I first want to acknowledge the wonderful 4th and 5th graders who had a part in this year’s play.
Their work was exceptional and inspiring. Over the four performances Wednesday through Saturday one could not help but notice the growth and confidence from each of these fine young artist. I was lucky enough to work directly with the musicians who learned nine pieces for this show and played them all with great musicianship. Congratulations to all.
We have one more week until Spring Break. And this weeks all before and after school music groups return to their regular rehearsal schedule. Band members will meet either Tuesday or Thursday at 3:00 PM. 3rd Grade Recorder Club will meet at 8:00 AM on Thursday. And the Boomin’ Beats will meet at 3:00 PM on Friday.
There are some big changes this week to the before and after school music classes. There will be no 5th grade Band either Tuesday 3/14 or Thursday 3/16. Also there will be no 3rd Grade Recorder Club before school on Thursday 3/16. Finally, Boomin’ Beats will not meet after school Friday 3/17. “Why?”, you might ask. Well, the Lewis school play is in production week staring Monday. This means I’m in production week too, as I’m heading up the play’s orchestra. If you have time, please come out to see the great work these Lewis 4th and 5th graders are doing. They will give 3 performances. Thursday 3/16 and Friday 3/17 at 6:30PM. And a final show on Saturday 3/18 at 3:00 PM. You can get tickets online through School Pay. Hope to see you there. Here is the link- https://pps.schoolpay.com/parent/mip/Mc62
I hope everyone had a spectacular and restful winter break. The Lewis music program is hitting the ground running in this new year.
This has been the biggest turn out ever for the Lewis 5th grade band, 45 members in all. It’s so big in fact, that we cannot all fit into the music room at the same time. This has forced me to be a little creative with the band schedule. I have decided to split the group in half to make a Tuesday Band and a Thursday Band. I sent out a couple of emails during break with which band your student has been assigned to. If there is a conflict, please let me know. But the new groups start this Tuesday!
Also starting this week is 3rd grade Recorder Club. They will meet for the first time on Thursday morning at 8:00 AM.
And finally, on Friday the 2018 Boomin’ Beats will meet for the first time. Practice for the BB’s will be go from 3:00 PM to 4:00PM in the music room. I’m looking forward to it all!
Like many I’m shocked that we’ve just about reached Winter Break. It feels like the first day of school was just last week. We’ve had an exciting time in the music room and tech room so far this year. 5th grade tech has welcomed a Reed College Computer Science outreach program that’s brought lessons in logic, sorting and binary. Both in 4th and 5th grade tech we’ve been working with the possibilities in the Scratch coding language.
5th grade band is going strong this year with 45 students participating. So many in fact that I’m not sure we can all fit in the music room at the same time! I’ll be sending out an email to all band families with an update to the schedule that will take place after winter break.
Both the 3rd Grade Recorder Club and The Boomin Beats have reached their registration capacity. I will leave the registration open until the end of the week for those wishing to be on the waitlist. You can find info and a registration link for both groups here:
Recorder – https://tonyjamesbarry.wordpress.com/recorder-club/
Boomin’ Beats – https://tonyjamesbarry.wordpress.com/boomin-beats/
Have a great winter break, and I will see you all in the new year.
Next week, October 16th, starts 5th grade band, and I couldn’t be more excited! Below is the schedule. At this first practice student will be assigned an instrument, given a rental contract, and shown the basic care for and playing of their specific instrument.
Monday 3:00 -4:00 PM – Flute
Tuesday 3:00 -4:00 PM – Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
Wednesday 3:00 -4:00 PM – Trombone
Thursday 12:20-12:50 PM – Percussion
Thursday 3:00 -4:00 PM – Trumpet
Just a quick note this week about 5th Grade Band registration. I couldn’t be more please with the interest in the Lewis band this year. The registration form has been active for only 5 days and already 34 students have signed up! This might be a new record! Most instruments are getting good interest, but as of right now we don’t have anyone signed up for percussion. I will be closing registration by this Friday, September 29th, so if you are in 5th grade and want to participate in this year’s Lewis Band, please sign up; especially you young budding percussionists.
You can learn more and register at my blog:
We are into the fourth week of school, and it feels like things are humming along nicely.
If you have a 5th grader, hopefully they’ve been talking to you about the Lewis Band. Band is one of two after school musical groups that 5th graders can sign up to join. By Thursday, I will have demonstrated the selection of instruments students can learn to play,- flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion. The online sign up will go live on Friday. Just go to my blog and follow the links for 5th Grade Band. Here’s the url
This Tuesday is Lewis’ Back to School Night. Come in and say hello, I’d love to see you.