Despite the warm weather we've enjoyed this week, we are looking ahead to winter. As I've mentioned before, our first concert is coming up on December 4th at 7:00 p.m. here at LMS. The students are busy preparing their pieces for this first performance and myself, Miss Mariano, and Mr. B are thrilled with the progress we're making. All of the bands are sounding very good and still have several weeks to take things to the next level. We think you'll enjoy the performance that evening.
I'd like to wish the LHS Marching Band GOOD LUCK as we head to Hilliard Bradley HS tomorrow for OMEA State Marching Band Finals. Our goal is to return to Louisville with a state "Superior" rating once again. We've had a great marching band season highlighted by delivering state-qualifying performances at every competition we attended as well as scoring the highest the band has scored since 2005. The dedication of the students and staff as well as the selfless dedication shown by our parent volunteers have helped make this season truly successful. I'd also like to thank those 8th grade students who helped out the band by marching or serving as band aides throughout the season. We're so proud of the band, and thankful for the many hands who make it possible!
The HS band is currently holding the annual Fruit Sale. If you are interested in purchasing any fruit, contact any HS band member or any 8th grade band member to place an order. The proceeds of this fundraiser go to the Louisville Band Boosters.
As we enter the second 9 weeks I'd like to remind students and parents of the importance of completing and turning in the weekly Practice Sheet every Monday (or first day of the week). Practice Sheets are a full 10% of the overall grade in band. Many students failed to turn in any practice sheets during the first 9 weeks. Remember, if you take a private lesson on your instrument from a qualified teacher, you get 60 minutes of practice time (for a 30 min. lesson). Lessons can go a long way in improving overall performance and confidence while boosting your grade. Contact a director for more info
This morning the 8th Grade Band students received information regarding the Louisville Band Booster's Fruit Sale. 8th graders are invited to participate in the Fruit Sale so that they may begin building up their student account.
The student account is a tool that students and families can use to help with some of the expenses associated with being in the High School Band. Any band-related expenses can be paid for with Student Account money! For example, reeds, valve oil, private lessons, and band camp can all be paid for through the Student Account. Other students pay for transportation costs (such as the state finals charter bus) and other trips like Kalahari or this year's trip to Columbus for a Cirque Du Soleil show. Some students have raised enough money that they are able to pay for large portion of their Disney Trip and a few have even paid for their entire trip!
How does it work? Students earn money by participating in fundraisers run by the Boosters. There are three fundraisers that students can earn Student Account money from. They are: the Sausage Sale in August, the Fruit Sale in October, and the second Sausage Sale in the spring. Students are credited with a percentage of the Band Booster profit into their student account, typically at a rate of 35%. So for example, if the Booster profit from a student's sales is $100, then the student would earn $35.00. It is important to remember that the total amount of money collected does not determine the student profit, but rather the total profit to the Boosters. Obviously, the more a student sells, the higher their Student Account profit. Student Accounts can also be rolled over from sibling to sibling, so if you have a graduating senior, and an incoming freshman, that money can be passed down to the sibling.
The 8th Grade Band received their order form along with two letters regarding the Fruit Sale this morning. The sale begins today and order forms are due November 12. The pickup for the fruit is done by appointment at Biery Cheese on Friday, November 30th between 6:30 and 9:00 p.m. Your student will be asked to sign up for a time to pick up their orders that night. All money must be returned by December 6th with all checks made payable to the Louisville Band Boosters.
We think that this presents a great opportunity for our 8th Grade Band members who want to start working towards next seasons expenses. It will be here before you know it! If you have any questions about how student accounts work please contact Mr. B (330-875-7493) and if you have any questions about the Fruit Sale or other Booster fundraisers please contact Vice-President Mark Damron (330-875-0694 or 330-313-4190).
All of the bands are currently busy preparing their music for the upcoming Winter Concert on 12/4. December seems like it's a long ways off, but it'll be here before we know it! With that in mind, here are a few reminders about concerts and concert expectations:
-The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. Students will be expected to arrive for warm-up at 6:30
-We do have a concert dress code in place: Boys-dress shirt, dress pants, a tie, dress shoes/socks;
Girls-A dress or a skirt/blouse (WITHIN NORMAL SCHOOL DRESS CODE), dress shoes. If you do not have these items currently, please try and have them by the date of the concert. We know that families are in different financial situations so if having these items is an issue please contact a band director and we will be sure that your student has what they need to wear that night. PLEASE don't wait until the last minute to contact us regarding dress clothes for the concert. We are more than happy to help in any way we can.
-All students are expected to remain for the duration of the concert. We believe that it is important for the students to support each other and the hard work everyone has put in. Please plan on staying for the entire concert. It should last a little over an hour.
-Parents you are welcome to video tape the concert if you'd like.
We're very excited about how the bands are do
Good afternoon fellow woodwind players!
I know our schedules are getting rather hectic with the first grading period ending in about two weeks, so I thought I would make a quick post telling you about your remaining playing quizzes. Please check the website calendar to determine when your next playing quiz is about to happen so you can come to sectionals feeling as prepared as possible! I try my best to remind us of our following quiz, but I know this is just another helpful way to keep everyone in the loop. Some of these quizzes are posted well in advance, so we may not have even discussed them in class yet. Now you have PLENTY of time to prepare!
I hope everyone had a restful long weekend. Keep up the hard work! All of the students in my classes are doing an outstanding job. I am very proud of you!
It's been a busy week here with the bands. The 8th grade enjoyed a successful 8th Grade Night with the High School Band last Friday. It's always neat to see the future of the LHS Marching Band getting to see firsthand what the band is like on a football Friday.
By now, all of the bands have been given some, if not all, of their concert music for the December 4th concert. Each band will be performing 5 pieces at our performance. These 5 pieces are standing homework assignments for students to be practicing. So when the inevitable "What do you need to be practicing for band?" question arises, your student should have at least 5 (and probably more!) answers for you. We're already looking forward to what should be a great night of music making.
Lastly, all of the directors want to thank our students and parents for their participation and support of the LMS Bands. We truly enjoy working with these kids and we are excited for what is in store for this year. If you ever have questions, please don't hesitate to submit a contact form through this site or