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Dear Grenadiers and Families,
As we approach the beginning of the band season on Monday, we wanted to get some information out to you that will hopefully answer some questions and make the transition back to in-person band smooth for everybody. We know that the transition into high school band can be overwhelming for new members. This year, more than ever, we are all in the same boat as we come out of a year with limited musical opportunities and hybrid learning. We have done our best trying to put all of the puzzle pieces together, but realize there will need to be a grace period to ensure we have everybody on board and get all members and families up to speed. Please read the information in this letter to better understand what you will be embarking on as a member of the Grenadier Band. More information for parents will be given out at the first parent meeting scheduled for August 10 at 7:30pm in the LHS Auditorium.
The Liberty High School Grenadier Band (LHSGB) begins rehearsals on Monday, August 2nd. This first week is a shortened week, with rehearsals running from 8am-noon Monday-Thursday. We are using this week as a “ramp up” week to refresh marching basics, ensemble playing, and simply just getting everybody back together.
The weeks of August 9th & 16th will be the full day rehearsal going from 8am-3pm.
We then go to a mixed schedule the week of August 23rd, due to the beginning of the teacher in-services.
The full August schedule is attached, so please be sure to look it over.
It is expected that all students attend all rehearsals as members of the LHSGB. We can only prepare the band to its full potential when we have everybody there. Timely parental communication for absences is essential, when possible.
What about lunch during band camp?
Starting the week of August 9th, our district food service provides lunch for the band and athletes. Lunch is free and provided each day for students choosing this option. Students are also welcome to pack their own lunch.
What should I bring to Band each day?
It is important that students come prepared each day to rehearsal. Along with their instruments/equipment and music, students should also bring:
- Water bottle
- Hats (if desired)
- Flip folders and lyres are strongly encouraged for each instrument
What should I wear to Band each day?
Dress for the activity. We will be outside a lot during rehearsals, so dress accordingly. Also, it is important that students wear proper footwear for marching! Students MUST wear sneakers/tennis shoes or something similar. Your shoes should have a flexible sole. Sandals, Crocks, or any other open toe/heel shoes are not permitted. This is for the safety of everybody as they march.
Though we encourage you to dress for hot weather, please be reminded that this is a school function and that dress codes do apply. Please wear shirts that are appropriate and cover your body. Tank tops are permitted.
I’m an athlete. How does that work with Band?
There is always strong communication between the directors and the coaches. Once the athletic season starts on August 16th, student athletes will be splitting their time between Band and their sport. Student athletes should inform us of their sport and their practice times so we can fully prepare each rehearsal. It is our goal to never put a student in the middle of a scheduling conflict. Liberty takes pride in allowing students to participate in multiple activities.
Once the season starts, we operate under a simple rule: Performances take precedent over practices, games take precedent over rehearsals.
Communication is ESSENTIAL! We rely heavily on the BAND app. We ask that ALL students and families download this app to receive all notifications. Announcements about schedule changes, reminders about rehearsals and performances, as well as miscellaneous information all go out through the BAND app.
Information will also be sent out through the Band Parent organization in email and/or posted on the website at lhsgbopc.org.
As we begin the new season, we do have to acknowledge that we are still dealing with a pandemic. Though we are moving to a more normal way of making music, we are still in need of following some safety procedures. We are following directives set forth by the BASD, the Bethlehem Health Bureau, the CDC, as well as guidelines specific to musical instruments outlined by numerous comprehensive studies.
- Students will be masked in the building. Students can be unmasked outside.
- Any student who is not vaccinated should remain masked outside when we are doing field work.
- Bell covers are still recommended when playing indoors. If you still have a bell cover from last year, please continue to use it. If you do not, you can create a makeshift cover with a piece of cloth and a rubber band.
- Flutes will not be required to use face shields.
- Indoor music rehearsals will be taking place inside of the auxiliary gym. Chairs will be spaced out with students having their own stand.
We must remain dedicated to creating the safest possible methods for doing Band. Please follow all guidelines at all times and remember that this isn’t just about you, but also those around you.
Most students have been fitted for uniforms by now. If you have not received a uniform, you will be fitted during the first week of rehearsals. Along with the uniforms issued by the school, all band members (except majorettes) need to have black shoes. These shoes should be a solid black dress shoe that is fit for marching. No hard soles, heavy boots, or sneakers. If you need further clarity on what kind of shoe is needed, please reach out. If anybody cannot provide their own shoes, the Band does have a small supply of shoes from former members. White gloves will also need to be purchased from Mrs. Z. We will have those available during rehearsals.
More in-depth uniform care and maintenance will be discussed with the students during rehearsals.
Band picture day is Friday, August 13th at 8am. We will do a large group picture, as well as specific small group shots. This year we are offering individual pictures for anybody interested. Students do not have to get an individual picture taken, but they will be available. Order forms for individual pictures will be available through Christmas City Studios.
