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.

Band Room Reminders

Hello all,

Just some reminders from the band room...

  • World Drums - we're talking SLAM POETRY! Heart Beats & Drum Beats on Feb 14th in the library!
  • Solo & Ensemble submissions are done. If you have any additional information that was missing from the sheet, please tell Mrs. Minard
  • FREE MARCHING BAND CLINIC (WINDS ONLY) this Saturday, Feb 3rd. 10am-1pm.
  • Symphonic Band - our recording session is at Augustana College, at Centennial Hall, on Tuesday, Feb 6th. Report time is @ 7:15pm... warmup begins promptly at 7:30pm. We'll enter from the rear of the auditorium.
  • Symphonic Band students that show me a full section selfie of a sectional over the weekend will be forgiven in up to TWO SmartMusic assignments.
  • Thursday, Feb 8th is PEP BAND! 6:30pm call time.
  • Friday, Feb 9th the Glenview Symphonic Band will be joining the UT Symphonic Band during rehearsal time in the school day. We'll read their music with them and show them how to rehearse at the high school level. A good time to be had by all!

More to come! This is just your friendly "early Feb blast" of information! Have a great day!

QC Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition


See below from Mr. Korn, QCWE solo competition coordinator...

Dear Band Director or Private Instructor: 

The Quad City Wind Ensemble is pleased to announce the Thirtieth Annual Charles B. DCamp Young Performer's Solo Competition.


Auditions will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in Madsen Hall at the Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, Iowa 52803. The winner will appear as the guest soloist with the Quad City Wind Ensemble at our Saturday, May 12, 2018 concert at the Galvin Fine Arts Center. Please submit completed forms to: John Korn, 3 E. Lombard Ct., Davenport, Iowa, 52803.  Entry forms must be received or postmarked no later than Monday, February 19, 2018. 

In addition to performing with the Quad City Wind Ensemble, the first place winner will receive a $250 scholarship from the Quad City Wind Ensemble for private study. The second place winner will receive a $150 scholarship and the third place winner will receive a $100 scholarship for private study. 

All entrants must be students currently involved in a high school instrumental music program. The soloist must perform a wind or percussion solo for which a band/wind ensemble accompaniment is readily available. A list of suggested solos is available at the QCWE website:


Applicants wanting to perform a solo without a QCWE approved band accompaniment will be required to assist in locating and purchasing an acceptable band accompaniment. 


There is no entry fee for this competition. The guest soloist must perform the same piece in the concert as performed during the audition. Previous first place winners must audition on a different piece. All applicants must audition using piano accompaniment and furnish two copies of the solo part for the adjudicators. One of the copies may be a photo-copied reproduction of the original. 

The QCWE is dedicated to music education in public schools. The Charles B. DCamp Young Performer's Solo Competition is one way it supports music education of the QC area's youth. In addition, all participants in school band programs are admitted free to all QCWE performances. 

Please feel free to make photocopies of this letter and the attached application as needed. If you have any questions about the solo competition, please contact John Korn, the competition coordinator, at 563-424-1380;  3 E. Lombard Ct., Davenport, Iowa, 52803 or by email at

John Korn, QCWE solo competition coordinator



Reminders and New Band Parent Date

Hello all,

Just some reminders from the band room...

  • Symphonic Band Evening Rehearsals are Mondays from 6pm-8pm during January.
  • Our band parent meeting conflicted with several feeder events - so we've moved our meeting to TUESDAY, JANUARY 16th @ 6pm. (This will end promptly at 7, due to the Winter Play opening that night)
  • Colorguard = Clinics from January 15th-19th, from 6pm-8pm. The auditions themselves will be on the 23rd from 6pm-8pm as well.
  • On Monday the 22nd, Dr. Fansler (Director of Bands from Western Illinois University) will be on campus during school to help us with our festival preparations.
  • Saturday, January 13th from 10am-1pm is our first marching band clinic. Free here at UT, it's a way to get the incoming freshman into our ecosystem and marching for the first time.
  • All-State will occur from January 24th-27th. 
  • February 3rd (Saturday) is another marching band clinic.
  • February 6th (Tuesday) is the Symphonic Band Recording session.
  • Indoor Drumline meeting tomorrow night (Wednesday, 1/10) at 6:30pm in the band room with Joe and Pete.
  • Pep Band on Thursday, 5:30pm call time. Check the calendar for other pep band dates.

Thanks all! 

Welcome Back & Reminders

Hello all,

Some reminders for you and your students from the band room!

  • If you're a new World Drumming student, your syllabus is due on Monday. Please review with a parent/guardian, sign, and bring back for your first grade.
  • The Pep Band Game originally scheduled for Friday, 1/5 has been cancelled.
  • Solo & Ensemble -> Signups are available starting Monday, January 8th until January 31st. If you cancel after that time, you'll be responsible for the money that your entry costs. More on that later. 
  • Solo & Ensemble Folks -> Please find a piece of music (available in the band room if you want to sign something out from us) - the red board in the band room has the piano accompanist list and script to call to solidify your player. You only need an accompanist with solos and select small ensembles. In short, if it doesn't have a piano part - you don't need an accompanist.
  • If you're interested in INDOOR DRUMLINE - Joe and Pete are having a meeting on Wednesday, January 10th at 6:30pm here in the band room. Check it out and hear what they have to say if you're interested.
  • Symphonic Band Evening Rehearsals will begin this Monday (January 8th) from 6pm-8pm. Please talk to Mr. W if you're unable to make it but please keep in mind - these have been on the syllabus/calendar and were talked about at the start of the year. Please talk to others in your section to organize rides, etc.

That's it for now. keep an eye on the calendar and announcements for more information later.

Final Day of Finals


Hey all. I won't be here for the last day of finals. A few things...

Both concert and symphonic folks have a new piece to take home. Grab the part you typically play. Symphonic band has King of Love and
La Belle Helene. In short, we're mixing it up because we had two dance suites... So we'll do these two pieces and Celtic for festival rep.

There's solo and ensemble music out for your perusal. If you want something that's okay... Just take it cleanly and take all of the parts and put the stack back neatly. You'll need to sign it out on the provided check out list. This will be available when we come back too.

Finally do not use the band exterior door. All of the very loose S&E music is right there. It took me about a month to line everything up the way it is there... So please, go to the hall door.

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.