Please see the following letter for detailed information about the 2017 Band Festival. We're looking forward to performing for our community!
All woodwind players have a folder they can access under Mrs. Markiewicz's Schoology account.
For clarinets, flutes, and double reeds in grades 6 through 8 and 8th grade saxophones, you can view Level worksheets, Level grading sheets, and playing quiz assignments. I will also post resources, like fingering charts, articles, or videos, to your class folders as I find them. Please use your folder to help catch up on missing work and/or post videos of your playing quiz performances.
6th and 7th grade saxophones: you also have folders will Level papers and resources, but I will not post assignments since I am not your sectional teacher.
6th Woodwinds 2016-2017: Access code DPH4Z-G8CMC
7th Woodwinds 2016-2017: Access Code TNS8M-T3FQ8
8th Woodwinds 2016-2017: Access Code Q6SSV-CBKHK
You can submit video assignments by:
It's hard to believe we're almost through February and looking forward to Spring and the end of the school year. There are a few bits of information I want to pass along to you about some of our upcoming events.
As you know, our 77th annual Band Festival is fast approaching. This week your student should have brought home an envelope containing raffle tickets as well as an informational letter regarding the Festival. I have attached the letter to this email just in case it didn't make it home.
The Band Festival is an opportunity for ALL Louisville Band students to perform together for our community. It is also one of our Band Boosters largest fund-raising efforts of the year. The bulk of the fundraiser comes from the sale of the raffle tickets included in the envelope from earlier this week. We are asking students to try and sell the 36 raffle tickets they each were given. The prizes are listed on the tickets as well as in the letter attached to the email. Many students have asked for additional tickets to sell, and we are giving out as many as we can! Thank you for your assistance in this effort. I know there are many fundraisers for a multitude of groups during the year and we appreciate any level of participation you choose.
There are volunteer opportunities for the Festival as well. Please refer to the attached letter for information on who to contact regarding volunteering at the Festival.
Student report time for Saturday, March 12th is 6:30pm at the High School Choir Room.
Dress code is slightly relaxed from our Winter/Spring concerts. Gentlemen may wear a button down shirt or polo shirt with a pair of khakis. No shorts or denim please. Ladies may also wear dress pants or khakis with a dressier top. Again, please no shorts or denim. The concert portion begins at 7pm and should wrap up by 8:30. We will need the students' assistance in tearing down and loading equipment afterwards.
If this will be your first Band Festival, I think you are in for a treat. Your students have been doing an excellent job preparing for this performance and we're sure you'll be proud of what they've accomplished thus far.
Our Spring Concert will be held on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00pm once again in the LMS Gym. We will make every effort to have ample seating available. The concert will follow the same format as our Winter Concert and should conclude no later than 8pm. Dress for the Spring Concert will be the same as the Winter Concert.
Scheduling for 2016-2017
Students will soon begin scheduling for next school year. We hope that your student has enjoyed learning an instrument and wishes to continue on into the 7th Grade Band. The band has been exceptional this year and each student has contributed to the group's success. We sincerely hope that everyone returns for next year. We can't wait to see and hear their continued growth and progress! If you have any questions about next year's band, please contact myself or Mrs. Markiewicz.
As always, if you have any questions please contact any of the three directors. Have a wonderful weekend and upcoming month of March!
Now that we are getting into March, it's time to think Spring and that means that the Spring performance season is almost upon us! Here are few bits of information regarding our upcoming events.
The 77th annual Band Festival is fast approaching. Students should have received raffle tickets and an informational letter about the event. The Festival will operate largely the same as it has before. The Festival Raffle is an important fundraiser for the Band Boosters and we ask for your continued support of the raffle. The students have been great about asking for more raffle tickets if they need them. We still have a limited supply of tickets at the school for anyone who wants additional tickets. The prizes are listed on the tickets as well in the letter that I will attach to this email. We appreciate everyone's support of the Festival!
There are volunteer opportunities available for anyone who wishes to help out. We do need a lot of volunteers to make the Festival run smoothly. Please refer to the attached letter for instructions on who to contact about volunteering. We appreciate any help you can offer!
Please note that report times are 4:30 for Jazz Band and 6:30 for Concert Band. Dress code will be polos and black pants. Please come early and eat in the cafeteria and enjoy the jazz bands!
