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Lakewood Area Bands

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

Newsletter 12/6 – Barnes & Noble Night

Good evening!

I hope everyone had a terrific weekend!  A couple reminders heading into our last two weeks before winter break:
Pots, pans, and metal spoons
Still looking for some pots and pans for the 7th grade combined band and orchestra piece.  If you have some collecting dust, we’d be happy to add them to our percussion section!  Thanks!

Barnes & Noble Night!
Tomorrow Monday Dec. 7th 4:00-8:00pm
Come out and buy a book after watching some of our talented music program students perform in small groups at the Barnes & Noble in the Denver West Village north of Colorado Mills!
We will earn a percentage of the profits from the evening sales for the music program and it’s a wonderful way to get in the holiday spirit while supporting our awesome musicians!
We still have a few spots for helpers to wrap presents as well!
Hope to see you there!
Symphonic Band Winter Concert – Monday Dec. 14th 7:00pm – Lakewood High School
Call time for students will be 6:00pm in the Lakewood band room for a brief rehearsal before the 7:00pm show.
Concert dress is black pants, black shoes, and the Creighton polo shirt.
Concert Band Winter Concert – Tuesday Dec. 15th 7:00pm – Creighton MS
Call time for concert band is 6:30pm
Call time for Jazz Band is 6:00pm
Concert dress is black pants, black shoes, and the Creighton polo shirt.
Concerts are a significant portion of your student’s grade and are mandatory.
Last but not least, if you’re looking for other free and/or excellent events to attend this holiday season, here are some fun ones:
Wednesday Dec. 9th 7:00pm – Lakewood High School Winterpalooza Instrumental Music Concert
Friday Dec. 11th 7:30pm – Colorado Springs Chorale and Pikes Peak Brass Band performing at the Pikes Peak Event Center (ticketed event)
Saturday Dec. 19th 7:30pm – Denver Philharmonic Orchestra at Central Presbyterian Church (ticketed event)
Sunday Dec. 20th 1:00pm – TubaChristmas in downtown Denver’s Skyline Park.  The best heavy metal concert of the season!
Thanks for reading!  Have a great week!
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End of the Year Elitch’s Festival

The first payment towards our trip to Elitch’s and the music festival is due on Thursday October 22nd.  It is $20 of the $40 total.  The second payment will be due on April 1st for the May adventure!

If your student has or will have an annual pass (before we are there, not waiting in line to buy one), the cost is $16 to help with bus and festival expenses.

Thanks!  It’s going to be an amazing trip!

CMS Newsletter 10/12

We have our fall concert tomorrow night 10/13!  I am excited to share with you some of what we have been working on the past couple months.  What you need to know:

CMS Band students need to be in the band room with instruments ready at 6:30pm for warm-up.  That means arriving at 6:25 or 6:20 if they need a little more time to be settled.  Parents, family, and friends can then head to the cafeteria.

The concert will begin promptly at 7:00pm and will be approximately 45 minutes.  Please stay for the entire concert to support the hard work of every band student.

Concert dress is listed in the syllabus as the CMS Polo (I am picking up the order either this afternoon or tomorrow morning for students needing a shirt), black pants, black shoes/socks.

Quick recap:

– Concert Tuesday 10/13

– Instruments ready at 6:30pm

– Concert starts at 7:00pm

– CMS Polo and black concert dress

We’re all excited to see you there!

In other news…

Students had a blast hanging out with the Bengal Regiment this past Thursday night at the football game!  Lakewood’s team may have been destroyed (0-41, ouch!), but we had lots of fun cranking out some tunes and checking out the marching band show.

— If your student is interested in joining the marching band, there will be an opportunity to sign up and gather information later in the school year, just keep an eye out.  Eighth graders moving into high school are welcome to join as well as middle school students who can commit to the rehearsal schedule in the fall.

CMS Orchestra Concert

Tuesday October 20th at 7:00pm, Creighton will show off the awesome orchestra program headed by Michelle Ewer.  Come out to support the other side of our instrumental music program, it is sure to be a great time!

Mnozil Brass

A great concert to attend coming up is at Metro State University of Denver in the King Center on Wednesday, October 21st at 7:30pm.  Tickets for the event can be purchased online here:

http://www.ahec.edu/about-auraria-campus/king-center/box-office/

Tickets are usually around $100, BUT not for this show.  It is $20 for students, $40 for adults.

This group tours around the world performing hilarious skits along with impeccable musical skill.  It’s a wonderful show to see for anyone!

Elitch’s Trip Info

Seventh and eighth graders at Creighton travel to perform and play in the music festival at Elitch’s in Denver at the end of each school year.  More information about this trip will be sent out as we solidify plans.  The trip is $40 total per student.  The first payment of $20 is due on October 22nd and the second payment will be due April 1st.

Thanks for reading!  See you all at the concert tomorrow night!

Audition for All-county Band!

