Welcome Back • 15 September 2017

I hope everyone had a restful and exciting summer! 

I look forward to making some great music in my fourth year here at LHCS; I am encouraged by excitement of students to get started!
Middle School bands, string orchestra, and jazz band have all started rehearsals, and are already settled back into rehearsal routines. 


  • MusicNotes Blog is a dynamic bi-weekly or monthly announcements vehicle - you can subscribe and receive this embedded in an email. 
  • Remind.com - for occasional, last minute reminders (more info below)
  • School Website - Updated annually. http://lakeharriet.mpls.k12.mn.us/band
  • Email & Phone Calls  - I use these often, but not too often. I don't want to unnecessarily clog up inboxes.  Feel free to call my mobile number, if something is important. My school voicemail is unreliable. 
  • Calendar (see more below)

Middle School Rehearsal Schedule:

Jazz Band - MWF - 8:30-9:25
String Orchestra - TR - 8:30-9:25
Bands TR during grade level specialist times

Private Lessons

Despite our busy schedules including sports, scouts, religious groups, etc.,  I strongly encourage private instruction throughout the school-year. If not weekly, some amount of regularity that keeps practice efforts focused and the individual technique growing and exciting. Due to the schedule at LHCS, middle school students only meet with me in a large ensemble setting for (100 minutes) which is great for developing group performance skills but not so great for individualized technique instruction. If your interested and able, please consider getting your student private lessons. If you need help finding a teacher, reach out to me directly. Also, you'll need to talk with you tax professional, but unlike many of the other activities your student might participate in, music lessons and instrument rental are tax-deductible in the state of MN

Instrument Rental Agreement

If you have not returned your instrument rental agreement and rental fee, please do so ASAP. If you need another one, they're available here.  Or find one at band website. 


First quarter Practice Journals will be handed out next week, Sept 19, for the remaining six weeks of first quarter and will be due Oct 26. Students should be practicing regularly. Aim for 120-150 minutes per week outside of their school rehearsals. If its less, its less, but something is way better than nothing. Your student WILL need adult supervision and encouragement. Do not expect them to do this on your own. When we practice, we're reinforcing that we have don't already know everything - this is counter to the common adolescent frame of mind. They need you to help them with a routine and holding them accountable - this is their homework. When it comes to getting good at any skill, the more practice one puts in, the better the result. More info on practice is available here

Evidence of practice is 20% of Middle School assessment, meaning that without evidence of practice (such as a practice journal), the best mark a student can receive is a B. If you have questions, please reach out to me directly

Upcoming Performances 

Sept 28 - 5:30pm 7/8 band at Southwest Football Game. 
Oct 5 - 2:30pm we are hosting the Southwest HS Chamber Orchestra for a concert assembly.
All 4th and 5th grade classes, as well as all Middle School  Band & Orchestra Students will attend. 
Oct. 7 - MAYBE Star Spangled Banner at MN United FC Game - pending MSL approval
Nov 28 - 12pm - Orchestra & 7/8 Band to perform at  IDS Crystal Court.
Dec 5. - 7pm Winter Showcase Concert - All Middle School Ensembles

Concerts Schedule  | Subscribe to the Google Calendar:  
iCal- https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/mpls.k12.mn.us_256cud92utjicso798r6plkog4%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
Google Calendar ID: mpls.k12.mn.us_256cud92utjicso798r6plkog4@group.calendar.google.com
(paste this Calendar ID into the "add a friend's calendar" box under the "Other Calendars" heading)

Middle School Band Syllabus

Band Syllabus went home with your student on Thursday, and can be download it here - there's a hidden assignment (at the end).

Remind.com  To receive an occasional text message for upcoming LHCS music events subscribe to the class(es) you're interested in.

  • Middle School BAND - from smartphone browser: rmd.at/lhucband or text @lhucband to 81010.
  • Middle School  JAZZ - from smartphone browser: rmd.at/lhucjazz  or text @lhucjazz to 81010.
  • Middle School ORCHESTRA - from smartphone browser: rmd.at/lhucorch  or text @lhucorch to 81010.
  • 4-5 BAND & STRINGS - from smartphone browser: rmd.at/lhucband45  or text @lhucband45 to 81010.

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