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Welcome Back!!

Welcome back to the start of 2016/17 school year! I am so excited to meet new students and see  the “old” students I already know. I want to hear all about your summers!

One of the things I enjoy most about teaching is every year there is an opportunity for a new start.  A new part of our musical journey at Pound Middle School begins with a great new group of 7th and 8th grade students.  However, the part that never changes is our commitment  to excellence. The better we get, the more fun we have playing music!

Here’s to a great musical 2017/2018!!!

A few things about the first week of school:

  • You won’t need your instrument the first day.
  • We will hope to play by Thursday or Friday after assigning lockers/locks, folders, books, etc.
  • Get your instruments out and make sure they are in good working order; oil valves, get reeds, drum sticks ready, etc.

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2017 NSBA All-State Band

Proud of these Pound students for their performance in the 2017 NSBA All-State Band.

Congratulations Anna Dirrim and Rachel Arens and all of the LPS students!

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LPS All-City Band

Congratulations to Alora Schneider, Tyler Vaughn, Kyle Jordan, Matea Jerkovic, Kale Barnett, Anna Dirrim, Rachel Arens, Jack Clark, Julia Rose, and Cameron Grabenstein for their performance as part of the 2017 LPS All-City Band!

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Pound Jazz I 2016/17

Congratulations to the following students that have been chosen to participate in Pound Jazz I!

Thank-you to all that auditioned. It was obvious there was a lot of time and effort spent preparing for the auditions. For those that did not get chosen, please consider participating in Jazz II which will start in January.

Saxophones

  • Matea Jerkovic  Alto 1
  • Samantha Roblyer  Alto 2
  • Taylor Rinne  Alto 2
  • Kyle Jordan  Tenor 1
  • Jonah Morgan Tenor 2
  • Gavin Addleman  Tenor 2
  • Tyler Vaughn  Bari

Trumpets

  • Jack Clark  Trpt 1
  • Julia Rose  Trpt 1
  • Sophie Thompson  Trpt 2
  • Isabella Skare  Trpt 2
  • Akasha Kidder  Trpt 3
  • Jayden Heimgartner  Trpt 4
  • Ryan Bahensky  Trpt 4

Trombones

  • Cameron Grabentstein  Tbn 1
  • Andrew Gates  Tbn 1
  • Keaton Peters  Tbn 2
  • Ryan Yakel  Tbn 2
  • Vincent Fanders  Tbn 3
  • Asa Erickson Tbn 4

Ryhthm

  • Alora Schneider  drums, piano
  • Jeffrey Wilson  drums
  • Jamison  Focht  drums
  • Deanna Lyons  bass
  • Graham Petersen  bass
  • Rachel Cloeter  piano

 

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Welcome Back!!

Welcome back to the start of 2016/17 school year! I am so excited to meet new students and see  the “old” students I already know. I want to hear all about your summers!

One of the things I enjoy most about teaching is every year there is an opportunity for a new start.  A new part of our musical journey at Pound Middle School begins with a great new group of 7th and 8th grade students.  However, the part that never changes is our commitment  to excellence. The better we get, the more fun we have playing music!

Here’s to a great musical 2016/2017!!!

A few things about the first week of school:

  • You won’t need your instrument the first day.
  • We will hope to play by Thursday or Friday after assigning lockers/locks, folders, books, etc.
  • Get your instruments out and make sure they are in good working order; oil valves, get reeds, drum sticks ready, etc.

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2nd Semester 2016

I can’t believe the school year is half over!

Second semester started off with the LPS 8th Grade All-City concert on Thursday, Jan 7.

Congratulations to Amber Tannehill, Avae’ Muir, Sierra Schroer, Casey Carter, Autumn Hanson, Lauryn Medbery, Nakanda Kairigi, Colton Harris, Hunter Johnson, Renna Fielder, Max Draus, Samantha Taylor, Hannah Bates, Abby Watts, Blake Sayers, Ben Lechtenberger, Madi Greene, Chloe Peters, Sandra Leybold, Alex Falkinburg, Joy Duggar, Jacob Pilker!

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Pound Jazz Band I 2015/16

First rehearsal Wed., 9/30

 

Saxes

Alto 1             Colton Harris                        

Alto 2             Sydney Mitchell, Matea Jerkovic                      

Tenor 1           Casey Carter                         

Tenor 2           Autumn Hanson, Kyra Debuse                         

Bari                 Mollie Kimbrough, Liam Blum                 

 

 

Trumpets

Trpt 1               Hunter Johnson, Jack Clark                             

Trpt 2               Alex Bryant, Lexy Ebeler                           

Trpt 3               Andrew Krambeck               

Trpt 4                Samantha Swanson, Alec Walls                  

 

 

Trombones

Trbn 1              Hudson Hall            

Trbn 2              Vincent Fanders                   

Trbn 3              Cameron Grabenbstein

Trbn 4              Max Draus                            

 

 

Rhythm

Piano               Amber Tannehill, Alora Schneider       

Bass                 Joy Duggar, Jacob Pilker               

Drums              Renna Fielder, Josh Crites     

 

Congratulations to Pound Jazz Band I 2015/16!

Thanks to all that auditioned!

Please consider playing in Jazz II which will start  Mon. 1/11/16

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Jazz Band I Auditions

Want an extra musical challenge and be a part of excellence at Pound Middle School? Come try out for Jazz Band I. This group has achieved superior ratings at the UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival and LPS Festival the past two years and I’m looking forward to assembling another excellent group this year.

Jazz Band I auditions will be Sept. 14 -18. Below are links to recordings of the two audition pieces.

Low Rider

Sugar

Jazz Band I will begin rehearsals Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 am.

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A New Year, A New Start

Hey Everybody,

Welcome back to a new school year at Pound Middle School! I hope everyone got their batteries recharged over the summer and is ready to take on the challenges of creating excellence in music! I certainly had an eventful summer that I won’t soon forget. It was highlighted by a trip to Italy with my son, Evan to visit my older son, Parker who is stationed there in the USN. I spent the rest of my summer playing and teaching music and am excited to begin my 23 year teaching (3rd year at Pound) instrumental music in LPS.

A couple words about the first few days of school:

  • You won’t need your instruments on the first day of school. We will hope to get started playing by Friday or Monday that first  week.
  • Please make sure your instrument is in good playing condition. There is nothing more frustrating than starting a school year without an instrument.
  • Please have reeds, valve oil, rosin, etc. ready to go.
  • Let’s Rock!

 

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Spring Concert Time is Here!

Instrumental Music Spring Performance Dates 2015

4/14     Multi-Cultural Dinner Pound Cafeteria
                  Various  small ensembles
4/21     7th Band rehearsal  3:00-4  Pound Auditorium
4/22     8th Band rehearsal 3:00-4  Pound Auditorium
4/23      Spring Concert       6:00      Pound Auditorium
                    6th Band, Strings
4/23     Spring Concert         7:30       Pound Auditorium
                    7th, 8th Bands
4/27     Spring Concert          7:00        Pound Auditorium
                    Orchestra, Jazz Band I, II 
4/30     LPS Contest                TBA        Pound
                     Orchestra, Jazz Band I
5/4      8th Rehearsal             3:00-4   Band Room
5/5      LPS Contest                TBA         Southwest High School
                       8th Band

 

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