Lisle Junior High Band Notes

March 4, 2019

IGSMA Jazz Band Contest- Saturday, March 2nd

Congratulations to all of our Jazz Ensemble members for their excellent performance at the IGSMA Jazz Band Contest on Saturday! The students received a Division One Rating from the judges. Way to go!


There will be a hiatus from jazz band/jazz ensemble for the rest of March. Morning and evening jazz practices will resume after spring break the week of Monday, April 1st.

IGSMA Symphonic Band Contest- Saturday, March 16th

Our Symphonic Band students will be performing at the IGSMA Symphonic Band Contest on Saturday, March 16th. The event is at Clarendon Hills Middle School and we perform at 10:00 AM. Students will report to LJHS no later than 8:00 am and the bus will leave Lisle Jr. High at 8:30am sharp. Parents are welcome to join us for the performance. There will be a $1 charge to get in.


We will need one or two parent chaperones to ride the bus with us. Please let me know if you are available.


Students will receive blue permission slips in class today that must be signed and returned by this Friday, March 8th.

District Band Festival- Tuesday, March 19th. 7pm @ LHS

All junior high band students will be performing at our annual District Band Festival on Tuesday, March 19th. The concert begins at 7 PM and will be held in the Lisle High School south gym. Students will need to arrive in uniform by 6:15 PM. Concert Band students will meet in the library (turn left when you walk in the front door and proceed down the hall) and Symphonic Band students will meet in the choir room (turn right as soon as you walk in).


This is a wonderful concert featuring each level of our band program in grades 5-12. All students are required to attend the full concert. There will be a combined number with all students at the end of the evening.

Coming in April: Beverage Tumbler Fundraiser

We are excited to try something a little bit new for our fundraiser this year. We will be selling custom Lisle Band hot or cold beverage tumblers. There will also be options to purchase MLB and NCAA tumblers as well. More information will be coming when we get back from spring break!

Scholarships

The Lisle 202 Band Program has a proud history of offering music scholarships to interested students at the end of each school-year. With the conclusion of a very successful bunny fundraiser, we now have a good amount of money that is set aside to give to students who are interested in taking private lessons on their instrument this summer. Every year, the Lisle Band Parents Organization offers $125 music scholarships to students interested in taking private music lessons over summer and we expect to be able to offer a scholarship to each student that applies.



Private instruction, in my opinion, is the lifeblood of our band program. Working with a professional musician privately will set your child up for success. They will hone their playing fundamentals and will be able to progress much more quickly on their instruments. There are many instrument-specific skills that simply cannot be taught in a full-band setting. They will be able to learn at their own pace and their private instructor can give them specific advice and practice goals for improvement. And the best part…it’s FREE! The Lisle Band Parents Organization wants to give you $125 to cover the cost of these summer private lessons.


Students will receive applications for scholarships next month.