8th GRADE BAND 9/25-9/29

Greetings 8th Grade Wildcat Band Family!!

If your child intends to participate, please signup here so we can get an accurate head count for pizza and have an accurate roster for attendance: https://goo.gl/forms/lwGMY6hTkDWcoNb32

Details for this Friday’s game is as follows:

3:35 – students may ride bus #40 to BHS (or their regular bus if it goes to BHS normally. Please just sign a letter for your student so that they will have no trouble getting off the bus at BHS)

4:30 – meet on the skillet (parking lot behind south building) to watch BHS Pride Rehearse

5:45 – eat pizza provided by the band

6:45 – walk over to the stadium with Bentonville West Wolverine Band

8:45ish – Students are welcome to be checked out after the halftime show. Parents must enter the stadium and come to the band stand located in the south end zone to check out your child. Students will not be released without a parent signature for the safety of the students.

10:00ish – Students are welcome to stay for the entire game and parents may check them out with Mr. Jones in the south end zone by the band stand.

Concession Stand Sign-up: CLICK HERE TO SIGNUP

The concession stand is the single most important fundraiser the Bentonville Bands do during the year. Not only does it keep fans happy in the stands, but is the largest fundraiser supporting students in grades 6th-12th grade. But, we need YOUR help to make it successful.

Thursday, October 19th – WJHS Night: We need 10 parent volunteers to signup for a 2 hour shift. Students age 14 or older may also volunteer WITH a parent.

Friday, October 27th – BHS Senior Night: We need at least 12 parents to volunteer for 1 of 3, 3 hour shifts. This night is a night in which all seniors will be recognized. It would be AWESOME if junior high parents would staff the concession stand so that the high school parents can partake in the festivities recognizing their child’s accomplishments.

The link to signup is here: scroll down to the correct game and signup for the position you’re interested in. If everyone does a little, the work is light and easy! 🙂


7th Grade Brass Classes 9/11-9/17

Greetings Wildcat 7th Grade Brass Classes!

Your students are continually impressing me with their level of effort, focus, and engagement each and every day!!! Additionally, those who have turned in their assignment that was over a week ago did really awesome! Parents, I encourage you to have your child login to their Google Classroom to not only hear the recording they submitted but to view the feedback I gave them and encourage them to use that information to continue to improve.

Sectionals Continue this week for learning all-region music. This is OPTIONAL for 7th graders. But, if your child thinks they want to attempt all-region this year, or just check out what the music is all about, they need to let me know so I can sign them up for the appropriate day listed below.

Monday – Flutes and Saxophones (Bassoon and Oboe in class)
Tuesday – Clarinets
Wednesday – Trumpets, French Horns, Tubas and Trombones (Bass Clarinet in class)
Thursday – Euphoniums and Percussion

Practice and Assignments:

  • Students should be practicing AT LEAST 5 days a week, every week, for 15 minutes each time.
  • Second Google Classroom Assignment will be due Sunday, September 17th (can be turned in earlier)
  • Note Name flash card quiz will be tomorrow (Monday) at the start of class
  • Hero Lesson 4 will be due Friday

We will have our 2nd google classroom assignment due on Sunday, September 17th. This will be a video recording with students buzzing their mouthpiece at a piece of paper to demonstrate proper: posture, breathing technique, and a relaxed fully supported buzz.

Band Shirts/Fan Gear orders have been placed and should arrive in about 2 weeks. If you missed the opportunity to order fan gear, we will do another order at the start of November just in time for the Holidays.

Musically Yours,

Jared Jones
Director of Bands
Phone: 479.254.5381

Washington Junior High
1501 NE Wildcat Way

Bentonville Schools
500 Tiger Boulevard
Bentonville, AR 72712

Where Excellence Lives

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter – @wjhswildcatband

8th Grade Band 9/11-9/15

We had a GREAT week last week as we continued working on our Fall Concert music. It is hard to believe that the first concert of the 8th Grade Wildcat Band is only about 5 weeks away on Monday, October 9th! I can’t wait to show everyone how much we have accomplished already this year.

We have some awesome performance opportunities for the band this week. Please be sure to check out the below info for all the details.


This performance is completely OPTIONAL for 8th grade band students but we highly encourage them to attend!

