We will be hosting the District High School Concert Band Festival again at Kathleen High School on Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th. We need adult help for working in the cafeteria to man the concessions and a few adults to help in the hospitality room for the directors and the judges. I was extremely pleased with how last year’s festival ran and want to make sure that this year’s festival will run as smooth as possible. To do this, WE NEED YOUR HELP! The shifts for Friday and Saturday will be as follows: Friday: 2-6 and 6-10 & Saturday: 8am-12:30pm and 12:30-5pm. To sign up, please contact Amber Battle. Her email is or call her at 863-661-3443.

We will need some light chaperoning as well to help us as we prepare to perform at festival. Please contact Emily Grey at 863-816-6833 or email her at

Finally, we hope to be performing in this year’s Strawberry Festival Parade on Monday, March 6th. It’s a work day and the parade is 5.5 miles. If you can chaperone, please let us know ASAP! We will need you to walk with us for the parade and attend the Festival after the parade’s completion. More details will be made known as I find them out.

THANKS for all your help with the band this year!

Solo & Ensemble Schedule Now Available!

Ok Folks…Here’s the Solo & Ensemble Schedule Hot off the press. We will perform on Saturday, February 11th at Lake Region High School.

The Schedule is as follows:

Hunter Pomeroy – 9:10am with Judge Bonner
Gabby Shamblin – 10:30am with Judge Zebley
Ronnie Warrick Duet – 10:30am with Judge Wood
Matthew Barton – 10:40am with Judge Wood
Kaitlynn Smith – 10:50am with Judge Wood
James Chubb – 1:00pm with Judge Zebley
Ronnie Warrick Ensemble – 1:10pm with Judge Wood
Carmen Warrick Trio – 1:10pm with Judge Zebley
Ronnie Warrick Solo – 2:22pm with Judge Magnani

Indoor Guard – 1:35pm in LRHS Gym
Caitlin Turner Solo – 2:25pm in LRHS Gym

Good Luck Everyone!

Busy week for Tuesday, 1/03 to Friday, 1/06 and Next Week, Monday, 1/09 through Saturday, 1/14!

We have a busy four day week. Wednesday, we’ll be sight-reading in band class as we work towards finalizing our Concert MPA program. Thursday, Mr. Wansley will be back with us to help us finalize and start to work on our march and one of the overtures.

SOLO & ENSEMBLE: If you don’t play or show me you have your piece of music at least started for solo & ensemble festival in February, You will not be going. I must hear you by Friday at the latest!!!

NEXT WEEK: Monday, 1/09 through Saturday, 1/14:

Monday – Band class will start Our countdown to Concert MPA that we host here at KHS.
Tuesday – Jazz band after school. If all members are not there on Tuesday, jazz band will not be going to MPA.
Wednesday through Friday – I will be at the state music educators convention in Tampa. On Friday, there is no school. If you might be looking to upgrade your personal instrument, the convention has almost every instrument manufacturer there so you can try instruments. See me for more information on how to go to the state convention. Friday would be the day to go since there is no school.

Saturday – MLK Parade. I will have details after attending Wednesday night’s meeting for the parade. This performance is mandatory!!! If you’re not going to be in town, I should have already been contacted by your parents/guardians!

I hope everyone had a restful and happy holiday!

Field Day postponed!

I have decided to postpone Field Day until after Spring Break in April. I want to give everyone enough time to plan so we can get the majority if not all of the Kathleen Band Family to take part in what I hope to become an annual event!

Weekly update: 11/28 through 12/02 BUSY WEEK!!!

Here’s the schedule for the week: No excuses so we can be ready for this Thursday for the Lakeland Christmas Parade and next week for our Winter Concert!

Monday, 11/28: Xmas Concert Woodwind Sectional: 2:15-3:30pm
Tuesday, 11/29: Jazz band Rehearsal: 2:20-4pm
Tuesday, 11/29: Lkld Christmas Parade Rehearsal – FULL BAND & AUXILIARIES: 5:30-7PM
Wednesday, 11/30: Xmas Concert Brass & Percussion Sectional: 2:15-3:30pm
Thursday, 12/01: Lakeland Christmas Parade: Meet at Lakeland Center at 5:30pm; PARADE STARTS AT 7PM. ONCE BAND IS DONE, ALL EQUIPMENT AND UNIFORMS ARE LOADED, BAND WILL BE DISMISSED!
Friday, 12/02: Full Symphonic Band Rehearsal: 2:15-3:15

Next week, 12/05-12/09
Monday, 12/05: Full Band Rehearsal – 2:15-3:15pm
Monday, 12/05: Jazz Band Rehearsal – 3:15-3:45pm
Tuesday, 12/05: Jazz band Rehearsal (IF NEEDED) 2:15-2:45pm
Tuesday, 12/06: KHS WINTER CONCERT: Call time is 5:30pm; CONCERT STARTS AT 7pm!


