Lately, in music classes, we have been learning some rhythmical grooves for playing buckets with sticks. We've learned about producing different sounds by striking various areas on the buckets as well as using different parts of the sticks in order to obtain these sounds. After we got some simple grooves in order, we learned how to make a drum break. The following week we learned to sing a song called "Little Liza Jane" and students were able to create their own bucket part accompaniment to the song. We had a blast!
This year the fourth grade bands from Memorial School and John Lyman School are joining forces in order to present a spring concert on Thursday, June 8th. In addition to the fourth grade bands, the fifth and sixth grade Memorial bands will be performing as part of the program. It will be helpful for fourth grade band students and their parents to hear the fifth and sixth grade bands, so they have an idea of what is able to be accomplished each succeeding year. Speaking of accomplishments, the fourth grade bands in RSD 13 have made quite a bit of progress this year. Just think about it, prior to this past fall most students did not play a band instrument. Now we have the ability to play three special band arrangements!
In order to be ready for our concert, we are having a joint band rehearsal at Memorial School next Thursday, May 25th. The John Lyman Band will be bused to Memorial School. The size of both bands together numbers approximately one hundred students. The pieces that we have been working on are: Samba La Bamba, Snooze Alarm, and Dragon Slayer.
Students in the John Lyman Band will be performing a separate concert for the Lyman community on May 31st. We are all looking forward to these special music events and we hope to see you there. Thanks!