Please be sure to double-check Student/Parent Connect for any missing assignments. Be sure these have been completed by Thursday at 3p. If you completed any assignments after the due date, be sure you have communicated completion to Mrs. Wickman so grades can be finalized accurately.
WIND ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS 2017-18
Individuals who are interested in performing in the Wind Ensemble next year must audition for admittance. Even if you are in Wind Ensemble this year, you must reaudition for the 2017-18 school year. Wind Ensemble auditions will be held in band classes during the week of April 17. Students will sign up for an audition during their regular class time and must be present on the scheduled date. Adjudicators are brought in for these auditions and they are difficult if not impossible to fairly make up if a student is absent. Individuals will be expected to perform the prepared etude, a 2-octave major scale of their choice, full range chromatic scale, and sight-read. All audition expectations can be found in the link below. I encourage Wind Ensemble members who would like to continue to perform in the ensemble and all Symphony Band students to audition. Auditions are open to all students who play a concert band instrument. You won’t know if you don’t try!
CHAMBER ENSEMBLES PERFORM FOR FINE ARTS FESTIVAL
Monday, April 10 @ the Livonia Civic Library (6p)
Several chamber ensembles volunteered before break to perform for the Fine Arts Festival at the Livonia Civic Library Monday, April 10. Ensembles need to arrive at the library by 5:45p and bring music stands. Performances will begin at 6p and run for approximately 45 minutes. Ensemble members should dress up or wear concert dress. Please consider coming out to support our musicians and fine young artists.
BAND-O-RAMA – April 18, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
All band students will perform in this concert. To prepare for the performance, the marching band will have practice Monday, April 17 from 3-4:30p. After school Tuesday, April 18, we will need student assistance to set-up the gym. If you are available to help, see Mrs. Wickman. Set-up up should take about 1 hour after school that day.
CALLING ALL SENIORS! It’s that time of year again. I will be working on the awards banquet slideshow over spring break and need your assistance by emailing a childhood and senior picture to firstname.lastname@example.org for the awards banquet. Remember, if you do not get to the pictures first, mom or dad may pick an embarrassing photo for you! If you do not have the ability to scan, bring the original in a clearly marked envelope with your name so pictures can be returned to you. I would like to keep a hard copy of your senior picture.
I am also looking for any pictures from the 2016-17 band and orchestra concerts, marching band camp, football games, Solo and Ensemble, competitions, etc. for the awards ceremony on May 19. Please send any photos you can share to Mrs. Wickman on a CD or as email attachments by April 13. The more photos I receive, the better chance I have to represent all the students throughout the year. We hope you will consider sharing your memories with us.
Over the past couple weeks there have been some changes in the music calendar to which I would like to bring your attention.
- The Spring Orchestra Concert has been moved to Tuesday, May 23 at 7p. The concert will still be held at Franklin HS. The concert will feature the Stevenson and Franklin HS orchestras.
- Drum major auditions have been moved to Wednesday, May 3 at 3p to allow students in 7th hour full participation in the auditions.
- Section leader auditions on Monday, June 5 have been moved to 3:30p to allow students in 7th hour full participation in the auditions.
All classes have now registered for SmartMusic and should be practicing their scales and music selections for assessment. Below are the requirements for each class for the remainder of marking period 3.
Students will have assigned time during class to complete assessments on the 3 school devices. If an individual would like more time on a device, they can check a device out before or after school or during their lunch for use in a practice room. The time students are assigned during class are to complete the assessments, NOT practice. Therefore, individuals need to practice music sections and scales at home to make the best use of their assessment time. Individuals who may be interested in purchasing a Smart Music subscription to use on a home computer or device can find information here. This would allow individuals to submit tests from home and practice solo, band, and orchestra literature at home with accompaniments. A home subscription is NOT a requirement, but provides many practice benefits to students.
Concert Band: Major Scales - complete 4 of your choice by 4/10/17
Symphony Band: Major Scales to the 9 - complete 6 of your choice by 4/10/17
Wind Ensemble: Melodic Minors – complete 6 of your choice by 4/10/17
Orchestra: Allegro Giocoso m1-34 – complete by 4/13/17
If you shop for groceries at Busch’s or Kroger a portion of your grocery bills can be donated back to the Livonia Stevenson Music Boosters.
Busch's Cash for Education
Busch’s has changed their procedure. Individuals can link Livonia Stevenson Music Boosters to your MY WAY card through the Busch’s website - www.buschs.com/community. If you linked you’re my Way account last year, be sure to check your account again this year as you must re-assign a donation organization for each quarter of the year.
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Kroger has suspended its annual renewal for each account's Community Rewards. If you shop at Kroger, you do NOT need to renew this year!
The Livonia Stevenson Music Boosters has an AmazonSmile account. All purchases made through https://smile.amazon.com will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the LSMB. If you are doing some holiday shopping on Amazon, be sure to use https://smile.amazon.com every time you make an Amazon purchase. The prices on AmazonSmile are identical to those on Amazon. This costs you nothing and is a great way to generate some extra funds for our music program. Thank you for your continued support!