Welcome to the West Liberty Band Website! Inside you will find information regarding performances, class materials the students will learn throughout the course of the year, opportunities to get involved and much more!
Check back often as information is updated frequently during the course of the school year.
Generations of Jazz concert held at Coralville Center for Performing Arts
Please see the attached itinerary for information regarding the Generations of Jazz concert on Monday, November 25, 2013. This performance will be at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.
IHSMA State Contest, October 19, 2013
Marching Band students should plan to report to WLHS at 9:15 am on Saturday, October 19. This is later than the originally published report time of 8 am, due to a change in the warm-up location and procedure at Muscatine High School this year. Enjoy sleeping in a little later! See you at 9:15 am (our performance time at MHS is still scheduled for 11:45 am).
Posted: IHSMA Contest Itinerary on October 19, 2013
The Itinerary for the IHSMA State Marching Contest, scheduled for October 19, 2013, has now been posted in the Handouts & Forms section of the homepage. Please note that arrival time at WLHS is approximate, and may vary depending on how long photos take.
Congratulations, WLHS Comet Marching Band!
Congratulations to the WLHS Comet Marching Band on earning first place in Class 2A at the Little Hawk Marching Invitational on Saturday, October 5. This weekend, we will be competing against five other 2A schools at the Wilton Festival of Bands - please report to the high school at 1:00 pm on Saturday!
Wilton Festival of Bands on October 12, 2013
See the Handouts and Forms section for the Wilton Festival of Bands itinerary, schedule for Saturday, October 12.
Posted: Itinerary for Little Hawk Marching Invitational on October 5, 2013
The Itinerary for the Little Hawk Marching Invitational on Saturday, October 5 is now posted! All students should report at 9:20 am to the WLHS Band Room that day; we will depart the high school by 9:45. Our performance time is 11:45, followed by a clinic at 12:05. Our estimated arrival time back at WLHS is 1:45 pm. We are in need of more parent volunteers for this competition, so if you can, please sign up by contacting Kristine Haskell or visiting the Fine Arts Boosters Signup Page!
WLHS Comet Marching Band a Great Success at First Home Football Game
The WLHS Comet Marching Band performed at the first home football game of the season on Friday, September 9th. Check out the "Videos" tab to see video of the halftime performance, featuring the music of James Bond.
Our next performance will be at the Homecoming football game on Friday, September 27. See you there - go Comets!
Welcome back to school for the 2013-2014 school year. Band camp was a huge success and we are excited to begin learning the final segment of our halftime show this week. Please find the updated 2013-2014 WLHS Band Handbook in the "Handouts & Forms" section of the homepage. Our spring concert, originally scheduled for May 8, will now be held on Thursday, May 1 due to athletic schedule conflicts. Have a great first week back to school!
WLHS Marching Band Camp starts tomorrow!
Congratulations to all colorguard members who attended WLHS Colorguard Camp last week on their hard work, dedication and achievement. Students learned the choreography for the entire James Bond production throughout the course of the three-day camp! Check out the new "Colorguard" page using the navigation bar for choreography videos and count sheets, which are currently being uploaded.
The WLHS Marching Band 2013-2014 Season officially opens with camp tomorrow at 10:00 am for section leaders, 12:30 pm for full band. Our annual parents' meeting will be held from 8 to 8:30 pm in the WLHS Band Room. Please consider attending, as we will need volunteers to sign up to bring food for the BBQ/Pool Party, Lock-In Breakfast, and more.
Don't forget your water bottle and marching shoes - see you tomorrow!
Performance Opportunity: Tri-County Community Band
All WLHS band alumni and current students are invited to participate in the Tri-County Community Band for their July 12, 2013 performance, to be held at 7 p.m. on the City Hall lawn. In order to perform with the Tri-County band, you must attend rehearsal on Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. in the Wilton High School band room. Interested participants can contact director Pete Wyatt with questions via email at PeteWyatt@wiltoncsd.org.
This would be a great performance opportunity for all WLHS band students, especially if you have family or friends attending the All School Reunion that weekend! Hope to see you there!
Mark your calendars: Colorguard Camp 2013
Please note that WLHS Colorguard Camp will be held Monday, July 29 through Wednesday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. All colorguard members, new and returning, should plan to attend. If you have an unresolvable conflict, please email Ms. Smith as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back soon for more information!
Meet Ashley Smith, WLHS’ new Director of Bands
Ashley Smith is thrilled to join the Fine Arts faculty at West Liberty High School as Director of Bands for the 2013-2014 school year.
A recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Ms. Smith earned her Master of the Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting while serving as one of two Band Graduate Assistants. As a Graduate Assistant, Ms. Smith was responsible for instructing, writing drill, and arranging music for the UNI Panther Marching Band. In addition, she directed the UNI Volleyball and Basketball pep bands, taught the UNI Concert Band, and has helped to coordinate the annual Northern Iowa Festival of Bands.
