Friday, February 21, 2014

Composer to visit LZ wind ensemble

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
For more info on mr. Turner see his website at

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...

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:

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

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wind Ensemble recordings from today

Here's our Recordings for today:
Some things you'll hear-first sounds lack clarity...

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...


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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 concert, I want to ask you to prepare yourself for the concert and see if the experience isn't at least a little better for you. We've done this with the students and we see that their concert experience is vastly improved.  I want to ask you to watch/listen to the links below. I realize that this may take some time, but you have 3 weeks before the concert so you can take your time to get through them.  Of course, the more you listen to the recordings the more your reward-you'll get out of it what you put into it, but I know you will enjoy the concert a lot more even if you just hear them once.

Concert Band-Freshmen
On An American Spiritual-David Holsinger

Chanteys-Robert Sheldon
Folk Dances-Dmitri Shostakovich

Symphonic Band
Sundance-Frank Ticheli
Arabian Dances-Brian Balmages
Kirkpatrick Fanfare-Andy Boysen Jr.

Wind Ensemble
Hounds of Spring-Alfred Reed
The King of Love My Shepherd Is-Jess Turner
Relentless-Andy Boysen Jr.
Recording to come!!!

As we get even closer to the concert, we'll try to send out some program notes on each piece so you can even better be prepared for the music you'll hear. I hope you try this!! You'll be surprised at the outcome!

College and Music-Win/Win!

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