Thunder Band News 5/7/2018

In This Issue

  • Rehearsals are Starting
  • Submitting Band Fee Receipts
  • Get Involved
  • Clothing Drive Contest Results
  • Instrument Rental
  • Garrett Mangelson Memorial Scholarship
  • Fall Ensemble Auditions
  • Upcoming Rehearsals
  • Upcoming Events

Rehearsals are Starting

For Saturday’s basics camp please come prepared with the following: a lunch, instrument, water jug, athletic apparel, athletic shoes, sunscreen or jacket (depending on the weather), and one wearable item that represents an element of your personality (this item could be worn as a necklace or something). Be prepared to work hard and enjoy the experience.

Please be aware that the call time listed for any rehearsal or camp isn’t an arrival time. It is an on the field, instrument out and ready to play call time. Also, the finish time listed isn’t a pick up time. It is the time they will finish playing and will be leaving the field. Please allow your student plenty of time to receive any sectional notes, help clean up and pack up.

Submitting Band Fee Receipts

When paying band fees, please send a copy of your receipt to This helps us to cross-check records with the finance office to ensure that all band fees have been recorded correctly. You should also keep a copy of every receipt in your own records in case there is ever a question about your student’s account.

If you have paid your student’s deposit for marching band and have not submitted your receipt, please do that today. If your student is registered for marching band and you have not yet paid the deposit, today would be a great day to make the deposit and submit the receipt!

Also, anyone who has not paid for their polos or shoes please pay for those and send the receipts to the same address.

Get Involved

Parent Help for Tomorrow– We need one or two parents tomorrow at 2:30 PM to help check out instruments. It should only take about an hour. If you are interested in helping please call, email, or text Steve Gallafent for details. 801-885-2333

Uniform Fittings- We need to get 177 band students fit into uniforms. The next two Saturdays are the only opprotunities we will have to pull kids to try on uniforms, so we have to work quickly. Please click the link to volunteer for a shift or two if you are able. If you have any questions, call Tawnya Mayo 801-787-8261

Uniform Fitting Sign Up –

Shelf Moving Help- We are looking for a volunteer with a pickup truck or a truck and small trailer who can move some shelving that has been donated to the band sometime in the next week or so. If you are interested in helping please contact Steve Gallafent. 801-885-2333

Trailer Loading & Pit Crew- Anyone who wishes to be on the trailer loading and pit crew (those that take the instruments on an off the field during shows) to please send an email to Dave Duke at

Clothing Drive Contest Results

Thanks to all who participated in our clothing drive fundraiser!
(Sorry Mardesich family…better luck next year!)

Here are the results:
Abigail Kemp-56
Katie Mayo- 54
Dalton Klinger-52
Logan Mardesich-51

Congratulations to Abi Kemp!

Instrument Rental

If you plan on using a school instrument for marching band you will need to pay the $70 Instrument Fee before being issued a school instrument. (Trombones: Keep in mind that Westlake does not currently march trombone. All trombone players will play baritone or euphonium for the marching band.)

Garrett Mangelson Memorial Scholarship

The Garrett Mangelson Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Garrett Mangelson, the late son of Brek and Brooke Mangelson. Mr. Mangelson, aka “Mango” was the Band Director at Westlake High School from 2009 until 2018. When Garrett passed away in 2011, efforts were made by the Westlake band family to rally around his family, which led to the creation of blue wristbands that were imprinted in honor of Garrett. Students in the program at that time wore the original bracelets throughout the season and many for the rest of their time at Westlake and beyond. These bracelets became a symbol of hope, solidarity, and unity among the Westlake band family. It is in this same spirit that the band boosters have created this scholarship fund to offer hope, assistance, and solidarity to students who wish to join the Westlake Marching Thunder but face financial circumstances that would otherwise prohibit participation. Award amounts and the number of scholarships offered will vary depending on funds available each year. Scholarship money will be awarded based on financial need, student merit, and a desire to contribute to the Westlake Marching Thunder program.

Applications should be submitted by midnight on June 1, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be notified prior to payment of fees in July.

Those wishing to donate to the fund may do so using the donate button on the scholarship page and note “Scholarship” as the purpose of their donation.

Fall Ensemble Auditions

Instructions on how to submit fall ensemble auditions will be coming out within the next week or two. To prepare for the auditions please prepare the following: all major scales in as many octaves as achievable, a chromatic scale, an etude or excerpt from a solo with two contrasting styles (i.e. something fast and something slower; lyrical).

Upcoming Rehearsals

  • May 8 – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Marching band rehearsal
  • May 12 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Basics camp
  • May 15 – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Marching band rehearsal
  • May 16 – 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM – Percussion ensembles dress rehearsal
  • May 17 – 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM – Percussion ensembles rehearsal (if needed)
  • May 19 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Basics camp
  • May 22 – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Marching band rehearsal
  • May 29 – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Marching band rehearsal
  • June 1 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Parade prep rehearsal
  • June 4-8 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Drumline/Pit Camp #1
  • June 5 – 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Marching band rehearsal

Upcoming Events

  • May 9 – 7:00 PM – Utah Ambassadors of Music informational meeting
  • May 15 – 7:00 PM – Performing arts end-of-year gala
  • May 17 – 6:30 PM – Percussion Spring Concert (VHMS students at 6:30 PM, WHS students at 7:30 PM)
  • May 31 – Graduation
  • June 2 – Eagle Mountain parade
  • June 9 – Saratoga Springs parad