Aesthetic experiences are a vital part of student growth. Band, as a musical organization, provides one medium of aesthetic expression for students. Our departmental goal is that each student will be able to express the aesthetic values of music, through performance skills and theory comprehension.

Honors Band
The Honors Band is Wester Middle School’s premier performing ensemble. They officially represent the school and perform often throughout the year. Students are also expected to practice the required amount to maintain the integrity and level of this organization. As this organization represents Wester Middle School in many activities that are extra curricular in nature, it is necessary that each student maintain a 70 or higher in all classes and keep behavior at an exceptional level.

If a student is unable to fulfill these performances, academic and conduct obligations, the band director along with the counselors and principal will evaluate the situation and reassignment to a band with less demanding curricular and extra-curricular obligations may result.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE
Extra outside of school rehearsals as deemed necessary before a performance
Pep Band Performances (Required)
All-District and All-Region band auditions (Required)
Formal Concerts (Fall, Winter, Mid-Semester, Pre-UIL and Spring)
Solo and Ensemble contest (Required)
Clinics and rehearsals if scheduled outside of the school day
Pre-UIL and UIL Concert & Sightreading Competition
Invitational contests
Recruiting Concerts
Other performances and rehearsals deemed appropriate by the directors.

Symphonic and Concert Bands
Students are also expected to practice the required amount to maintain the integrity and level of this organization. As this organization represents Wester Middle School in many activities that are extra curricular in nature, it is necessary that each student maintain a 70 or higher in all classes and keep behavior at an exceptional level.

If a student is unable to fulfill these performances, academic and conduct obligations, the band director along with the counselors and principal will evaluate the situation and reassignment to a band with less demanding curricular and extra-curricular obligations may result.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE
Extra outside of school rehearsals as deemed necessary before a performance
Pep Band Performances
All-District Band audition (With director recommendation)
All-Region Band auditions (With director recommendation)
Formal Concerts (Fall, Winter, Mid-Semester, Pre-UIL and Spring)
Solo and Ensemble contest (Only an ensemble is required)
Clinics and rehearsals if scheduled outside of the school day
Pre-UIL and UIL Concert & Sightreading Competition (for Symphonic Band only)
Invitational contests
Other performances and rehearsals deemed appropriate by the directors.

Jazz Band
Jazz Band is a group that plays at several concerts along with our other bands. While the music is fun because it’s recognizable, it is also quite challenging. Students in the Honors Band, Symphonic Band, and Concert band are encouraged to be in the Jazz Band. Students that wish to join that are not currently enrolled in our band program but may play an instrument such as the piano or guitar may join as well. Students that wish to join Jazz Band must obtain music from their director and meet with that director to demonstrate mastery of the music being performed.