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Help Us Spring For New Uniforms!

Posted on Mar 28, 2018

You can help our uniform fund grow by ordering spring flowers, plants or hanging baskets from any West band member now through May 1st. Shady Lane Greenhouses is once again offering a variety of annuals and perennials that will add beauty to your landscaping and this year will also add more “green” to our fund in order to help us outfit the Cadets of Waukesha West in all new uniforms beginning with our 2019 season. Band families are encouraged to invite friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and alumni to place orders so we can reach our ambitious fundraising goal as quickly as possible since we’ll have to begin the uniform ordering process soon!

Click here for sales details and order forms and see Shady Lane’s website for more photos.  Flower sales run from now through May 1st and pickup will take place outside the auditorium entrance on Wednesday, May 23rd.


Patriotic Basket

Mixed Million Bells

Ivy Geranium Hanging Basket


Million Bells

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Color Guard Tryouts

Posted on Mar 26, 2018

Cadets Color Guard tryouts for the 2018 marching band season take place at Waukesha West High School on Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.  Students should wear comfortable clothing and shoes (no flip flops) and plan on attending BOTH sessions, which will begin in the band room (enter through the auditorium doors on the south side of the school and follow the signs to the band room).

Not sure what color guard is all about? Check out this video to learn more and come to tryouts to find how you can contribute to another successful Cadets season!


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WSMA District Solo and Ensemble Festival at West on March 3rd

Posted on Mar 1, 2018

This Saturday, Waukesha West will host the day-long WSMA District Solo and Ensemble Festival, featuring a variety of judged instrumental and vocal performances by students in Waukesha, Brookfield, Pewaukee, Hartland, Sussex and Kettle Morraine.  All are invited to stop in any time during the day to watch these talented students perform and develop their skills through the helpful critiquing process.  If you have a student performing and don’t know his/her schedule, click here to see the schedule of performance times and sites for the day. Volunteers will be available to help guide you to the correct location.  We hope to see you there!

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Framed Cadets Jacket Raffle

Posted on Mar 1, 2018

If you can’t make it to Flamingo Friday on March 9th but would like the chance to win a custom-framed Cadets Jacket valued at over $300, send $10 per ticket to Mr. Duffy at West and your name will be entered into a special raffle that will be held that night (one entry per ticket purchased). You’ll receive confirmation that your money was received and a phone call by the next day if you happen to be the lucky winner. You don’t have to be present to win! All proceeds of this one raffle will go toward our new uniform fund and will help us get closer to our goal of providing new uniforms to all the Cadets by the fall of 2019.

(Last year’s silent auction item. This year’s framing and jacket presentation are the same).


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Flamingo Friday tickets on sale now!

Posted on Feb 7, 2018

It’s finally time to think “pink” and order your 2018 Flamingo Friday tickets! This year’s event will be held on March 9th at the Delafield Brewhaus and will feature appetizers, dinner, entertainment by West’s Jazz 1 ensemble and a silent auction/raffle fundraiser.

Click here to order your tickets.  For more details, take a closer look at our flyer. As always, tropical or pink attire is encouraged but not required. If you have any questions, contact Kim Dutelle in West’s Athletics and Activities office at 262-970-3919. 

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The Cadets: A New Look for a New Era

Posted on Nov 29, 2017

After finishing our 23rd competitive season with an an exciting AAA first place finish at October’s WSMA Marching Band Championship, the Cadets continued the tradition of excellence our program has established throughout its inception. Not only have the Cadets placed first or second in the AAA or AAAA Division of the State Marching Band Championships every year since 1997, our program continues to enhance the lives of our student musicians through their participation in a variety of performances, ensembles, competitions, parades and trips.

As you may imagine, the uniforms that have been worn by our students since 1994 have not not held up as well as our program, and since appearance and visual presentation are essential to maintain high-quality performances,  we feel the time is right to invest in new uniforms for our future Cadets – ones that preserve the Cadets’ style while making the band look more contemporary.  The West Bands Boosters Board has been setting aside money on a monthly basis the past few years to jump-start our fund drive, to the tune of nearly $40,000. Yet we’re only half-way to our goal of $95,000, which is the estimated cost of providing our band with the different sizes we’ll need to accommodate approximately 140-150 students each year.  So we’re reaching out to current and former band families, alumni and supporters of our program to help us  reach our goal of outfitting our band in new uniforms by the 2019 season, which will mark the Cadets’ 25th anniversary.

Please take a look at the letter that was sent out to our boosters to learn how you are able to help. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go directly into our new uniform fund and will help us retire our old uniforms after next year.  We will keep you updated on our fundraising progress here and on our Facebook page, Waukesha West Bands, and will reveal the Cadets’ new look as soon as it’s made available.

As always, thank your for our support throughout the years and for considering supporting the Cadets once again through our uniform fund campaign. We’re excited to see what the next quarter-century holds!


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