We had our first Marching Competition this Saturday (the band and color guard did amazing), and as I went through the day (8am rehearsal until the last student left around 10pm), I couldn't help think that there is no way that I could ever do this on my own. I can't even imagine it. I love seeing everyone's hand involved in the show's success. From my staff who works harder than any other staff to push the students to new levels of achievement. To the parents who show up on that day to push equipment, plume and gauntlet, drive a 62' truck and trailer combo (thanks Robert!), provide a lunch and community before we depart, and those brave parents who ride the bus. To Jim Stilson and his amazing creativity and design of our props. And finally, to each student who gave their best on Saturday and every day we get to perform our show in competition and in rehearsal. Everyone has contributed to the show's ability to thrill an audience and stun judges (one judge stopped talking mid-sentence when we revealed the 55' of Rapunzel's hair). It was a great day of community and I look forward to more fun and connections as we continue through our season. Thank you all for getting involved and supporting our program at all levels. Have a great week!
Performance is what we work hard for. Playing for a crowd is the best. As we work this week to get ready for band’s first competition, and orchestra works toward their first concert, keep in mind that performance level rehearsals produce performance level performances. We only get better by working harder and performing each time we approach our music. It's what makes rehearsals more fun than the performance sometimes. Performances are amazing because we finally get to share our music and show all within earshot. Have a great week preparing and performing!
Seven weeks into the school year.
Two weeks until the Marching Spartans first competition.
Four weeks until the Fall Concert.
October has arrived!
This is one of my favorite months since it is the cumulation of everyone's hard work coming together in amazing performances. It's also when warm night rehearsals cool off and sweatshirts, not t-shirts, become the norm. You must come and see one or all of these great events and support our students’ display of all the hard work they have been doing since the beginning of school. It is truly remarkable seeing the transformation of the orchestra's initial sight-reading rehearsal, or band's first run with drill and music together, until a polished performance.
I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing all of these great events and hoping to see all of you there. Have a great week
Saturday, I saw Hamilton. The hype is real and everyone should go see this amazing piece of art and history. It is truly amazing to see how easy the performers make the difficult timings of movement and song work. Hours of rehearsal and doing it again and again is the answer that always comes to mind. It's the same at every level of the arts, practice, rehearsal, and performance all require the hard work and discipline to work at your craft. Keep up the good work this week and beyond, as all groups are getting into the flow of the school year and preparing for performances. Have a great week.
Monday had the Stone family at the movies watching Leap! It was an animated movie about dance that has both of my kids twirling and moving about our house. It was a sweet movie that showed that beyond the technique and hard work needed for dance, the arts, and beyond, one must have a passion about what they do. That passion shines through during performances, rehearsals, and alone practice time. It’s what drives all of us in everything we pursue. For everyone, let your passion shine and drive you to a happy life!
I'm sitting at a kid's birthday party where the UCLA National Champion Quidditch team is showing the kids how to play Quidditch (the non-flying broom type). It's truly the silliest looking game as kids run around with their brooms between their legs (a PVC pole), trying to avoid bludgers (dodgeballs), trying to score points with the quaffel, while waiting for the snitch (someone wearing gold shorts with a flag attached to the back) to come out and end the game. It's silly but crazy fun.
As I look at this game, I see the hard work it would take for the UCLA team to be so successful and I think about how that compares to our process. The skills required to be successful in band, color guard, orchestra, and quidditch all boil down to hard work and being present. Hard work is the only way our skills get better and being present allows the wisdom of those who have done the hard work (and still continue that work) to teach and share their insights on what it takes to be the best you can be. I love that about music and magical/non-magical sports! Have a great week, be present, and enjoy the hard work!
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!
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.
Summer has been awesome! As the end of summer draws near, I'm equally excited for the new school year. The season is already off to a wonderful start with music in students’ hands, leadership working hard to prepare for workshops and band camp, crazy cool props and stages being built for the show, and we already have drill for the first movement. It's going to be a good year! I love that our show takes an army to put together the final product. Each part is as important as the next as they all work toward the same goal of making a great show for the kids to perform and show their talents. It's amazing to see how our community comes together to support and setup our students to be great! Thank you all for your help and support. Looking forward to showing you all the first glimpse of this year’s show on Friday, August 11th!
It's here! Last week. Last Days for Seniors... Summer... Well almost for our 2017-18 Marching Spartans.
I can't say enough about the bitter sweetness of this week. Preparing for the next generation of all of our performing groups, watching our Seniors grow and move on to the next chapter of their lives and knowing that, for many, it will be the last time I see them. It's the exciting part of growing up. It's the goals set many years ago seen accomplished. It's the friends you have all made along the way. Seniors, congrats on all that! Congrats on making an impact on this program and your school. Come back often. Visit even though every student you know on campus has graduated. Keep focused on your goals, be the amazing students of life that I know -- and above all -- be good to each other and those around you. Good luck and take care!