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2017-18 Plano West Jazz Band

The Plano West Jazz Band invites the community to “Glenn Miller Night,” an evening of dinner and dancing to live jazz music, on Saturday, January 27, from 6-9:30 p.m., at Plano West High School, in the cafeteria, at 5601 W. Parker Rd.  Swing dance lessons will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner buffet and dessert, catered by Ferrari’s Pizzeria at 6:30 p.m.  The award-winning Plano West Jazz Band will begin playing at 7:30 p.m.

This year the Plano West Jazz Ensemble – regarded as one of the premier high school jazz bands in the country – has been selected to perform on January 5 at the 2018 Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in Dallas. Additionally, they will perform at the UT Arlington Jazz Festival in February and at the TCU Jazz Festival in March.

“We invite the community to come enjoy this fun night and experience the amazing talent of the Plano West Jazz Band as they play the music of jazz greats such as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and many others,” said Preston Pierce, director, Plano West Jazz Band.  “I can’t say enough about this talented group of young people. Join us for a delicious dinner, live music, and dancing, and support the band on this wonderful evening!”

In the spring of 2017 the Plano West Jazz Ensemble was selected as one of the elite 15 finalists in the prestigious 22nd Annual Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Competition and Festival and performed at Lincoln Center in New York City in May 2017. In 2015 the Plano West Jazz Ensemble was selected as the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Invited High School Jazz Ensemble. Throughout the years, many of the Plano West Jazz Ensemble students, under the direction of Preston Pierce, have made the Texas All-State Jazz Band, and many have gone on to study jazz as part of their university curriculum.

Tickets are $25 and are on sale now through January 23, at and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be available at the door. Tickets include swing dance lessons, dinner buffet, dessert, and live music provided by the Plano West Jazz Band.


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Plano West Drumline Wins First Place


Plano West also received Outstanding Bass Section and Outstanding Cymbals Section


The Plano West Drumline placed first in their classification at the annual Lewisville Drumline Invitational, held Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Lewisville High School.  Additionally, the Plano West Drumline received caption awards for Outstanding Bass Drum Line as well as Outstanding Cymbal Line. Plano West competed against eight other schools in their division: Birdville, Denton, Frisco, Frisco Liberty, John Horn, Lake Dallas, Little Elm, and Rockwall. 

“I couldn’t be more proud of this talented group of kids,” said Eric Petrinowitsch, Associate Band Director and Director of Percussion at Plano West. “The kids faced some tough competition this past weekend, and their hard work was evident in their outstanding performance. This was definitely their best run of the season and it was the perfect time to peak. I’ve watched some of these students rehearse outside of school hours almost every day for months, and I’m absolutely thrilled to see their hard work and resilience rewarded. This group has set the bar very high for all future Plano West Drumlines.”

Drumline leaders are Om Manickavelu – Tenor Section Leader; Dishan Abeysinghe - Front Ensemble Section Leader; Alex Maragakis – Snare Drum Section Leader; Ariana Mendez - Bass Drum Section Leader; and Eli Levy-Mackay - Cymbal Section Leader.

This is the second overall divisional win for Plano West this year at a Drumline Contest.  They previously placed first in their division at the Plano Drumline Competition (PDLC) this past September and received caption awards for Best Snare Line, Best Cymbal Line, Best Tenor Line and Best Front Ensemble.  This is the first time the Plano West Drumline has placed first in a drumline competition.


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Celebrating a birthday or special occasion?  Invite the Plano West 160-piece band to play for you this Saturday!

On Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 9:30 a.m., the entire Plano West Mighty Wolf Marching Band will be heading into Plano’s Deerfield Neighborhood for the annual 4-mile musical marchathon fundraiser the Wolfpack Prowl! It’s not too late to request a song. For Deerfield residents, the 160+ band members will come and play in your front yard. 

