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January, 2019

Solo & Ensemble Festival is an integral part of our curriculum. Preparation for this event fosters significant growth in every child's development.  Participation is not mandatory, but students who chose to participate often show marked improvement in their technical skills and musical growth. Should your student elect not to attend the festival he or she will still prepare a solo and perform their solo for your director. Students who choose to  participate  will perform in front of a judge with a piano accompanist.  All participants will earn either a gold, silver, or bronze medal for their effort.  
Be watching your mailbox at home for your Solo & Ensemble Festival registration letter next week. Please return your completed from by February 5th. 
Here are this year's festival dates and locations. 
Saturday March 2, 2019:
  • North Chicago & Near North Suburban @ St. Philip Lutheran School in Chicago
  • Northwest Suburban @ St. Peter Lutheran School in Schaumburg
Saturday March 9, 2019:
  • North & Far Northwest Suburban @ Frassati Catholic Academy in Wauconda
  • Aurora area, Southwest Suburban & South Side of Chicago @ Trinity Lutheran School in Tinley Park
  • Rockford Area @ St. Bridget Catholic School in Rockford
Students received a solo from their director. These s olos are selected specifically for your child by his or her director!  Solos are a long term project and should be challenging. Your child may have tired the solo and thought there was no way they would ever be able to do this. But, over time they will make significant progress and see that practice makes progress. 
Band directors will be scheduling extra practices ahead of the festival to help students feel comfortable with the music. Performing a solo allows students to gain confidence, self discipline, and a stronger work ethic. Progress can be gradual and sometimes slow.  The benefits come in the form of student's overall improvement and the realization that with hard work they can accomplish what once seemed impossible.  Last year just over half of our students participated in the festival. All of our directors agree that participants become the strongest players in the band. 
Not sure if your child should participate in the festival? Click HERE to view Q & A about the event!
Instruments should always be stored inside during winter months.  Exposure to cold temperatures can weaken woodwind pads & corks, warp reeds, cause brass valves & slides to stick, and percussion heads to crack. Repairs can be costly and make it difficult for your child to participate in class, causing frustration and a lack of confidence. If the instrument is left in the cold for an extended time, it should be left in a closed case and allowed to come to room temperature before playing to avoid drastic temperature changes which can cause damage. 
The 2019 Honors Band Festival will be held on Saturday, April 27th at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. The Festival will feature two bands; the Symphonic Band and the Concert Band. Honors Band is open to all of our advanced students. 
Students auditioned to be considered for the Symphonic Band before the holidays and we are so thrilled with the amount of talent we heard in the video submissions.  Students who are selected for this ensemble will be notified by their director in mid to late January. 
The Concert Band will be selected by director nominations like in years past and students will also be notified by their directors once the selection process has been completed in late January or early February. 
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-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!!! Are you thinking about joining band in high school? We hope that you continue to grow as a musician and participate in band as a Freshman. We highly recommend contacting your future high school to learn what music performance classes are offered 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 so that they can craft a letter that is befitting of your talents. 
Music Education Services | (847)805-1800 | |
1041 Bonaventure Drive
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007