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Berklee Playalong site

Again, found an really great site devoted to learning jazz standards. Who needs to buy a bunch of playalongs. Check out this site:
It's got tunes written over 45 great jazz standards. You can swtich between whatever instrument you want to and playalong tracks come up on their own. It is super user friendly and a great resource!

GREAT Jazz Site

So you don't have money to buy a bunch of playalongs or real books. This site is for you. Talk about a really great way to study tunes and to learn them. It has playalongs, changes for Bb, Eb, or C instruments and youtube videos with many great versions of the standard tunes. If you like to learn jazz-go here:

2010-2011 LZ Band Year in Review

It's time for me to blog again! It's been too long. I think it's probably good to reminisce a little about the past year in the Lake Zurich HS Band. It was a very rewarding and enjoyable year for me, filled with many solid performances and a great trip to San Diego.
Band camp in August was a great beginning. We have some of the best students and it was very apparent with their hard work and willingness to try new things. We actually spent time learning parade turns, and while we did not end up using them this year, it was good to stretch our marching abilities. I hope that continues. Our 3 drum majors-Krystyna, Julie and Rachel were outstanding this year-and they really set a tone for excellence at band camp. They also did a good job of making everyone feel like an important part of the band. Our shows this year were the Beatles & Superheros, culminating in our 14th annual dance at halftime of the Homecoming show to the rock beat of Aerosmith's "Spiderman.&quo…

Reflections of San Diego

Great trip to San Diego with the marching band. They did very well in the parade winning their class and caption awards for Drum Majors, Auxiliary, Music and Marching. The halftime show at the Holiday Bowl sounded great except that the whole thing was just very LOUD! It was a great group of students to travel with and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. Highlights were the San Diego Zoo, Disneyworld and the beach. Lowlights were COLD WEATHER-actually it wasn't that cold, just that no one was dressed for it!

It was great fun seeing all of the traditions of two outstanding college marching bands in Nebraska and Washington. I enjoyed seeing a fellow Northwestern alum in Nebraska's Director of Bands, Dr. Carolyn Barber.

Lake Zurich got some TV time after the parade. I saw a feature on the parade where our version of "Superman" became the sound track behind all of the sights and sounds of the parade. Our drum majors were interviewed as well in this video clip.

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