LSM Symphonic Band

The Lewis S. Mills High School Symphonic Band is the main instrumental performing ensemble at Lewis S. Mills High School and is directed by Mr. John A. Deeb. A level 2 course at Lewis S. Mills High, this organization rehearses daily and engages in a variety of performances locally and throughout the United States.

This Symphonic Band is designed to give the students instrumental music experience by way of regular rehearsals and performances. Participation is open to all students with previous experience on a band instrument, however a band placement audition as well as a seating audition may be required. Criteria for this audition can be obtained from the instructor. A member of the Symphonic Band should expect to learn and perform music on a grade III-IV level and be responsible for basic music theory principals. All members are expected to attend all rehearsals, and practice 
outside of school each day an amount of time that allows for continual progress, and ultimate mastery of all assigned music. Students who elect Symphonic Band will be expected to participate in all scheduled concerts, which will number no less than two, and will be responsible for the learning of all music assigned by the instructor. (All members of the Symphonic Band are also members of the Spartan Marching Band and will be expected to participate in all performances and rehearsals.)

Throughout the school year, section rehearsals are scheduled after school on selected Wednesdays from 2:05-2:45 p.m. This is done to give each section individualized instruction on their particular instruments parts. While theses sectionals are not required, they are strongly recommended and will count as extra credit for anyone who attends.

Symphonic Band Goals
The primary goal of this course is to introduce the students to a wide range of quality band literature on a medium-difficult to difficult level. It also strives to teach the student proper rehearsal techniques as well as proper concert performance behavior. In addition, elements of music theory and history will be introduced during daily rehearsals throughout the year.

What Can Parents Do?
• Insist on regular home practice.
• Emphasize the meaning of commitment.
• Help with concert & rehearsal attendance
• Help with timely returns of forms, uniforms etc.
• Keep the "Charms" Database updated.

Symphonic Band Assessment
Regular and ongoing evaluation of the students’ progress will be monitored by performance and written evaluation throughout the school year. Effort, attitude, and attendance at rehearsals and performances will also be used as criteria.

Remind Text Messaging For quick communication I use an app called Remind to text message reminder sand last minute changes and announcements to all LSM Band and Color GuardMembers and their parent/guardians.  I highly recommend  that all members and their parents add their mobile number to this list.  (If you prefer there is an option for email delivery instead.)   Below you will find the feed from my Remind account. 2018-19 Symphonic Band Performances  LSM Holiday Concert Fri., Dec. 13, 2019 - 7:00 p.m./LSM Auditorium Big Band Bash Thur., April 30, 2020 - 7:30 p.m./LSM Gymnasium

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