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Congratulations All-Region Band members!

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Congratulations to our 2017 All-Region Band Members. After months of work, these 37 students placed in a Region 24 All-Region Band. It is an incredible honor to be selected to one of these groups. To make the ninth grade band, freshmen had to compete with all freshmen from both 5A and 6A schools in our region. To make one of the 5A bands, students had to compete with 9th-12th graders at other 5A schools in our region. Needless to say, we are incredibly proud of these students.

In addition, we had 4 students who were chosen for the All-Region Orchestra: Catherine Zhou, Arianna Parks, Arianna Bohara, and Ethan Beltran. Two of these students also advanced to the Area round and, in January, will compete for a chance to make All-State. Congratulations to Catherine Zhou, flute, and Arianna Parks, french horn.

Congratulations to these fine musicians on this wonderful accomplishment!

Holiday Extravaganza

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We would like to invite you all to our 2nd Annual Holiday Extravaganza, on Thursday, Dec. 7th, presented by the LTHS Fine Arts Department. The show will feature performances by all of the fine arts organizations and should be a fun and enriching evening. It will be held in the LTHS auditorium and admission is free.

For your convenience, we have divided the night into two shows, each featuring different performances. The first show begins at 6:00pm and will feature our Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and percussion ensembles, among other groups. The second show begins at 7:30pm and will feature our Winterguard, different percussion ensembles, and Wind Symphony.

Holiday Concert Program

In the spirit of the season, we are partnering with Toys for Tots for this event. If you feel inclined, please bring an unwrapped toy to the concert and help spread good tidings to a less fortunate child.

Thanks,
Kelly Wykoff

Spirit Wear

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If you didn’t get a chance to order spirit wear at Registration on Wednesday night, or would like to order more, you can place orders through the store link below. All spirit wear will be ready prior to our first home game on August 31st. We know you will want to wear your band gear in the stands at games and contests to show your support for your student and the awesome Trailblazer Band. The kids LOVE having a large parent group cheering them on each week. The deadline to order is midnight on Wednesday, August 9th.

https://trailblazerband2017.itemorder.com/sale?read_message=true

Summer Band 2017

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1.     Here is a link to the Summer Schedule. Please remember that these practices are mandatory for all members and have been on the band calendar since January. A more detailed calendar view can be found at www.trailblazerband.com/calendar for your convenience.

2.    You’ll need to wear/bring these items:
o Athletic shoes – well-fitting, supportive, and preferably light-colored
o Light colored shorts/t-shirt
o Hat/sunglasses (optional but strongly recommended)
o Water jug – ½ gal or more (we will have band-issued water jugs, but they won’t arrive until later in the summer)
o Marching instrument
o Sunscreen

3.    Please begin memorizing these pieces of music, downloadable from the Music page. Your ability to play these pieces of music memorized will be part of your audition for the contest show at the end of the 2nd week:
o Fight song
o Alma mater
o Show music

4.    While the band fees cover almost everything you will need, there are a few small items we ask students to purchase on their own. You may already have both of these items. If so, please do not buy more just for us.
o Flip folder. You can find these at local music stores such as Music 1st and Music and Arts
o Khaki shorts. These will be part of your “summer uniform” that we will wear at events until it cools down enough to bust out the shiny marching uniforms. These shorts must be school-appropriate. If you are a returning member and would like to wear the uniform shorts from last year, you are, of course, more than welcome to do so.

5.    Lastly, we begin at 8:00am sharp on Wednesday, July 26th and we will meet in the auditorium. BE EARLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is important that you have spent time outdoors this summer in order to acclimate to the heat. Each day we will be working outside to make sure the LTHS band is the very best it can be. I can’t wait to see you all in one week!

Kelly Wykoff

Registration Night 2017

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Registration Night is coming up on July 26th, and is one of the most important events of the year. We’ll be updating your information, collecting forms, fitting you for uniforms and t-shirts, collecting fees and much more. You will also receive much information pertaining to the fall semester.

Registration Night

Location: LTHS band hall
Date: July 26th
Time: Returning Members – 5-7pm
New Members – 7-9pm

 From the below links, select the NEW or RETURNING member fee sheet depending on your status in the LT band. Print that fee sheet, along with the 6 other forms, and bring them to Registration Night. You can fill out all of the forms except for the fee sheet ahead of time. You will be sized for items on the fee sheet on Registration Night. Please come prepared to pay your fees. We will accept checks, cash, money orders, and credit cards. (Cards will include an additional 2.75% convenience fee.)

See you there!
Kelly Wykoff

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Holzer’s This Week in Band 5/15 – 5/19

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Greetings,

Congrats to all on exceptional ensemble performances. Thank you parents who made it out to listen. We enjoyed performing for you!

This Week in Band,

  • Monday – May Camp #2 5-7 pm.
  • Tuesday – Jazz Band 7:15-8:30 am
  • Wednesday – Spring Concert. We begin immediately following the Fowler MS Concert (approx. 7:30 pm). Concert Dress.
  • Thursday – Spring Trip!! Please review trip packet for all pertinent info. All forms were due Friday.

Reminders…

The most up to date information may be found on the band website/calendar. Please contact me should you have any questions.

Have a wonderful week,

Mr. Holzer

Band Placements 2016-2017

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1st class playing all around.  I was truly impressed by the preparation shown by all.  Both groups are going to be outstanding and will participate in UIL competition next year.  Next year is all about Leaders in Training.  We are looking for members in both groups to step up and lead!!

Please click HERE.

Remember – Ignition Night tomorrow.  Bring your instrument.  Double reeds – bring the instrument you are planning to march with.  If percussion, you do not need to bring anything.