A native of Syracuse, NY, Ms. Smith earned a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Syracuse University, and served for two years as drum major of the Syracuse University “Pride of the Orange” Marching Band. Her principal instrument is clarinet, although she has also enjoyed marching tenor saxophone with the SUMB and playing mellophone with the UNI pep band.
This summer, Ms. Smith has served as a teaching assistant at UNI’s Camp Music Mania, and will be returning to the UNI Panther Band Clinic as an instructor in Drum Major conducting, marching and leadership technique. She looks forward to working with the WLHS Comet Marching band for their upcoming performance at the Muscatine County Parade on Sunday, July 14!
State Solo/Ensemble Festival
Congratulations to all of our participants last Saturday in the State Solo/Ensemble Festival in North Cedar! We received 1 Division II (excellent) rating, and 4 Division I (superior) ratings! Congratulations to Payton Danner as he was awarded Best of Center and is invited to perform at the Iowa State University campus in May.
Our choir students also had a successful day finishing with 4 Division II ratings and 7 Division I ratings!
Up next we have our Spring HS Band and Choir Concert the evening of Thursday, May 2nd, and State Large Group Contest at Highland High School in Riverside on Saturday, May 4.
Coe College Jazz Summit video and comments
Video of our performance at Coe College is uploaded in the videos section on the home page and the judges' comments are available here for students to listen and digest for next week's rehearsals:
Keep up the good work!
Coe College change of schedule
Due to the predicted weather for tomorrow we will be performing at 11:30AM instead of 8:30AM (pending school cancellation). Jazz Band members will leave the high school at 9:45 and return around 2:30. Attached to the homepage is an updated itinerary. If you have any questions or comments please let me know!
Jazz Band and Florida Trip
The itineraries for the Coe College Jazz Summit (Fri. Feb. 22) and SEIBA Jazz District at Iowa City West High School (Sat. Mar. 2) are up on the homepage. We perform at 8:30 AM at Coe College, and 3:55 at SEIBA.
If your child is attending the HS Band & Choir Trip to Florida, the Florida Trip handbook (attached to homepage) needs to be signed by you AND your child, and returned to Mr. Aliga by Friday, February 22. In the handbook are details concerning procedures for the trip, travelling tips, and other valuable information. There will be a mandatory parent meeting immediately following Dessert Theater in the auditorium on Friday, March 15 at 8:30.
Jazz Band is now in full swing! We have our first performance coming up this upcoming Monday, November 19 at the Englert Theater in Iowa City. Other schools performing will be Iowa City High, Linn Mar, Moline, and the New Horizons Silver Swing Band. Posted on the home page is a complete schedule of The Jazz One Ensemble.
State Marching Band Cancelled (10/17)
I just received word from our site manager in Davenport that today’s State Marching Band Festival will be cancelled today due to weather. There are no plans for rescheduling it from the Iowa High School Music Association at this time. If there are plans to reschedule I will let everyone know ASAP.
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me.
State Marching Band Festival!
As you may know, The Iowa High School Music Association cancelled the State Marching Band event due to weather. While we were at the event I was informed that the Festival will be rescheduled for this upcoming Wednesday, October 17. Our band would perform at 4:30. According to our Superintendent Steve Hanson, it does not conflict with the district's "Church Night policy."
Our schedule is as follows:
2:00pm Depart West Liberty
3:00pm Arrive at Brady Street Stadium
3:30pm Warm up
4:00pm Depart for Gate
6:00pm Arrive at West Liberty
We will watch the weather and make the appropriate decisions. At this point, we are on for Wednesday. We will need parent help this Wednesday more than ever so please spread the word for available volunteers!
Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.
Band Parent T-Shirts!
Updated with a new design, Band Parent T-Shirts are back! Attached to the front page are order forms. Orders are due by this Friday, September 28 and will get here in time for the Wilton Festival of Bands. These shirts can be worn at all band events!
Wilton Festival of Bands & State Festival in Davenport
Itineraries are now up for the Wilton Festival of Bands on Saturday, October 6, and the State Festival in Davenport (Brady Street Stadium) on Saturday, October 13. Hope to see you there!
Little Hawk Invitational
Saturday, September 29th is our first competition at City High! Our performance time is 11:00AM sharp, but students need to report to the WLHS Band Room at 9:00AM. The full itinerary is on the home page. Hope to see you there!
Playing Test Materials
Playing Tests are to be completed by the following dates:
West Side Story Opener by Friday, September 14
Maria/Cool by Friday, September 21
West Side Story Finale by Friday, September 28
Remember, extra credit is offered if you complete your playing test the week before it is due (ex: Opener by Friday, September 7)
Below are links to streaming recordings to help you practice and prepare for you playing tests and performances.
WSS Opener: http://rockstar.jwpepper.com/mp3/2464022.mp3
WSS Finale: http://rockstar.jwpepper.com/mp3/2464055.mp3
Summer Band Lessons
The schedule for summer band lessons is also up. Please note that the dates for the lessons are:
Week of May 30 – June 1
Week of June 4 – 8
Week of August 1 – 3
Week of August 6 – 10
Make sure your student has their instrument, lesson book, and anything else they might need (valve oil, reeds, etc.)
