ILMEA Auditions 2015

Inter­ested in Audi­tion for ILMEA in 2015?

This is a fan­tas­tic oppor­tu­nity to play with great, like-minded play­ers as well as per­form solid lit­er­a­ture and work with renowned conductors.

Here are the dates to know:

  • Sept 14–16 ILMEA Instru­men­tal Pre-Screening — Play your solo for Mr. H
  • Sept 18 ILMEA Nom­i­na­tion Due — To be nom­i­nated you must let Mr. H/Ms. S early and per­form for them dur­ing the Pre-Screening time
  • Oct 10 ILMEA Auditions
  • Nov 14 Jazz ILMEA Festival
  • Nov 21 ILMEA Jr/Sr Band and Choir Festival
  • Jan 27–30 ILMEA All-State

Audi­tion Material

All of the mate­r­ial, and resources need for next year’s audi­tion are avail­able on our ILMEA Set 3 Page

Tips and Practicing

  • The great­est way to pre­pare any audi­tion is with the aid of a Pri­vate Instruc­tor. If you are inter­ested in Pri­vate Instruc­tion please let Mr. H know! There are many resources and peo­ple avail­able to you to help! Pri­vate lessons are the sin­gle great­est com­mit­ment that can change the way you play your instrument.
  • Start NOW — many stu­dents wait to pre­pare for the audi­tions or try to “cram” for the audition. The ear­lier you start, the ear­lier you can pre­pare. It does not work to cram for auditions!
  • Split up the work — don’t think you have to prac­tice all of the pieces from start to end every time you prac­tice. Focus your efforts and divide up the piece. See Mr. H for more details and guid­ance on how to do this!!!
  • Keep a journal/log — Many stu­dents get frus­trated because they don’t feel like they are improv­ing. It is hard to know if you are or aren’t if you aren’t keep­ing track! A prac­tice jour­nal helps show exactly what you were or will be work­ing on. Keep track of seg­ments you are doing, fun­da­men­tals, notes on your per­for­mance and tempo mark­ings. This focuses your prac­tice and helps show progress.
  • Record your­self – It is hard to hear our­selves play but I promise this is a great way to improve. Try it the first time you play to have a ref­er­ence. I guar­an­tee you will improve and feel good when you go back and lis­ten a few months later!
  • Get help! – This goes back to Pri­vate Lessons but your music teach­ers would love to help you improve. Seek them out!

Let us know if we can be of assis­tance in any way! Good luck!

Now get practicing =)

ILMEA District Festival This Weekend

ILMEA District Festival November 22, 2014

This weekend all students who auditioned and were selected to represent Sandwich will be participating in the ILMEA district festival.

We are looking forward to a fantastic weekend!

Itinerary Below:

  • 7:00 Call time at SHS band room
  • 7:15 Depart for DeKalb High School
  • **The bus will drop us of and return to SHS immediately.
  • **Please arrange for a ride home after the concert**

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ILMEA Schedule and Itinerary 10/11/14

ILMEA Auditions are this weekend!

AILMEA-Logo-300x220uditions for SMS and SHS are being held this weekend for anyone who is participating in ILMEA.

Times have been posted in the band room and will be given to each student as well this post. Call time is 11:25am on Saturday and we will be leaving shortly after.

This is a fantastic experience for students but can also be stressful. Prepare early and see a director if you need any help!

ILMEA Auditions 2014
SATURDAY OCTOBER 11th 2014

Below is information about the ILMEA auditions this Saturday. Please talk to Mr. Heinekamp or Ms. Shollenberger immediately if you have questions.

  1. Arrive at the HIGH SCHOOL BAND ROOM by 11:25am on Saturday
  2. The bus will leave at 11:30am with or without you.
  3. There will be a bus to and from the auditions.
  4. Bring your music, cash for lunch, something to do on the bus and have a way to contact your parents (cell phone, etc.).
  5. We will arrive at Morrison High School approx. at 1:00pm You will have about an hour to find your audition room and warm-up. You may eat lunch before your audition.
  6. Go to your audition room 10 minutes early so the auditions run on time.
  7. After your audition come back to the cafeteria and hang out at the Sandwich School table.
  8. We will leave Morrison High School after the last person has auditioned. If everything runs on schedule we will leave approx 3:45 and arrive at the High School approx 5:15pm.
  9. Either bring your cell phone or have your parent’s/ride’s number so you can let them know if we will be late.

