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January, 2015

Thank you for your support towards music education and the band experience! All of the December concerts were a success and provided the students with an opportunity to share their abilities with their peers, family, and friends. With the start of the new year, our focus will be on the upcoming Solo & Ensemble Festivals and the next round of concerts. Thank you again!
Steven A. Nierman
Music Education Services
You will be receiving a Solo & Ensemble Festival registration letter in the regular mail next week. Please keep an eye out for it. Completed registration forms will be due back by February 6th. Following are the 5 festival dates and locations. 
Saturday March 7:
  • Northwest Suburban @ St. Peter Lutheran in Schaumburg
  • Far North & Northwest Suburban @ Frassati Catholic Academy in Wauconda
  • Far West & South Side @ Trinity Lutheran School in Tinley Park
Saturday March 14:
  • North Chicago & Near North/Northwest Suburban @ St. Philip Lutheran School in Chicago 
  • Rockford Area @ St. Bridget Catholic School in Rockford
All students should have recently received a solo from their director. The solo is an important part of the band curriculum and all students will play their solo for their director. At first glance, the solo may look challenging. Solos are individually selected by each director, specifically for your child! Students will have plenty of time to practice their solo and get help from their director. 
Not sure if your child should participate in the festival? Click here to view Q & A about the event!
Just a reminder that instruments should be stored inside during winter months. Cold temperatures can damage woodwind pads & corks, as well as warp reeds, cause brass valves & slides to stick, and percussion heads to crack. Repairs may be costly and make it difficult for your child to play. If left in the cold, it is important that the instrument remain in the case and stays closed to slowly warm-up before playing to avoid drastic temperature changes. 
Don't forget to save the date for Honors Band! The 2015 Honors Band will be held on Saturday, April 25th at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. The names of participating students will be announced in the beginning of February. 
Also be sure to check the website of your band director and mark all concert and rehearsal dates on your 2015 calendar! 
About this time, beginner clarinets will be working on a new and difficult skill: crossing the break. The break refers to the transition from one register to the next, typically notes A to B. This skill is not easy and students may become frustrated. Click here for ideas on how to help them achieve this!
Are you a parent who is still not sure how to help your child practice? You may be saying... "I'm not a musician, I can't read music." Now think to yourself... do you enjoy or listen to music? If so, you are absolutely able to help them! Check out our website for some Practice Tips & Ideas
Calling all 8th graders!!! Have you thought about your musical career in high school? Now would be a good time to start thinking about your future. We hope that you continue to grow as a musician and participate in band as a high school student. It is your responsibility to contact your future high school to learn what musical opportunities may be in store for you and what requirements are necessary to participate. Some schools may require a letter of recommendation or audition. Your director will be more than happy to help! If you do need a letter of recommendation or any forms filled out, be sure to give your director ample time to best represent you. 
"GE hires a lot of engineers. We want young people who can do more than add up a string of numbers and write a coherent sentence. They must be able to solve problems, communicate ideas and be sensitive to the world around them. Participation in the arts is the best way to develop these abilities." 
-Clifford V. Smith, President of the General Electric Foundation
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1041 Bonaventure Drive
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007