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Lakewood Area Bands

Creighton MS, Belmar, Eiber, Glennon Heights, Slater, South Lakewood

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Practice Cards Online!

Practice cards, due at the beginning of each week, can now be entered online!

The link will remain the same (I collect submissions after they are entered each week) through the end of the school year:

http://goo.gl/forms/pZATHPaz12

and can always be found on the site here: Practice Cards

*Paper copies are also still an option and can be picked up in class or printed here: Printed Card

Newsletter 3/28

Elitch’s money is due by Friday April 1st!
Our annual trip to Music in the Parks at Elitch’s is coming up quick!  It’s going to be a blast and a half, so we’d like to see everyone in the music department there.
The total cost is $40.  This payment is $20 if you made the first payment back in October.
*If your student will have a season pass (purchased prior to the trip on May 13th), the total cost is $16.
Small Ensemble Concerts
Monday April 4th @7:00pm – Concert band is just ONE WEEK away from performing their small group pieces!  Lots of polishing to be done throughout this week and then the dress rehearsal and performance next Monday.
Monday April 11th @7:00pm – Symphonic band small groups
Reminders for both performances:
– Students should plan to wear their concert attire (black pants/shoes/socks and Creighton polo)
– This project has a total of 7 assignments associated with it.  Students should be well-rehearsed and present themselves professionally on stage.
– The band room is available before and after school if groups want to rehearse outside of class.
– Please be respectful of other groups and stay for the length of the concert.

Okay, there’s one last thought for students…
The Rockies game on April 28th is a privilege for the school to be invited and for students to attend as representations of our program (especially those performing the anthem).  If a student has D/IEs in three or more classes, is a behavior issue for any of their teachers, or is having attendance problems, this privilege can be taken away.
As a music department we have an amazing opportunity to perform front and center, it would be awful to miss out on such a great experience!

Newsletter 3/16/16

Upcoming information…
Elitch’s Final Payment
Coming with your student by the end of this week will be a permission slip that also shows what is owed for their Elitch’s trip.  The due date is Friday April 1st!  We cannot take late payments and we don’t want anyone to miss out!  It’s going to be a great trip and should be a fun way to start tying up the end of the year.
So look for that and if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.
 
Spring Break Bonus Practice!
Practice cards for this week (3/14-3/18) will be due Tuesday the 29th.  During the week of Spring Break, I will not require a practice card.  However, students can earn some extra or make up some practice card points by turning in another card for the time between 3/19 and 3/28.
I am trying out an online form for practice cards, so they can be submitted by 3/28 through this form:
or the printed version I attached to this newsletter
Small Ensemble Concerts
Monday April 4th 7:00pm – 7th grade small ensembles perform (Concert Band)
Monday April 11th 7:00pm – 8th grade small ensembles perform (Symphonic Band)
Students have chosen groups and music to prepare and perform for you on these fun evenings!  There will be a variety of music selections and instrumentation that is sure to be enjoyable.
Rockies Game
Symphonic Band along with Symphonic Orchestra and Advanced Choir will be performing the national anthem at the Rockies game on April 28th!  This is an excellent opportunity for Creighton students and is quite daunting too.  Students need to have their parts memorized and sounding great for our mass group to represent Creighton and Jefferson County Public Schools as best we can.
Information is being sent home from other classes about the requirements to attend the day’s activities and baseball game.

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Newsletter 2/15

Happy Presidents’ Day!

First of all, a huge Congratulations to all of the band students for a terrific show at the Area Festival!  It was a fun evening and I think every group did a great job!  I’m looking forward to seeing how we can prepare for our next concerts and then joining those superb high school groups!

