Second Semester • 2 February 2015


Jazz @ Famous Daves
Though I was unable to attend, Jazz Band was in the capable hands of Mr. Schleisman. I have heard good things about their performance and look forward to the next one on Feb. 10 @ LHCS 3pm.

Chamber Music
Middle School is kicking off their chamber ensemble unit so we had a phenomenal brass quintet visit with the Middle School ensembles yesterday to perform, demonstrate and answer questions.
Copper Street Brass performing for 6th Grade. 

The Copper Street Brass Quintet will also be on the 7/8 Concert Band performance at Southwest High School next week (more info below). 

CSBQ did a great job playing some unique original arrangements, while also engaging the students in listening - something we call active listening. Their performance was superb, their educational discussion was precisely what we wanted and their music was top shelf. 

The LHCS students asked insightful questions and were an overall great audience!
Our Chamber Ensemble unit be fully realized in March with the solo & ensemble recital at LHCS. 

Southwest HS
Next Tuesday, February 10, 7th & 8th Grade students will go to SWHS to rehearse on their stage, hear about high school music, hang out with some high school musicians, and eat lunch. Then we'll come back to LHCS so Jazz band can play for the Black History Celebration and then we'll return to Southwest for an evening performance. Students will need to bring $5 for lunch. 

Students need a permission slip to leave LHCS and attend the rehearsal at SWHS; if they haven't given you one to sign, please download this one and return it on Monday. 

Students should arrive at Southwest High School dressed and ready to play no later than 6:30pm

The  7pm Concert @ SWHS has a suggested donation of $10/adult and $5/student (not performers)
Concert Audiences and Boosters are SWHS music’s only form of fundraising.

Practice 
Students were given their practice logs today for Feb2-March 24. 
I am expecting 150 minutes a week. However, as I've told them, I'm more interested in routines than totals so if they're not able to make 150, but practice 15 minutes every day for a total of 105, I'm not going to lose my cool. Effort creates ability - Practice makes permanent. Feel free to download a Practice Log and help your student establish and maintain a healthy routine!

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