Hillwood Band

Director Update

This Week in Band:

Weekly Schedule

Monday- Veterans Assembly (Wind Ensemble Performance, Students dress nice)

Sectional Schedule: http://parkwoodhillwood.band/wind-ensemble-rehearsals

--Please review this weeks sectional schedule and the new "normal section schedule" we have made a few changes.

Congratulations to Hillwood Region Band Students!!!

60 Hillwood students learned advanced high school level music specific to their instrument and competed in with the other top players in the region this weekend. We are proud of every student who auditioned! Every student who participated in the process improved as a player.

These students earned a spot in the All Region Band:

Alina Tran, Oboe

Madelyn Street, Horn

Emily Richardson, Horn

Hannah Ebbert, Horn

Sofia Fuertes, Horn, Alternate

Nikolas Muegge, Bari Sax, Alternate

Amelia Cook, Tenor Sax

Matteo Wood, Euphonium, Alternate

Mebrahtu Mengsteab, Clarinet

Savannah Blessing, Clarinet

Cameron Blakely, Trombone

Nathaniel Smith, Percussion

Evan Wasson, Percussion

Jasmine Smith, Percussion

Nov 22- Volunteers Needed

Please email Mr. Woolhouse (zachary.woolhouse@kellerisd.net) to volunteer to grade, alphabetize and enter data for 5th Grade Selmer Surveys. We will need about 10 volunteers on Nov 22 from 12:00-3pm.

December 12- Epic Waters Festival Field Trip!

Requirements to Attend:

Students must be eligible according to UIL guidelines AND currently passing class to attend. If you are not sure if you are eligible, please ask a band director.

Students must also have paid the $100 band fee to attend.

Parents and Students must sign and return the Liability Waiver. See attachment below.


Student Entry Fee, water park ticket Fee, and Lunch is included in your Band Fee. Students will not need to bring additional funds for the trip.

Parent Chaperones- $23 (discounted ticket and lunch); Money due by Nov 20

What is Epic Waters Festival?

A music festival hosted at Epic Waters, in Grand Praire. Bands will perform for each other and a judge to get critiqued, then go swim in the indoor water park.


December 12

8:00am Attendance, Load Buses

8:30 Depart

9:30 Performances at Epic Waters

Lunch at Epic Waters

2:00 Load Buses

2:45pm Arrival at Hillwood MS

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Six Flags Incentive Trip Rescheduled!

We will NOT be taking a trip on Nov 2.

We have rescheduled to Thursday, May 14.

Students will need to be present for all STAAR tests so that they can miss the day of school. Students who are absent for a STAAR test will need to do the make up STAAR on May 14. Band Directors believe this change will benefit the majority of our students that have fundraised. Students who attend the trip will need to pay the ticket cost or use a season pass.

Band Reminders and Procedures

Calendar of Required Performances

Private Lesson Information

We want ALL students Signed up for Private Lessons!

Lesson teachers will be calling and emailing parents to schedule lessons!

Lesson Cost for 2019-20 School Year: $20-22 per lesson

Sign Up Here - http://parkwoodhillwood.band/signup/

Scholarship Available, Apply Here: http://parkwoodhillwood.band/scholarship

Required Supplies

Required for All Instruments (except Percussion):

  • Foundations for Superior Performance Book by Jeff King, Rich Williams

  • Korg Tuner/Met with Pick Up Microphone

  • Wire Music Stand (for at home practice and some performances)

  • Lyre and Flip Folder

  • BERP (Brass Only)


Summer workers needed!

- Organizing, Copying music, Google Spreadsheet help, Building Trophy Shelf, etc.

Need 30 volunteers for Oct 19 at District Auditions.

Sign up at the link: https://forms.gle/c389K6w4PPDwJ8Jc7

Wanting to Chaperone for our band events?

- Visit the link to submit an application/ background check: https://www.kellerisd.net/Page/244

Before School Procedure

Door open 6:50-7am. Closed between 7:00am-8:00am.

Directors and students are in sectionals and the Front office NOT be opening the door for Band Students.

Lost and Found!

At the last Friday of every Month, any unclaimed Lost and Found Items will be donated to Good Will. Bell's Rental Instruments that are in lost and found will be returned to Bell's.

Personal Items and Instruments should be labeled with your child's Name.

Join Remind!

Text to 81010:

Wind Ensemble Students: @hmswind19

Symphonic Students: @@hmssym19

Concert Band: @hmscb2019

Join Us on Social Media!

Facebook: Parkwood and Hillwood Bands

Twitter: @HillwoodBands

Hillwood Band Staff

Jessica Maus- Head Band Director

Zach Woolhouse- Band Director

Ana Castellani- Band Director