Upcoming events:

Audition music is available for high school!
The Symphonic and Wind Ensembles at Lakewood are auditioned groups.  I will have audition materials printed for students and it is also online here: http://www.lpac.info/placement-auditions.html
Students should prepare the excerpt for their instrument along with a chromatic scale.
I encourage every wind player (percussionists will enroll in the percussion class) to try out, even if they do not think they’ll make it in.  It’s great experience and makes the next time around much easier.
Auditions take place at Lakewood on March 15th 4:00-6:00pm

Lakewood High School Empty Bowl Concert – Wednesday Feb. 17th @LHS

Lakewood is having a “dinner and a show” fundraiser next week that is sure to be a great time!  If you’re looking for a fun night out with family, that also supports Lakewood area music, this is it!
Dinner starts at 5:30pm – tickets are $10
Concert begins at 7:00pm
*You can go to the concert without going to dinner.
Green Mountain Music Festival – Thursday March 10th 8:00am @Green Mountain HS
A new middle school clinic and festival is starting this year and the Symphonic Band (8th), thanks greatly to the funds raised from butter braids, will be attending!
The Symphonic Band will perform at 8:00am for an audience and clinician who will provide a group rating along with working with the band members to improve our sound and skills!  After the performance we will stay and watch other groups before heading back to school.
I will send out an itinerary soon, but anticipate students arriving at Creighton around 7:00am to gather instruments and hop on the bus to Green Mountain.
*We would love to have 3-5 parents come along as chaperones/cheering squad, so look for a sign-up when the itinerary is sent out!
Small Ensemble Concerts April 4th (7th) and April 11th (8th)
Shortly after spring break are the annual small ensemble concerts.  Over the next month and a half, students will form different small groups to work on pieces to perform.  A variety of genres and instrumentation will make the performances unique and fun to put together!  More details to come.

With conferences are right around the corner, I would like to reiterate that signed practice cards are due at the beginning of each week and the theory/rhythm/essential questions that we do daily are turned in at the end of each week.  It seems that most students are getting into this habit, but otherwise, students can see me for make-up work for the dailies and here are ways to make up those practice cards:

– Turn in an extra practice card the next week or any week after that
– Come in after school to practice and I will sign off on that time

Have a musical evening!

 

Newsletter – 1/31

Lakewood Area Music Festival – Wednesday Feb. 10th 7:00pm @CMS

Our annual festival featuring Lakewood HS, Creighton MS, and five elementary schools.  This is the big band concert of the year and is sure to be a great evening!  Have a nice reminder of where it all began and where your students will go when they get into high school band.

Students arrive at 6:30pm

Students need to have their CMS polo shirt, black pants, music, and instrument.  If you have a folding stand at home you would be okay letting the elementary kids use for this concert, please label it and bring it with on the day of the concert!  Thanks!

 

*If your student needs a polo shirt (didn’t have one last semester, lost it, etc.), please send me an email and $15 so we can have it ready prior to the festival.*

Band Placement Auditions for LHS – 8th grade only
Band Auditions (Winds Only)
Audition for placement in Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band
Tuesday, March 15th
4:00-6:00 (check back for sign up)

Audition music will be handed out in class soon.

 

Green Mountain Music Festival – Thursday March 10th 8:00am @Green Mountain HS
A new middle school clinic and festival is starting this year and the Symphonic Band (8th), thanks greatly to the funds raised from butter braids, will be attending!

The Symphonic Band will perform at 8:00am for an audience and clinician who will provide a group rating along with working with the band members to improve our sound and skills!  After the performance we will stay and watch other groups before heading back to school.

I will send out an itinerary soon, but anticipate students arriving at Creighton around 7:00am to gather instruments and hop on the bus to Green Mountain.

*We would love to have 3-5 parents come along as chaperones/cheering squad, so look for a sign-up when the itinerary is sent out!

Last thought…

A reminder to students to fill out practice cards weekly and turn them in at the beginning of each week!

If a practice card is a missing assignment, here are some options to fix that grade:

– Turn in an extra practice card the next week or any week after that

– Come in after school to practice and I will sign off on that time (I am here 99.9% of the time)

– Ask Mom or Dad nicely to send me an email to verify your practice time for that week

We’re aiming for 2 hours of weekly practice!

Thanks for your support!  Have a musical Monday!

 

No Concert Tuesday Night

With the weather, the Concert Band/Strings and Jazz Band performance this evening is canceled.  Since we’ve been preparing, we will hopefully put on a performance during class time tomorrow (8:30-9:21) with the concert band and strings groups.  I will send out details later tonight when I know.

Thanks to the Symphonic Band and everyone who came to Lakewood last night!  It was a wonderful concert and I hope your students are excited about continuing band in high school!

Last, please be careful on roads if you have to be out and about today, I was out for a little bit and it’s really treacherous.

Stay warm!

 

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