Audition Schedule and Room Assignments below!!

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ILMEA 2014-15 Auditions

Interested in Audition for ILMEA in 2014?

This is a fantastic opportunity to play with great, like-minded players as well as perform solid literature and work with renowned conductors.

If you would like to audition for ILMEA start planning early! The summer is the best time to prepare and work on your audition material (we all know how crazy the fall gets!).

Here are the dates to know:

  • Sept 15-18 ILMEA Instrumental Pre-Screening – Play your solo for Mr. H
  • Sept 19 ILMEA Nomination Due – To be nominated you must let Mr. H/Ms. S early and perform for them during the Pre-Screening time
  • Oct 11 ILMEA Auditions
  • Nov 15 Jazz ILMEA Festival
  • Nov 22 ILMEA Jr/Sr Band and Choir Festival
  • Jan 28-31 ILMEA All-State

Audition Material

All of the material, and resources need for next year’s audition are available on our ILMEA Set 2 Audition page.

Tips and Practicing

  • The greatest way to prepare any audition is with the aid of a Private Instructor. If you are interested in Private Instruction please let Mr. H know! There are many resources and people available to you to help! Private lessons are the single greatest commitment that can change the way you play your instrument.
  • Start NOW – many students wait until when the school year begins to prepare for the auditions. The earlier you start, the earlier you can prepare. It does not work to cram for auditions!
  • Split up the work – don’t think you have to practice all of the pieces from start to end every time you practice. Focus your efforts and divide up the piece. See Mr. H for more details and guidance on how to do this!!!
  • Keep a journal/log – Many students get frustrated because they don’t feel like they are improving. It is hard to know if you are or aren’t if you aren’t keeping track! A practice journal helps show exactly what you were or will be working on. Keep track of segments you are doing, fundamentals, notes on your performance and tempo markings. This focuses your practice and helps show progress.
  • Record yourself – It is hard to hear ourselves play but I promise this is a great way to improve. Try it the first time you play to have a reference. I guarantee you will improve and feel good when you go back and listen a few months later!
  • Get help! – This goes back to Private Lessons but your music teachers would love to help you improve. Seek them out!

Let us know if we can be of assistance in any way! Good luck!

Now get practicing =)

 

Music Notes Part 2

Music Notes Part 2

There were so many announcements that I didn’t want to put more in yesterday but here is a bit more information for this week. So much going on!!

ILMEA

Congratulations to the following students who made the District ILMEA Festival on November 16th. It takes a great deal of preparation and dedication to make this festival and is a huge honor. Please congratulate them as they represent our district! Please check our ILMEA page for all information regarding the festival.

Middle School

  •  Band – Tristan Brittingham, Gwen Thomas, Sam Warpecha
  • Choir – Kim Baez, Sydney Chmielewski, McKenna Daly, Alex DeGroot, Sarah Dennis, JoAnna Holly, Faith Kemper

High School

  • Band – Emily Buri, Kate Carpenter, Molly Fraser
  • Choir – Zach Benson, Bobby Curtis, Joey Tassone

Nashville

Please make sure you are signed up for Nashville tomorrow. If you have questions please talk to me or Ms. Killey! If you need an extra day or two to figure out finances or have questions answered just let us know and we can help out. Even if you are able to sign-up through this weekend that would be ok as well.

We are really excited to offer this opportunity and really want as many students to attend as possible. Please let us know if there is any way for us to help. There are many fundraisers throughout the year to help reduce the trip cost for students. Don’t hesitate to ask!

Cheesecake Fundraiser

Speaking of fundraisers! Our first fundraiser is now happening! Below are some of the most frequently asked questions:

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