They will meet at BHS at 5:30 to eat Abuelos with the Pride Marching Band students, then march over to Tiger Stadium, setup in the band bleachers, rock out playing stand tunes WITH the Pride Band, and then will get a front row sideline seat to see the halftime show!!! Attire is band shirt and jeans. It is going to be EPIC!!!! Your student will NOT want to miss this!

Tuesday – Possible After School Pep Rally

We were asked Friday if the 8th grade band would be able to be present Tuesday after school to do a pep rally for the Volleyball tailgate before our first Home Volleyball game. If your student is available Tuesday after school to at least 4:30 (can be picked up between 4:30 and 6:00) please let me know by completing this form: https://goo.gl/forms/CXRn2JsmopH0gqUy2

Sectionals Continue this week as does the due dates for week 2 of All-Region Music Assignments in Google Classroom.

Monday – Flutes and Saxophones (Bassoon and Oboe in class)
Tuesday – Clarinets
Wednesday – Trumpets, French Horns, Tubas and Trombones (Bass Clarinet in class)
Thursday – Euphoniums and Percussion

Band Shirts/Fan Gear has been ordered and should be delivered in less than 2 weeks! If you missed the opportunity to order some fan gear, we will be doing another order in early November!

Let me just say, it is an absolute joy to have the opportunity to work with your WONDERFUL students!!!

If you need ANYTHING, please do not hesitate to reach out.

It’s going to be a GREAT WEEK!!

Jared Jones
Director of Bands
Phone: 479.254.5381

Washington Junior High
1501 NE Wildcat Way

Bentonville Schools
500 Tiger Boulevard
Bentonville, AR 72712

Where Excellence Lives

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter – @wjhswildcatband

8th Grade Itinerary for Tomorrow

Good morning 8th Grade Wildcat Band Family!

Our performance time at the Arend tomorrow is 1:40pm. One of the early groups moved to Saturday causing us to move up a spot.

8:00am – School Spring Pictures for those who would like one (if you don’t arrive early, that is okay, you can have your picture done during 1st period)

8:25am – HANG UP Concert Black in Band Room (everything should be labeled and in a bag or tagged. Shoes should be entirely black (no white edges or soles) in a bag and on the hanger with the concert black and labeled)

8:35am – Attend 1st period (unless you are getting your picture taken)

9:25a-10:40 – Rehearse

10:45a – Go to lunch

11:15a – Change into Concert Black

11:35a – Load Buses for BHS (if you are getting picked up after our sight reading performance, you need to bring EVERYTHING with you)

11:50a – Arrive at BHS and store instruments by section in the West gym

12:15p – Watch first two bands perform

1:05p – Return to West gym to get instruments and line up

1:20p – Warm-Up in BHS Band Room

1:40p – PERFORM on stage at Arend (parents, friends, family are all invited and highly encouraged to attend and support your awesome kids)

2:00p – Sight Reading

2:30p – Return to West gym to pack up instrument, await results, and to checkout with Mr. Jones if getting picked up

2:45p – Load Buses for WJHS

3:00p – Arrive at WJHS/ Change out of concert black check in with 8th period or relax in band room after a great day of band!!

We have at least 1 case of water being donated for the kids. Could still use a couple more. Also, need a couple of parents to help hand the water out between the performance and sight reading.

Musically Yours,

Jared Jones
Director of Bands
Washington JH

7th Grade Band Email

Greetings Wildcat 7th Grade Band Family!

Wow! The kids did AWESOME at the mini-concert last Thursday, didn’t they?!?

I just want to take a moment to request your input. Many times we do things that we think will help engage students and families and make the program stronger but want to get your opinions to help ensure we continue growing the band program. If you will take a few moments and complete as many or as few of the questions in this short survey, we would greatly appreciate it! https://goo.gl/forms/twxyAjCcsfNiLNq12

Just a couple of reminders: The Magazine Fundraiser is due on Wednesday, March 8th or Thursday, March 9th depending on which day your child has band. It is important for students to turn in the order forms (yellow and white copies) with money in a sealed envelope that has their first and last name and school on the front. Just 5 subscriptions will be enough to cover their cost to Worlds of Fun if they earn a spot to go by completing the necessary pass offs. Funds can also be used to cover band fees and instrument usage fees that are school owned. Any extra money left in their accounts at the end of the year will roll over into 8th grade for them.

