|Posted on May 26, 2015 at 3:45 PM|
Chamber Ensemble Recommendations 15-16
Ben Treynor (I may need you for alto on some songs, too.)
*Member names are listed in placement order with section leaders at the top of the list.
**I reserve the right to add or subtract students from the list or move them around in the section at any time.
***This list is my recommendationfor who should be placed in chamber ensemble for the 20152016 school year. We are going to try very hard to avoid any scheduling conflicts that would prevent you from participating in this group. However, there is a chance you may have a class that conflicts with chamber ensemble and you will be asked to make a choice between the two. Every effort will be made to prevent this as you have all worked hard to gain membership into this elite ensemble.
|Posted on May 15, 2015 at 11:05 AM|
May 15, 2015
As we end our school year I am starting to hear the usual talk of “switching instruments.” Before we end the year I would like to take a moment to tell you my official thoughts and stance on this matter. Band students go through an instrument fitting process at the beginning of their band career. We have the students do this so a music professional can work with them and help them determine the best instrument choice for them.
When we get to the end of the year the students have learned several notes and songs on their instrument. At this point some of them get curious about other instruments. Often times their best friend plays something else and they decide they want to switch to that instrument. Sometimes they just get “bored” with their instrument, especially if they excel at it. Others may be struggling to get a good sound or to learn the notes so their immediate thought is that if they switch to a new instrument that it will be “easier.”
The truth is, the grass is not always greener on the other side. Even if their friend plays another instrument they will still be together in class no matter what they play. (Most of my best friends in band played a different instrument than I did.) If they feel bored or can play the songs we are doing in class now things will change next year. We group the middle school bands by ability. They have the opportunity to play more challenging music and advance to a higher-level band with practice and hard work. If they are struggling, switching to another instrument is only going to put them a year or two behind everyone else.
The bottom line is, I want students to stick with the instrument they originally chose to play. In rare, case-by-case situations, with my advanced approval students are permitted to switch. I make these selections based on the instrumentation needed for our ensembles, the student’s ability level and what will be best for the individual student. Please encourage your child to stick with the instrument they chose to play. I ask that you contact me with any questions or concerns before you make any decisions. The goal is to keep everyone in band on the instrument that fits them the best and that they enjoy playing ☺ I am here to guide you and your child to a successful band career. Thank you and have a great summer!!!!
|Posted on April 29, 2015 at 4:50 PM|
We are in GREAT NEED of color guard (flag) members for the marching band. The color guard provides color with flags/silks, drama with their movement/dance and intrigue with their drill and other equipment (such as rifles). We need 10-15 members on the field and we are several people short at this time. This activity is for males and females who are currently in 7th-11th grade. Please encourage people you know who are not currently involed in the band to come to a clinic. They would be joining a very successful organization and have a lot of fun!!!! No experience is required to join. We just need people who are interested in trying something new who will be dedicated to this growing, successful organization!!!
|Posted on April 25, 2015 at 11:55 AM|
Dear Fourth Grade Parents,
I am writing to share some VERY exciting news! LES/LMS will continue to offer fifth grade band for the 2015-2016 school year as a daily class! We structured fifth grade band in a whole new way this year and it was a huge success!!
Fifth grade band is set up as a class. All beginning band students (fifth and sixth grade) will have band class first period at LMS. Fifth grade students will ride the bus to LMS, get dropped off or walk. They will arrive with the rest of the LMS students. (Students should arrive between 7:10-7:25 AM.) The students will have band everyday as a full band. We will start band the first day of school!
The fifth grade students will essentially be middle school students for one period. They will abide by the rules and expectations of LMS. Students will earn a grade of S, P, N or U. (*Please refer to the grading rubric below.) I will take attendance for the day during band class and that will be reported to LES.
After band class is over, there will be a bus to take the students to LES for the rest of their classes. They will arrive in time to eat breakfast at LES and to be in class on time. The students will have a two-week window of time to change their mind about enrolling in band. After that they are obligated to follow through with their commitment for the rest of the school year. This is an expectation for all LMS students and we will be following LMS rules because they are enrolled in an LMS class.
Students are strongly encouraged to take their instrument with them everyday so they can practice at home. They will keep their instruments in their homeroom at LES during the school day and will need to take it home with them each night to have it for class the next day.
The students will be able to keep their instrument in a locked cage at LMS if they cannot take it home. (You will need to provide the lock.) At home practice is highly encouraged and is essential to progress and improvement in band!
