LMHS Band Newsletter

Winter 2018

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Dave Matthews Band Saxophonist Jeff Coffin came to Lower Moreland High School on October 18th with world class drummer Roy "Futureman" Wooten for a master class on jazz improvisation and creativity. Students from William Tennant High School joined us for the clinic. The two musicians then rehearsed the LMHS Jazz Ensemble in the evening.

LMHS Pep Band

The LMHS Pep Band performed at all home games this year and had a great time! During the annual homecoming game, 8th grade students from Murray Ave. joined the fun!
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Composer John Mackey To Make Music for LMHS Wind Ensemble

After sending a recording of the LMHS WInd Ensemble performing one of John Mackey's pieces at last year's Spring Concert, Mackey invited the group to be a part of his next composition. He is writing "Hubris" for a group of high schools, including Lower Moreland. In John Mackey's email to Mr. Stroup, he stated:

"How do you have a band that good in a school with 700 students?! ...I would love to come and spend a few days with you and your group!"


LMHS Music Boosters Bingo Night

LMHS Music Boosters held their annual "Coach Bag Bingo Night" on Friday, October 27th.

A great time was had by all! Special thanks to our band volunteers Aryn, Cassidy, Lea, Gabi, Abby, Marlee, Yerin, and Isabella!

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Jazz Combo Performs at Several Events in the Community

Our LMHS Jazz Combo performed at Cairnwood Estates for a fundraiser for "The Pennypack Trust" on Friday, November 2nd, "Anthony's Fire Grilled Pizza" on Tuesday, November 27th, and are performing at the Huntingdon Valley Library on Thursday, December 6th. The jazz combo is also performing a clinic with a Philadelphia Pre-School in class on Tuesday, December 4th at 9:30AM.

Mr. Moore, Student Teacher from IUP, Joins Us For Our Winter Concert

Mr. Moore joined us in October for his high school student teaching placement. He has been learning the way we do things here in Lower Moreland, and he will be guest conducting at our upcoming Winter Concert.
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Composer Quincy Hilliard to Join Band Program as Guest Artist/Conductor For Our Spring Concert

Dr. Quincy Hilliard has been coming to Lower Moreland to either guest conduct or guest rehearse our bands for the past 17 years. This year, the Lower Moreland High School Wind Ensemble will be preparing and performing his brand new piece, "As The World Watched".

As The World Watched was commissioned by the Tenth District Band Directors of the Georgia Music Educators Association. This piece is a

programmatic work based upon the composer’s view of the insane events that have happened around the world, both past and present. The abuse that mankind

has perpetrated upon each other, man’s inhumanity to man and the taking of human life, for no reason at all, is the major focus of this work. On a secondary

level, the work also represents one’s reaction to an event that is very shocking and painful.

The work is divided into three sections – Shock, Anger, and Depression. These are the three emotions that the composer experienced each time that he witnessed

one of these catastrophic and horrifying events.

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This Year's Big Trip is to Nashville, Tennessee!

All band students this year will be attending the Heritage Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee from Tuesday evening, April 9th to Sunday afternoon, April 14th. Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Symphonic Band will all be competing in the festival. In addition to competing, the students will be staying at the beautiful Gaylord-Opry Hotel, visiting Dollywood, and enjoying several other fun activities! We will send updates home as we finalize the itinerary.


All Parents/Guardians of students attending the Nashville trip MUST complete the following ASAP:

1. Visit the Heritage Festival website at: worldstrides.com/register

2. Enter the Trip ID: 166335

3. Verify the school name and teacher name, then select if the participant is a Student or an Adult.

4. Enter all requested information.

5. Read and accept the Terms and Conditions. You have an option to download and print a copy.

6. Submit your completed form.

Completing this registration ensures that your student will be covered by the WorldStrides insurance policy in case of injury and/or illness. Additionally, this process allows directors easy access to emergency contact information for all travelers.

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LMHS Wind Ensemble Invited to Perform at Carnegie Hall!

This year our Wind Ensemble was accepted to perform in a New York Invitational Music Festival at Carnegie Hall at 9 pm. The performance will be on Thursday, March 14th and we are so excited.
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Jazz Ensemble Has a Busy Season Ahead!

Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival:

For our fifth year in a row, Jazz Ensemble is honored to be competing at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, Maryland on February 15th and 16th.

The website is midatlanticjazzfestival.org.

PMEA All State/NAfME All Eastern Convention:

The Jazz Ensemble is excited to have been selected as only one of two jazz ensembles to perform at the PMEA All State/NAfME All Eastern Convention this year on April 4th at 11:30 AM at the Pittsburgh Convention Center. This is the first year that any ensemble from Lower Moreland has been selected for this honor.

" Dear Erin,

Congratulations! It is our pleasure to invite the Lower Moreland High School Jazz Ensemble to perform during the 2019 PMEA/NAfME Eastern Division Conference, April 4-6 in Pittsburgh. Your group is officially scheduled to perform a 40 minute concert, inclusive of music and speaking, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 4. It is a special honor to have been accepted, as more 170 entries were submitted for evaluation.

Please convey my congratulations to the members of your ensemble. We are looking forward to hearing your ensemble in Pittsburgh!"


12/8/18 : District Band Auditions @ Upper Dublin High School

12/13/18 : Winter Concert

2/14-16/19 : Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival-Rockville, Maryland

3/14/19 : LMHS Wind Ensemble @ Carnegie Hall

3/18/19 : LMTSD All Band Night Concert

4/4/19 : Jazz Ensemble @ All Eastern Convention in Pittsburgh, PA

4/9-14/19 : Nashville Trip

5/2/19 : Spring Concert with Dr. Quincy Hilliard

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