The high and low brass classes both have an assignment due in Smartmusic on Friday, March 10th which consists of a few more measures of their solo for solo and ensemble.

The 8th grade band has a preview concert tomorrow night, March 6th at 7:00pm at the Arend Arts Center. This is a dress rehearsal for our performance at the ASBOA Region VI Concert Assessment this Friday. While it is not required for 7th graders to attend, all are welcome to come support the band at the concert!

Thursday, March 16th

The board members of the Bentonville Band Boosters are hosting a Parent Meeting at WJHS from 6:30-7:30pm. Topics will include how parents can get involved, transition from 7th to 8th grade band and JH to High School band from a parent’s perspective, additional fundraising opportunities and will have a Q&A. Please put this date on your calendar and plan to attend if at all possible. It will be full of great info! This is a meeting BY parents FOR  parents.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 8th – Solo and Ensemble in Green Forest

April 18th – Deadline for Pass Offs for Worlds of Fun

Friday, April 28th – Percussion Ensemble Concert

Friday, May 5th – Worlds of Fun Trip

Tuesday, May 9th – After School Rehearsal until 5:30

Thursday, May 11th – After School Rehearsal until 5:30

Monday, May 15th – Spring Band Concert 5:30-7:00

May 19th – Deadline to Pass Proficiency Items

Many thanks for your ongoing support of the Bentonville Band Program. If there is EVER ANYTHING I can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Musically Yours,

Jared Jones

Director of Bands

Washington JH


This Week in 8th Grade Band

Below is a copy of the email sent out Sunday morning.

Greetings Wildcat 8th Grade Band Family!

We have an exciting week ahead of us to showcase all the hard work these young musicians have put into sectionals, after school rehearsals, and daily rehearsals! Please review the details below carefully:

Monday, March 4th – Preview Concert. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend!

Attire: Concert Black

6:15p – Lined up in BHS main gym lobby waiting to enter band room (FJHS will be warming up)
6:30p – Warm-Up in BHS Band Room
7:00p – Perform
7:30p – Encouraged to watch LJHS perform but not required

Wednesday, March 8th – Magazine Fundraiser Orders and Money Due.

Friday, March 10th – ASBOA Region VI Concert Assessment. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend!

8:00a – HANG concert black in WJHS Band Room (LABEL WITH FIRST AND LAST NAME)
Those who will be getting spring pictures may go to the gym at this time to have their pictures done.  If you do not arrive in time, no problem, you will have your picture taken during 1st period.

Students who are NOT getting their photo taken during 1st period will report to their 1st period class.

9:25a-10:45 – Band Rehearsal
10:45a – ALL Band Students go to lunch
11:15a – Change into concert black
11:35a – Load Buses
12:00p – Arrive at BHS and store instruments in BHS West Gym
12:15p – Watch first 3 performances in Arend
1:00p – Return to West gym to get instrument and line up
1:40p – Warm-Up in BHS Band Room
2:00p – Concert Assessment Performance (Broadcasted on kurm.net)
2:20p – Sight-Read
2:50p – Return to West gym to pack instrument up and await results and to check out students
3:05p – Load buses and return to WJHS
3:20p – Arrive at WJHS

Parents who attend the performance are welcome to check your child out with Mr. Jones and leave from the Arend. Please let me know ASAP if you intend to check your child out so I can notate it on the roster. Students getting checked out will not be allowed to leave until AFTER sight reading and after we receive our results.

We are still in need of donations of 70 small bottles of water for our young musicians between the performance and sight reading. Donations can be dropped off at WJHS any time before Friday morning. Also, if you intend to attend the performance we need 2 parents to hand out the bottles of water as we move from performance to sight reading.

Band Boosters request help to stock the hospitality room for concert assessment. If you can help, please consider signing up by clicking here.

Thursday, March 16th – 7th and 8th Grade Band Parent Meeting
Where: WJHS
Who: All parents of 7th and 8th grade band students
When: 6:30p-7:30p

The board members of the Bentonville Band Boosters will be discussing ways to get involved, what to expect from 7th to 8th grade, and 8th grade to high school band. Additionally, they will discuss additional fundraising opportunities. Have questions? Have them ready! This is a new event crafted by the Band Boosters which will be a fantastic annual tradition!

