News and Notes for March 13-24, 2017

Posted March 13, 2017 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Band Fronts, Booster News, Chamber Music, Concert Bands, Concert Information, Fund-raising, High School Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Middle School Band, Music Performances, Parent Information, PMEA, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Spring Trip, Student Information, Wind Ensemble

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Jazz Ensemble should take note of the upcoming rehearsals THIS WEEK:
Tuesday, March 14th (ADV-4:00 p.m.) – note change from rehearsal schedule.

Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble Members will be performing on Wednesday evening, March 15, 2017 for our annual “Sweet Sounds Recital”.  Attire is all black, and accent colors for this performance are green and/or orange. Report time is 6:20 p.m. Dessert will begin being served at 6:30 p.m. and music will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Mini-Camp for the 2017-18 Marching Band has been tentatively set for July 31 to August 1-4, 2017. Mini-camp will meet each day from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday August 1st will include a luncheon for the leadership team, 1st year members (rookies) and the percussion section. The afternoon session (1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.) will involve orientation training for the 1st year members and a sectional for the percussion. Mega-camp for Marching Band has been tentatively set for August 7-11, 2017. Mega-camp will begin each day at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. Students will have 45 minutes for lunch beginning at noon each day. The Parent Picnic and Preview hosted by the Band Boosters has been tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 11th beginning at 6:0o p.m. Our performance in Kennywood is Sunday, August 13th. 2017 Marching Band Schedules are now available.

An updated Trip Itinerary is now available. If you have not already signed up for your room, please do so as soon as possible. Once you have signed your room of four up there will be no switching permitted. If you do not have a room of four, please contact Dr. Weller prior to school or during advisory.

Congratulations to Freshmen Jess McGraw, Samantha Jarrett, Darby Miller, Chris Wilms, and David Ellis and Middle School Concert Band Members Kylie Allen, Emma Taborek, Julia Balaski, Tyler DeLorenzo, Luke Krouse, Grant Haggard, and Peyton Miller who will represent Mercer in the PMEA District 5 Band Fest on Tuesday, March 28th at Mercer High School.

Speaking of the band fest:

  1. Do you have a wire music stand at home? Dr. Weller is in need of extra stands for the day and can put yours to use for the day if you would consider letting the bands borrow. Please bring it to Dr. Weller’s office and it will be tagged with your name and returned to you when the festival is complete. If you can let our band borrow your wire music stand, please bring it in to Dr. Weller by Friday, March 24th.
  2. There are several student committees that will need volunteers. If you are a sophomore, junior or senior band student and interested in volunteering some time on Monday after-school and Tuesday during the day into the evening, please see the sign-up sheets that will be posted by Thursday, March 16th outside the band office.

Have you been out to eat over in the Shenango Valley recently? Don’t forget we have partnered with Buffalo Wild Wings for their Hometown Advantage Fundraiser. Simply let your waitress know you have a “Mercer Bands Team M” card (available in the band room), and 10% of your bill will be donated to the Mercer Bands! This fundraiser runs through the end of May so be sure to visit B-Dubs today!

3rd Quarter Ensemble and Self-Evaluations

Posted March 3, 2017 by tjweller
Categories: Assessment, Concert Bands, Concert Evaluation, Concert Performances, Jazz Ensemble, Middle School Band, Music Performances, Recordings, Wind Ensemble

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Students in Middle School Band should click on the link below to access their 3rd Quarter Self-Evaluation.
MS Band Second Quarter Self-Evaluation

Students in High School Concert Band should click on the link below to access their 3rd Quarter Self-Evaluation.
HS Concert Band Second Quarter Self-Evaluation

Students in High School Wind Ensemble should click on the link below to access their 3rd Quarter Self-Evaluation.
HS Wind Ensemble Self-Evaluation

To access the recordings of the concert, click on the following link:

Mercer Mustang Bands on SoundCloud

News and Notes for February 28-March 10, 2017

Posted February 24, 2017 by tjweller
Categories: Band Fronts, Band Travel, Booster News, Concert Information, Concert Performances, High School Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Parent Information, PMEA, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Spring Trip, Student Information, Wind Ensemble

