6/26/14 I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!! I have created a quick feedback form on Google Docs that I would like the students to fill out before the first day of classes of the 2014 school year. Students, a link was sent to most of your google student e-mail accounts (sSTUDENT ID @ d47s.org for those of you who forgot what your e-mail account was. You’ll have to sign in to your google drive account in order for it to save correctly I believe. I can compile the list on an automatic spreadsheet and use when planning my lessons in the fall. Please fill it out, and submit it. The link can also be used from here. You’ll have to highlight and right click on it in order to follow the link.
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11/21 FACT: In the united states we spend more per student per year to incarcerate a juvenile, than we do educating Americas children. Sometimes that disparity is absolutely staggering. In Illinois our average cost per public school student is $10,000 while the cost per inmate at a juvenile detention center is more than $85,000. (Connecticut spends $15,000 per student in it’s public schools, yet spends $330,000 to incarcerate a juvenile.) There are education programs that have a better rate at making sure that young people do not return to prison. Interesting concept. Hmmm…educating our youth actually has better results…….and we wonder why our country is falling so far behind others. Look at the chart below for some of the statistics I’ve found. I cannot seem to find state costs for incarcerating America’s youth for 2011. The last numbers I have for state spending on Education are from 2011 as well. All I can find are Averages, and Average state cost of incarceration in 2011 were $88,000 per year. Average education spending is somewhere around $10,000 per year. State Spending for Incarceration vs. Education
11/5 You are hearing many things right now about standards, teacher quality, testing, student growth, and probably most often, about how much the United States is falling behind in comparison to other countries in math and reading (or Language Arts). The NCLB law had AYP in Math and Reading minimum growth achievements. Students were tested every year in Math, Language Arts, and Science. As a country, we are focusing our efforts in Math and Reading to boost those results, so that we are not falling behind. Unfortunately, we are pressing such importance on those two areas, that everything else is becoming “unimportant” in many minds of adults, administrators, and even other teachers across the entire country. What people fail to realize, is that when you minimize the importance of subjects being taught, you also minimize the education of every child. When you prioritize one subject over another, you are doing a great disservice to the children, and eventually to the country. In order to maximize student growth, you must also maximize every students’ education. That includes a comprehensive study of the arts and foreign language in our schools. I am proud to work in District 47 for the programs we offer, and the fantastic support we get from our school board and administration. I am most proud of the fact that at Lundahl, we have an outstanding faculty that work VERY hard for the benefit of every student that attends school in this building. 11/1 The year is moving along!! It’s already November. That means Oktoberfest Season is OVER!!! Yay for Mr. Guynes. I can hang up my liederhosen for at least a little while. This year we had 80 performances in 60 days. Some were small concerts, some were just small ensembles (2 – 3) some performances we used all 10 of us. It was an excellent season, and we hope some of you were able to get out and hear some of our music. We traveled an awful lot too. We had gigs in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the Quad Cities. Students all have their music for their December concerts and should have plenty to practice. Gold Band for sure has some tough pieces. Curtain Call and Danse Bohemien are technically very difficult. Russian Christmas Music, is an Alfred Reed piece. Some of you may even know the piece. If the students aren’t exhausted and out of breath after they play the piece, then they didn’t play it right. 9/17/13 The Marching Season is almost over!! The CLS Football game is on Friday. 8th Grade Students are required to attend and it is highly recommended for the 7th Grade Students. Any Gold or Purple Band Student who wishes to attend can attend if they’ve been coming to rehearsals with the Gold Band in the mornings.