Plano West invites all residents and anyone outside the neighborhood to a mini concert at Haun Elementary, 4500 Quincy Lane, at approximately 11:30 a.m.,  where you may also make song requests!  Here’s the playlist to choose from:

Another One Bites the Dust
Cronk (Drum line cadence)
Daft Punk Medley
Deep in the Heart of Texas
Plano West Drum Cadences
Plano West Fight Song, 
Fox NFL Theme
Happy Birthday (Paul McCartney version ...then the band sings)
Hound Dog
If  My Friends Could See Me Now
I'll be There
Moves Like Jagger
Plano West Swag
Royals Beat
Runaway Baby
Plano West School Song (Alma Mater)
Seven Nations Army
Single Ladies
Sweet Home Alabama
Turn The Beat Around
Walk This Way
We Are Family
* Darth Vader Theme , Kombat, Power - UNT
* Stadium Jams 6 (short versions of  All I Do is Win,  Don’t Stop Believin',  Final Countdown, Party Rock)
* Stadium Jams 8 (short versions of  Bad,  Beat It,  Billie Jean, Thriller)
* Stadium Jams 10 (short versions of  Bang Bang,  Happy,  Shake It Off,  Uptown Funk)

* Choose any mix of 2 selections from the Stadium Jams or other tunes marked with an asterisk, and it will count as one song.

The cost to order a song:
One Song - $50.00
Two Songs - $80.00
Three Songs - $100.00

Time: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM  (Mini Concert at Haun Elem. At approximately 11:30 a.m.)

Submit your song requests in advance by making a reservation at this link below.  We’ll see you on Saturday!

Questions? Email  Thank you for supporting the Plano West Mighty Wolf Band!



The annual event, named the Wolfpack Prowl, is the largest fundraiser for the Plano West Band with proceeds supporting the band and its activities throughout the 2017-18 school year. Band members are asking corporations and individuals to help by serving as sponsors. This year, the parade will begin at Jasper High School, 6800 Archgate Drive, heading north across Legacy into the Deerfield neighborhood (75204).  The band will hold a mini concert in the parking lot of Haun Elementary, 4500 Quincy Lane, at approximately 11:30 a.m.  The parade will then continue south on Bettye Haun Drive, crossing Legacy, and heading back to Jasper High School. (See attached route map.)


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Wolfpack Prowl Parade


2017 Wolfpack Prowl raises funds to support the band and activities throughout the school year

The Plano West Senior High Mighty Wolf Marching Band will march down the streets of Plano’s Deerfield Neighborhood in a 4-mile musical parade, on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The annual event, named the Wolfpack Prowl, is the largest fundraiser for the Plano West Band with proceeds supporting the band and its activities throughout the 2017-18 school year. Band members are asking corporations and individuals to help by serving as sponsors.

This year, the parade will begin at Jasper High School, 6800 Archgate Drive, heading north across Legacy into the Deerfield neighborhood (75204).  The band will hold a mini concert in the parking lot of Haun Elementary, 4500 Quincy Lane, at approximately 11:30 a.m.  The parade will then continue south on Bettye Haun Drive, crossing Legacy, and heading back to Jasper High School. (See attached route map.)

 “We hope neighbors, families and friends will come outside of their homes to watch the parade and gather at Haun Elementary for our mini concert,” added Jackie Digby, band director, Plano West. “Families may also request special songs from our list as we march through the neighborhood; at Haun Elementary; or in advance through our website. One of our most popular requests each year is the ‘Happy Birthday’ song.  It certainly makes for a memorable occasion to have 160 instruments playing that tune on your front lawn! If possible, please let us know your requests in advance so we can plan a scheduled stop in front of your home.”

Flyers with a complete song list will be distributed in the neighborhood on September 23. For more information on how to become a sponsor or request a song, visit A list of songs will be available on the website by mid-September.

“We thank you for your support of this important and entertaining fundraiser for our band,” added Digby.

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Plano West's New Band Director Jackie Digby

Announcing New Band Director Jackie Digby; Start of Marching Season;

and Starlight Concert  - a free concert under the stars and open to the community!