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5mcolorMini-Camp for the 2017-18 Marching Band has been tentatively set for July 31 to August 1-4, 2017. Mini-camp will meet each day from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday August 1st will include a luncheon for the leadership team, 1st year members (rookies) and the percussion section. The afternoon session (1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.) will involve orientation training for the 1st year members and a sectional for the percussion. Mega-camp for Marching Band has been tentatively set for August 7-11, 2017. Mega-camp will begin each day at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. Students will have 45 minutes for lunch beginning at noon each day. The Parent Picnic and Preview hosted by the Band Boosters has been tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 11th beginning at 6:0o p.m. Our performance in Kennywood is Sunday, August 13th. In celebration of National Marching Band Day (March 4th!), 2017 Marching Band Schedules will be available on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Jazz Ensemble should take note of the upcoming rehearsals in February & March:
Tuesday, February 28th (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 14th (ADV-3:30 p.m.) – note change from rehearsal schedule.

An updated Trip Itinerary will be coming out this month in addition to important trip information. If you have not already signed up for your room, please do so as soon as possible. Once you have signed your room of four up there will be no switching permitted. If you do not have a room of four, please contact Dr. Weller prior to school or during advisory.

Please note the following report times as it pertains to the upcoming concert on Thursday, March 2, 2017:

REPORT TIMES
6:00 p.m. – JAZZ ENSEMBLE
6:10 p.m. – SPRING TRIP PARTICIPANTS & HS PERSONNEL
6:30 p.m – MIDDLE SCHOOL PERSONNEL                                    .

WARM-UP AND TUNING TIMES IN BAND ROOM
6:10-6:30 p.m.     High School Concert Band and Wind Ensemble
6:30-6:50 p.m.     Middle School Concert Band

Picture Schedule prior to the concert
6:10 p.m.           High School Jazz Ensemble
6:20 p.m.           Spring Trip Participants
6:30 p.m.           Wind Ensemble
6:40 p.m.           High School Concert Band
6:50 p.m.           Middle School Band

The concert on March 2, 2017 begins at 7:00 p.m. As a reminder, attire for the concert is all black dress clothes for both ladies and gentlemen.

Middle school students will be dismissed at the beginning of Period 8 on Wednesday, March 8th for the purpose of attending the PMEA Assessment Festival at Westminster College. Students should have received a permission slip during their band period, and it is to be returned by Friday, March 3, 2017.

Have you been out to eat over in the Shenango Valley recently? Don’t forget we have partnered with Buffalo Wild Wings for their Hometown Advantage Fundraiser. Simply let your waitress know you have a “Mercer Bands Team M” card (available in the band room), and 10% of your bill will be donated to the Mercer Bands! This fundraiser runs through the end of May so be sure to visit B-Dubs today!

News and Notes for February 6 – 24, 2017

Posted February 3, 2017 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Band Camp, Band Fronts, District Band, Fund-raising, High School Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Parent Information, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Spring Trip, Student Information

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wpid-wp-1411937505388.jpegThe final Pep Band of the year will be on Tuesday, February 14th. It is a girls-boys double-header and there will be Senior Recognition for both teams. Report time is no later than 5:15 p.m. The annual pizza-wings party for Pep Band will be held immediately after the game in the band room.

Best wishes to Abby Grabigel, Claudia Brown, and Clifford Hughes as they make final preparations for their trip to Butler for the PMEA District 5 Band Festival! They will audition for a spot in PMEA Region I Band on Thursday evening.

A few workers are still needed for the Spaghetti Dinner that the Band is holding in cooperation with the American Legion in  Mercer on Sunday, February 12th. Even if you are not going on the trip, consider donating some time to help your peers out.

Mini-Camp for the 2017-18 Marching Band has been tentatively set for July 31 to August 1-4, 2017. Mini-camp will meet each day from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday August 1st will include a luncheon for the leadership team, 1st year members (rookies) and the percussion section. The afternoon session (1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.) will involve orientation training for the 1st year members and a sectional for the percussion.

Mega-camp for Marching Band has been tentatively set for August 7-11, 2017. Mega-camp will begin each day at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. Students will have 45 minutes for lunch beginning at noon each day. The Parent Picnic and Preview hosted by the Band Boosters has been tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 11th beginning at 6:0o p.m. We are currently awaiting notification of our Kennywood date.

