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Thank you to everyone

May 20, 2014

I wanted to send out this small thank you to each and every one of you for all of the very kind and humbling words sent to me via notes, thank you’s, Facebook posts, cards, emails, gift cards, words of wisdom, sharing of band & drum corps memories, the reception on Sunday, the chain of thoughts and memories from students, cakes, baskets of goodies, and the list goes on.

I am who I am due to your influence in my life from birth, through my years attending school and college, my teaching career, time in drum corps, and the countless numbers of those I’ve had the pleasure to teach and be taught by. Students, colleagues, parents, family and friends, and phamily and phriends, you have all had a major impact on my life in the past, present, and wherever this life leads me from here.

As I prepare for my last day at Willard on Friday and then accompany the choir on their trip I am ever so humbled by all of your words and deeds. I thank you so, so much, and God Bless you all.



Band Booster Meeting

May 19, 2014

We have our last BAND BOOSTER MEETING of the school year TONIGHT at 7:00 pm HIGH SCHOOL BAND ROOM. We hope you can come and help us wrap up the school year and begin making plans for the summer and next fall.


Hawaii 2012 Update

May 8, 2014

Yesterday the Federal Court for Western Missouri, issued 12 Indictments against the travel agent who was respresenting the Willard Band, Band Boosters, Students, Parents, and Spectators in the planning of our Hawaii 2012 trip. After talking with the FBI Agent today who is on our case, what this means now is the FBI and Marshall Agents will apprehend the travel agent and bring him back to this area for his hearing and subsequent trial.

I was not given a timeline to follow stating when, where, or how any of this will proceed but I will keep you posted through the band blog website or via school email.

Keep the faith and stay patient.


MSHSAA State Solo & Ensemble results

May 4, 2014

On Saturday, 46 Band students participated in the Missouri State High School Activity Association State Solo & Ensemble Music Festival held at the University of Missouri-Columbia. All of these students qualified for State by earning an Honor I Rating at the District Festival back in March. All of the Willard Band entries earned either a State level Honor I or Honor II Rating, which is a remarkable achievement.

Please help us congratulate the following students for earning the top Honor I Rating on their Solo or Ensemble: Alex Wallace, Caitlyn Carpenter, Carter Havens, Wyatt Gregory, Lani Wise, David Niculcea, Jacob Cook, Kaden Bledsoe, Derek Van Wyhe, Katie Herald, Morgan Earl, Justin Randall, Clayton Carter, Timothy Olson, Jonathan Herald, Matthew Gaede, Kyle McKinney, Kimberly Jones, Lance Parrish, Andrew Bannon, Nikki Baker, Justin Bearden, Garrett Guill, Matt Harrison, and Adam McCann.

Students earning State Level Honor II Ratings were: Haley Schweighardt, Adam McCann, Kimberly Jones, Emily Raney, Zephan McGlasson, Kendyl Rodman, Alex Harrison, Justin Randall, Derek Van Wyhe, Emily Collins, Mariah Grayer, Gabrielle Caudill, Eli Gonsalez, Alisha Dalton, Destin Lindsay, Lindsey Samsel, Kendall Wooldridge, Matt Crosby, Mikki Andrus, JJ Collister, Jewel Caudill, Jordan Fancher, and Holden Bridges.


Congratulations & Concert

April 18, 2014

Please take a moment and (if you are a student) FEEL GREAT ABOUT YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS and if you are a parent/family member BE VERY PROUD OF YOUR BAND STUDENT. Over the past 6 days the Willard Band Program has seen the Seventh Grade Band earn an Honor I Rating…the Eighth Grade Band earn an Honor I Rating…the HS Concert Band earn a State Level Honor I Rating…the HS Symphonic Band earn a State Level Honor I Rating…and the HS Wind Symphony earn (for a 32nd straight year) a State Level Honor I Rating. YEAH BABY AND GO BAND!!!! The 7th grade and Wind Symphony also earned Straight I Ratings from all judges.

On Tuesday evening, April 22, 7:00 pm in the HS Main Gym we will be showcasing all five of these ensembles in our Annual Spring Concert. We ask, again, that the MS students dress up AND plan on staying for the entire concert. HS students will be in their uniforms (bring a change of clothes) and will check-in their uniforms after the concert. WE HOPE TO PACK IN THE HOUSE AND HEAR SOME INCREDIBLE MUSIC BEING MADE!!!!!!

MSHSAA State Band Festival

April 14, 2014

Willard High School is the host site for the MSHSAA State Band Festival this Wednesday and Thursday, April 16 & 17th. All bands will perform in the WHS Theater and ALL performances are free and open to the public. If you would like to hear any of the performances please feel free to stop by listen. The Willard groups are scheduled as follows: WEDNESDAY: Third Hour Band (Meraz) 7:40 am. Second Hour Band (Chapman) 12:50 pm. THURSDAY First Hour Band (Church) 8:25 am.




March 19, 2014

We hope everyone will be able to come and help us serve as hosts again for the MCCGA Winter Guard Championships on March 29, 2014.  Please follow the link to sign-up for 1 shift, 2 shifts, ALL DAY, set-up, clean-up, whatever you can do to help out.  We hope to see you on the 29th.  Here is the online