Veteran’s Day Parade Important Information!!!

Call Time for parade: 9:45-10am
Staging area for Pride of Kathleen: Same lot across from The Lakeland Center as last year: Intersection of Lincoln with Main or Lemon. Lemon will be closed at the Lakeland Center so use Main Street!

Directions from school:
Turn Left out of KHS from entrance heading East on Memorial Blvd.
Turn right on Wabash Ave. and head South.
Turn left on George Jenkins Blvd. and head East.
Turn right on Sloan Ave. and go under Railroad bridge.
When you go through the traffic light, take a hard left keeping the gas station on your right side. This will put you on Main Street.
Turn right on Lincoln Ave. It may be closed for buses and bands only; drop off students where it’s safe and exit area.
The parade will end at the BB&T bank in downtown Lakeland on Tennessee Street.
The band trailer will be in one of two locations: The BB&T parking lot or further down Tennessee Street.

OR…if you are heading South on Florida Ave:
Drive into downtown
turn right on Main Street.
Travel West on Main until you get to Lincoln and turn left. If you get there after 10am, they may not let you turn into the lot.


If you have any questions, email me using:

Please make sure you start drinking water tonight and tomorrow morning BEFORE you leave your house!
Also, this is a performance. If you have not emailed or talked to me about missing the parade, a grade of “0” will be given unless sickness or a death in the family or something of that nature is involved!

Two Important topics for this week: 11/07-11/12/2016

1. Tomorrow, Monday 11/07, Kathleen Middle School Band has a concert in our auditorium starting at 7pm. If you would like to work the concert and earn community service hours, please come talk to me at school. DO NOT CONTACT ME THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT THIS SUBJECT. If you would like to work backstage or in the booth, please wear jeans and a black or dark blue shirt. If you’d like to work as an usher, please wear nice clothes.

2. If you want to get a head start on the Veteran’s Day Parade Music, come by the band room and see me any time during 2nd, 4th or 6th periods and the last 20 minutes of 5th period. It’s the same music as last year, Service Songs Sets 1 & 2, with Semper Paratus in the middle.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK! I will have Veteran’s Parade info on here by Tuesday as well as on the FB page. This parade has been on the calendar for months so no last minute excuses, please!

Great Day at District Marching MPA

It was a great Day for The Pride of Kathleen Marching Band. Wonderful performance by all the students, a chance to see bands we normally wouldn’t get to see and ending the night with a performance from the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band! We are on the road now and our ETA back at the school is 10:25. The trailer will be back before us and unloaded so we won’t have that much to do. Thank you for your patience tonight so we can get the band room ready for Monday.

Please hug your kids tonight and tell them you are proud of them. I certainly am!!!

Remember: No school on Monday, October 17th! Looking for something to do?

Okay Thrillseekers!

1. Anyone willing to do some work around the band room can do so tomorrow between 10am and 2pm.

2. Tomorrow night at 7:30pm, The Hollingsworth Winds Will perform their fall concert at 7:30pm in Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College. KHS Pride Members: YOU CAN GET EXTRA CREDIT FOR ATTENDING THIS CONCERT!!! Bring your program up to myself or Miss Nennig so we can sign it and then turn it in to me at school during class Tuesday or before rehearsal Tuesday night! Conductors will be Mr. Ivan Wansley, Mr. Don West, and Mr. Bob Thurston, who just worked with you last week. Mr. Jim Parker, our announcer for the concert, will be conducting the Star Spangled Banner.

Band Practice Cancelled for Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Due to the Polk County School Board cancelling all after-school activities tomorrow, including re-scheduling all J.V. Football Games, I have decided to cancel our night practice. Once school dismisses at 2:00 p.m., all students should go home and not stay after school. If the School Board doesn’t want any students doing anything after-school, I feel it better to side with caution and keep everyone at home!

Once again, Practice on Thursday evening, September 1st HAS BEEN CANCELLED!!!