Jazz Ensemble should take note of the upcoming rehearsals in February:
Wednesday, February 8th (ADVISORY until 4:00 p.m.) Rehearsal added on 2/3/17
Thursday, February 16th (ADVISORY until 4:00 p.m.)
Thursday, February 23rd (ADVISORY until 4:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, February 28th (3:30-4:30 p.m.)

Please notify Dr. Weller of any conflicts with the added rehearsal on 2/8.

Wind Ensemble Auditions will commence finish on Thursday, February 9th.

An updated Trip Itinerary will be coming out this month in addition to important trip information. Room sign-up will be held on February 13-17th. Please sign-up in rooms of four. Once you have signed your room of four up there will be no switching permitted. If you do not have a room of four, please contact Dr. Weller prior to school or during advisory.

Have you been out to eat over in the Shenango Valley recently? Don’t forget we have partnered with Buffalo Wild Wings for their Hometown Advantage Fundraiser. Simply let your waitress know you have a “Mercer Bands Team M” card (available in the band room), and 10% of your bill will be donated to the Mercer Bands! This fundraiser runs through the end of May so be sure to visit B-Dubs today!

News and Notes for January 16 – 27, 2017

Posted January 16, 2017 by tjweller
Categories: Band Camp, Booster News, Fund-raising, Jazz Ensemble, Parent Information, Pep Band, PMEA, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information, Uncategorized, Wind Ensemble

wpid-wp-1411937505388.jpegPep Band will perform on Monday, January 16th. Report time is no later than 6:30 p.m.

Don’t forget that the Simply Sweets Chocolates Valentines Fundraiser orders and money are due by Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Orders can be placed in the Booster Box in the band room.

Mini-Camp for the 2017-18 Marching Band has been tentatively set for July 31 to August 1-4, 2017. Mini-camp will meet each day from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday August 1st will include a luncheon for the leadership team, 1st year members (rookies) and the percussion section. The afternoon session (1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.) will involve orientation training for the 1st year members and a sectional for the percussion.

Mega-camp for Marching Band has been tentatively set for August 7-11, 2017. Mega-camp will begin each day at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. Students will have 45 minutes for lunch beginning at noon each day. The Parent Picnic and Preview hosted by the Band Boosters has been tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 12th beginning at 6:0o p.m. We are currently awaiting notification of our Kennywood date.

Jazz Ensemble will rehearse on Thursday, January 19th beginning during Advisory and concluding at 4:00 p.m. Due to District Orchestra on Thursday, January 26th, Jazz Band rehearsal scheduled for that day will be held on Friday, January 27th from 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Please notify Dr. Weller of any conflicts with this change in schedule by Thursday, January 19th.

MS Band members who wish to make a recording for the JH Fest are reminded their recording must be completed by Wednesday, January 25th at 3:30 p.m. Please contact Dr. Weller this week if you have any questions about the requirements.

Wind Ensemble Auditions will commence on Monday, January 30, 2017. The music and audition requirements are now available from Dr. Weller. Auditions must be completed by Wednesday, February 8, 2017. You may sign up for audition times outside Dr. Weller’s office. With the shift in focus to more solo repertoire and chamber ensemble pieces, the instrumentation for wind ensemble next year has changed dramatically. Please consult the informational posters located in the band room and instrumental storage room.

Have you been out to eat over in the Shenango Valley recently? Don’t forget we have partnered with Buffalo Wild Wings for their Hometown Advantage Fundraiser. Simply let your waitress know you have a “Mercer Bands Team M” card (available in the band room), and 10% of your bill will be donated to the Mercer Bands! This fundraiser runs through the end of May so be sure to visit B-Dubs today!

News and Notes for January 9-13, 2017

Posted January 9, 2017 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Jazz Ensemble, Mercer County Honors Band, Middle School Band, Pep Band, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information

Mercer County Honor Band Participants – The County Honors Band event is scheduled for Monday, January 9th (all day at Thiel) and Tuesday, January 10th (departing at the start of Period 9). The concert will be held on the evening of January 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Passavant Center on the campus of Thiel College. Be sure that you have a lunch packed for January 9th. SH Students will receive their uniform during the day on January 10th. JH students will wear black pants, white top, and dress shoes (Gentlemen are encouraged to wear a tie).

