The final exam music for 6th and 7th Grade band students was made available and distributed to the  students the week of March 9 at their lessons.  (8th Grade students took their final exam in January with Mr. Keyes).    As always, we never grade students based on how well they play.  We treat each student as individuals and grade them on their preparation and is a reflection of 10 weeks of their efforts. Students who do not show up or fail to reschedule their final exam will receive a zero in the grade book and will be placed in white band regardless of their status in band this year.  It is the students responsibility to show up for their final exam, or reschedule their exam if they miss it for any reason.  No student who takes the exam will receive a zero in the grade book.  They might receive a 50/100 if they don’t prepare, but they will at least receive the credit for taking their final assessment.    The four areas students are assessed on are; Major Scales, a prepared etude, sight reading, and terms.  All of his information and materials were given to them before they have been dismissed for spring break, and are posted in the “Homework” Section of each band for Gold and White band students.  (Posted twice.)

Enjoy your SPRING BREAK!!!



With only 11 days left in February, March is coming upon us quicker than we realize it.  Not only is March, Music In Our Schools Month, but it is the start of Contest Season for us at the middle school.  We have contests in March, April and May.  March 6, the Monday Night Jazz Ensemble performs at CLS.  On March 13, the Gold Band Performs at CLS, and then contest is on March 15 at Richard Bernotas Middle School this year.  April is also quite active with the Fox Valley Honors Band festival on April 10.  The 10 LMS Students participating have already received their music. Rachel, Sofia, Audrey, Annaliese, Theresa, Bridget, Michaela, Jason, Rachael and Emily are all looking forward to this years festival which will be conducted by Composer Richard Saucedo.  (The Bands have performed some of his music-American Barndance, Pulsation, Persistence, and Antares are just a few ).  It is such an honor to have a composer of Mr. Saucedo’s caliber conducting our students.  April is also the month for State Contest on Friday April 25, which Lundahl is hosting this year.  We will need a few parents to run the kitchen, and help in some of the areas of the contest.  We need a room monitor, someone who can possible run the sound system and recording, and also an announcer for sure.  So, we have a couple of very busy months ahead of us.  Please read all of the e-mails carefully that are sent home.




BUSY weekend this week.  Tonight, February 7th LMS Students are invited to perform with the CLC Pep Band at their basketball game tonight.  Please arrive Central HS no later than about 5:55 so that you can find where we are suppose to go and for the rehearsal that starts at 6:00.  We will go out about 6:45 and stay through Half Time at CLC.  Students should be done between 8 and 8:30 tonight.

TOMORROW!!  Is the District 47 solo & Ensemble Festival at Hannah Beardsley.  Festival packets have been given to all of the students who are participating in the festival.  Students should dress appropriate for a performance.  (Not in their band uniform, but nice.  Sunday’s best is always the suggested attire.)  Students have been instructed to be at Hannah a minimum of 30 minutes prior to their scheduled time so that they have time to warm up.  Wind Players can come close to being in tune as well with the tuner, and then make minor adjustments when they get into the performance room and adjust to the piano.

Good Luck to all students who will be performing tomorrow!!



The District 47 Solo & Ensemble Festival is February 8th at Hannah Beardsley Middle School.  If your student is performing a solo you MUST HAVE a PIANO ACCOMPANIST .  If you click on “Piano Accompanists” you will find our list for 2014.  This is our most recent list of accompanists for 2014.   If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.  I’ve also received the list of Solo & Ens Times so you can click on that link and see what time your child is performing.  Everything is done before Noon this year!!

A Few Tips to help make this a successful experience.

When you speak to your accompanist, ask how much they charge to practice with you three times or about an hour and half, and then come to the solo/ensemble festival on Saturday, February 8th.  A Fair Price to pay your accompanist is at least $35 dollars for learning your song, rehearsing with you, and then performing with you!

  • Make Arrangements as soon as you can with your accompanist
  • Try to arrange time at least 3 times to work with your accompanist



 January 27–Extended Jazz Band Rehearsal.  3:30-6:00.  I think we are going to need the extra time, and we may go a little past 6:00.  I’ll try to have a snack or something for the kids before we start rehearsal, or we will take a break around 4:15.  
       January 31- Band Lock In  2:30-7:00 PM.    We will have dinner for the students available.  This for the Gold and Purple Bands only, in preparation for IGSMA Contest on March 15th.  
       February 18- which is the Snow Date Concert if we have to cancel the concert on February 13th with the 5th Grade Bands, and the Monday Night Jazz Ensemble.  The School Board Meeting is also at Lundahl on February 18th, and we can’t have the concert conflict with that.  So we have moved the snow date to Wednesday night, February 19th.   AGAIN–this is ONLY if we have to cancel the concert on February 13th.  If we do not cancel the concert on February 13th, then February 18th (which is now the 19th) is cancelled anyway.  



Happy New Year Everyone!    Provided the cold does not take over the district being able to function, Gold BAND WILL REHEARSE with the FULL BAND on Monday.  If we do not have School on Monday, then we will have Full Band Rehearsal on the day of our return after the winter break.

ALL LMS BAND STUDENTS should be working on their solo or ensemble, we only have 5 weeks until the festival.  That’s not much time.



