I had a few parents and students ask me when my jazz trio will be playing in town, so here is a shameless plug.
I will be playing with the Fred Knapp Trio, (which is my usual jazz trio) Friday April 8th from 8-11pm at ENSO restaurant in East Lansing. This event is organized by the Jazz Alliance of Mid Michigan (JAMM). The trio will will be joined by Ben Jansson on tenor sax. We will be playing tunes from our most recent CD Release "Standard and More. Vol 1" which came out about two weeks ago. This recording features Ben on tenor along with the trio. We will also be playing tunes from our first three recordings.
The is no cover for this event. If you are in town, feel free to come out, have some great food, and enjoy some live music.
Thanks for reading and have a relaxing and safe spring break,
The coupon books were given out today to go home and be distruibted. The students were also given their order forms back. the out of state books have been ordered and will be mail to the school. I will pass them out after I receive them. Prizes will be handed out either Wednesday or Thursday. Thank you for supporting the orchestra.
Congrats to all the students who performed at the MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Festival this weekend. I received many nice compliments from the judges about what they heard from East Lansing students!
Also, bravo to all the students who made Willy Wonka such a huge success! I had fun watching from down in the "pit." Hope everyone involved had a good time!
Next week we will be having our final set of chair/ playing tests for the spring concerts. Each student will receive a grade for this playing test, and seats will be assigned for the spring concerts. The tests will be recorded and graded over spring break. Below is the required music for the tests:
•Chamber 1st, Viola, Cellos, Bass (71-91) Wonderland Variations
•Chamber 2nd (42-70) Wonderland Variations
•All Orchestra (Symphonic and Chamber) students- Symphony No. 5 (m6-E)
-Vln 1 35-43, 164-234
-Vln 2 35-43, 156-188
-Cello 100-107, 124-136, 156-164
-Vln 2 60-67
–Vln 1, Vln 2, Viola, (21-37)
–Vln 1 (9-21, 61-87, 92-99)
–Vln 2 (9-21, 61-85) –Vla (9-21, 78-85)
–Cello (39-53, 77-80, 91-end)
–Bass (39-53, 91-end)
Willy Wonka starts this weekend and runs through the March 27. We have may students from the orchestra involved in the production from cast to pit to stage crew! Show dates and times are:
March 18- 7:30
March 20- 2:00
March 23- 7:00
March 25- 7:30
March 26- 7:30
March 27- 2:00
All shows are at the High School Center for the Performing Arts.
The Spring High School funraiser kicked-off today, March 10. Please click on the fundraising link for more information.
Also the Middle School fundraiser will end on Monday, March 14. Students should return the coupon book with orders sheet and money. Check should be made payable to Macdonald Middle School.
Due to a conflict with the East Lansing Educational Foundation's fundraiser, we need to move the 7th and 8th grade spring concert. It is currently scheduled for thursday, May 12 at 7:00 pm at the Middle School. That is incorrect. The concert has been moved to Tuesday, May 17 at the Middle School @ 7:00 pm. Please note this change in your calendars. Sorry for any inconvience this might cause.
This past weekend we hosted the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District VIII Band and Orchestra festival at the High School. This was our second year hosting the event.
We had over 1000 students and parents come from all over Mid Michigan to participate in the festival. The site ran very well. We had fantastic support from our parents, students, and support staff throughout the weekend. We received many positive comments from parents, judges, and students from the other districts. This event once again showcased the wonderful facilities we have in East Lansing!
On top of hosting the event we had eight ensembles (around 300 students) participate in the festival. The results were as follows.
7th Grade Band (Mrs. Kroth) Division I rating
8th Grade Band (Mrs Kroth) Division I rating
7th Grade Orchestra (Mr. Rosin) Division I rating
8th Grade Orchestra (Mr. Rosin) Division I rating
Concert Band (Mr. Larzelere) Division I rating
Symphonic Band (Mr. Larzelere) Division I rating
Encore Strings (Mr. Rosin) Division I rating
Symphonic Orchestra (Mr. Rosin) Division I rating
So, every ensemble received the highest rating given at this festival. The division I rating requires an overall rating of A in the combined categories.
We are very proud of the hard work the students put into these outstanding musical performances.
Thank you again for your continued support of the instrumental music programs in East Lansing,