what, $30 plus! It is $40 for the week. You will not be disappointed.

Cool opportunity from @IllinoisStateU Music Department.

Aforementioned link is below...


Reminders from the band room...

Hello all,

A few reminders…

This Saturday (3/3) is Solo & Ensemble Contest. We still have about 50 slots that need filling for room monitors! Please, please, please sign up below for a time. It’s easy stuff and a good way to give back to the band program. Mrs. Swanson is taking food donations for the concession stand and judges room as well… your students can volunteer too!

Next week, Tuesday March 6th is our Pre-Festival Band Concert. It starts at 7pm and admission is free. Tuxedos and dresses of course. Report time for the bands is 6:30pm (that’s when we start warming up concert band– so if you plan on changing when you get here you’ll have to arrive).

Also next week, Thursday March 8th, the Symphonic Band will be excused for the day to go to the University of Northern Iowa Concert Band Invitational. Attached is the packet I gave to all students. They will need to bring their own lunch for the day for timing purposes and attire is business casual as it’s a long day.

For those students doing PIT in the musical, I’ve attached our PIT ONLY schedule to rehearse. Two days have already passed. What is NOT on the sheet is that starting April 17th, per Mr. Greer, we will begin rehearsing with the cast every day after school.

Looking forward, Saturday April 7th is the Chicagoland Band Festival for both bands. We don’t have a schedule yet for this but it will be a full day event at Hersey High School. More information to come.

That’s all I can think of at the moment! Have a good day and of course e-mail me with any questions! It’s a hectic time of year for all of us but we always appreciate the sacrifices you make in the name of making great music!

-Mr. W

Music Therapy Information

The Midwestern Regional Music Therapy Conference is being held at the Voxman Music Building in Iowa City from March 16-18, 2018.  As part of our conference, we are hosting an informational session for high school students who are interested in learning more about the field of music therapy.  This session will be on Saturday, March 17th from 10:00-11:15 am and then students will be able to tour our exhibit hall and attend a conference session from 12:30-1:30 pm if they are interested.  The students will have a chance to ask questions to music therapy professionals, students and professors as part of this panel discussion.  Attached is a flyer and informational letter that I hope you will hand out to any interested students.

Please share with any students who may be considering music therapy as a potential career!  And please share with any colleagues that I may have missed.

If you have any questions about this event or if you ever have any students interested in learning more about music therapy, please email or call!

Thanks so much!

Kelly L. Carlson, MA, MT-BC
Music Therapist-Board Certified and Member of the AMTA Workforce Development and Retention Committee

Co-Chair of the 2018 MWR Music Therapy Conference

Director of Music Therapy Services
Music Therapy Services of West Music Company

QC Open Solo & Ensemble Contest Volunteer Signup!



Below is a link to help volunteer for Solo & Ensemble on Saturday, March 3rd. We need both parents and student volunteers!!! Sign up for any time, and if a conflict happens with your event versus your duty – we will make sure it gets covered during your performance.


Many thanks for helping out the UT music program with this bi-annual event. 

Help needed for Solo & Ensemble...

A message from Mrs. Bumann, our volunteer coordinator…

We are looking for volunteers to CHAIR the following positions for the Solo & Ensemble contest on March 3rd. This sign-up sheet is not for regular volunteers- CHAIR or LEAD persons only, please. I will send out another for regular shift volunteers.

Headquarters, Room Monitors, Greeters, Set Up & Tear Down.

A description of the duties is listed on the form.