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Middle School Performance Groups / Dates

• September – MS Winter Guard is for students who wish to enhance music through the use of equipment and body movements and learn the fundamentals of flag spinning. This activity prepares students for the LHS Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band's Color Guard. LHS Homecoming Color Guard (for 8th grade students only) meets in early September for only 5 practices after school at SMS. Winter Guard is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, with auditions in October. The Winter Guard season runs from October through March, with practice after school 1-2 times per week and regional competitions each season.

• September  Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned band. Auditions will take place near the beginning of September. Students rehearse at 6:30 on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings each week at Sperreng and hold sectionals other mornings and after school. Members of the Jazz Ensemble are required to participate in the Jazz Band on Tuesday mornings. During Jazz Band seasons, Jazz Ensemble will only meet on Thursday and Friday mornings. The rest of the year they will rehearse all three mornings each week. The MS Jazz Ensemble has traveled to various competitions around the Midwest where they have received high honors for many years. They also perform at district and community events during the school year when schedules permit.

• October 4, 2019 – This will be the 28th consecutive year our 8th Grade Band will be involved in the Homecoming Game activities at Lindbergh High School.  We will have been rehearsing music and learning marching fundamentals to prepare for this exciting evening.  The students will be performing with the Lindbergh High School “Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band” during the pre-game ceremonies, as well as playing pep music and cheering the team on to victory in the stands.  I hope to see you there!

• October – Jazz Band will begin during the month of October and will be open to 7th or 8th grade students who play a standard jazz instrument. Standard jazz instrumentation includes trumpet, trombone, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, piano, bass, vibes, guitar and drum set. Trumpet, trombone, and alto sax players must provide their own instrument. Piano, bass, vibes, guitar and drum set will be auditioned instruments. Those auditions will take place near the beginning of September along with the Jazz Ensemble auditions. The school owned bari sax and tenor sax will also be auditioned instruments. The jazz band meets October through December and March through May at 6:30 on Tuesday mornings. Rehearsals are held at Sperreng for both Sperreng and Truman Students. A shuttle bus is provided to take Truman students to school after rehearsal. The Jazz Band performs at the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band concerts in December and the 7th and 8th grade band concert in May.

• October, 28, 2019 – The St. Louis Suburban Junior High Concert Band and Jazz Band are comprised
of the best junior high band students in the St. Louis area.  All 7th and 8th grade students are encouraged to audition.  At the high school level students must successfully audition into one of these groups to be eligible for the All-State Ensemble auditions.  It is to our young musicians’ advantage to participate in as many auditions as possible before entering high school.  It is an honor to make this group.  We are proud of the students who have been selected in the past and look forward to having many of our students represent the Lindbergh District in the future. 
Auditions will be held on October 28 at Clayton High School. All-Suburban Concert will be held January 12, 2020.

• December – Drumline is for percussion students who wish to learn the fundamentals of drumline technique and prepare drumline music for performances. This group holds auditions for 7th and 8th grade percussion students in December, and meets after school on Tuesdays in the TMS band room during second semester.  

• April 4, 2020  Solo and Small Ensemble is one of the most valuable performance opportunities offered to young musicians.  This gives any student or group of students a chance to choose their own piece of music to perform and be critiqued and rated by very experienced adjudicators.  We highly recommend that your 7th or 8th grade student participates in this important event.  This is another event that includes an All-State level festival in high school.  Solo and small ensemble takes place at Holman Middle School in the Pattonville School District.

• June 1-June 23, 2020 – Summer Band: For many students, band starts in the summer before their sixth grade year. At Lindbergh, band members may participate in a voluntary summer band program. This four week session consists of concert band, jazz band, jazz improvisation, and beginning band. Seven teachers instruct nearly 400+ students in ninety-minute classes divided into brass, woodwind, and percussion. The camp culminates with a standing room only concert during the last week.