Thursday, September 10, 2015

Curriculum Night 2015


Welcome Parents 2015-2016!!!                      

Our Philosophy of Music Education

Everyone can be successful in music and enjoy it.
Art education is unique and enriches our life
It fosters creativity, expressiveness and appreciation of beauty.
Grows the creative side of the brain, unique to the arts.
Develops commitment and self discipline
Creates friendships.
Our Expectation
Do your best.
Respect those around you.

Performances

Mandatory-they are our exam/summative assessments

Policies stated in the handbook (available in canvas)
Uniforms cleaned once over summer, other cleanings are responsibility of the student. Concert uniform includes a pair of black dress pants, ALL BLACK shoes and socks and a tuxedo shirt which will be ordered in October through us for about $16. Ladies will be given a dress and should wear black hose and shoes.

Performance Dates

  • WE/SB/CB December Concert- Dec. 10
  • WE Only: At University of Illinois in conjunction with U of I Concert Band (Tuesday night)- Feb 23
  • WE/SB/CB March Concert- March 10
  • WE Only: Wind Ensemble Invitational Concert with Lincolnway North High School and Elk Grove Village High Schools- March 18
  • SB/CB: Clinic at LZHS-April 15
  • WE Only: Hersey Invitational Band Festival-April 16
  • WE/SB/CB May Concert-May 5

Instruments

You won't hear the end of this... Students playing on a beginner horn will find it harder to do what we ask them. Playing an intermediate or professional instrument matters. It's like a calculator-yes you can still add, multiply, divide, and subtract on a basic calculator in High school, but you need all the other functions of a TI-84 when you get to High school math. Students have proven they are going to stick with it-if possible try to reward them with an instrument that plays and sounds better.
MINIMUM: Upgrade their mouthpiece.
Talk to a director before you buy!! We want to help-it's a significant purchase!

Fundraising

Our main student fundraisers are Poinsettias, Manna Cards, Cheesecakes and Coffee. Poinsettias are a HUGE fundraiser for students, so it would be good to get involved with this. If you can help out, please do-we depend on parents to make this run! Manna cards are another way to make money, consider taking advantage of this program.

Private Lessons

Best way for a student to improve on their instrument. Offered at school during lunches, study halls, before and after school.
Cost is $24-$26 for a half hour lesson.

Travel

We have been invited to perform in the New Year's Day Parade in PARIS, FRANCE!!! This trip will take place at the end of 2016 and New Year's 2017. The parade route is incredible. The trip will be an 8 day trip and will cost about $3000-$3200. All marching band students are invited to participate. The trip has not been officially approved by the board, but they have supported these trips in the past. We are letting you know now so you can plan. We will be having a meeting as soon as the trip is a GO!

BBLZ/Friends of BBLZ

  • BBLZ is an organization for the purpose of supporting Lake Zurich Bands and families. They raise funds to provide scholarships, commissioning musical pieces, organize volunteers, plan events, and provide support to the directors. This group has become an essential organization for the success of our Band! 
  • Friends of BBLZ is a program that we are growing to allow Alumni and Community Members to support the band in a meaningful way. You will hear much more about this program this year.
  • Please consider becoming part of BBLZ and help make the band stronger!

Web Page Resources

Facebook: LZHS Marching Band Parents Page 2015-2016
Twitter: Follow @LZHSBand
Voice Mail-847-540-4319

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

WELCOME BACK 2015!!

The new year is upon us. The band just got back from Northwestern Band Day-representing Lake Zurich amongst more that 2000 HS and college musicians at halftime of the NU-Stanford Game.

We are less than 2 weeks from our first Home Football game and anxiously awaiting performing for  twice as many people in our new bleachers.

Lots of great things in store-check back for more posts, or better add us to your RSS feed so you know when new things are added. Also check lzbandboosters.com for the lastest band info.