Looking ahead, students will be missing the entire day of school on Friday, March 31st to participate in the South Regional Music for All Concert Band Festival at Arkansas Tech University. Itinerary will be coming next week as we finalize details with the Music Festival. Do know that students will receive a sack lunch paid for by the Washington JH PTO and prepared by the Russellville Band Boosters. Attire for the day is concert black AND Band T-shirt and jeans/nice pants. We will perform the same music at this festival as we do for the Regional Concert Assessment.

Additionally, we will utilize the best of the two professional recordings to submit to the Honor Band committee for the 8th grade band to perform at the Arkansas All-State Music Conference in 2018.

It’s going to be an INCREDIBLE week of performances and I can not wait to show you what your children can do!

Musically Yours,

Jared Jones
Director of Bands
Washington Junior High

8th Grade Email

Good afternoon Wildcat 8th Grade Band Family,
I do not like to make major changes to after school plans at such a late time as occured this afternoon with the postponement of today’s after school rehearsal. At the end of the day, around 3:30, announcements were made that all the various events, band rehearsal, ROAR, choir mini-concerts, forensic auditions and the dance clnic that were to be hosted on campus tonight would be postponed due to severe weather.

We take the safety of your children very seriously and as such, have kept an eye on the weather all day with most of the severe potential having been predicted for much later in the evening. When the most recent model ran, it had been updated to move the timeline in the midst of all of these events and we felt it was necessary to postpone events. I sent a Remind message as soon as the decision was made, however, I did not recive a copy of my own message until after 3:35 due to a delay in the system.

Of course, now that everything has been cancelled we will probably not receive anything more than a few rain drops. 🙂

The rehearsal will only be postponed until this Thursday, March 2nd 3:45-5:30. I spoke to the majority of the band kids to ask if this would cause major conflicts for their schedules as this was not already scheduled and they informed me that it should be okay.
Thank you for your understanding.
Musically Yours,
Jared Jones

Director of Bands

Washington JH


High School Band Info

Greetings Wildcat 8th Grade Band Family!

By now your children should have brought home the course request guide for high school. I know! I can’t believe it’s that time of the year either! You will notice that there are not options to select band, orchestra, or choir. This is because all of these groups have auditioned and non-auditioned groups at BHS and BWHS. Based on the results of these auditions will depend on which ensemble they are a part of which can drastically effect which period band, orchestra, or choir is for them. Because of the challenges of scheduling at the high school level, the high school counselors have decided that the band, orchestra, and choir directors will officially “recommend” students for these groups using eSchool. Then, when auditions are completed, by the start of May, the high school directors will give the high school counselors rosters for each of the ensembles to ensure accuracy in scheduling. So, don’t fret! Band IS offered at the high school.

Some general info:
BHS has 2 Marching bands, 4 concert bands, and a jazz band.
Pre-game Only: This groups marches pre-game at all HOME football games and then gets to rock out in the stands and play pep music. This group does not travel, does not do pep rallies, and has only about 5 after school commitments the entire school year.

Pride: This is the nationally recognized competitive marching band that rehearses 4-5 days each week after school in the fall. In addition, they travel several weekends between October and November to marching band competitions in and out of state as well as two multi day trips to the Super Regionals in St. Louis and the Bands of America Grand Nationals in Indianapolis. This is an auditioned group consisting of a marching and music audition. It does cost money to be a part of the Pride. This coming year the cost per member will be around $700. The includes t-shirt, show shirt, uniform cleaning, hat, transportation, hotels, and meals before every football game and meals while traveling. There is a plethora of fundraisers the band boosters sponsor to assist families in covering the cost. MOST IMPORTANTLY: We will work with families in financial stress to help alleviate costs as needed to ensure that a kid who REALLY want to be a part of the Pride and works hard gets to be regardless of their financial ability.

All current band students grades 8-11 will attend a marching clinic April 24th-28th at BHS. This is to help all students learn the basic fundamentals of marching. The #1 reason students give for not wanting to do marching band is because they don’t know how. Well…duh! Most of the students have never marched before and this is to help them learn how to. Transportation will be provided to shuttle students from WJHS to BHS each of those days after school.