Middle School Band Members are reminded that audition material for the PMEA JH Band Fest need to be recorded between January 17 and January 25th. See Dr. Weller this week to set up an audition time.

Jazz Ensemble will rehearse on Thursday, January 12, 2017 beginning during Advisory and concluding at 4:00 p.m.

Pep Band has a game on Friday evening. Report time is 6:30 p.m.

2nd Quarter Band Evaluations

Posted January 6, 2017 by tjweller
Categories: Uncategorized

Students in Middle School Band should click on the link below to access their 2nd Quarter Self-Evaluation.
MS Band Second Quarter Self-Evaluation

Students in High School Concert Band should click on the link below to access their 2nd Quarter Self-Evaluation.
HS Concert Band Second Quarter Self-Evaluation

Students in High School Wind Ensemble should click on the link below to access their 2nd Quarter Self-Evaluation.
HS Wind Ensemble Self-Evaluation

News and Notes for January 2-6, 2017

Posted January 2, 2017 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Concert Bands, Concert Evaluation, Jazz Ensemble, Mercer County Honors Band, Parent Information, Pep Band, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information

mercerbands_logoHappy New Year to all our band members and their families!

2nd Quarter Evaluations will be completed on January 5 & 6, 2017 during band periods.

Pep Band will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Report time is 6:30 p.m. for both evenings.

Jazz Ensemble will not meet on Thursday, January 5th. A make-up rehearsal will be announced at the next rehearsal on Thursday, January 12th.

Mercer County Honor Band Participants – please check your calendars. The County Honors Band event is scheduled for Monday, January 9th (all day at Thiel) and Tuesday, January 10th (departing at the start of Period 9). The concert will be held on the evening of January 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Passavant Center on the campus of Thiel College. The dates indicated on the permission slip were incorrect due to Dr. Weller’s typing error.

Middle School Band Members are reminded that audition material for the PMEA JH Band Fest need to be recorded between January 17 and January 25th.

Audition information for next year’s academic concert bands will be coming out by the end of January.

News and Notes for December 5-December 23, 2016

Posted December 5, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Jazz Ensemble, Parent Information, Pep Band, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information

The Pep Band Organizational Rehearsal will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 beginning during Advisory and concluding at 3:45 p.m. The Pep Band will play for the Winter Meet the Mustangs Event on Wednesday, December 7th. Report by 7:30 p.m. and we will begin playing at 7:45 p.m. Click here to download the 2016-17 Pep Band Schedule.

Jazz Band will rehearse on Friday beginning during Advisory and concluding at 4:00 p.m. This rehearsal was originally scheduled for 12/8 but has been moved to avoid conflict with the Speech Tournament.

First game of the season for Pep Band will be Monday, December 19th. The game on December 12th has been moved. We have rescheduled to include the game on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 as part of our schedule.

News and Notes for November 29 – December 2, 2016

Posted November 25, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Booster News, Chamber Music, Concert Bands, Concert Information, High School Concert Band, Honors Band, Jazz Ensemble, Parent Information, Pep Band, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information, Wind Ensemble

Congratulations to Liz Ludwig, Claudia Brown, and Abby Grabigel who earned a spot in the PMEA District 5 Honors Band Festival! The festival will include a public concert on December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at Westminster College. The guest conductor for the festival is Brian Balmages!

Pep Band Schedules are now available from Dr. Weller in the band office.

Jazz Ensemble will rehearse on Tuesday, November 29th during Advisory until 4:00 p.m.

As a reminder, the next performance for the Academic Concert Bands and Jazz Ensemble will be at “Cookie, Cocoa and Carols” on Wednesday, November 30th. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. Music will begin at 7:00 p.m. AS A REMINDER: Attire for ALL Concerts is all black. Ladies may accessorize with either red or green accents. Gentlemen are encouraged to wear a holiday tie. High School Concert Band and Wind Ensemble Students are asked to bring in one dozen cookies for the concert. They can be dropped off in the high school office between Tuesday morning (11/29) and Wednesday morning (11/30) at 3:30 p.m.


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