Metropolitan Winds Concert

Thanks to Mayor Hillock and others, the METROPOLITAN WINDS is now Little Elm’s own civic wind ensemble ! We will be giving our first FREE concert for the LE community on Sunday, October 15th, at the 2:30 pm in the LEHS Auditorium. It should be an amazing concert and we’d love to see everyone there!

 

 

Summer Band Camp, Week 3

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:

  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Welcome to LEISD, Mr. Neal!

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.