This past June, members of the Plano West Senior High Band –including band alumni dating back to 1999, when the school first opened, gathered to say goodbye to James Hannah, the only band director the school had ever known, at a special retirement celebration.  This month, band members for the 2017-2018 school year welcomed a new band director, Jackie Digby.  In addition to serving as director of bands at Plano West, he serves as the leader for the West Cluster Band Program. Digby is no stranger to the incoming students from Jasper High School, where he served as band director for the past 15 years.  Jasper High and Shepton High are the two high schools which feed into Plano West Senior High.

“I am excited to be the new director of the Plano West Band,” said Digby. “I am already familiar with the Jasper families and students and can’t wait to get to know the Shepton families and students. We also have two excellent associate directors—Eric Petrinowitsch and Preston Pearce. Together we can build on the many years of success led by Mr. Hannah.”

Prior to his tenure at Jasper High School, Digby taught at Rice Middle School and Bryant High School in Bryant, Arkansas.  His bands have consistently earned UIL Sweepstakes and been named “most outstanding ensemble” at numerous festivals and “multi-year winner” in the National Wind Band Honors competition. The Jasper High School Full Orchestra, co-directed by Mr. Digby, was named the 2014 TMEA Honor Full Orchestra – the first and only non-varsity group to achieve this honor. Digby is a lifetime member of the Texas PTA and was named the 2016 Jasper High School Teacher of the Year. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.  Digby and his wife, Maleece, and son, Jaxon, reside in Frisco.

Marching band camp began Monday, July 31, for all 175 members and continues until the start of school: weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. until August 11, changing the time to 5:30 – 8 p.m., August 14 – 17.  Band camp culminates with the annual Starlight Concert, FREE and open to the community, at Plano West Senior High, 5601 Parker Road, on Friday, August 18, from 7 – 8 p.m.  Starlight features all the bands of the West Cluster:  Plano West, Jasper, and Shepton.  This event provides attendees a first look at the all of the marching music and shows for the fall from each of the three schools.  Attendees, including family, friends, and community members, bring lawn chairs and surround the parking lot for an evening of musical entertainment under the stars.

 “Come enjoy a great night of music with the Plano West, Shepton and Jasper Bands,” added Digby. “They have spent the last few weeks preparing for the kick off of the marching and football season. I think everyone will be amazed at their commitment and progress.”

“The Plano West Band is an award-winning band program with very talented musicians at an amazing school,” continued Digby. “I am really pleased to be a part of this program and hope to build on an already strong foundation. I want the kids to be excited about what the future holds.”

For more information and to set up interviews, contact Plano West Band Publicity Chair Elizabeth Lenart, cell 214-394-7457.  Plano West Senior High is located at 5601 W Parker Road, Plano, 75093.

“It is such a privilege to serve as the president of Plano West Band Boosters, and it is always exciting to see that wonderful magic that marching band season brings,” said Diana Rinaldi, band booster president. “Come out on August 18, and enjoy a free, fun night of music under the stars!”



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Snowflake Bazaar Great Shopping!

In 2001 a group of Plano band moms created an event to raise funds to meet a $25,000 deficit, and now, with grown, married kids, they still help with the event today

In 2001, the Plano West Band was entering its second year, and Plano West Senior High was just three years old.  The band, which consisted of 75 band members that year, was facing a budget deficit of approximately $25,000. Following a booster club meeting one evening, Booster Club President Jodi Kimmelman turned to booster club fundraising chair Betty Langfitt and said, “Betty, what are we going to do?” And that was the beginning of Snowflake Bazaar, a holiday shopping event open to the community with more than 100 vendors, food, and fun, now entering its 15th year and still supported by the very ladies who founded it.

“The inspiration for Snowflake Bazaar actually originated in O’Fallon, Illinois,” said Langfitt.  “I had gone there to visit my godson, and at his school I attended a similar event, featuring vendors selling a variety of items,” said Langfitt.  “I thought what about bringing this to West?  I knew we could do it successfully, and we did, surpassing the fundraising goal and raising $30,000!”

The very first Snowflake Bazaar was set for a weekend in mid-October.  After many months of hard work, securing the perfect vendors, planning set up, food, and many other logistics, everything was falling into place.