If your child is in another activity and wants to do band, that is absolutely no problem! We have high school band students who are members of Basketball, Football, Cross Country, Track, Forensics, Choir, Odyssey of the Mind, Robotics, Swim, Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball, and others. The high school directors and sponsors of these groups do a GREAT job of working out any scheduling conflicts. The most important thing is communication. With over 400 students in the high school band program, it is impossible for the directors to just know what every student is involved in.

If you have any questions regarding high school band please let me know. I’d be more than happy to talk with you, email back and forth or meet in person sometime to answer all your questions.
Musically Yours,

Jared Jones
Director of Bands
Washington JH

Sectionals, Rehearsals, Fundraising and Calendar

Greetings 8th Grade Wildcat Band Family!

I hope that everyone is having a fabulous 3-day weekend! I saw several of you at the all-region concert on Saturday and can’t thank you enough for coming to support your peers in the all-region band. The concert was fantastic due to the wonderful students hard work of six hours of rehearsals in 2 days!

The semester is off to a fantastic start and the kids are sounding good!!! It truly is a blessing to get to work with your children each day and to see them grow into awesome people and terrific young musicians!

I want to take this opportunity to send a copy of our spring calendar (attached) and remind us all of some important events.

Each week we will have one required after school sectional/rehearsal from now until March in order to prepare for the Arkansas State Band and Orchestra Association Region VI’s Concert Assessment. These sectionals/rehearsals were printed in the spring concert program to help everyone with scheduling to ensure everyone can be in attendance. In addition, the days selected for these sectionals/rehearsals were done to avoid as many school related conflicts as possible.

This week, all woodwinds will have a sectional Tuesday (tomorrow) until 5:30. Brass will have their sectional on Friday until 5:30. The percussion sectional will occur Wednesday during class as normal with Mr. Fernandez. Students who miss sectionals without a doctor’s note will receive 2-days lunch detention. Those in Odyssey of the Mind and Forensics will split their time (50/50) between band and those activities each time we meet and there is a conflict.


Next, each week for the next 4 weeks, we will have weekly google classroom assignments on the music we are preparing for concert assessment. The details of what each instrument is to play can be found in google classroom in the instructions for the weekly assignment. The first assignment was due yesterday. Additionally, for students to earn full credit for their assignment, they MUST play with a metronome. There are many free apps available for all platforms including several free web-based metronome such as www.metronomeonline.com. Percussion will need to make plans to complete their assignments (minus snare drum) in the band room using the appropriate equipment as proper technique on the various percussion instruments is as important as rhythm.

Also, if you haven’t sent in payment for the 8th grade band fee, please do so as soon as possible. The band fee covers supplies the students received at the start of the year including their binders, Smartmusic subscription, and the all-region audition fee. A statement of what has been received will be sent home with each student Friday, print shop turn around time pending.

Lastly, we will be sending home some information in the next couple of weeks regarding a fundraising opportunity to help the 8th grade band students cover our trip costs to the Festival of Music at Worlds of Fun in May.

Have a great week!!

Musically Yours,

Jared Jones
Director of Bands
Washington JH

Naturally Brass and Master Classes


We have an AMAZING opportunity before us. Arkansas Musicworks has graciously sponsored the Naturally Brass Quintet to not only perform a concert for our students during seminar but to ALSO provide a master class on the all-region music to Flutes, Trumpets, French Horns, Trombones, Euphoniums, Tubas, and Percussion!!! We were unfortunately not able to procure a saxophone, double reed or clarinet instructor.

The performance will occur during priority time Wednesday, January 4th (Tomorrow) from 3:05-3:35 in the little theater. Then, we will take a small break and Masterclasses will occur from 4:00pm-5:00pm (4:00-4:45pm for flutes).

I know that this is extremely last minute, but with a short week and all-region auditions THIS Saturday, it would be great if all the students who will be having master classes attend the event. Students can stay as late as 5:30 to help with being picked up as parents and guardians get off of work. PLEASE, please, please make sure your child is in attendance for this outstanding event!!

Musically Yours,

Jared Jones
Director of Bands
Washington JH