Mr. Stankey, Ms. Mariano, and Mr. Bleininger would like to welcome back all of our band students for what should be another exciting school year. We'd also like to extend a special welcome to our brand new 6th grade musicians. We look forward to working with each of you throughout the year. A few quick notes as we start the year:
Fundraiser: We will begin our LMS Band Fall Fundraiser next Thursday August 29 and we will wrap up Friday Sept. 13. We will once again be selling discount cards however these will be different than the cards we've sold in the past. These cards will cost $15 each and have some really great offers from local businesses and many other offers as well. We need ever
8th Grade Band Members: We are planning our 8th Grade Night with the LHS Marching Band for the home football game against Hoover on Sept. 6 We will have more information on this special night in the coming days.
6th Grade Band Members: We are hoping to distribute instruments by the end of the week. Please contact a director if you have not yet acquired an instrument for the year. We are excited to get started with our lessons!
Parents: First off, thank you for supporting your child in their decision to pursue instrumental music. We feel that we are able to offer a wonderful experience for the students. Please know that there is an expectation of individual, at-home practice for duration of the school year. 15-20 minutes or more most nights will be enough for the practice sheet logs. Speaking of practice sheets: Practice sheets will be due each Monday (or Tuesday if there isn't school Monday) and late sheets are accepted as late as Friday for reduced credit each day. Practice sheets must be signed by a parent or guardian in order for a student to receive full credit. We also ask that the students record what they are practicing in the boxes provided on the sheet. We offer extra credit to those students who attend high school band performances (football games do not count unfortunately) or other band/orchestra concerts in the area. Extra credit is also available to those students who take private lessons on their primary instrument (60 min of credit for a 30 min lesson) or students who take lessons on a secondary instrument such as piano (30 min of credit for a 30 min lesson). We want to encourage you to pursue private lessons if it is possible. There are many quality and affordable lesson teachers in the area and we would be happy to provide the names of these teachers if you are interested. The band directors also teach privately so feel free to contact us regarding lessons ( we typically do not start private lessons until the marching band season is over). We want each student to reach their fullest potential as a student musician and we look forward to starting (or continuing) that journey together. As always thank you for your support of the LMS Bands! Have a great 13-14 school year.