Students will be able to participate in band and the LES choir. Choir students will attend choir on Wednesdays and band the rest of the week. Students participating in both will not lose participation points for missing band to attend choir rehearsal.
All current fourth and fifth grade students will attend an instrument demonstration on Friday, May 22nd. Our representative from Music and Arts/Colonial Music will be here to discuss and demonstrate all of the instrument choices. After this meeting please discuss with your child two or three options of what they would like to play.
We will have two optional parent meetings to attend. One will be Wednesday, May 20th at 8:15 AM in the district office board room on the second floor of LES. The other will be held on Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 PM in the LHS auditorium. You can choose either of these meetings to attend but we ask that you come to one of the two if you have questions about signing your child up for band for the 2015-2016 school year. If you cannot attend either of these meetings and you have questions please email me.
In the fall we will have a parent meeting on Wednesday, August 19th at 7:00 PM in the LHS auditorium. At this time our music representative will discuss the instrument choices for the students and he will briefly discuss the instrument rental/purchase program at Music and Arts/Colonial Music. It is very important that you DO NOT purchase an instrument before the beginning of the school year. If your child has an instrument before we begin band they may damage it, not learn proper technique and/or grow bored of this new adventure before we even begin. Please wait until our parent meeting to make any decisions or purchases.
We will have instrument fittings on Thursday, August 20th from 3:30-7:00 PM and on Saturday, August 22nd from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM in the LHS auditorium. You will schedule a twenty-minute time block for one of these days at the parent meeting in August. The purpose of the instrument fitting is to let your child try their top two or three choices and be fit for the instrument they will be the most successful with. If you own an instrument, please bring it with you to the fittings to let the professionals check the condition and let you know if it needs repairs. We do not want any child starting on an instrument that does not work properly.
I have a “Remind” text/email alert account to communicate effectively with you throughout the year. I set up an account for the beginning band for the 2015-2016 school year. To receive texts and/or emails from me about band for next year text @lms1516 to 81010. You are only able to receive messages from me on this system.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I am very excited about the opportunity to work with you and your child and to teach them the joy of playing an instrument. Please fill out, detach and return the information sheet at the end of the letter to your homeroom teacher no later than Friday, May 22nd.
Brings their instrument to most or all classes (1 day without instrument per quarter.)
Participates and is prepared for class, musically and mentally everyday.
Attends ALL concerts.
Shows noticeable/above average improvement on playing and written assessments.
Displays a positive attitude and willingness to listen and learn.
Brings their instrument to most classes (only 2-3 days without instrument per quarter.)
Participates and is prepared for class musically and mentally everyday.
Attends ALL concerts.
Shows average improvement on playing and written assessments.
Displays a positive attitude and willingness to listen and learn.
Brings their instrument to most classes (only 4-5 days without instrument per quarter.)
Participates and is prepared for class musically and mentally most days.
Attends all but one concert.
Shows below average improvement on playing and written assessments.
Displays a poor attitude, needs to pay more attention in class, is somewhat unwilling to learn
or make consistent/positive progress.
Brings their instrument to class 6 or less times a quarter.
Rarely participates and is generally not prepared musically or mentally for class.
Attends one or no concerts for the school year.
Shows very little to no improvement on playing and written assessments.
Displays a very poor attitude, does not pay attention in class, is unwilling to learn or make any consistent/positive progress. Shows very little effort.
Please return this to your homeroom teacher or email to Mrs. Fugate no later than Friday, May 22nd.
________I would like for my child to be enrolled in 5th grade band for the 2015-2016 school year.
_______ I do not wish to enroll my child in 5th grade band for the 2015-2016 school year.
I plan to attend the parent meeting on:
_______Wednesday, May 20th at 8:15 AM in the board office conference room (2nd floor of LES.)
_______ Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 PM in the LHS auditorium
Student Name Parent Signature
Parent Name (print): __________________________________________________
Parent phone number: _________________________________________________
Parent email: ________________________________________________________
|Posted on April 25, 2015 at 11:30 AM|
LES/LMS Spring Concert Update
The Spring Concert will be at LHS on Monday, May 18th. Report times are as follows:
Stage Setup Crew at 6:15 PM
Beginning Band at 6:40 PM
Concert Band at 7:00 PM
Chamber Ensemble at 7:20 PM
When you arrive at LHS you will report to the band room. It is important that you are in the band room with your instrument out ready to warm up no later than the report time. This is not the time you should show up, or worse, leave the house. The concert starts at 7:00 PM. The order of the concert will be 6th grade choir, beginning band, 7th grade choir, Concert Band, 8th grade choir and chamber ensemble. It would be wonderful if you could stay around to hear other groups perform.
