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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

WHAT A GREAT FIRST WEEK!!!

I am so excited to see all of the kids back in school and they had such a great first few days! We really set a positive tone for the school year and we're going to work to keep that going throughout the year.

UPCOMING INFORMATION TO KNOW

1. 6th graders should not bring instruments to school until Aug. 26th

2. 7th and 8th graders should bring instruments to school on Aug. 19th

3. Band Handbook Agreements are due on Friday, Aug. 23rd. These can be found on skyward as well as on this website under the "Band Handbook" heading.

4. WE NEED BOOKS!!! If your student does not have the proper book for their class, please help us get them in their hands by next week. Books can be found at the Tune Shop in Leavenworth or on Amazon. Needed books are:

  • 6th Grade: Tradition of Excellence Book 1 for their instrument
  • 7th Grade: Tradition of Excellence Book 2 for their instrument
  • 8th Grade: Technique and Musicianship

5. The 8th grade will have their first performance on Friday, Aug. 30th at our school pep rally! GO LIONS!

6. Jazz band audition music will be posted on Monday for the afternoon jazz band. These auditions will be due by Friday, Aug. 23rd at 9pm. Students will find this assignment on their google classroom. They will record themselves with their ipads and then upload their video to google classroom.

I have had a couple of students come to me to ask if I could extend the deadline but my purpose is to see who can (and is willing) to work hard to learn a piece of music quickly. The music will not be overly complicated and those who audition should not have trouble with music but it is also designed to challenge them. There will be students who don't make the afternoon jazz band. I will talk to those students so they understand what they did well and what they can do to improve. Part of being a musician is understanding how to take constructive criticism and how to deal with the frustration of not winning an audition. Unfortunately most musicians will lose more auditions than they win. This is the nature of the profession and students must learn from a young age that you can't win every time and that if you don't win you need to start doing everything you can to get better so you can win the next one. This may sound harsh but it is a very real part of being a solid musician.

 

Becky Jones
Director of Bands, Lansing Middle School

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Mrs. Jones has been the Director of Bands at Lansing Middle School and the Assistant Director of Bands at Lansing High school since 2005. She is currently also the KMEA Northeast District Middle Level Band Chair, the LMS Music Department Chair, and a member of the LMS Building Leadership Team. Outside of school Mrs. Jones is a 20 year member of the Army Reserves and currently serves as the Flute section leader for the 312th Army Band in Lawrence, KS. In her spare time Mrs. Jones enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her Husband, Stan, and her children Austin and Anna.

Click here for the Google calendar of band events.

 

Phone: 913-727-1197 Email: Becky Jones Lansing Middle School
220 Lion Lane Lansing KS 66043

 

 

Blake Vignery
Asst. Band Director/Percussion Instructor, Lansing Middle School

Mr. Vignery joined the Lansing High School Band staff in the fall of 2007.  Mr. Vignery is currently the Director of Percussion and Assistant Band Director at both Lansing High School and Middle School. He currently serves as a percussion consultant for the Olathe North Band Program and also runs the drumline for the Mid America Nazarene University band program.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Vignery served as the percussion instructor for Lansing and Blue Valley North High Schools as well as assisting with various other schools in the Kansas City area.  In his previous positions, Mr. Vignery has worked with a wide variety of ensembles including high school concert band, jazz ensembles, marching bands, pep bands, pit orchestras, middle school concert bands, elementary bands, small ensembles, and has taught private lessons to students in the Kansas City area.  

Mr. Vignery grew up in Concordia, Kansas, and graduated from Concordia Senior High School in 2003.  He then attended Kansas State University where he studied Music Education.  While attending KSU, Mr. Vignery played in a wide variety of ensembles including: KSU Marching Band, Concert and Symphonic Bands and the Percussion Ensemble.  Mr. Vignery is an alumni member of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity and a member of the Percussive Arts Society.

Mr. Vignery is well renowned as an avid percussionist in the Kansas City musical theater community as he has performed over 45 musicals in the capacity of both musician and music director.  He has performed at several theatres including the Carlsen Center, the White Theatre, the Kauffman Center and the Signature Theater in Manhattan, New York.  Mr. Vignery is also very active around the Kansas City area playing with his band “The Boxley Brothers.”

Phone: 913-727-1197  Email: Blake Vignery Lansing Middle School
220 Lion Lane Lansing KS 66043