Thanks for visiting the Mount Horeb High School Bands' webpage.  If you need further information, contact Will Janssen, Director of Bands: email at; or call (608) 437-2400, extension 2102.
 Viking Band in London 1.1.17
Looking for a list of events for the bands? Select the calendar tab on the left side of the page.
Twitter feed: @willjanssenmh 
Group Lessons for start of 4th quarter: Group lesson schedule
Next year's schedule is now available. Select the calendars tab on the left to get to the schedules page.
Solo/Ensemble Information
State Solo/Ensemble will be held on Saturday, April 29 at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. More details will be posted here when the date is closer.
Transportation form (required of all participants): State Festival Permission Form 
Schedule, site map, etc.: State Solo/Ensemble information 
You can sort by school when you get to the schedule.
Please note: we may need to swap some times if there are conflicts.  
Pieces we are studying
Concert Band
Hoe Down, Aaron Copland, arranged by John Moss
   Original orchestral setting: London Symphony recording of Hoe Down 
   "Bonaparte's Retreat" - fiddle tune that is the basis of Hoe Down, recorded by William H. Stepp: Bonaparte's Retreat 
   Band transcription by John Moss: Band transcription 
   Ballet video: ballet 
A Carmen Celebration  
   Based on the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet
   Band transcription by John Cacavas: Band transcription
Symphonic Band
   Rush, by Samuel Hazo: Rush
   I Am, by Andrew Boysen, Jr.: I Am 
Wind Ensemble
   Americans We, by Henry Fillmore, edited by Frederick Fennell: Americans We 
   La Flute de Pan, by Jules Mouquet, arranged for band by Matt Johnston
   Arabesque, by Samuel Hazo: Arabesque 
Fourth Quarter Grading Contracts
Concert Band: Concert Band contract
Symphonic Band: Symphonic Band contract
Wind Ensemble: Wind Ensemble contract
Concerto Competition
Congratulations to Allison Keller, winner of the 2017 Soloist Competion! Allison will receive a cash prize and will perform a solo with the Wind Ensemble at the Spring Band Concert on May 11.
4th quarter A Project possibility
Among many options this quarter, here's one you can do at home: Musical Autobiography 
Auditioning for Symphonic Band for the 2017 - 2018 school year
Current 8th Grade and Freshmen band members are eligible to audition for a spot in next year's Symphonic Band. Here are the requirements: Symphonic Band Audition Requirements 
Welcome letter for parents of high school band members
Information about the high school band program
Our annual Band Handbook provides details about how our program works. Band Handbook
Here is a pdf version: Handbook pdf
"Remind" text service
If you would like to receive text message updates from Mr. Janssen about topics like what time to show up or what to wear, join the "Remind" service by sending a text message to this number: 81010. The text you need to send should be: @mrwj

New to band?
Please read through this packet that describes how you get involved the program if you want to join for the first time as a high school student: Joining MHASD band program
Co-Curricular Groups
Our typical schedule looks like this:
"Tuesday Jazz" - our auditioned jazz ensemble meets every Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. plus one other time per week.
"Thursday Jazz" - this is a jazz ensemble open to anyone interested in playing jazz music. The group meets on Thursdays at 7:00 a.m.
"Dixieland Combo" - meets Monday nights at a time to be announced, usually around 5:15 p.m.
Note identification work
Wish you were faster at naming notes? Go to this website and use the note naming exercise here. You can select which clef and other details in the upper right-hand corner.
Information about the MHHS band program
Concert Band course syllabus: CB course syllabus pdf
Symphonic Band course syllabus: SB course syllabus pdf
Who is involved in band at Mount Horeb High School?
Here are some identifiers of band members at MHHS:
30% of the entire student body is in band (this year, about 225 students)
For the students who are in band . . .
   more than half hold a job outside the school day
   85% are in one or more clubs at school, these include:
      Student Council, FFA, Drama Club, foreign language clubs, and many others
   65% are student-athletes. Sports band members participate in include:
      football, volleyball, cross country (girls and boys), golf (girls and boys), basketball (girls and boys), wrestling, gymnastics,
      swimming (girls and boys), track and field (girls and boys), baseball, softball, soccer (girls and boys), hockey
  67% of this year's band members have been on the Academic Honor Roll
  a third of the band is involved in one or more club sports run by groups outside the school district
These members are successful students, hold down jobs, enjoy a variety of sports and clubs, and participate in band! The music staff works carefully with the adult leaders of our school to make it possible to be as involved as much as you want without conflicts. There is a place for you to be involved in the Mount Horeb band program!
Taps Program
Trumpet players who would be willing to play for military funerals in our area volunteer to be part of the group who make themselves available to play when the need arises.  Here is additional information:Taps Program info
Music Boosters Summer Camp Reimbursement Form
If you attended a summer music camp; are involved in WYSO or Winds of Wisconsin, and would like to apply for a partial tuition reimbursement from the Mount Horeb Music Boosters:Camp reimbursement
Students who are part of the Wisconsin Honors Music Project can apply for a partial reimbursement of the expenses our school does not pay: Honors reimbursement