We are hitting the ground in a full sprint this year, with preparations for performances already having started. If you have missed the news about these performances, here it is:
Saturday, August 14th
On Aug. 14th, the LHSGB will be joining the Freedom Patriot Band in being part of the filming for the movie The Hail Mary. Lehigh Valley native and Hollywood actor, Daniel Roebuck, has been filming The Hail Mary in the area for the past couple of weeks now. On that Saturday night, we will be filming in the BASD Stadium. The filming should be taking place between 7-11pm. Like any movie shoot, we will need to remain flexible.
This will be in full uniform. They are also asking that as many family members and friends we can have to fill the stands, the better.
Friday, August 20th
This night will be the official LHSGB preview night in combination with the 100th Anniversary Kick-off event. The band will perform much of pregame and halftime during this event. This will be the Band’s first opportunity to march and perform for the community in over a year and a half!
Tuesday, August 24th
The LHSGB and Freedom Patriot Bands will once again be teaming up to perform at the district-wide faculty and staff convocation. This year, convocation will be taking place in the BASD stadium at 8am. The bands will perform the Star-Spangled Banner, as well as pep tunes throughout the event.
I know that is a lot to digest right now, so please take the time to read it over a couple of times, write things down, and get physically and mentally prepared for the next few weeks, and beyond. There are so many more events to look forward to as the season goes on, but we need to focus on everything coming up in the next few weeks.
We will hold our first parent meeting on Tuesday, August 10th at 7:30pm in the LHS Auditorium. More information will be discussed at that meeting.
In the meantime, please join us for a more social gathering on Wednesday, August 4th at 7pm for a viewing of the Emmy Award winning PBS documentary about the LHSGB entitled “Second To None.”
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to the directors with any questions you may have. We look forward to working with you all and bringing music back to Liberty and the Bethlehem community!
Mr. Allen Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr. William Lennox (email@example.com)
Uniform fittings for new students will take place on Wednesday, July 14 and Thursday, July 15 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Liberty band room. Use the link to sign up for a fitting time slot. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F4BA4A723A3F94-uniform3
Time slots are fifteen minutes each. Please send an email to Meg (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are unable to make one of the available days.
Dear Band and Orchestra Students and Parents/Guardians,
I hope this finds you well and enjoying your summer so far! As we approach the end of June, I am always surprised at how fast the time goes. I wanted to send this out to all of you with a few updates and things to look forward to. Before we know it, the band will be back on the field!
Welcome to Mr. Lennox!
As most of have hopefully seen, we have officially welcomed our new assistant director, Mr. William Lennox. He has been getting settled in and has already met quite a few of the students so far. Mr. Lennox brings a great deal of experience and we are excited to have him join the Liberty family.
Music and Instrument Pick-Up
All school-owned instruments have been set aside for incoming students that have requested them. We are doing some final cleanings and maintenance checks. I will post a date and times for pick-up of those instruments.
Music packets are also being compiled. A list of part assignments, along with music packets will be available when the instruments are picked up.
For the time being, a Google Drive has been created with some of the music. More music will be added as it is prepared, but this will give students an opportunity to start looking things over. The Google Drive can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ce_5MOM6zy35zwmlP_5mPJv215TmN_Vq?usp=sharing
2021-22 Performance Calendar
The full calendar for the music department is attached. Everything listed is what we anticipate throughout the year. Events are always subject to change, and we will do everything in our power to keep you notified in a timely manner. As you can see, we are back in full swing…not only with the regular football season, but with the 100th anniversary celebrations and a few other performances. Great things to look forward to!
Lights, Camera, Action!
As was announced in the Morning Call last week, the Liberty Grenadier and Freedom Patriot bands are being given a unique opportunity to be in a movie! In August, the Liberty and Freedom bands will be combining to do a film shoot for Daniel Roebuck. Mr. Roebuck is a Lehigh Valley native who has had quite a successful career in film and television (Matlock, The Fugitive, Lost). He is working on a new movie entitled “The Hail Mary”, and he wants us to be part of it! A tentative date of Saturday, August 14th is the planned shoot, however, that could easily change as we get closer. Filming will take place in the evening at the stadium for night time shots. More details will follow.
There will be a few non-mandatory marching band sessions held in July. These sessions will give us a jump on music and an opportunity to introduce our new members to some marching basics. We will hold these sessions on Monday, July 12, 19, and 26 from 7-8:30pm in the LHS Band Room.
Have a great July 4th weekend and we’ll see you soon!!
Mr. Frank & Mr. Lennox
The Liberty High School Music Department is pleased to introduce you to our new assistant instrumental director, Mr. William Lennox!
Mr. Lennox has been a music teacher for the last nine years. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from West Chester University. Throughout the past nine years he has taught Kindergarten through 12th grade. His concert and marching bands have received numerous awards and recognition, such as Tournament of Bands Chapter 2 Champions and Cavalcade of Bands 2017 Independence A Silver Medalist. In 2017, Mr. Lennox received a citation of excellence from the National Band Association. As an avid musician, Mr. Lennox has performed across the country in numerous ensembles including the Anthracite Philharmonic and Varsity Brass. He has also directed the Tri-Valley Community Band and the Anthracite Youth Wind Symphony for the last five years.