LHS Band Disney Trip
Any LMS 8th Grader attending the HS band's Disney Trip please be aware of an important parent meeting happening on March 8th at 7:00pm in the HS cafeteria. Trip handbooks and other final details of the trip will be discussed.
Solo and Ensemble
By now everyone has an ensemble piece they should be working on. S&E is Saturday, April 9th at Alliance High School. The event will run exactly as it did last year. Report time will be 6:30am at LMS and we will bus to Alliance together. Once your student's event(s) are over, they are free to leave with you. We will be asking the students to bring in notes from you if they are leaving with a parent.
Soloists will be asked to rehearse with our piano accompanist the three school weeks prior to the event. This gives soloists ample opportunity to be comfortable playing with the piano. Mrs. Potts will be coming in the weeks of March 14th, March 28th, and April 4th.
I will not have a full schedule of events until 10-14 days prior to April 9th but we are able to make a limited number of time requests if there are conflicts. We look forward to another successful Solo and Ensemble event.
The LMS Band Spring Concert will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:00pm in the LMS Gym. We will do our best to provide ample seating for the concert. Report time will be 6:30pm and dress will be polos and black pants.
OMEA Large Group Contest
OMEA Junior High Large Group contest is scheduled for the weekend of May 13th-14th and will be held at Hoover High School. This event is similar to Solo and Ensemble in that the students' performance is evaluated by a panel of adjudicators but instead of the small ensemble, this event evaluates the entire band. I will be registering the band in the coming weeks. Much like Solo and Ensemble, I will not be given a performance time for the group until around two weeks prior to the event. I am able to request either a Friday or Saturday evening performance depending on group conflicts but I must know soon if there are time preferences. This will either be Friday afternoon/evening OR Saturday morning/afternoon. I'll have more information available as I receive. Please plan ahead and keep the evening of May 13 and the morning/afternoon of May 14 open until a final schedule is announced. It's vital that we have the entire ensemble in attendance for us to be successful.
Please continue to encourage daily practice. 20 minutes a day 5-6 days a week is more beneficial than a marathon practice session on the weekend.
Thank you for your continued support of the band. It's been a great year so far and it's really hard to believe we're almost 3/4 of the way finished! As always, please contact me with any questions you have regarding this or any other band related items.
Here is the February edition of the 7th Grade Band Newsletter sent via email. The newsletter covers the following topics:
As always, thank you for your support of music in our schools!
The students have a fun opportunity to vote on a piece to perform at Band Festival. The Jazz Band already has two pieces selected, Walrus Walk and Blue Dinosaurs, so the students have to determine what our third piece is going to be. Please take a few minutes to listen to the three voting options, and then select your favorite tune!
Instead of finding each concert piece on your own, here is a list of all four pieces for the seventh grade band. I hope this helps you with your final concert preparations!
O Come Emmanuel
Jingle Bells, Samba Bells
I wanted to touch base one more time before Friday night's festivities. As
you may or may not know, country music artist, Ricky Lee, has chosen
Louisville as the site of his upcoming music video. Ricky's video crew
will be at the game this Friday night filming. Ricky Lee is also
performing the National Anthem. We're very excited that Louisville gets to
be a part of this project. We're not exactly sure what they'll be needing
the band for at this point outside of playing our normal pregame and
halftime shows. We have been asked to play a patriotic song at the
conclusion of the game.
*Report Time for Friday is 5:15 in the HS Choir Room.* Students may enter
the HS from door 6 (into the band room) and will be directed into the choir
room. Please make every effort to be on time. With the Ricky Lee music
video being filmed I'm not sure what traffic will be like. It's probably
best to be a little early to be on the safe side. The students will march
up to the stadium with the band
*After the game:* The band will remain at the stadium to participate in the
music video filming. We aren't exactly sure what they'll need us for but
we are making the band available. Once we return to the HS we will begin
the pizza party in the cafeteria. The cost of the party is $3. The party
will be over at 11:30pm. Students can be picked up outside of Door 6 at
the conclusion of the evening.
*What to bring:* Please make sure your student has their instrument (or
drum sticks for percussionists). The weather looks like it will be quite
chilly. Students should wear blue jeans and leopard spirit-wear but should
layer up and/or wear a jacket. Hats and gloves are acceptable as well.
This is always a special night for both the 8th grade band and our HS band
students. It should be a great evening! Please contact me with any
questions you might have.