GREAT job on all of the performances these last few weeks.  As I listen to the recordings I really notice what a long way we have all come.  We’ve made some great strides musically, and we have grown as a band much more this last week than I expected us to.   You all have the 3 pieces we will be playing for contests, and you all soon will also get a few more pieces we will play in the spring for our final concert.

Remember–NO REHEARSAL ON MONDAY December 16.  Mr. G will be meeting with the high school students and helping to aid them in teaching you on Mondays.  There will still be Jazz Rehearsal on Monday Night.

BAND CHRISTMAS PARTY On Wednesday December 18th, 7:00 a.m.  Please bring a few Christmas type goodies, or drinks to share with fellow band mates as we start our day on Wednesday.




HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!   Festival of Lights Parade on Friday November 29th.  Students should meet at the Municipal Center at 5:45.  At 6:00–No one is allowed in so you may have to walk a bit to find us, but you can still get in.  Traffic is a disaster after about 5:30.  You can park close by, in the parking lot just down the street from the municipal center on the corner of Paddock and Crystal Lake Ave.  The parade route and information from the city of Crystal Lake is in this link to the Festival of Lights Information.



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

  2007 2007 2011 2011
State Per Day  Incarceration Education Incarceration Education
Alaska $137 $50,082 $12,324 $16,674
Alabama $252 $91,980 $8,398 $8,813
Arizona $314 $114,610 $7,338 $7,666
California $68 $24,638 $8,952 $9,139
Colorado $161 $58,765 $8,286 $8,724
Connecticut $726 $264,990 $13,659 $15,600
Georgia $200 $73,000 $9,102 $9,253
Illinois $233 $85,001 $9,596 $10,774
Indiana $154 $56,130 $9,080 $9,370
Louisiana $387 $141,299 $8,937 $10,723
Maine $412 $150,398 $11,644 $11,438
Maryland $229 $83,585 $11,975 $13,871
Michigan $391 $142,715 $9,922 $10,823
Mississippi $427 $155,676 $7,459 $7,928
Missouri $133 $48,545 $8,848 $9,410
Nebraska $173 $63,145 $10,068 $10,825
New Jersey $174 $63,510 $16,163 $15,968
North Carolina $262 $95,630 $4,887 $8,312
North Dakota $146 $53,290 $8,671 $11,420
Ohio $216 $78,840 $9,940 $11,223
Oklahoma $159 $58,020 $7,430 $7,587
Pennsylvania $362 $132,130 $10,905 $13,467
Rhode Island $59 $21,517 $13,453 $13,815
South Dakota $220 $80,223 $8,805 $11,420
Utah $195 $71,175 $5,706 $6,212
Virginia $280 $102,200 $10,214 $10,364
West Virginia $227 $82,855 $9,727 $11,846
Wisconsin $259 $94,535 $10,367 $11,774
Wyoming $24 $8,921 $13,266 $15,849





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.



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.



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.

8th grade students are required to attend, and this is a highly recommended for our 7th grade.   All students who attend will receive 10 points extra credit for their grade as well.  Parents who attend will have to pay the $4 entrance fee to the stadium, but students who participate will not.  On September 20th, students should arrive at CLS ready to rehearse and perform at 4:30.    The kids should wear jeans and their purple LMS Band T-Shirt for this performance.  Students are free to leave after the halftime show has ended, which is usually somewhere around 8:30 PM.   If it is raining, we will not march but we won’t make that decision until right before game time if the weather is “iffy”.
 Parents you MUST sign out your child from the CLS Cafeteria with.Mr. Martinkus…. who will be holding the  clipboard.  We will all meet in the cafeteria at CLS at the  conclusion of the halftime show, parents (or older siblings) you must meet your child in the CLS cafeteria and sign them out.  NO child will be dismissed without an adult or older sibling.  Mr. Martinkus is in charge of the clipboard for the checkouts, so you will all need to see him before your child is dismissed.
Itinerary for the day:
4:30  Show up ready to rehearse WEARING your Purple T-shirt and Jeans.
4:35  Line Up for rehearsal in the Ally behind the band room outside.  (Cafeteria Entrance)
4:40  Blow your face off for an hour in rehearsal
5:45  Dinner Break….provided by CLS Band Parents.  (Yay!  Pizza!!)
6:10  Brush your teeth…please don’t blow all those food boogers through the instruments!!
6:15  Line up in the Alley again
6:40  Hurry up and wait for the Sophomore game to finish
7:00  Start of Pregame….ish….hopefully…..Doo Wah Ditty, into NFL On Fox, Into Final Countdown, then Triumph…the Victors, and SSB.
7:10  Move to the stands, sit to the far NORTH END of the big giant bleachers.  Percussion and tubas in the first two rows.  Everyone else…up top, put on the
         seat belts.
8:15  Halftime Show….God willing…
8:26  Run out on the field….play footloose…run off the field.
8:30  Half time show is over, go home.  Parents, check your child out in the CLS Cafeteria.  ALL STUDENTS MUST CHECK OUT with a parent or OLDER sibling.
Please, any Questions, let us know.



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 tlguynes@d47.org 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.


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!!


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




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)


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