We are excited for the students to meet him and to get this next year moving ahead. Welcome to Liberty, Mr. Lennox!
The final Liberty High School Grenadier Band & Orchestra Parent Club (LHSGBOPC) meeting for the school year is scheduled for Tuesday, June 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm. The Zoom link for registration is: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkf-GorTstHN2h2WHjfjkcgFdWkrZt9iK8 Please join us!
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The following positions are open for nominations for the 2021-2022 school year: President (1-year term), Vice President Volunteers (1-year term), Secretary (1-year term), Treasurer (2-year term), At-Large (must be parent/guardian, 2-year term).
President – one year term
Shall preside at all meetings of the LHSGB&OPC, Board of Directors, and Executive Committee and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees and task forces.
Vice President of Volunteer Coordination – one year term
Shall be responsible for securing volunteers and coordinating any events/activities as required for of the LHSGB&OPC. Coordinates any fundraising that benefits the LHSGB&OPC as a whole. Shall perform all duties of the president when the president is absent or the office has been vacated.
Treasurer – two year term
Shall have charge and keep accurate records of all the LHSGB&OPC funds. The Treasurer shall make disbursements to execute administrative business in conjunction with the approved budget and in accordance with Article IV Section 9. The Treasurer shall submit a monthly financial report showing monthly, year-to-date, and budgeted expenditures. The Treasurer shall submit the financial records for an annual audit by an independent auditor and submit any required filings or reports, which should be completed as soon as possible after the end of the LHSGB&OPC’s fiscal year.
Secretary – one year term
Shall keep a record of all proceedings of the LHSGB&OPC, Board of Directors, and Executive Committee, and handle the LHSGB&OPC’s correspondence. The secretary shall keep and provide minutes of the general meeting to the membership as well as take attendance at all meetings.
At-Large Member of Board of Directors: two year term (must be parent or guardian)
Are responsible to solicit donations, whether by funds, in kind services, and/or products to support the Program.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the nominating process timeline will be abbreviated but the process itself will remain intact based on the bylaws. The timeline will be as follows:
1. Nominations will be open from Wednesday, May 26 through 5:00 pm on Friday, June 4.
2. This year the nominating committee will be accepting nominations through this google form. Please fill out the form for each person you wish to nominate.
3. Nominees will be contacted by the nominating committee to verify the consent of each nominee over the weekend of June 4, 5, and 6.
4. Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the June 8 meeting (only with the consent of the nominee present).
5. The slate of nominees will then be presented to the general membership for approval.
6. Pending approval of the slate, it will then go to vote by the current Board of Directors.
7. Board of Directors have until 5:00 pm on Friday, June 11 to cast their votes.
8. Candidates will be notified of the results by the nominating committee on or before June 13.
9. Newly elected positions will be announced in the final newsletter of the school year on Sunday, June 13.
Submitted on behalf of the 2021-2022 Nominating Committee (as appointed by the Executive Committee)
Meg Evans Gartley (Ex officio)
Due to the worsening weather projected for Friday, the decision has been made to postpone the Liberty Music Department’s spring concert until Saturday, May 8th at 7pm. With such a large-scale production being planned, and due to the amount of staging and technical elements being used, we cannot risk waiting until Friday to make the call. We hope you can all join us on this new date as we celebrate our students’ hard work and bring their music to you! The Thursday rehearsal will still take place as scheduled.
When we first planned to have the spring concert this coming weekend, we had announced to the students that a dress rehearsal would be held on Thursday during the school day. We realize that not all information always gets home, so we would like to give you the details for this event and make sure everybody is in the loop.
ALL students (A-L, M-Z, eLearning) who are participating in this weekend’s concert will be doing a dress rehearsal during the school day on Thursday, May 6th. The rehearsal will run from 7:30am – 2:30pm. This is approved by administration and teachers have been notified.
The district HAS approved transportation for the M-Z students who do not normally ride on Thursdays. Students who need to use the bus can follow their normal schedule to get to school.
We are encouraging all students to bring a lunch with them to school. Any student who is unable to pack a lunch will have the opportunity to get a school lunch. We also encourage students to bring water and any snacks with them for throughout the day.
We will be outside for the entirety of the day. Students should plan accordingly. Sunscreen, baseball hats, water bottles, etc. are all encouraged. There will also be downtime for students while we are working with specific ensembles, so bringing homework out to the field is not a bad idea.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up:
For students being dropped off and picked up, we ask that you do NOT use the faculty lots. Students should be dropped off on Grenadier Blvd, or other locations that will not interfere with buses. Students will have access to the building to retrieve any items needed for rehearsal.
The decision was made today that the concert will be moved to Saturday, May 8th at 7pm. The report times are as follows:
5pm – Band Warm-up
5:30pm – Choir Reports
5:45pm – Choir Warm-up
6:15pm – Combined Sound Check
6:30pm – Gates Open for Audience
All audience members will enter through the Student Athletic gate on the Fairview Ave. side of the building.