Jazz Trip Next Wednesday, 2/3

We’re traveling to Ottawa State University next Wednesday. Plan for an all day trip. We’ll have sectionals, jam sessions, rehearsals, performances, and FOOD! We’ll be leaving LSW at 7:30am and arriving back to west about 7pm. The list of clinicians is great and I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be a lot of fun and we will be 1000% more jazzy when we get back.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Shawn Harrel

LSW Music Festival

Good evening,

The Music Festival is quickly approaching. The Festival has two major components: solo/small ensemble and large ensemble. At this time I’m only focusing on the solo/small ensemble.

What is the solo and small ensemble Music Festival?

This event occurs over two days at LSW for the surrounding schools in the district (approximately 12 schools). Vocal solos/ensembles are scheduled on Friday, March 4th and instrumental solos/ensembles on Saturday, March 5th. Students can choose to perform a solo, or in a small group (usually less than 8) or can do both. The festival takes place in approximately 16 classrooms at LSW. There is a judge in each classroom and students are assigned to perform in one of those classrooms. Friends and family are able to come into the classroom and listen. The judge will score the performance from a 1 (the best) to a 5 (not so good). Students that receive a 1 rating will be eligible to perform at State Music Festival (held in late May at the University of Missouri-Columbia campus).

Why do we need volunteers?

We cannot host the festival without several volunteers. Over these two days we will need about 125 volunteers (not including students). We are asking each family to volunteer for at least one-two shifts. It is a great way to help the music department, support your child, and get to know some other great music parents. An added bonus is that you will hear some very talented students and groups. And no musical talent is required for any of the volunteer opportunities!

The festival also provides a number of jobs where students can assist; it’s a great way to fulfill their volunteer hours! Student volunteer sign-ups will be posted on the choir room doors shortly.

We also run a concession stand during the festival; the proceeds allow the music parents to support our music students in a great number of ways.

The kids probably will not receive their performance times until the week before the festival. If you happen to volunteer during the time your child performs, I will make arrangements so that you can still hear them perform. I compare the performance times for each child to the times that the parents have volunteered. If there is a conflict, then I will either assign you to your child’s room or arrange for you to switch with another parent when it is time for them to perform. Please don’t let this stop you from volunteering now.

Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact myself or Michelle Krause (4krauses).

Thank you for your support!
Brent Grigsby
LSWMP President

Charms instructions:

Go to www.charmsoffice.com
Select Enter in the upper right-hand corner and then select Parents/Students/MembersEnter school code: lswhsmusic
Click on the Public Calendar icon
Go to the day that you wish to volunteer and click on the hand

Solo and Small Ensemble Volunteer Descriptions
Setup Crew – Prior to contest beginning adjust classroom configuration into contest configuration
Room Monitor – Assist judge by ushering students into room for performance and maintain semi-quiet environment outside room during performance
Information Table – Provide information to individuals on location of rooms, concessions and restrooms
Clean Up Chief – Manage students to ensure classrooms are returned to original state after contest concludes
Clean Up Crew Student – After contest ends, remove stands/chairs and arrange desks back into classroom configuration
Concessions – Receive money, prepare food and serve customers

Reminders for Band This Week

1. Basketball games for both bands this week. Check your schedule.
2. Drum Major meeting on Tuesday before school at 7. All current, future, and aspiring drum majors should attend, whether you plan to tryout this year or not.
3. It’s contest registration time. You MUST have music, accompanist, and be registered via Google form no later than Friday of this week!! See me with questions.

LSWMP January news and notes


Things are starting to pick up in the music program and it’s a very exciting time. On to the news and notes:

Music Festival

– This is quickly coming and there will be an email shortly. There are two parts to the music festival: solo/small ensemble and large ensemble. To give you an idea of how many people go through LSW – last year we had 6,800 performers over 6 days, 207 volunteer spots, we covered 850 hours with 126 unique volunteers!

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Second Semester Choir Events – DATE CHANGE

Dear Choir Families,

The second semester is off and running here at LSW. Indeed, we have busy yet exciting semester ahead in the Choral Department.

The date for Parade of Choirs has changed. The correct date is April 26. This is a change from what was distributed back in August when we released the first calendar. This is a required performance for ALL choir students. I’ve included the 2nd semester calendar at the bottom of this email for your reference.

Also, I am excited to welcome our fantastic student teacher Mr. Connor Scott into our Titan Choir family. Mr. Scott, comes to us from Webster University in St. Louis and will be student teaching at LSW through mid-April. I’ve attached a welcome letter from him to this email as well.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Amy Krinke

Mr. Scott Letter

LSW Choir Calendar

Graded Performances and Rehearsals:                    Continue reading

LSW Music Parents news and notes

Good evening/morning,

I know that it’s been a while since my last email. I’ve taken a week to recover from just over 2 ½ months of 70 hour work weeks with only a couple days off.

There hasn’t been much going on in the world of the music parents, any correspondence that’s been needed has been sent via the teachers. One of our biggest events of the year is coming up the beginning of March and with this comes the opportunity to volunteer and show many throughout the area what LSWHS is all about. Look for information to start coming out in the next couple weeks for volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers – Without parents stepping up this organization isn’t able to provide the assistance that our music department greatly needs. We could use help in all areas and I’m adjusting the roles document for the positions as they’ve changed the past couple of years. We do have some current committee needs however:
Music Festival – It would be great to have a few people in leadership roles besides myself that can help facilitate the events, one person running this by themselves is simply too much. I’m going through the notes for this currently and have several positions that will need help.

Taste of Lee’s Summit – This is held in the evening of March 5. If you’re unable to help with the district competition please consider helping with this. Last year I volunteered at the district competition and TOLS, I enjoyed both GREATLY. Taste of Lee’s Summit is an evening of fundraising for the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation to help students across the LS school district. You’ll be able to sample food from various vendors, make bids on fantastic donations from the community and interact with a diverse group of people. We need at least 10 volunteers for this event and there are positions for standing, sitting and walking around. LSWMP receives $2500 from this partnership that helps pay for various things including awards.
For the Taste of Lee’s Summit we have been asked to get donations from area businesses to be auctioned off at the event. We are in need of some volunteers to take a packet and contact the businesses on each list to get these as soon as possible. If you are interested in helping with this please contact Mary Grigsby at 785-5215.

Upcoming events:
January 21 – Music parent meeting 7pm
January 27-30 – MMEA
February 25 – Symphonic Band and 8th grade band concert
March 4-5 – District solo/small ensemble
March 5 – Taste of Lee’s Summit 4pm-10pm

Marching Band 2016

Happy New Year, and welcome to the Titan Pride Band Program.

First, on Thursday, February 25th, the Symphonic Band from LSW and the SLMS 8th Grade Concert Band will be having a joint concert here at LSWHS in the Performing Arts Center at 7pm. Students will have a joint rehearsal that evening on stage with Mr. Knapp at 6pm.

During this time, I would like to invite all parents of 8th grade students (or any current high school parents who wish to come) for an introductory meeting to the high school band program. I will cover everything you might need to know entering high school as it pertains to band.

Second, here are the dates for our summer band camps. Please get them in your calendar now to prevent conflicts from arising.

Drumline Camp (ALL percussionists in the program)
July 18-22, 2016 – 8am to 4pm

Band Camp (ALL members of the band program, including percussionists)
July 25-29, 2016 — 8am to 4pm

If you have ANY questions, don’t hesitate to ask them. Otherwise, you will be receiving regular emails throughout this semester to prepare you for next year.

Many blessings!