LEHS Band Newsletter

Edition #10 (February 22 - March 14, 2021)

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A Note from Mr. Felice

Band Sectionals will be a little different over the next two weeks, due to UIL Solo & Ensemble prep and recording sessions. We will resume our regular sectional schedule after Spring Break.

Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Winds (2/22-2/26)

Monday - All Brass

Wednesday - All Woodwinds

Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Winds (3/1-3/5)

Wednesday - All Brass

Thursday - All Woodwinds

LEHS Band Parent Meetings (ZOOM)

On Wednesday, February 24th, we will be having ZOOM Parent Meetings to discuss the 2021 Summer Band Calendar. Here is the schedule for those meetings:

8th & 9th Graders - 6:00 pm (click for link)

10th & 11th Graders - 7:15 pm (click for link)

* If there is a prior commitment for that time on Wednesday, the recording of the meeting will be posted on the LEHS Band website (www.lehsband.com).

Weekly Recordings

In the Spring Semester, all wind players (woodwinds and brass) are required to make a weekly recording using the built-in Canvas recorder. These assignments are posted on Canvas every Monday, as well as written on the board at school, and are due by midnight on the following Sunday. This gives every student a full week to make each recording, which counts as a summative grade.

UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest

The UIL Region 24 Solo & Ensemble Contest will be virtual this year. Students are currently letting the directors know if they plan to participate. We are asking all students to confirm their choice of solo with a director. We need to be sure that each selection is an approved piece on the UIL Prescribed Music List. The deadline to enter this year's contest is Wednesday, January 27th. Due to the contest being virtual and the fewer number of events that our band program is entering in 2020-2021, the band department will greatly subsidize the cost of this year's contest. Instead of the typical $15 per ensemble member and $30 per accompanied solo, this year's contest will cost each participating band member $5 per ensemble member and $10 per solo.

* The current planned dates for after-school piano accompanist rehearsals are Tuesday, February 23rd, and Thursday, February 25th. Recordings for the event will be done on March 1-3 at LEHS. All students participating with an accompanied solo need to sign-up for a ten minute time slot for each day. Please use the Sign-Up Genius link below.

Piano Accompaniment Rehearsal Slots (Sign-Up Genius)

Please be sure to sign-up for a slot on Tuesday & Thursday. All woodwinds will be rehearsing with Mrs. Depinet, while the brass will be rehearsing with Mr. Emery.

Tuesdays & Thursdays (3:30 - 4:30 pm)

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2/22, Symphonic Winds + Malak (3:30-5:30 pm)

2/23, Wind Ensemble (3:30-5:30 pm)

2/25, All High School Percussion (3:30-5:30 pm)

2/26, All High School Percussion (3:30-5:30 pm)

Saturday, February 27th - Recording Day Schedule

8:00 - 11:00 am, LEHS Percussion Dress Rehearsal

12:30 - 2:30 pm, Strike MS Rehearsal / Recording

3:00 - 5:00 pm, Walker MS Rehearsal / Recording

6:30 pm, LEHS Percussion Concert (Live Stream)

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2/22, 5:00 - 8:00 pm (small gym)

2/24, 5:00 - 8:00 pm (small gym)

3/1, 5:00 - 8:00 pm (small gym)

3/3, 5:00 - 8:00 pm (small gym)

3/8, 12:00 - 8:00 pm - WGI RECORDING DAY (Competition Gym)

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Little Elm High School Band 2020 Christmas Concert (edited)

Upcoming Band Events:

February 22 - Brass Sectionals (WE & SW)

February 23 - UIL S&E Rehearsals / Jazz Ensemble

February 24 - Woodwind Sectionals (WE & SW) / ZOOM Parent Meetings

February 25 - UIL S&E Rehearsals / Jazz Ensemble

February 27 - Percussion Concert

March 1-3 - UIL S&E Recording Sessions

March 2 - Jazz Ensemble

March 3 - Brass Sectionals (WE & SW)

March 4 - Woodwind Sectionals (WE & SW)

March 5 - Chamber Recital #1

March 8-12 - Spring Break

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Thanks to the Little Elm Band Boosters, EVERY BAND STUDENT at LEHS was given a one-year subscription to Smartmusic. Smartmusic is an online, interactive program that makes practice more enjoyable and fulfilling for band students. It provides a wealth of practice materials, accompaniment recordings, band recordings, etc..as well as a way for directors to provide greater feedback and performance assessment. Please be sure your child has accepted the invitation that was sent via school email and they complete the Smartmusic registration. They will enjoy having this practice resource!

Please UPDATE Charms Accounts

All 2020-2021 Lobo Band students are now in CHARMS, with the exception of freshman. Please login to Charms and UPDATE ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION ASAP. This will ensure that everyone receives newsletters and other important information regarding the Lobo Band.

Go to charmsoffice.com

Enter as the login: LittleElmHSB

Password: Six-digit Student ID# (unless you have set-up another password)

*Please be sure to SAVE all new information in Charms.

Thank you!


Band Hall Phones

The band directors can be reached at the following extensions: (972) 947-9443

Frank Felice (ext. 25108)

Maxwell Atkinson (ext. 25110)

Matt Neal (ext. 25109)

Kristen Zotti (ext. 25109)