5th Grade Band Notes

February Update- Showcase Night, Fundraiser, Cabaret Night

Introducing....Showcase Night on Monday, April 25th

BRAND NEW this year will be an event called Showcase night where students will have the opportunity to perform solos and/or ensembles with their friends. This will be different from a typical band concert. It will be a fun, talent-show type of an event and students are able to choose which songs they want to play. For example, we have a group of students that want to play the Rocky Theme Song so I just finished writing out an arrangement for them. All the students need to do is turn in an order form indicating what song they would like to play and I will do my best to produce an arrangement of it.

Students received the sign-up form in after-school band rehearsal two weeks ago that they should turn in to me if they are interested in participating. This is not a required event but I hope that most students will be interested. It will be a great opportunity for the students to improve their musical skills in a fun, relaxed setting. I believe that students are more likely to practice their instruments if they are playing a song that they know and really like- and this is the opportunity for them to do that!

The event will be on Monday, April 25th at 6:30 PM at Schiesher. Please mark your calendars- I highly recommend that students participate! Click the link below for a copy of the sign-up sheet. All forms are due to me by Tuesday, February 16th.

Chocolate Bunny Fundraiser starts next week

We will be kicking off our annual Chocolate Bunny Fundraiser at next week's Tuesday afternoon rehearsal! The kids will all receive a packet that includes a collection envelope, an informational sheet, and an order form. Please ask your son or daughter to show this packet to you when they get home next Tuesday so it does not get lost in the shuffle! The fundraiser will run for 2 weeks and end on Tuesday, February 23rd.

  • Each chocolate bunny sells for $6.00 and profits will be used for equipment and music scholarships for the 5th Grade Band. For those new to the program, we are usually able to provide a $125 scholarship over the summer to any student interested in taking private lessons on their instrument. In order to make that happen, we have to raise enough funds with this bunny sale. Students are not eligible for a summer scholarship if they do not participate in the sale.

  • Students do not have the bunnies yet- they will be delivered on Tuesday, March 15th. At this time, students will bring their bunnies home and deliver them to the buyers.

  • Students should collect the money when taking orders. Checks can be made payable toLisle Band Parent Organization (LBPO).

  • Please include your child’s name in the memo line of any checks.

  • Orders are to be turned in on Tuesday, February 23rd at after-school band practice. If your order contains lots of cash, we ask that you please write one check to the LBPO for easier transport of money.

  • These bunnies are absolutely delicious and will be delivered in time for Easter!

We will need a few parent helpers to help organize the bunny orders after school on Monday, March 14th from about 3:00-4:00 and to help pass the bunnies out to the students on Tuesday, March 15th from about 3:45-4:45. Please consider volunteering for one or more of these times. We could not do what we do without the support of our parents!

Our Next Concert

Our next performance is the district band festival on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7 PM at the high school. More details to come next month.

Cabaret Night- Saturday, February 13th

I would like to tell you about a fun upcoming event that you may want to consider attending. On Saturday, February 13th, the Lisle Junior High Jazz Bands and the Lisle Senior High Jazz Bands will perform an evening of Big Band jazz at our annual Cabaret Night. There will also be a special performance from the Lisle Alumni Jazz Band. This is always perhaps the most anticipated event of the year for the Lisle Band Department and it promises to be a night of great entertainment. In addition to being a great performance opportunity for the jazz band students of the Junior High and High School, this event serves as our band program’s biggest fundraiser each year. We decorate the Junior High gym and fill it with tables to sit at and from 7:15 PM to 10:00 PM you can enjoy refreshments and watch the progression of jazz bands beginning with the 6th graders and ending with the top high school band. You can also participate in a Grand Raffle and a Chinese raffle and have the opportunity to win some very cool prizes. This evening of good food and great jazz music raises funds for scholarships, clinics and equipment.

Just to clarify, the 5th Grade Band members do not participate in this event nor are they required to attend but it will be a great opportunity for them to see the groups that they will hopefully be part of in the future. The Lisle Band Parents do a phenomenal job of organizing this event and we hope you will consider attending.

Click the button below to download an order form for Cabaret Night if you are interested in attending.