Tuesday, September 5, 2017

How can I join the band program at WCS?

How can I join the band program at WCS?

If you are a 4th grader
You can join the program in October. All 4th graders will attend a “Beginner Band Demo” in October where they will learn about the different instruments. Sign up information will be available at this time.

If you are a 5th-8th grader and wish to continue playing an instrument
Easy! Start attending rehearsals.

  • Symphonic Band- Tuesday, Thursday at 11:50
  • Concert Band- Monday, Wednesday, Friday  at 11:50
  • Wind Ensemble- Daily at 7:30 (am) with lots of days off built into your schedule.

If you are 5th-8th grader and wish to start an instrument

You may begin taking lessons as soon as you have an instrument. Here are        
          some important steps to take:

  • Decide which instrument you wish to play. You may choose from flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium/baritone, and sometimes (if there is room) percussion.
  • Have a parent contact Kim Thompson at kthompson@cvsdvt.org or 871-6033 in order to officially enroll.
  • If you don’t have access to an instrument, you can rent or purchase one from Ellis Music Company. (Ellismusic.com) or 802 234 6400. Please note that financial support is available to families in need.
  • Ask Mrs. Thompson about other supplies you might need as they vary for each instrument.
  • Purchase the book, Tradition of Excellence book 1  for your instrument.

*Beginning 5th -8th graders will have a weekly lesson to learn to read music and play their instrument. When skill level is appropriate, students will be invited to start attending rehearsals with whichever grade level will best fit their needs. These placements are assessed individually and can change throughout the year. Typically, beginning students move into a 4th or 5th grade group in November.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Band Starts This Week!

Wind Ensemble will meet at 7:30 beginning on Tuesday, 9/5/17. This week's schedule is Tuesday and Wednesday only.

Concert Band (grade 6) will meet at 11:50 on M W F, beginning on Wednesday, 9/6/17.

Symphonic Band (grade 5) will meet at 11:50 on T TH, beginning on Tuesday, 9/5/17.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CSSU Jazz Fest

Congratulations to the WCS Stage Band for a great performance at the CSSU Jazz Fest!

Here are some recordings of  the performance:

Night Train         Believe        Buffalo Head

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Who? WCS Stage Band
When? Monday, 5/15 at 7:00 pm.
8th graders arrive by 6 pm for pizza and a district wide 8th  grade rehearsal.
 6th and 7th graders: Arrive at 6:30 pm please.
Where? CVU Theater (musicians meet in the band room)
What to wear? black pants, blue Performing Arts shirt.

Please honor this commitment. We are a small group and everyone is needed!

Our remaining schedule:
Monday, 4/17- 2:50-3:45
Monday, 5/1- rehearsal 2:50-3:45
Monday, 5/8- rehearsal 2:50-3:45

Monday, 5/15- rehearsal 2:50-3:45 and JAZZ FEST this evening (see above)

Monday, 5/22- rehearsal 2:50-3:45

Wednesday, 5/24- WCS concerts-wear black pants and  blue Performing Arts shirt.
    **6th graders- please note that Jazz Band will play in the 7:15 concert!   

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March Concert Update

New evening concert plan: (grades 7 and 8) 

Thursday, 3/16  at 7pm. (call time for musicians is 6 pm, doors will open at 6:45)

New dress rehearsal plan: 

Thursday morning from 8:10-12:30 in the theater.


  • have your black clothes and all other necessities for the concert at this dress rehearsal. 
  • check in with team for attendance purposes before coming to rehearsal.  
  • We will NOT have any 7:30 rehearsals or a clean up/pot luck breakfast this week. 

In school performances: 

Unfortunately, these are still undecided. We will let you know as soon as we know.

We might have one Thursday afternoon, we might have one or two on Friday or they may be canceled. This decision DOES NOT AFFECT the evening concert. The evening concert is a sure thing!

See you at rehearsal!