Thanks for visiting the Mount Horeb High School Bands' webpage. If you need further information, contact Will Janssen, Director of Bands: email at email@example.com; or call (608) 437-7239.
Band calendars for both this year and next year can be accessed by selecting the calendar tab on the left.
Twitter feed: @willjanssenmh
Getting second small group work accomplished!
All students need to have their second small group work (also known as a lesson) by September 27. Here is a schedule of before and after school times for groups if that works better for you: Second Sectional Schedule
Individual help during study halls can be scheduled on the band office door.
Next performance - Homecoming
Our next performance of the fall will be for Homecoming on September 28 for the Mount Horeb/Portage game. Report time will be 6:00 p.m. It is a very busy day for band members. Here is a full schedule of the day's events: Homecoming Day schedule
Homecoming Pep Band Events
We will be performing at the Boys' Soccer game (weather permitting) on Tuesday, September 25 and at the Girls' Volleyball game on September 27 as part of our Homecoming Week activities. Exact arrival times will be announced soon.
Homecoming and Alumni Info
If you are an MHHS band alum, join us for our Homecoming Pre-Game Show on Friday, September 28. We meet in the choir room for a music run-through at 5:15 p.m. More info will be posted here as the date gets closer.
One of our newer Homecoming traditions involves introducing band alumni who are performing in a college band program. If that's you, please send an email to Will Janssen about where you are going to school and what kind of group you're in. If you can attend the game, we want you out on the track to be introduced during Half-Time!
First Quarter Band Contracts
Summer Parent Letter
Here is an introductory letter for all band parents regarding the 2018 - 2019 school year: Parent letter
Band Handbook for 2018 - 2019
The Band Handbook contains all the important information about how the program works at MHHS. Here is the 'owner's manual" for the 2018 - 2019 school year for band members: Band Handbook
The Band Board has chosen Will Kealy to serve as the 2018 - 2019 Drum Major and Carlye McWilliams as the Assistant Drum Major!
Fall Musical information
The MHHS Music Department will be presenting "The Music Man" on November 8, 9 and 10. Please go to the tab on the left for more information.
Music Trip - A "Blues Tour"
It is a travel year for the music department. We're headed on a "Blues Tour" to Memphis, Tennessee and New Orleans, Louisiana. The trip is open to anyone enrolled in choir, orchestra and/or band during the 2018 - 2019 school year.
Highlights in Memphis will include a tour of Graceland (home of Elvis Presley); time on Beale Street; some museum exploration; and a private blues concert with a catered meal. In New Orleans, we'll see a plantation home along the Mississippi; spend time in the French Quarter; eat a bit of Cajun and Creole food; hear some jazz; take a cruise on the Mississippi; learn about the city on a bus tour and a ghost tour; and have a private tour of a swamp, complete with alligators.
Tour dates will be May 30 through June 5, 2019.
Our co-curricular groups will resume in November as the fall musical comes to a close. Jazz Ensemble auditions will be held in October.
Here is our 'usual' schedule for co-curricular music groups:
Fiddle Band at 3:35 p.m.
Chordsmen at 6:00 p.m.
Dixieland Combo at 7:00 p.m.
Chamber Singers at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday Jazz at 7:00 a.m.
Thursday Jazz at 7:00 a.m.
Tuesday Jazz at MS at 7:00 a.m.
Friday Jazz at 7:00 a.m.
Madrigal at 7:00 a.m.
Vocal Jazz at 7:30 a.m.
Our Varsity Band resumes in November as the winter sports season gets started. The schedule of events can be found by going to the calendar tab.
Our jazz program is done for this school year. We will resume in October.
The program includes three Big Bands, a Dixieland Combo, and some Jazz Combos when there is student interest.
Placement in one of the Big Bands is done through a short recorded audition in October each year. The top auditioners are placed in the Tuesday Big Band; the other students are divided by ability into the Thursday Big Band and the Friday Big Band. Quite a few students who are learning a secondary instrument to play in the jazz program find a home in the Friday group.
The Dixieland Combo includes clarinets, tenor saxes, trumpets, trombones, tubas, and rhythm section (drum set, banjo or guitar, piano).
Student Leadership Team for 2018 - 2019
President - Caleb Guenther
Vice President - Noah Strube
Band Board - Martha Barta, Luke Harvey, Eliza Lindley
Percussion Captain - Eliza Lindley
Drum Major - Will Kealy; Assistant Drum Major - Carlye McWilliams
Administrative Assistant - Olivia Yanna
Librarian - Jenna Crolla
Uniform Managers - Kenzie Coulthard, Sydney Cowden, Cassidy Johnson, Nya Lizdas, Maddie Mason, Miranda Richards, Sydney Schlicht
This year's schedule
Select the calendars tab on the left to get to the schedules page.
Information about the high school band program
Our annual Band Handbook provides details about how our program works. Band Handbook
"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
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
Who is involved in band at Mount Horeb High School?
Here are some identifiers of band members at MHHS:
Nearly 30% of the student body is in band (this year, about 205 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!
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