AEB Weekly 1/1/18 to 1/7/18

W. Charles Akins High School Band - Austin, TX

Looking forward to a great 2018 for AEB!

Sectionals Begin 2nd Week Back

Please check the band calendar frequently to make sure you attend all required rehearsals and events.

You can always access the calendar (updated in real-time) here!

Schedule Changes - Be Patient

Many of you will have schedule changes upon your return to Akins. Those affected will be those that moved between bands and percussionists.

Percussionists - you will be in an ensemble class (Concert, Symphonic, Wind Symphony) on A Days and in a percussion only class on B Days.

Please be patient if your schedule isn't 100% correct on the first day. We will work with the counselors to make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be.

Region Band Clinic & Concert Rescheduled

The date for the TMEA Region Band Clinic and Concert has been set for the first weekend of January (Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th). More details below!

Any students who earned a seat in the Region Band who cannot participate should let Mr. Fincher know immediately.

Popcorn Fundraiser Begins Thursday, January 3rd

Another opportunity to earn money for your band fees and obligations will begin on January 3rd and run through January 22nd.

Each bag of popcorn sold for $2.00 will put $1.10 in your account. Take advantage of this opportunity to take care of all your fees!

TMEA Area Auditions - Hosted by AEB on 1/13

All AEB students are required to be present at Akins on Saturday, January 13th at we host the TMEA Area Auditions.

The schedule will be very similar to when we hosted TMEA Region Auditions at the beginning of December. We have done a tremendous job hosting these more to go!

More information will be coming soon!

Bring All Band Accounts Current ASAP

There is a significant amount of money that is currently owed on Band Fees.

Unpaid fees put a significant financial strain on the band program as a whole.

Please, please, please take a look at your CHARMS account to see what money is owed and settle your account balance this week.

Directors will be calling home to work out payments this week...we must settle all accounts ASAP!

Events, Announcements, and Information

Texas Future Music Educators Meeting

Friday, Jan. 5th 2018 at 7:45-8:45am

10701 S 1st St

Austin, TX

Akins has one of the largest TFME (Texas Future Music Educators) chapters in the state. It is time to ramp up the group again for a great spring of activities.

If you are a returning member or are interested in joining, please attend this meeting and bring $15 for your state dues.

Anyone who is considering a future as a professional music educator or musician should attend!

TMEA Region Band Clinic

Friday, Jan. 5th 2018 at 1-9pm

1500 Barbara Jordan Boulevard

Austin, TX


  • 1:00pm - Rehearsal
  • 4:00pm - Dinner Break
  • 6:00pm - Rehearsal
  • 9:00pm - Rehearsal Ends

Students who earned a seat in a region band will be excused from 6th, 7th, and 8th period. We will provide transportation to and from the PAC on Friday.

Students will be responsible for their own dinner. There are multiple restaurants within walking distance of the PAC.

TMEA Region Band Clinic & Concert

Saturday, Jan. 6th 2018 at 1-7:30pm

1500 Barbara Jordan Boulevard

Austin, TX


  • 1:00pm - Rehearsals
  • 4:00pm - Dinner (Students should bring $5 for pizza delivery.)
  • 5:00pm - Concerts Begin

Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the PAC on Saturday. Students should bring their tuxedos or dresses to the PAC as there will be no time to leave the PAC after rehearsals. Pizza will be ordered for students who bring $5...if you do not want pizza, please make other arrangements.

The concert order is as follows:

  1. 5A Symphonic Band
  2. 5A Wind Ensemble
  3. 6A Symphonic Band
  4. 6A Wind Ensemble

It is estimated that the 6A groups will start at approximately 6:00pm, but that is just a guess.

Earn Money for Your Band Fees, Trip Payments, and Lessons

Did you know that you can work shifts at the UT Erwin Center to earn money for your fees, trip payments, and lessons? Each shift pays $35 to $75 per person depending on the event and business.

There are always shifts available and we are already needing people to work!

You can sign up using this link.

You can get more information on how to sign up here!

  • Saturday, January 13th - TMEA Area Band Auditions (All AEB Students Working) - Akins HS - All Day
  • Monday, January 15th - Holiday
  • Saturday, February 3rd - Clinics with Mr. Benzer - Akins High School - Times TBA
  • Thursday, February 8th - 1st Annual AEB Solo & Ensemble Contest (Prelims) - Akins HS - 5:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Saturday, February 10th - UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest - LBJ/LASA HS - All Day
  • Tuesday, February 13th - 1st Annual AEB Solo & Ensemble Contest (Finals) - Akins HS - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
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