We are two weeks into our Lobo Band Summer Band Camp and things are off to a great start for 2017-2018! All band students are working diligently to improve on fundamental marching and playing. This past Thursday, we also began work on our 2017 marching show, Connexus. Going into the final week of camp, we know that the weather may play a factor in our plans, but there will be a back-up plan each day in the event it is needed. Regardless, our camp will resume on Monday, August 7th and conclude this Friday, August 11th with our camp performance. Here are a few things everyone needs to know about the remaining days of camp and the few days before school begins:
- There is no morning rehearsal on Tuesday, August 8th. That morning is Convocation for teachers and we will not begin rehearsal until 1:00 pm. Rehearsal will end at the usual time of 4:00 pm. All battery percussion will meet at LMS at 8:00 am and be transported to the Convocation, where they will perform at 9:30 am, then be taken back to LMS. Battery percussion should wear khaki shorts, gray band t-shirt, with a brown belt and tennis shoes.
- There will be a camp performance at 6:00 pm on Friday, August 11th. All parents will meet in the LMS Gym for a short performance/booster meeting, then go out to Marion Field for a marching performance.
- On Saturday, August 12th, there will be a Lobo Band social at Main Event in Frisco. This will take place from 5:00-9:00 pm. The cost of the event is $20 per person. The last day to bring payment is on Thursday, August 10th. Mr. Frizzell (LEBB President) will be at that rehearsal at 4:00 pm to collect any payments.
- After camp ends on Friday of this week, the next rehearsal for the Lobo Band will be from 5:00-8:00 pm at LEHS on Tuesday night, August 15th.
Should you have any questions regarding these events, please contact any director. We are very excited about the 2017-2018 school year and look forward to hearing great things from our Lobo Band students this year!
Mr. Matt Neal is the new percussion director/assistant director at Little Elm High School. He will be coordinating all aspects of the high school percussion program, as well as instruction of the beginning percussion classes, middle school percussion sections and percussion ensembles. Mr. Neal held the same position at Creekview High School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch from 2013-2017, Rockwall-Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas, for the 2012-2013 school year and North Lamar High School in Paris, Texas, from 2005-2012. Mr. Neal’s students have been recognized at the state and national level in all areas of performance, including concert and marching percussion ensemble, and in their solo endeavors.
Since 2004 Mr. Neal has been a percussion instructor and the music coordinator for the Red River Drum and Auxiliary Camp, an annual summer camp providing instruction for marching percussion, color guard and drum majors. It is one of the largest and most successful summer camps of its kind in the country. From 2007 to 2010 Mr. Neal was the percussion arranger/writer for the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Marching Band in Durant, Oklahoma.
Mr. Neal graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma, with a degree in Instrumental Music Performance in 2003. Following his time at SOSU, he earned a Master’s degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in Percussion Performance in 2005. Mr. Neal currently resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife Angela, an Orff specialist and the elementary music teacher for Rockbrook Elementary in Lewisville, Texas.
Scott Kennedy, Director of Bands at Lakeside Middle School, comes to Little Elm from Clark Middle School in Frisco. While on the Clark band staff he taught beginning low brass and conducted the non-varsity band. Mr. Kennedy began his career in 1995 and spent his first ten years teaching in Oklahoma. His bands received consistent superior ratings, sweepstakes awards, and benefited from more musical opportunities than before his direction. After moving to Texas in 2005, Mr. Kennedy taught in Mabank where his varsity band was a finalist in the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series, achieved many UIL sweepstakes as well as Best in Class awards. Before coming to Clark, he served as director of bands at Wilkinson Middle School in Mesquite, TX. His Wilkinson band achieved UIL sweepstakes for the first time in 7 seven years before his direction and earned Best in Class awards. While at Clark, his non-varsity band was an annual UIL sweepstakes winner as well as Best in Class at Peak Music Festivals. While on staff at Clark, the Clark varsity band earned the CC TMEA Honor Band distinction and most recently won the Sudler Silver Cup award for best middle school band program in the country. Mr. Kennedy, with the Clark band staff, was a presenter at TMEA in 2014 and published in the September 2015 Southwestern Musician.
A Graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Music Education, Mr. Kennedy is a member of the Texas Bandmaster’s Association, Texas Music Educator’s Association, National Federation of Musicians, International Trombone Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. As a trombonist, he has been a performer with the Carrollton Wind Symphony and the Prestonwood Orchestra. He has served as chairman and Vice-President for the Northeast Band Director’s Association (Oklahoma) and was named in Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 2005. His private students have consistently achieved All-Region and All-State placement.
Mr. Kennedy is married to Denise, a clarinetist and band director at Lake Dallas High School. They have three children; Kaitlyn (French horn), Zachary, and Rebecca. In the summer months, he enjoys teaching at SWOSU Band Camp, golfing, and getting out on the lake with his family.
Robyn Blanchard is the Assistant Band Director at Lakeside Middle School. She joins the Little Elm staff after two years of teaching in Athens, Texas. During her time in Athens she was the Assistant Middle School Band Director and her responsibilities included teaching the beginner flute, clarinet, saxophone and French horn classes, leading the non-varsity ensemble, and assisting with all other middle school and high school activities. In 2017 she took the Athens Middle School Non-Varsity Band to UIL Contest and Sight-reading where they earned their first Sweepstakes in the history of the school. Her students in Athens have made the region, area, and all-state bands.
Prior to teaching in Athens, Ms. Blanchard student taught in Frisco, Texas at Centennial High School and Clark Middle School. Ms. Blanchard is an Oklahoma Baptist University Alumni and grew up in Plano, Texas, graduating from Plano West Senior High School. She holds memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association.