The dress for the concert is the music department t-shirt, dark (black or dark gray) pants or skirts. Please wear dark socks and dark shoes. Ladies, you may wear sandals or other types of “dressy” shoes.
All students who plan to participate in marching band next year need to attend our spring rehearsals. All percussionist will have rehearsals on 4/29, 5/6 and 5/13 at LHS from 3:30-6:00 PM. The whole marching band will rehearse on Tuesday, May 19th from 3:00-5:00 and Thursday, May 21st from 3:00-5:00 PM. It is important for us to get together to play through the music and establish summer contacts with people in your section. I would also like to do some marching at these rehearsals so please come with the proper footwear and water!
Chamber Ensemble only!!! The chamber ensemble will be participating in the OMEA middle school large group contest. This is the first time I have ever taken a middle school group to OMEA contest. I am very excited about this ensemble and the opportunity for us to be adjudicated! The contest will be during the school day on either Thursday, May 14th or Friday, May 15th. The contest will be held at Capital University. The dress for the performance will be the LMS band t-shirts and black pants with black shoes and socks. Ladies may wear dressy sandals. Please wear your uniform to school the date of the contest as we will leave early in the school day and will not have time to change. You will need to either pack your lunch or bring around $10 to go out to eat. We will not be at school for lunch.
Other important dates before the end of the school year:
*Monday, May 4th- Marching Band Parent meeting in LHS auditorium at 6:30 PM. Anyone planning to participate in marching band should attend this meeting!
*Tuesday, May 19th-Board meeting recognition for any band student who participated in solo and ensemble and/or an honor band this year. Please meet outside room 311 in LHS at 6:45 PM. (This is in the front of the building.) We should be done around 7:15 PM. Dress nice for the occasion
*Monday, May 25th –Memorial Day. If you were in marching band last year you may attend this event, however it is not mandatory for LMS students. Report to the Save-A-Lot parking lot at 9:15 AM. We will perform at the cemetery across the street at 10:00 AM and then immediately go to the courthouse. You will need your own transportation to the courthouse. You should not stop at McDonald’s or anywhere else between the two events. Eat breakfast before you come and bring plenty of water. We will wear our summer uniform red polos, pants and black marching shoes. You may wear sunglasses.
This has been an outstanding year and I am excited to see how much we can learn next year!!!!
If you haven't already you should sign up for text/email alerts by texting @londonband to 81010 for LHS updates and by texting @lmsbands to 81010 for LMS band updates.
|Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:30 PM|
Music and Arts is hosting the BOSTON BRASS at Grove City High School on May 28th. This is a FREE concert but you must RSVP. There are only 700 seats available and we do want to fill the place. Attached is more information. This is a super educational event and we are proud to present this to central Ohio. Please check it out and hopefully attend.
|Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:30 PM|
The London Marching Band is seeking individuals interested in serving as chaperones for Band Camp, to be held Sunday, July 26 thru Friday, July 31 at Urbana University.
Please contact Mrs. Fugate if you are interested and/or you would like to find out more information.
|Posted on April 20, 2015 at 4:50 PM|
The following are the results from the drumline auditions for the 2015 marching band season:
Snares: Willa Bluestone and Sadie Large
Tenors: Anthony Davenport
Bass Drums: 1-Kylie Mathews, 2-Tori Bennett, 3-Jacob Brown, 4-Zach Case
Cymbals: Paul Huff
The front ensemble will be set as committment contracts are passed out and turned in in the next few weeks.
The drumline and front ensemble will have spring rehearsals in place of our usual mid-July percussion camp rehearsals. We are going to get our warm up and technique routine set before Tony leaves for drum corp for the summer. He will hopefully be working with us for the fall. Please add the following dates and times to your calendar:
Wed. April 29, Wed. May 6th, Wed. May 13 from 3:30-6:00 PM.
|Posted on April 20, 2015 at 4:45 PM|
The board meeting recognition for band students who participated in an honor band and/or solo and ensemble will be postponed until May 19th. We will NOT be attending the board meeting tomorrow night (4/21.)
|Posted on April 9, 2015 at 2:45 PM|
The google calendar has tentative dates/times listed for pre-camp and firm dates for camp at Urbana University (7/26-7/31). I have also listed the tentaive marching band shows we will attend this season. I will be applying for us to compete at the Ohio State Invitational again this year because it does not conflict with Homecoming!!! We will have to wait and see if we are accepted. I hope this will help you in vacation planning for the summer.