January 2017 Post

I hope you are all enjoying your break from 'real life'. I want to thank all of you who were kind enough to find a gift for me in honor of Christmas. I am grateful for your thoughtfulness. Honestly, you gave me the best gift ever by trusting me with your children. I look forward to seeing them every week.


DW gave me the bad news that they are not set up to give a group our size a tour of their factory. I assumed they knew how large we were because of my friend who works there. Unfortunately, when that came to light, they had to cancel. I'm just glad they realized that before we showed up.

I am now working towards a bus trip to visit our friend Tony 2 (Shogren). This is the man who comes to Beyond The Beat camp and helps Tony 1 (Manjarrez) my main assistant in the Secondary group. Tony 2 is a Latin/Brazilian drumming specialist. He taught the drum parts to Radioactive at WGTB camp this past summer and has visited the Secondary group practices this year. Tony 2 started a drumming program in LA this past fall. He would love to have WGTB come to his school on a Saturday and share what we do with his kids. His kids will also share what they have learned with us. In the end, the hope is the 2 groups can drum together on some Brazilian style grooves. Kinda like what the kids did at the Davi Viera workshop last September. Kids sharing with kids is something near and dear to my heart. I'm hoping this works out.

NEW POSSIBLE DATES FOR BUS TRIP (1 day down & back on a SATURDAY): 2/25, 3/4. Please let me know your Beater's Availability ASAP.


  • Our BIG Show tickets are here. They make GREAT Christmas gifts and are only $10 per adult and $5 kids. Kids 5 and under are FREE. 100% of what you sell gets credited to your fund-raising account
    • NEW for this year. Beater family members need to pay for a ticket (we need the money) BUT again, 100% of what you sell/buy gets credited to your fundraising account
  • Jamba Juice cards (6 BOGO per card) are also available ALL YEAR. Cost is $10. You get $5 credited to your account
  • Our Christmas party will be held at Fresno State Bowling alley. Wednesday, December 21 from 4-6pm is the date and time for ALL Beaters
    • Bowling is FREE for the Beaters. If any family members want to bowl they will need to pay and are subject to available lanes
    • We will be allowed to bring in cupcakes, cookies, etc and bottled water. Any other food & drinks will need to be purchased there
    • WGTB is OFF from 12.22.16 through 1.8.17

January through March 10th

Lots to do during this time:

Please be sure to continue to check our Up-Coming Gigs page for details and mark your calendars

  • Preparing for gigs coming up (we have 1 confirmed in January and 1 in February). These are school-time gigs. We will need ALL families to do the best they can to get your Beaters to these gigs. Now would be a good time to start communicating with Beaters attending your school or who live in your general area to arrange car-pooling
    • We move Beaters around parts as much as we can. Once your Beater is on a solo or drumming list (they do this by showing us in practice they can do it) they very well could be on a different part each performance
    • This is also a great time to start talking to your school principal, event coordinator (not necessarily a school) or whoever schedules gigs. An assembly is the BEST way to introduce students to WGTB. If that isn't possible, playing the school carnival, multi-cultural day, etc. is the next best thing. Once the school/organization agrees to consider having us, please give them my contact info or give me theirs if they prefer I contact them
    • We could use MORE community gigs to increase our exposure
      • We will be preparing for our BIG Show during this time as well. We will want to put our best show on that night. We will be evaluating which configuration of Beaters makes the band sound the best on each tune. Please be sure to check our Up-Coming Gigs page for details on March 9 and 10

March 11 through May 31

  • More gigs to play, new tunes to learn, more parts to learn, more instruments to get better on.
  • May 31 will be our last rehearsal or end-of year party, unless someone comes up with a better plan for a party on the weekend
  • This week is also the last payment week for those paying monthly

June 1 through 9

  • We typically have school gigs during June

June 18: Move-In day for WGTB camp

  • We will meet from 1pm-3pm to move instruments in place inside our building and also the 3 rooms we rent from Calvary Chapel church across the street
  • We may need to have some people come after 8pm to move things in place in our main building after the church finishes their evening services

June 19-23: We Got The beat Camp

  • All returning Beaters NEED to be at camp. This is when we lay the foundation for our up-coming year
    • 3rd Graders for next year come 9-noon
    • 4th+ Graders for next year come from 1-5pm
  • All current 6+ Beaters graduating to Beyond The Beat NEED to attend Beyond The Beat camp which meets 5:30pm-8:30pm of that week


  • By raising more than your $250 fundraising goal, you can choose to have the extra money credited to your camp fee
    • Camp cost for Beaters is $160.00 if you pay all of it yourself
    • If you choose to fund-raise all or part of your camp fee, the cost is $195. That is the full cost of camp

July: OFF

August 2017 first week of WGTB: Primary Tuesday August 8 4-6pm; Secondary Wednesday August 9 4-6pm