Tuesday Nov. 10th

All-county Honor Band/Orchestra Auditions

at Creighton Middle School

4:00-6:00pm

All-county audition music has gone out to all CMS band students.  Everyone should sign up for an audition online here:

https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/jcps-middle-school-honor-band-and-orchestra/

I am available after school most every day for at least 45 minutes for students to have extra practice time and help.  Every student is capable of playing the music.  Also, auditioning is a valuable way to prepare for future interviews, presentations, and public speaking.

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good.  It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” – Malcolm Gladwell

CMS Newsletter 9/13

Hello CMS Band parents!

Here are some events coming up and news for the CMS bands.

First, I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in the Butter Braids fundraiser!  With over $1600 in expected profits raised by the band alone, it is overwhelming the support students, parents, and families alike have shown for our program!  We have a wonderful thing happening here at Creighton and it continues all the way through the high school, too.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!
*If your student still needs to turn in an order sheet, they will need to very first thing on Monday morning to get our order in on time.

Upcoming Events of Note:
Wednesday Sept. 16th – Butter Braids will be delivered at the end of the school day.  At that time, students will come into the orchestra room, pick up their order form, it will have a circled number at the top, and they will take that numbered box with their order.Wednesday Oct. 7th – Clinic with Dr. David Kish – Director of Bands at Metro State Univ. of Denver
– Students will have an awesome opportunity to improve with the expert conductor and clinician Dr. Kish.  He has worked in Denver for many years reaching out to instrumental music programs around the state, and I’m excited to share his expertise with the bands at CMS!Thursday Oct. 8th – Football game with the Bengal Regiment marching band at Jeffco Stadium – 5:30-9:30pm
– Here’s a chance for 7th and 8th graders to catch a high school football game for free, play music, and have a great time hanging out with the marching band.  Students will bring their instruments and help pump up the crowd with the Bengal Regiment.  Permission slips will be sent home the week of 9/21.

Our first concert is on Tuesday Oct. 13th – 7:00pm!

Less than one month until the first concert of the school year!

Tuesday Nov. 10th – All-county Honor Band/Orchestra Auditions at Creighton Middle School – 4-6:00pm
– All-county audition music has gone out to all CMS band students.  Everyone should sign up for an audition online here:  https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/jcps-middle-school-honor-band-and-orchestra/
I am available after school most every day for at least 45 minutes for students to have extra practice time and help.  Every student is capable of playing the music.  Also, auditioning is a valuable way to prepare for future interviews, presentations, and public speaking.
“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good.  It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” – Malcolm Gladwell

More Notable Events:

Monday Sept. 21st –
Jefferson County Marching Invitational at Jeffco Stadium 3:30-10:00pm
– Curious what band in high school can look like?  Cheer on the Bengal Regiment of Lakewood High School as they compete against many other high school marching bands!  See the other groups, then Lakewood goes on at 9:00pm.  A late night, but it will be a great show right in our backyard!

Saturday Oct. 3rd – Brass/Musician Master Class by Greg Spence – Location/Time TBA
– One of the area high schools will be hosting a master class by professional trumpet player Greg Spence.  The cost is $10 for students, an absolute steal when it comes to master classes like this!  I encourage any band student to attend and absorb as much as possible.  More details when they become available.

http://www.mysterytomastery.com/

Thank you for your support!  Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!
And always feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns.

CMS Calendar

Event Date Location/Details
Back to School Night Thurs. Aug. 27 CMS – Buy your method books!
Butter Braid Fundraiser Aug. 31st – Sept. 10 Delivered on Sept. 16
Pep Band with Lakewood HS Thurs. Oct. 8 – 7:30pm Jeffco Stadium
CMS Band Concert Tues. Oct. 13 – 7:00pm CMS
First Elitch’s trip payment due Thurs. Oct. 22 $20 of the $40 total
Creighton Chili Cook-off Fri. Nov. 6 CMS
All-county band auditions Tues. Nov. 10 – 4-6pm CMS
All-county jazz auditions Wed. Nov. 18 – 4-6pm Dunstan Middle School
Barnes & Noble Night Mon. Dec. 7 Small group performances
8th Band/Orchestra Concert Mon. Dec. 14 – 7:00pm CMS
7th Band/Orchestra Concert Tues. Dec. 15 – 7:00pm CMS
Lakewood Area Festival Feb. 9 & 10 – TBA CMS
Second Elitch’s trip payment due Fri. Apr. 1st $20 of the $40 total
7th Small Ensembles Concert Mon. Apr. 4 – 7:00pm CMS
8th Small Ensembles Concert Mon. Apr 11 – 7:00pm CMS
CMS Band Concert Tues. May 10 – 7:00pm CMS
Elitch’s performance/trip Fri. May 13th Elitch Gardens
**Elementary Band Tour May TBA

 

*These dates are set but there may be changes such as specific times for the area festival. New dates and other information will be in the newsletters, sent home, and updated on the website.

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