2012 Marching Band Schedule
Posted on the home page is the schedule for Marching Band this summer and fall. Bold events are events that are required for all marching band members. The first marching band performance will take place for the Muscatine County Parade on Sunday, July 15 with rehearsals on the Friday and Saturday prior to the parade.
On Saturday, June 30 there will be a band potluck at The Haskell Residence at 6PM. All band members and incoming freshmen are encouraged to come, eat, and hangout!
The evening of Sunday, July 1st there will be a Drum Corps International Competition in Muscatine. During the day however WLHS will be hosting The Legends Marching Band! All of their rehearsals are open to the public and free to watch at the football stadium! This is a great opportunity for our band and community to observe an elite marching band at the highest level of competition. More details to follow.
If you have any questions regarding our schedule or band events, please don't hesitate to email me at email@example.com or call (319) 627-2115
Last week we had our Junior High and High School Band Concert which was a huge success! We are in the midst of starting Pep Band, reading new music for our next concert, and Jazz Band is now up and running as well!
I have included our Pep Band and Jazz Band schedules to the home page, so mark your calendars!
Marching Band Update
Last Saturday The Comet Marching Band finished 3rd out of 10 bands in their division, and scored the highest in music execution out of 16 bands! The band received awards for outstanding drumline, color guard, marching execution, and drum majors!
We are continuing to push forward through our last few performances for the marching season:
-Saturday, Oct. 15. State Marching Band Festival at Muscatine. Performance at 10:25 AM (students report to high school at 8:15 AM and return to West Liberty HS at 11:50 AM).
-Monday, Oct. 17. High School Band and Choir Concert. 7:00 PM
-Friday, Oct. 21. Home Football game. Kick-off TBA
Meet the 2011-2012 Marching Band Leadership for the Comets Marching Band!
The leadership for the 2011-2012 edition of the Comets Marching Band is:
Hannah Miller & Emily Archer - Drum Majors
Katherine McGowan - Flutes & Clarinets
Payton Danner & Bryce Browning - Saxophones
Mikayla Ward - Trumpets & Mellophones
Nick Brown - Low Brass
Boyd Haskell - Percussion
Gerri Meraz - Colorguard
Congratulations to these young people on their appointments. It will be an exciting start to a great season as they gear up to bring Midnight in Transylvania into full creation this fall. Don't miss it!
Summer Lesson Schedule Available
On the website is the summer lesson schedule. Lessons begin Wednesday, June 1 and last until Tuesday, June 21. Lessons take place in the High School Band Room. Students that wish to get a lesson are encouraged to contact Mr. Albarracin and arrange a time that works.
Memorial Service Update
Reminder that the Memorial Service is tomorrow. Students are to wear their black marching band t-shirt, jean shorts, and gym shoes. Hat and sunglasses are recommended.
Schedule for tomorrow is:
10:30am - report at the cemetery (end of Calhoun Street in West Liberty)
10:55am - parade into the cemetery, then service
12pm - Lunch at MidWest One Bank.
1:15pm - Warmup for Memorial Park Service
Students will need their instruments, flip folder, lyre, and the following music:
America the Beautiful
Service Songs Set 1
Meet Chet Aliga, the new High School Band Director for West Liberty!
After careful search, West Liberty will have a new director this coming fall. Chet Aliga from the University of Iowa will take over the high school responsibilities for West Liberty. Chet has a wealth of experience to bring to the program and many exciting things are in store for the 2011-2012 school year.
During Chet's time at the University, he was a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band all five years and was the Drum Major for the band during his last two. His major instrument is the Baritone (Euphonium) and has had the privilege of working with a variety of professors at Iowa. During this past spring semester, Chet served as the long-term substitute for Mrs. Albarracin at the Junior High level while she was on maternity leave.
We are excited to have Chet in our community and looking forward to many exciting things coming up this next school year. Consider attending the Parent Meeting this Thursday night at 7pm in the choir room and have a chance to meet Mr. Aliga.
Be Afraid of the Dark
The 2011 program for the Comets Marching Band is Midnight in Transylvania. The program explores the darker side focusing on the adventures of Count Dracula. The program opens with the one main character alone surrounded by the "gentle folk." Throughout the program, members of the band will turn over to the dark side visually and musically. The band will compete at City High, Wilton, and State Contest again in the fall. Check out the Comets Marching Band this fall!
Hannah Miller and Emily Archer named the 2011-2012 Drum Majors
The leadership for the West Liberty Band is shaping up. The Drum Majors for the 2011-2012 school year are Hannah Miller and Emily Archer. Both Hannah and Emily will be Seniors next year and have been student leaders in their respective sections. These two young women will bring the direction and focus that the band requires for next year and there is no doubt that the band will thrive as a result of their leadership. Section Leaders for the Comets Marching Band will be conducted next week during band class. Look for the announcements of the student leadership team next week!