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Composer to visit LZ wind ensemble

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Next Tuesday, composers Jess Langston turner will be working with the lake Zurich wind ensemble. Mr. Turner composed a piece for the consortium for the advancement of wind band literature, of which lake Zurich is one of huge 10 members. Each year a new composer is chosen to compose a piece for the group of schools.This year is piece entitled Noche Triste is an exciting work that will be premiered at the annual lake Zurich wind ensemble invitational concert on.March 14. We look forward to learning a lot more about the composers intent and really working to play it the way he wanted it to sound. This will be a great chance for the band to see what it's like to compose new music and be part of the first performance of a new piece. For more information on the consortium, visit http://tlzbb.blogspot.com/p/new-music-commissions.html For more info on mr. Turner see his website at http://bluejaywaymusic.com

Concerts on the horizon

Next Wednesday is our February jazz concert. Lots of great jazz in store for you. Hope you can join us at 7:30 in the PAC. Both jazz ensembles will be playing as well as our jazz combo. Don't miss it!

Another Madrid article!

From a couple days ago...http://lakezurich.suntimes.com/news/madrid-LZC-01162014:article
We also have a group of students going to present at next Thursdays board meeting about the trip.

Jazz Bands to Jazz in the Meadows Tomorrow

Both Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab band will be performing at the Rolling Meadows Jazz festival. This is Lake Zurich's 17th straight year participating in the festival. A LZHS jazz combo will also be performing at 9AM.  Jazz Lab band will perform at 1:30PM in the Women's Gym and Jazz Ensemble will be at 3:00 in the field house. For more info check out their website: http://rmhsmusicboosters.com/?page_id=1987


Anyone is welcome to attend-we'd love to see you there!

Wind Ensemble recordings from today

Here's our Recordings for today:
Holst
https://soundcloud.com/papajazz1973/holst-2nd-day-mixdown
Some things you'll hear-first sounds lack clarity...


Hounds:
https://soundcloud.com/papajazz1973/2nd-day-hounds-mixdown
You'll notice issues where percussion doesn't line up with the band. Areas in the slow part where the 2 melodic lines are fighting each other rather than listening to each other.


We'll try these both one more time tomorrow.
Neither of these are bad, but if you will listen, you'll hear what can improve...


Thanks!
T

Band Concert Coming! Educate Yourself!!!

Dear parents,
       Have you ever sat in a concert struggling to stay awake? Perhaps when your child plays its easier to stomach, but the music all starts to sound the same after a while. Each person's experience with classical and/or band music will make the concert different, but I can't tell you how many times I've fallen asleep listening to classical music and I'm a trained musician.


       I have a theory, and I've seen this proven MANY times. The reason we get bored is that we don' know what we are listening to. When we were in Spain at the Prado museum, I watched our high schools students walking around listening to the guide, absolutely captivated by what they were seeing. That doesn't ever happen to me when I just walk around a museum by myself. The reason was that the guide was showing them what to look at, adding historical perspective, training them to see the art in a new way.


       That being said, I want to put a challenge to you. This next…