Montrose Music Department

Building Musicians. Building People.

Spring 2016 Events

As we come closer to the end of the year, we have many events coming up for our bands and choirs. Here’s a run-down of what’s left on this year’s schedule:

Middle School and High School Spring Concert
April 19, 2016 (Tuesday) @ 7:00pm (warm-ups @ 6:30pm)

High School Large Group Contest
April 20, 2016 (Wednesday) ALL DAY at Harrisburg High School
Leave Montrose at 8:30am; return at 3:30pm

Elementary Spring Concert
April 28, 2016 (Thursday) @ 7:00pm (warm-ups for 5th Band @ 6:30pm)

Freeman Elementary Music Contest
May 6, 2016 (Friday) ALL DAY at Freeman Elementary School
Leave Montrose at 8:30am; return at 3:30pm

Montrose High School Graduation Ceremony
May 14, 2016 (Saturday) @ 6:30pm (warm-ups @ 6:15pm)

Dress code for events is the same as always–proper dress casual to formal dress for all students. Dresses and skirts should be accompanied by tights/leggings if they are shorter than ankle length. No denim. No thin straps or strapless dresses without cover-ups (cardigan, sweater, etc.).

Ugly Sweater Christmas Concert 2015

The All-School Christmas Concert is fast approaching! Our program is on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7pm in the New Gym.

Holiday Hats and Ugly Sweaters!

In order to boost the festivities this year, our students have requested we express our merriment with UGLY SWEATERS! All students grades 4 through 12 are invited to participate in the festivities by either wearing an ugly sweater or by wearing a Christmas-themed hat (Santa or elf hat). If you do not have an ugly sweater or festive hat, please don’t feel the need to buy one for your student. You can ask to borrow your festive wear, or your student can simply dress in our usual dress-up standards (dress shirt, tie, khakis/dress pants, skirt with appropriate leggings/tights). If you choose to wear an ugly sweater, dress code is still important for the lower half–please wear dress pants/khakis. If you choose to wear leggings, the sweater must still fit dress code (cover down to the tip of the thumb with hands at the sides).

Thanks for your cooperation in making our Christmas Concert a little bit more merry!

-Mr. Whitcomb


Hello Band Parents, Students, and Supporters! It’s fundraising season for the Montrose Band program, and I want to send out a quick update, as well as some information on the anticipated 2017 high school band trip.

First off, thanks so much to all who supported our FanCloth apparel sale! It was an incredibly beneficial fundraiser, and our students were able to get to the second-highest tier of profit earnings because of your support! We will continue this fundraiser next year, starting earlier (likely at the beginning of September).

Second, it is now time for our annual Fruit Fundraiser! We will be selling much of the same items we have in past years, but with one change. We no longer list Golden Delicious apples in our sale and have replaced these apples with Honeycrisp apples. Contact me or one of the band students in grades 6 through 12 for more information.

And finally, to our 2017 trip:

We are planning a high school band trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul in June of 2017 (students going on the trip will be the graduating classes of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020). The trip will run much like past trips (4 days, 3 nights), and the hope is to be as all-inclusive as possible. Students have an estimated trip cost in mind, but we may be able to reduce that cost, depending on a few potential changes during the bidding window. We will be sending out further information, including individual earning totals and some basic trip information, via mail in the near future. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me through the school email address.

-Mr. Whitcomb

2015 All-State Chorus and Honor Choir


Our Honor Choir has been selected for the 2015-2016 school year! This also includes our delegates and alternates for the 2015 All-State Chorus.

All-State Chorus Delegates:

Maria Holland
Megan Erickson
Caleb Krouse
Collin Cleveland

ASC Alternates:

Sarah Kipp
Morgan Sechser
Tate Reiner
Dawson Hopkins

Honor Choir Members:

Jocelyn Krouse
Leah Kappenmann

We are still looking for an additional tenor and bass for Honor Choir, specifically for the BEC Honor Choir. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Whitcomb to show your interest.


October 19, 2015: BEC Honor Choir @ Parker High School, 7pm performance
October 22, 2015: Freeman All-State Extravaganza @ Freeman High School, 1:30 performance
October 31, 2015: South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra @ Rapid City, SD, 8pm performance

Again, congratulations to all the members of the Honor Choir!

Welcome to 2015-2016!

This is Mr. Whitcomb, and I just want to say WELCOME BACK to all our students here at Montrose! The school year has officially begun, and we’re already almost a week in.

I wanted to send a note to everyone involved in the music department to get out some information about upcoming events, classroom procedures and expectations, and opportunities that we have on the horizon.


There are many ways you can see what the Montrose Music Department has going on. Here’s an outline:


The music department website ( is designed to give parents and students a chance to subscribe to updates by simply adding their email addresses to our mailing list. At the bottom of the home page you’ll find a place to add yourself to that list. You’ll receive any site updates via email. Some of the updates will be news updates like this one, and others may be student-specific updates, such as assignments or reminders. You can unsubscribe at any time as well.


