Weekly Update

December 18, 2020

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Patriot Band:

Thank you all for a wonderful fall semester! Through all of the unique challenges and circumstances, our students pushed through and made the best of it. I am truly grateful to work with such a great group of kids.

I won't be sending another update until we are ready to come back in January. Until then, please read the important information in this update, including information about fees, Region Band results, and spring semester band placement.

Have a safe and happy winter break!

Final Band Fee Payment - Dec 15th

The final payment toward band fees was due Tuesday, December 15th

  • All students are responsible for these fees, virtual and F2F.
  • Students without a school owned instrument, including color guard, will have paid a total of $200.
  • Students with a school owned instrument, including percussion, will have paid a total of $300. $200 activity fee + $100 instrument fee.

If you have any specific questions or concerns, please email Mr. Hudler.

The easiest and preferred payment method for safety purposes is to pay through Skyward. If need be, payments can be made by cash or check in the band hall. Checks must be made payable to "LCHS" with "Band Fees" and student ID # in the memo line.

Required - Tuner and Pickup

Wind Players must have a tuner and pickup cable for all in-person classes and rehearsals. In the spring semester, a tuner and pick up will be part of the required materials for participation grades. While virtual-only students do not necessarily need a tuner at home, it is a useful tool to have and all students will need them when they return to campus in the future.

Tuners and pickups can be purchased at any music store or even on Amazon.

Wind players must have their tuner and pickup for in-person classes and rehearsals by the time we return to school in January.

All-Region Band Results

We just received our Region Band results and we are very proud of our Patriot Band! 43 students earned a spot in one of the 4 Region 3 All-Region Bands. Not only is that by far more students than ever before, it happens to be more students than any other school in our region! In addition, 11 of those students ranked high enough to qualify for the next level of auditions, the Area C Band Audition which will be recorded January 9th-13th. Please congratulate the students below for their achievement:

Full results for the region can be found at this link.

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Spring Semester Band Placement Results

Click the button below for placement results for next semester.

Please remember: Several factors go into these results. For our band class placement (Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, etc.) we take into account factors like students' auditions for us, Region Band auditions, and students' performances and participation in class (F2F/Virtual status was not factored into these results). Ultimately, class scheduling is a factor as well. We submit our results to our counselors and do our best to get each student scheduled in the ensemble they earned a place in, but sometimes students have core courses that cannot be rearranged to accommodate that.

Solo Time!

We are ready to start our next big project. Every wind and percussion student will learn and perform a UIL solo. The solo project will be very similar to the region etude project. Students will be assigned a solo that they will perform and pass off in small portions, building up to their performance at UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest in February. We are still waiting for details about how this year's contest will work, but we do know that it will take place either Saturday, Feb 6th or Saturday Feb 27th.

Solo Selection

All members of the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony will play the Level 1 solo for their instrument. All members of the Symphonic Band and Concert Band will play the Level 2 solo for their instrument. (Exceptions would be students who have already earned a d=Division 1 rating on a level 1 or 2 solo. They are required to perform a level 1 solo) *If students are taking private lessons, they may select their own solo with their teacher. Those students will need to provide a photo copy of their part to the band staff for evaluation purposes.*

Purchasing Your Solo

For education purposes, we have provided a photocopy of the assigned solos in our virtual library; however, in order to comply with copyright law, UIL requires that each student purchase an original copy of their solo for their UIL performance. The most reliable source to purchase these originals is http://www.jwpepper.com. Most of the assigned solos can be purchased for $20 or less. It is strongly advised that you order your originals ASAP. They often take 4+ weeks to ship after they are ordered and students will need to plan on having the original in hand before February 6th.

The Project Process

We will break down each solo into 5 cuts for pass offs. Students will perform one cut of their solo each week in class and receive and evaluation and a grade based off of the same performance rubric we used for the region etudes. (Reminder: "blue" range scores = 100%, "white" range scores = 80%, and "yellow" range scores = 60%) As always, if a student is not satisfied with their score, there will be opportunities for them to reattempt any performance for a higher score and grade. Additionally, while students will need to spend time outside of class working on these solos, they will be provided some class time to practice and prepare their performances as well.

Performance Dates

  • Cut #1 - Dec 10th
  • Cut #2 - Dec 17th/18th
  • Cut #3 - Jan 7th
  • Cut #4 - Jan 14th
  • Cut #5 - Jan 21st
  • Full Solo - Feb 1st *test grade*
  • UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest - Feb 6th or 27th *test grade*

More Important Information:

Grades and Google Meet

All students are expected to fully participate during their assigned class time. Students should be playing along at home with what students are playing at school during class rehearsals. Students, both F2F and at home, will be called on to perform materials individually throughout the rehearsal. If a student does not respond or perform when called on, that student's participation grade will be reduced.

Class Attendance

We make announcements and take attendance in the first 10 minutes of each Google Meet. If a student logs on late, they will have been marked absent. It will be the responsibility of the student to reach out to correct attendance. To have attendance corrected, students should find the "magic button" on their canvas course home page which will take them to a Google Form they can fill out to request a correction.

Band Website and Calendar

Find the official band calendar on the home page of our band website. We encourage families and students to sync the band calendar to your personal calendar to help keep track of our busy schedule.

Private Lessons

We strongly encourage all members of the band to take advantage of private lesson opportunities this year. Lessons are incredibly beneficial to every student from Concert Band to the Wind Ensemble. They help students grow and improve individually, which is the best and fastest way for our band to grow and improve as an organization. This week the band staff will be reaching out to families who expressed interest in private lessons to help set them up and answer any questions. More information about private lessons can be found on our band website along with student applications and contact information for our amazing private lessons staff.