Regardless of weather conditions, the All West Honor Band auditions will still take place this Saturday at Northside High School in Jackson. There is simply no way to reschedule the audition date.
Please communicate to your students that we understand the challenging and potentially dangerous situation and leave the final decision-making to the parent. Parents will need to determine the best action, if any, concerning their student. We also advise students to take their instruments home on Thursday just in case schools are closed on Friday.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter. Though we apologize for the situation, it is in fact outside our control, and all we can do is follow protocol and hope for a safe weekend.
WTSBOA Executive Board
So.....there are just too many logistics to consider with hosting this event and hiring judges for all of the instruments for middle school, 9-10 bands, 11-12 bands, and jazz bands and they can't reschedule it. Most of our students have been working really, really hard on their music, scales, and sight-reading skills for this audition. I know that I am "requiring" it of my 7th and 8th grade non beginners, but you need to make the best decision for your family. I know this is a big sacrifice of time, driving, etc..... I cannot control the weather but do know that it is all interstate and then the Highland Ave exit so those roads should be ok. If they are having this anyway, it could turn out better in that some students would be unable to attend and therefore up the percentage of the chance of making it because of less competition. If students go to the All-West audition, then they will get a full credit grade for following through with their audition. If students cannot attend, then they will play their music for me for a grade.
Students can audition early and not late. Please allow even more time to travel to Jackson. If anyone needs to ride with me, I am leaving at 5:30 am because I have a director meeting at 7. I will just need them to find a ride home with someone else because I am going on to Nashville with my kids for my daughter's Governor's School audition on Sunday. If you need to arrange a carpool, please check the chronological list of times that I posted earlier in the letter and perhaps someone can help you.
Also..... make sure ALL INSTRUMENTS are taken home with you on Thursday in case we are not in school on Friday.
Please email me at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks.