This Thursday, May 7th will be the third and final opportunity for band students to clean out their lockers and return UHS instruments and music.
Please communicate with a staff member if you are unable to attend this event.
Band Locker Cleanout / Music Equipment Drop Off
Thursday, May 7th
East Band Room Doors
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
– ALL BAND STUDENTS (whether you have already picked up your instrument or not) (we need your music returned!).
1.) Band Folder
– Legible name on front
– Make sure all UHS ensemble books and band music is inside
2.) Seniors: Any UHS instruments (non-seniors may keep their assigned instruments until the fall)
1.) Marching Band Instruments (sousas, baritones, mellophones, and percussion)
2.) Contents of Band Locker
– These will be emptied by staff and collected into bags for pick-up.
2020-2021 Calendar of events is posted on the band homepage under “Quick Links” near the top.
It’s easy to subscribe to the band calendar from a Google calendar, iCal, Outlook, etc.
From within your calendar software, “subscribe” or “add calendar” and paste the appropriate link when prompted. The events should automatically show up in your calendar and will be updated if dates or times change.
These are the same links from the past. If you already subscribe, you’re good to go.
Marching Leadership and Part Assignments
An awards video will be created and available for families to view in the coming weeks. We plan to schedule a live viewing session through google hangouts. The video will be shared via email following the viewing session.
ACT Test Dates 2020-2021
Students planning to take the ACT in the coming year should plan ahead to avoid performance conflicts.
June 13 Good day to take the ACT
July 18 Good day to take the ACT
Sept. 12 Good day to take the ACT
Oct. 24 ACT TEST CONFLICT W/ All-State Auditions; if this applies to you, do not register for ACT on this day
Dec. 12 ACT TEST CONFLICT W/ Jazz Band; if this applies to you, do not register for ACT on this day
Feb. 6 ACT TEST CONFLICT W/ Jazz Band; if this applies to you, do not register for ACT on this day
April 17 Good day to take the ACT
June 12 Good day to take the ACT
The band will perform in the Urbandale Independence Day Parade on July 4th. The band will rehearse at the high school at 8:00 a.m., and then bus to the beginning of the parade route. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Students are usually done by noon. This is one of the most important community performances we do each year and is greatly appreciated by the Urbandale citizens. Please help the band and the community by reserving the morning for the band’s performance. There will be several rehearsals leading up to the parade. See the band calendar for a list of all dates.
Our yearly inventory will be taken in the fall. Students should keep track of all school instruments and materials. Families, thank you for helping us keep track of items over this extended break (*Seniors – make sure all equipment, including music, is turned in prior to summer break)
We encourage students who are in the Wind Symphony, or hope to be in the Wind Symphony someday, to audition for All-State. For students considering Instrumental All-State auditions next fall, here are the honest keys to success:
- Students study with a private teacher on their instrument starting ASAP and throughout the summer.
- Play on a professional quality instrument
- Practice Daily
- Scale and solo preparations.
- Build technique: tone quality, range, endurance, finger dexterity, and melodic interpretation
- Aim for the 100-day club; practicing for 100 consecutive days – then 125, etc.
- Focus on goals, overcome obstacles.