Mr. Stone’s Thought of the Week

So, it’s here! Start of school! Always fun to start the school year (and a little sad to see summer pass). It has been a great summer of relaxation and preparation for the coming year. The last two weeks has seen the marching band and color guard working hard to finish the first movement of their fall show “Rapunzel.” Friday’s BBQ and Preview Show was a huge success and the band is off to an amazing start. I’m looking forward to continuing the work that we have begun and to see the final product develop over the next few months.
The music program is thriving and growing. Advanced Orchestra is meeting at zero period with 77 members, and the two 7/8 groups are growing and starting on their way to being amazing musicians and performers. It is going to be a great year. Parents you can come and get involved in the Music Parents Association by coming to the first meeting on Monday, August 21st, at 7pm. It’s a great way to get involved and be connected to the music community at LCHS.
I love the first day of school! Looking forward to a great beginning to an amazing year!

Mr. Stone’s Thought of the Week

The excitement of band camp and the first day of school is always a time of fun and a renewed sense that anything is possible. It’s a clean slate, a new show, and I love the process and hard work it takes to put together an amazing show. Each rehearsal is vital for our success as we work efficiently and effectively in the times we have carved out of all of our busy days. I admire the commitment and dedication it takes for everyone involved to make something out of nothing through hard work and practice. Thank you all for being a part of this great show, thank you parents for making this a priority in your child’s life, and thank you all for the work you do to make it all amazing on and off the field. Looking forward to showing off our new show on Friday. Hope to see you all there.

This Week, Broken Down

Monday, 8/7

  • 8-10am – 12th Grade Registration
  • 10:30am-12:30pm – 11th Grade Registration
  • 1-3pm – 10th & 9th Grade Registration (9th is for Band/Color Guard Freshman only)
  • 4-8pm – Workshops
  • ** Note to 10th & 9th Graders: Please arrive for Registration at 12:30pm to get your spot in line. Special arrangements have been made for Freshmen to register on this day. All Band/Color Guard Freshman must attend registration at this time! Please be prepared to wait, don’t ben anxious. You will be registered on Monday. Patience is important. If you miss your registration time, you must wait until the first day of school to register.

Tuesday, 8/8

  • 8am-12pm – 9th Grade Orientation
  • 10am – Load Truck
  • 11:15am – Load Bus
  • 11:45am – Shuttle driver, bus riders, and truck driver meet in front of the high school by the North Gym.
  • 12pm – Depart for Band Camp
  • **Note to 9th Graders: We will depart for Band Camp immediately following orientation. Bring all your luggage and items for camp to the band room prior to Orientation. The band room will be open from 7:30-8:15am for drop-off.
  • **Note to 10th-12th Graders: Please arrive and be ready to load the truck at 10am.

Wednesday, 8/9 – Thursday, 8/10

  • ALL DAY and NIGHT – Band Camp – Work hard and enjoy!

Friday, 8/11

  • 1:15pm – Shuttle driver, bus riders, and truck driver meet in front of the High School by the North Gym for departure to Cal Poly
  • 2:30pm – Depart Band Camp
  • 4pm – Arrive back at High School
  • 5pm – Family BBQ in front of the North Gym
  • 6pm – Preview Show

Handbook, Travel Permission Slip, Donation Sheet, and Camp Costs

Your student will not be allowed to board the bus to Band Camp if we haven’t received these completed forms!

Bring to Mr. Stone by Monday, August 7th:

Please take a moment to complete online registration. This form will give us up-to-date contact information as well as provide you with an opportunity to financially support the LCHS Instrumental Music Program. Please make all donation checks payable to “LCHS MPA”.

Transportation donations for Band and Color Guard are now given to the MPA, and not to the ASB. Only pay the ASB if your child plays a sport in addition to Band and Color Guard.

Band Camp Info &  Preview Night

Band Camp
Tuesday, August 8th – Friday, August 11th

Overnights at Cal Poly Pomona
Depart LCHS at 12pm – Tuesday, August 8th
Return to LCHS about 4pm – Friday, Aug. 11th
Pack List:

  • Clothes
  • Bathing Suit
  • Hat
  • Good Cross Trainer Shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Your Instrument
  • Music
  • Drill
  • Sleeping Bag or Sheets
  • Pillow
  • Lyre
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Sun block
  • Water Bottle (Mandatory, thank me later)
  • Props for “Talent Nite”
  • Cell Phone to call your parents and tell them how much you love and miss them

 Do Not Even Think of Bringing:

  • TVs
  • Video Game Systems
  • Laptops

 All your items must fit in ONE BAG since we are limited on space. And yes, it is possible to fit it in one bag.
While at band camp we will be working hard to begin the long process of learning and perfecting our show. It is vital for everyone to attend and participate to the fullest. We will also be having a lot of fun during and outside of rehearsals as well. It will be a great beginning to our show.

Preview Night & BBQ
Friday, August 11th
5pm – Family BBQ Dinner (ticket info coming soon) – Front of North Gym
6pm – Preview of Rapunzel  – LCHS Stadium
Upon our arrival home from Cal Poly, we will be giving everyone a sneak peek of the opening number to “Rapunzel.” We will also be having a wonderful time of community and food with our BBQ cookout cooked by LCHS’s own Mr. Dan Yoder.
Be sure to buy your tickets soon. You can find the ticket order form in the online registration or at the check-in table just outside the Band Room during workshops. Band and Color Guard Members do not need to buy a meal, but all others do. Come welcome your children home and have a delicious tri-tip sandwich (or vegetarian alternative) from Grillmaster Yoder.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed for Return from Band Camp
(Update: We are still looking for one bus rider to get the students home)
The shuttle driver will meet the bus riders and truck driver at the high school at 1pm on Friday, August 11th. The shuttle driver will drive all the volunteers to Cal Poly to meet the band and truck for the return trip home. You will be back to the high school in plenty of time for the Family BBQ Dinner and Preview Show. The ride home will be a little “toasty,” but the students will be tired — an easy ride. Please let Sandy Miller know if you are available and willing.

Volunteers Needed for Family BBQ
We’ll need a couple helpers to set up, serve, and clean up at the Family BBQ starting at 4pm. Please contact Nadia Ali if you’re available.

Ireland… Have You Registered?

It’s not too late, there’s still time to register for the Ireland trip in March, 2018! If you missed the meeting, check out the travel brochure.
All students (Band and Orchestra) in grades 9-12 next school year (2017-18) are welcome!
To register, both students and chaperones, follow these easy steps:

  • At the very top, click on “Register”
  • Select… I am a “participant”
  • Group Leader ID: 112040
  • Group Leader Last Name: Stone
  • Fill in your name and information
  • Create a Login and Password
  • Choose your travel insurance, if any
  • Make deposit
  • Easy!

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Stone.