9/3/13 (updated on 9/10/13) We are off and running! The Marching Music has been redistributed, fundraiser information has been sent out, and all 3 bands are rehearsing every day for at least the first two weeks. A quick message from the CORE Center…On Sept 10th, the district will be sending a test Honeywell message to all families in the Synergy Student Information System to ensure that they have the correct contact method(s) and numbers/addresses in the system. If you do not receive the message, contact the school office or the help desk by sending an e-mail to or by calling 815.788.5080. 8th Grade- CLC Marching Game is on Friday September 13 (that’s next week), and the CLS Marching Game is on Friday September 20. Gold Band will have full band rehearsal every day, up until Friday September 20th in preparation for the football game. There are lots of things to cover so that we look good, and the more we do it, the better we will look and sound. One of the things all students should do, is memorize the music. Memorizing Marching Music is relatively easy, but makes things so much better and easier when you are trying to walk and play. One of the positives of having a game a little later, is there is time. There have been games that we have marched as early as September 5th, and that makes things quite tight to learn everything that goes into marching band. Once Friday the 20th is done and gone…we will not be using the marching music any longer and we will have sectionals in the mornings on (hopefully) Tuesday and Thursday, and Full Band will rehearse on Monday Wednesday and Friday–BUT NOT UNTIL AFTER THE FOOTBALL GAME ON SEPTEMBER 20th. Concert Band Music will hopefully be distributed to students by early next week as well, so students can start working on it before we actually rehearse it. The LMS Band Guidebook needs to be read by all students. All students are responsible for the content in the handbook, and responsible for all dates listed near the end. You can click LMS Band Handbook 13-14 and you should see the PDF of the file. The last page should be filled out and returned by Friday September 13th. This is worth 5 points for the students. Parents, please please please….write clean and clear, and include a current e-mail address that you would like all communications sent. Also, some of you may need to add email@example.com as a safe contact so that mass e-mails are not sent directly to your spam folder. LESSONS–ALL band lessons start on September 9th. Students will be receiving their lesson schedules by Thursday Morning and they will be posted under the “Schedules and Calendars” tab for Gold Band, and “Lesson Schedules” for White Band on this website as soon as I have them completed.
7/20/13 Wow, it’s hard to believe that the summer is more than half over, and we start school in 4 weeks!! Waaay too fast. I hope you have all been enjoying your summer so far. Don’t forget about the Summer band concert on Thursday July 25. Come support your fellow band members and enjoy a night of great music with all students from District 47 working together to perform some fantastic music! The concert starts at 6:00PM and is at Hannah Beardsley Middle School. The summer newsletter will be posted within the next week. There will be updates of what’s been happening this summer (Pictures from the 3 of us so you can see how we spend our summer), what is happening as soon as we get back to school, and what to expect the first day of band. Don’t forget about the IMEA Music!! It is posted below. Some of the music is available on Smart Music, and I have assigned it to many of you already on Smart Music. Even some of the jazz music. If you do not have it as an assignment yet, but would like it assigned to you for the summer session, please let me know and I will add it. Any middle school band student is welcome to audition for IMEA. I hope you are all enjoying yourselves. See you all very soon!! G-
6/1/13 Concert Band Audition Music is below. All Students are welcome to Audition For IMEA, but certainly the first or second chair players of every section should audition. IMEA is the Illinios Music Educators Association. This festival incorporates 60 schools from around Northern Illinois. These students will get together for one day to rehearse and then perform a concert that evening. It’s one day, that’s it. Two days when you count the audition, but the experience even for just the audition is worth it. The district will pay all funds that are required. Students who wish to Audition need to read this page of information which is the Audition Deposit Letter (If you checked before June 5, there was a misprint, which has been updated.) No student will be added to the audition schedule until the form, and Deposit have been turned in to Mr. Guynes. DO NOT turn the form into the main office, or put it in the mailbox. HAND IT TO MR. GUYNES before rehearsal starts. Make sure he doesn’t put it in his pocket, make sure he puts it in the “IMEA Audition Deposits” Envelope he will have. IMEA 2013 Flute_Piccolo IMEA 2013 Euphonium IMEA 2013 Oboe IMEA 2013 Horn IMEA 2013 Bb Clarinet IMEA 2013 Trumpet IMEA 2013 Alto Sax IMEA 2013 Trombone IMEA 2013 Tenor Sax IMEA 2013 Tuba IMEA 2013 Baritone Sax IMEA 2013 Percussion IMEA 2013 Bass Clarinet IMEA JAZZ ENSEMBLE MUSIC 2013 Jazz Auditions – alto 2013 Jazz Auditions – trumpet 2013 Jazz Auditions – tenor 2013 Jazz Auditions – trombone 2013 Jazz Auditions – bari 2013 Jazz Auditions – guitar 2013 Jazz Auditions – drums & percussion 2013 Jazz Auditions – bass 2013 Jazz Auditions – piano (1) 2013 Jazz Auditions – piano(2)