Current WHS Band Members Vote for Band Council Here! The Westby Area High School Bands

Monte A. Dunnum, Director

Kory L. Dahlen, Director

July 19, 2017


Dear Westby High School Band Member,


Responsibility=How YOU respond with YOUR ability.


Welcome to a NEW SCHOOL YEAR in the Westby High School Band. This letter will give some guidance as to what you will need to do and be ready for as a member of the WHS Band.  


Note:  Since the 1940s and before, it has been a tradition in the Westby School District to have quality bands.  The tradition of PRIDE and EXCELLENCE that has been accomplished presents us with both a challenge and a duty 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 14 Drumline Noon-1pm

        Full Band from 1-4pm

        Juniors and Seniors Uniform Fitting from 4pm to 5pm

August 15 Drumline Noon-1pm

        Full Band from 1-4pm

        Sophomores and Freshmen Uniform Fitting from 4pm to 5pm

August 16 Drumline Noon-1pm

        Full Band from 1-4pm

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

August 17 Drumline Noon-1pm

        Full Band from 1-4pm

August 24 Drumline from 2-3pm (could be later as announced on August 17)

        Full Band at 3pm (Could be later as announced on August 17)

        Burgers in Park-Leave School at 5:30, Perform at 6pm. Release at Park


Included you will find a copy of the Music Calendar for 2017-18.  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 had 3 productive meetings in June and plan to meet on August 21 and 22 from 6-8pm

**Summer Trombone Choir-This is a “community included” event with us as the core.  All trombone players are welcome and YOU are encouraged to attend. There will be some very fine players there from the area and this is your chance to both August 16, 20 and 23 from 6pm to 9pm.  ADULTS WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED.  

**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 14-17 Summer Band Rehearsals from 1-4pm

August 24 Summer Band at 3pm and Burgers in Park at 6pm

August 25 FB Halftime Show-Sparta (4pm)

Sept 1             FB Halftime Show-Platteville (4pm)

Sept 10         Cashton Parade, bus at 11:30am

Sept 29      FB Halftime Show-Arcadia (4pm)

Sept 30            Oktoberfest Parade


Note on the Music calendar that we have a VERY busy start to the school year.  COME SAIL AWAY will be our Street Song and Field Opener for the fall.  The first show will be THAT 70S SHOW or A SALUTE TO CHICAGO.   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 14th.

Sincerely, Monte A. Dunnum, Director of Bands Westby Area High School

Monte.dunnum@westby-norse.org  or montedunnum@gmail.com

Home-634-4872 School-634-0136      Cell 608-632-0078


Westby Area Schools Fine Arts Calendar 2017-2018

Aug 14-17 Summer Band Rehearsals from 1-4pm

August 24 Summer Band at 3pm and Burgers in Park at 6pm

August 25 FB Halftime Show-Sparta (4pm)

Sept 1             FB Halftime Show-Platteville (4pm)

Sept 10         Cashton Parade, bus at 11:30am

Sept 29      FB Halftime Show-Arcadia (4pm)

Sept 30            Oktoberfest Parade

Oct 5 Homecoming Activities

Oct 6 FB Halftime Show-BRF (Homecoming)

Oct. 13 FB Halftime Show-Ona Luther (with MS)

Oct. 20/21       High School Choral POPS Concert 6:30pm

Oct 23             Marching Review Concert 7:00pm

Nov 2-5            “Rent”

Nov 6             WW HS Honors Band Rehearsal Night at Kickapoo HS 6:30pm

Nov 10          Veteran’s Day Program

Nov 13         Western Wisconsin District Honors Bands at Kickapoo

Nov 16         6th Grade Band/Choir Concert 7pm

Dec 7   Elementary Winter Concerts 1:30pm & 7:00pm

Dec 11          High School Bands Christmas Concert 7:00pm

Dec 12           Middle School Christmas Concert 7:00pm

Dec 14           Elementary Winter Concerts 1:30pm & 7:00pm

Dec 20             High School Choral Christmas Concert 7:00pm

Jan. 19-20 National Band Association Convention at Appleton-Select Students

Feb. 26         Local Solo and Ensemble

March 4-5 Dorian Band Festival at Luther College-Select Students

March 19         High School Bands Spring Concert

March Choir Spring Concert

March 12         Piano/Pops Festival at Westby Area Schools (Piano 8-4; Pops 4-9pm)

April 7 Solo and Ensemble at Westby (8am-4pm)

April 19         Middle School Bands Spring Concert 7pm

April 25         Large Group Music Festival at Westby

May 3 Elem Spring Concerts 1:30 & 7:00 pm

May 10         Elem Spring Concerts 1:30 & 7:00 pm

May 18         Syttende Mai Choral Concert 7PM


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