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
Frolic Parade Information
Event Date: Sunday, June 10
Event Time: meet in band room at 11:30 a.m.; parade begins at noon
Attire: Hawaiian shirts, shorts, some sort of footwear that will be comfortable for a parade; optional - hats, sunglasses
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!
Summer Band meetings
Freshmen and Transfer Students
All Freshmen and Transfer students should attend the new student marching sessions. They will take place August 6 through 9 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the high school band room. Wear
appropriate footwear for marching.
ALL band members
Our annual marching band camp is EARLY this year due to construction at school. We will run our camps on Monday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 15 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Each session starts in the high school band room but a good portion of the time is spent outside marching. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes for marching outdoors.
ALL band members
Plan to pick up your uniform, get your band locker, get school equipment and more on Thursday, August 9.
Junior and Seniors report between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Sophomores report between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Freshmen report between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Our first performance of the fall will be on August 24 for the Mount Horeb/Oregon game. Report time will be 6:00 p.m.
Black shoes needed
ALL band members need black shoes for the marching season. Black athletic cleats work great for this if you have them.
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.
UW Band Day
Members of the MHHS Band have the opportunity to attend this year's annual UW Band Day at Camp Randall on Saturday, September 8. We are invited to this because there are MoHo band alumni marching in this year's UW Marching Band
Kick-off is currently scheduled for 11:00 a.m. that day so we would be leaving MHHS at the lovely time of 5:45 a.m.! We would be home at around 4:00 p.m. that afternoon. Cost isn't set yet but will be about $25.00 for each band member. Orders will be due in mid-August. Look for more information soon about this. If you are a fall sport athlete, check your team's schedule before signing up for Band Day so you don't 'double-book' yourself that day. This is an optional event for band members.
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.
An information meeting about the trip, along with the kick-off for the first optional fundraiser, will take place on Monday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
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).
Fourth Quarter Grading Contracts
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