Bands at Wester
All Students have the opportunity to participate in the band program at Wester. Students start in beginning band classes where in a year's time they are able to begin the first stages of mastering their instrument. After beginning band, students have the opportunity to audition for performing bands that are designed to meet them where they are at and help them progress to a point where they will be as successful as they would like to be.
Bands at Wester are as follows:
Wind Ensemble - Mr. Smith - Director
Varsity Ensemble - most advanced and level of band at Wester. Mostly made up of 8th grade performers
Symphonic Band - Mrs. Jadvani - Director
Non Varsity Ensemble - This is the level of band where most of our students will advance to when promoting from Beginning Band. This group is made up mostly of 7th graders with a handful of 8th graders.
Concert Band - Mr. Smith -Director
Sub Non-Varsity Ensemble - This ensemble is made up of almost all 7th grader performers.
Jazz Band - Mr. Smith - Director
Extra Curricular ensemble - made up of any 7th and 8th grade band students. Jazz Band will meet during advisory once or twice a week and is an opportunity for students to experience different styles of music.
Beginning Band - Beginning Band is for all 1st year performers. The goal is to spend a year in an instrumental method class to prepare the student for performance in a full ensemble in their second year of band. The beginning band will have 2-3 performances a year.
Mr. Smith's Classes - Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium/Tuba.
Mrs. Jadvani's Classes - Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone.
Mr. Wallace's classes - Percussion
Mr. Tucker - Percussion Assistant
All students have the opportunity to work weekly with a professional musician on their instrument. This is a wonderful supplement to the classroom work
Misconception #1: "Private lessons are only for kids who are falling behind in class."
Truth: Private Lessons are designed to meet students at all playing levels.
Misconception #2: "We will wait to see if my child likes the instrument before we look into Private Lessons."
Truth: Most students who are in lessons will most likely continue on the instrument.
Click below for more Private lesson information on our Directors page.