Through, we have an awesome text and email system that allows students and parents to get instant updates on their phones without having to share numbers with the director. This means safe, simple, and secure communication. Remind also allows those with smartphones to start chats with the instructor so that questions can be answered and the teacher can communicate with parents instantly. If you are a parent and want to join our lists, go here and follow the simple instructions or text “@mhsmuspar” to 81010. If you are a student and want to join our lists, go here and follow these instructions or text “@jwallmusic” to 81010. We will also use Remind for Honor Band and Honor Choir in the high school.

in-class rules and expectations

For our 4th grade through 12th grade students, we have a few simple rules and expectations to follow in order to build a supportive and successful program.

  • Respect. We respect each other, the instructor, the materials, and the classroom.
  • Safety. We guard each other’s feelings, honor each other’s emotions, and treat each other as we would want to be treated at all times.
  • Teamwork. We work together to meet common goals. We are an ensemble!
  • Responsibility. We prepare for class through practice, we arrive at class ready to learn, and we keep track of the materials and tools needed to be successful during class.

upcoming events

Throughout the year, our students will participate in performance opportunities that support our school and our program. A list of the events can be found under the Events page. High school students are required to participate in all pep band performances unless a sport conflicts with the performance. 7th and 8th graders are encouraged to participate but are not required. All students are required to participate in the two concert events during the year.


Beyond our standard high school choir and band, students have the opportunity to be part of Honor Choir and Honor Band (both through the Big East Conference). Students are selected as members of these esteemed ensembles through merit, auditions, ability, and/or effort. Contact Mr. Whitcomb for further details.

Students also have the option of participating in small ensemble and solo contests, both for voices and instruments, in grades 5 through 12.

All-State events (chorus, band, jazz band, orchestra) are available via audition. Contact Mr. Whitcomb for more information on these events.

band trip fundraising

In June 2017, we are planning to take the high school band (students who have completed grades 9, 10, 11, 0r 12) on a trip to Minneapolis, MN. In order to provide opportunities to earn money for this trip, the band does several fundraisers throughout the year.

  • Fruit Sales: Fresh fruit, sold in November and delivered in December. This is our largest fundraising effort.
  • Shirt Sales: Custom-designed band shirts, sold either in the fall or in the spring. This is a smaller fundraiser.
  • Yankee Candle Sales: Yankee Candles and accessories, sold in late January/early February. This can be a good fundraiser for students needing an extra boost.
  • Birthday Calendar Sales: Community tear-sheet calendars with birthdays, anniversaries, and varsity schedules, sold in May and delivered in August. This has been a large and well-received fundraiser.

We also encourage a general fundraising effort through Box Tops 4 Education. Our program earns $.10 per box top sent our way (find them on General Mills, Ziplok, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Kleenex, Betty Crocker, and several other brands). With this fundraiser, we support honor ensembles and marching band students with free meals during events. You can make a difference quickly and easily, and at no cost!

final thoughts

The key to an awesome school year is looking through the lens of opportunity. Students must see their experience in music as an opportunity to a well-rounded world view that brings them closer to the world around them–not just a chance to sing or play instruments. With your support, we can guide our young students to a life full of opportunities through unique and fascinating experiences.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email any time.

Thank you!

-Mr. Whitcomb


2015 Calendar Sales

Our band students are once again selling the annual birthday calendars!

If you or someone you know would like to order a calendar and have not yet been contacted, please send an email to to place your order.

Calendars are $10 each, the same price as last year.

Our band also appreciates support from local businesses–if you would like to support our band by placing an advertisement, the price is $50 and includes a calendar for the business. Use the email address above to ask for more information.

Jazz Composers Unit – Resources

Please use the following resources when researching your jazz composer/innovator:

Mission Essential Brass

The 147th Army National Guard paid us a visit today!

We heard the Cup Song, Bohemian Rhapsody, music from The Incredibles, and Already Home.

This band’s day job is to serve our country, but their part time job is to provide incredible music for people everywhere.

Fine work, soldiers!


Yankee Candles – Turn-In Date POSTPONED!

If you haven’t placed your Yankee Candle order yet with one of our band members,  you have ONE MORE WEEK to buy some of the best candles on the market!

Due to family illness, Mr. Whitcomb will be out for most of this week (Feb 2-6). We are postponing our order turn-in date to MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9 in order to accommodate this change. Please contact a band member this week if you’re interested and haven’t been contacted!

And remember, you can also place orders online! Visit and shop with our group number (990060718) and your preferred band member’s seller ID (contact the student to find out what their ID is!). The profit of the sale will go directly to the student, and your purchases will arrive at your door in a few short weeks!

As always, we appreciate all the support from our community, friends, and families. Stay warm!

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