On Sunday, February 17, 2019, the Woodrow Wilson High School Wildcat Band held its sixth annual concert fundraiser at the historic Granada Theater in Dallas, TX. This year, East Dallas’ own Tim DeLaughter (Tripping Daisy and Polyphonic Spree frontman) graciously agreed to lend his unique voice, eclectic style, and beautiful music to this great cause. Tim performed Polyphonic Spree’s greatest hits backed by Woodrow’s Symphonic Band. The fabulous Woodrow Jazz Band was featured as the opening act. This family-friendly show celebrated the love of music in our community!
All proceeds from this concert will be used for scholarships for students who are unable to afford band fees and private lessons. Proceeds will also be used to purchase much needed new instruments that are not provided by the school district.
The Woodrow Wilson High School Band, under Director Chris Evetts, has grown from less than 20 students in 2012 to 123 this year. The band has performed at charity and community events: Dallas Veteran’s Day Parade, Lakewood Fourth of July Parade, Light-Up Lakewood, Swiss Avenue Home Tour, Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year Ceremony, Dallas Mayor’s Internship Fair, Geneva Heights Elementary School fundraiser, and local retirement communities. They have marched in the Disney World Main Street Parade in 2015, performed at Jackson Square in New Orleans in 2017, and are headed to Chicago in 2019. Many students have qualified for All-City and All-Region Bands, and advanced to state level Solo & Ensemble competitions. The Wildcat Band attained full Varsity 5A status in 2015 after being considered non-varsity for almost a decade. Last year, they earned their first UIL Sweepstakes, meaning the band scored all 1’s at both UIL Marching, Concert and Sight-reading competitions. In October 2018, the band advanced to the Area marching contest, a first in Woodrow history. In 2018, the size of the band warranted the addition of an Assistant Band Director, and Zach Montez was brought on board as a Percussion Specialist for both Woodrow and J. L. Long Middle Schools. Last Summer, the band’s growth and success caught the attention of the Dallas Morning News. DMN’s feature article lead to NBC News in New York City producing a feature story about the band that aired nationally on the Today Show in November. With the booming membership and continued success, the Wildcat Band is set to move into a brand new band hall in the Summer of 2019!
The Rodriguez Family
The Woodrow Band Boosters is a 501(c)(3) organization
|Polyphonic Maestro||$2500+||Name listed on big screens at concert, name/logo listed as top sponsor on t-shirt, website, promotional poster, and all materials throughout the year. Plus 10 tickets.|
|Spree Army||$1000||Name listed on big screens at concert, name/logo listed as major sponsor on t-shirt, website and promotional poster. Plus 8 tickets.|
|Tripping Daisies||$500||Name listed on big screens at concert, name/logo on t-shirt & website. Plus 6 tickets.|
|The Choir||$250||Name listed on big screens at concert, name on t-shirt. Plus 4 tickets.|
|Family Bands||$100||Name listed on big screens at concert. Plus 2 tickets.|