“We had wonderful band parents working on it all,” added Langfitt.  “We even had a dad who made a booth template out of PVC pipe that is still used today to tape off the booth areas on the floor.  It truly took a village to put it all together.”

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Langfitt awoke to attend a Snowflake Bazaar planning meeting at the school and discovered what the rest of the country was also watching on their TV screens.  Planes had crashed into the twin towers, the Pentagon, a field in Pennsylvania, and the world was changed forever.

“I thought, well, I have to go to school and to that meeting,” said Langfitt.  “At school, the kids were all watching the news coverage on TVs, but were not released.  The administrators kept them there so the teachers could talk with them about what was happening. The booster meeting was cancelled that night.  I also remember the football game we had in Lewisville on Friday of that week.  It was the first day that the flight ban had been lifted, and during the game we saw planes flying over the stadium.  For everyone, it had been such a terrible time, and we all have such vivid memories.”

“With the Bazaar just a few weeks away in mid-October, we just didn’t know how the tragedy of 9/11 would affect it,” added Langfitt.  “Crafters very quickly put together some patriotic items.  I bought a patriotic bracelet at the bazaar that I still have today.  We were worried about attendance and whether anyone would come and shop, but as we stood there that Saturday morning, they began to stream into the doors. We found that people needed each other and wanted to be together, feel some joy and get out of the house.  It’s a memory I will never forget.”

The 15th Annual Snowflake Bazaar, the largest fundraiser for the Plano West High School Band, is scheduled for Nov. 5 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and Nov. 6 (12 p.m. – 5 p.m.) in the Plano West Senior High School Cafeteria, 5601 W. Parker Road, Plano, TX  75093 (between Preston and the Dallas North Tollway). ADMISSION IS FREE.  More than 100 booths at this year’s bazaar will feature seasonal items, floral design, gourmet specialties, jewelry, toys, candles, home accessories, ladies and children’s apparel, personalized items, handbags, shoes and more. The Snowflake Café will be serving lunch items, beverages, and mini Nothing Bundt Cakes.  Plano West Band members work the event throughout the weekend along with many volunteers. 

Fifteen years ago band booster parents Jodi Kimmelman, Betty Langfitt, and Maggie Mistretta were under the direction of Band Director James Hannah, who is still acting band director today.  The group enjoys returning to the bazaar and working as volunteers, shopping with their favorite vendors, visiting with Mr. Hannah, and helping new band parents planning the popular event in any way they can.

“The band parents who brought this project to the Plano West Campus have not only been great parents, but amazing friends for the past 16 years,” said James Hannah, band director, Plano West. “Betty, Jodi, and Maggie, along with many of the booster club members during our formative years, understood the challenges we faced financially. These parents unselfishly devoted their time and effort ensuring the project was set up in such way that we would be able to generate revenue even to this day, and I am extremely grateful and proud of their long-standing legacy for the Plano West Band.”

“We have so many wonderful memories of working together on this event, and while our children are all now grown, working, and married, we have enjoyed keeping in touch over the years,” added Langfitt.  “For our kids and for ourselves, Snowflake Bazaar was such a highlight of those years and a fun way to get teens involved.  Some of our favorite vendors include the hand-painted Christmas ornaments, wooden holiday yard cutouts, the pajamas, napkin engraving, and other festive holiday items.  We still enjoy volunteering the night before it opens, helping with vendor check-in, and seeing some of the event’s original vendors!  It is important to each of us for this event to continue to succeed, and we encourage the community to come out, do a little shopping and help the band – always a great group of kids.”

“We are proud that the Snowflake Holiday Bazaar still has relevance in this community,” continued Hannah.  “While the project does bring in wonderful revenue for the band program, it also continues to bring together our alumni and present band family once a year.  For these reasons, I am eternally humble and proud of what our booster organization and students are able to accomplishment on an annual basis.”

The Plano West band has grown from 46 students in 1999 to over 200 hundred members today. 

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