LHSMB 8/1-8/7

Monday: Rehearsal 6-9 at LHS

Tuesday: Pics 10:30 am-12:30 at LJHS (more info on Monday), Students going to the Carolina Clinic leave at 1:15 (bring money for food), Students going to the show but NOT the clinic leave at 6 pm, buses return at 11 pm.

Wednesday: Rehearsal 6-9 AT LHS

Thursday: rehearsal at LJHS 6-9, parent preview show at 8:45! (Arrive by 8:30 to get a good seat-sit in the middle and up high!) 

Friday-Sunday: Blues Fest!

New Dates and Updates

Hello from a glittery band office (ask your kids why),

I have a few areas to update here. Please read everything as carefully as you can.

First off, I have two dates that we have added to the calendar:

  1. Thursday, August 11th
    1. 12:45 pm-1:30 pm: Play Freshman Focus Pep Rally at LHS. Have Pep Tunes and Fight Song Prepared
    2. Freshmen and 7th graders cannot attend because of your first day of school
    3. Rehearsal begins at 3 pm that day, so students may stay at LHS until that time.
  2. Wednesday, September 28
    1. 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Skyline Chili Pep Rally. (This was originally 6:30-7:30 but has been changed)
    2. After practice, students who drive will drive themselves. 
    3. There will be a bus for students who do not drive. Parents can pick up students who do not drive directly from Skyline.

Next, I want to congratulate the students for powering what has been a very hot camp, especially yesterday morning into afternoon. To help them along have been giving them frequent water breaks, keeping them mostly indoors from 1-6:15 pm, and encouraging good eating habits.

And the show? We’re happy. This band is learning quickly, retaining everything we throw at them, and also learning how to rehearse with proper etiquette. What is the neatest part of this job is watching a group grow from a bunch of kids holding equipment to a group of artists who will eventually become like family. 

I hope you all come along for the ride.

Warrior Strong. Warrior Pride.

Let’s hear it for Music Education!!!!!


LHSMB Statement on Current Weather Conditions

We wanted to keep you informed on our plans with the current weather conditions.

Our program is expected to follow the OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association) Heat Regulations on weather regulations. We are monitoring today's situation and are following the mandated guidelines carefully. Water breaks are being provided every 15 minutes (guidelines advise us to provide them every 30) and the most an ensemble will spend in the sun this afternoon will be 90 minutes. 

You can be assured that we will continue to oversee things very carefully, and if there are any changes or updates we will take action immediately.

Parade Wrapup and Thanks

LHSMB Veterans and Parents,

I wanted to say a big THANK YOU for your patience and flexibility this past Sunday. The decision to not perform at an event because of weather is always a difficult one, but ultimately it came down to not having students, instruments, and equipment being subject to unnecessary damage and repairs. 

As you can probably guess, every situation is different. We make every attempt to be at  performances regardless of weather, but we also don't want to be reckless. Sometimes we can make the call earlier than later, while other times we are given little to no choice but to be present regardless of what the radar shows. I can assure you that all factors are considered, but student safety always comes first. 

If you ever have any questions about our policies as it pertains to this or any other situation don't hesitate to contact me!

David Iannelli
Director of Bands, Grades 7-12
Lebanon City Schools

LHSMB 2016

Congratulations on making it through the 2015-16 school year and making it to summer break! I have begun my break by looking through the roster to make I have everything correct before I submitting numbers to our writers and choreographers.

An email was just sent out to all LHSMB 2016 members and their parents. As was discussed on the last day of Mini Camp, everyone is expected to maintain their commitment to their membership all the way through MSBA Championships on November 5, 2016.

If that email was sent to you erroneously and you are not participating in Marching Band this summer and fall let me know IMMEDIATELY! Also, if you know of who someone did not receive the email let me know VERY soon!

Otherwise, stay tuned for show updates, new music, and other info that will come out throughout the summer.


Carillon Park Concert Band

Hello all,

Below is an email from Michael Berning, band director of Kettering Fairmont High School and the Carillon Park Concert Band, a summer performance opportunity for students CURRENTLY in grades 8-12.

THIS IS A TERRIFIC WAY TO KEEP UP YOUR PLAYING CHOPS IN A FUN, EDUCATIONAL SETTING! I have included the registration forms in an email that was sent home, and you can find the audition music in the LHS Handouts folder in Charms (I can also print those out at school). 

Check it out!

Each summer for the past 71 years there has been a summer concert band for high school students in the Miami Valley. The Carillon Park Concert Band (CPCB) is the current evolution of the band that dates back to the original NCR Band and is sponsored by Dayton History. The band will continue to perform a series of outdoor concerts at various locations in the Greater Dayton area, beginning Memorial Day and ending in early July. This is my 11th year as the director and I know for certain what a great opportunity this is for our students. Last year we had over 110 musicians in the band from 24 local schools. I hope we can continue to increase the membership and musicianship of the band this summer.

The Carillon Concert Band is the ideal summer experience for:

  •   Students who don’t participate in marching band – keep them playing!

  •   Students who march with other instruments keep their concert horn on their face!

  •   Younger students who can grow from a good high school level ensemble experience

  •   Any band student who just can’t get enough band music!

    Membership in the Carillon Park Concert Band is open to students who are CURRENTLY in grades 8 thru 12. Current 8th graders who wish to participate should be capable of performing with a high school level band. Rehearsals will be held at the Kettering Fairmont Performing Arts Center in the band room. The band room is air conditioned.

    The musical emphasis is on developing and improving sight-reading and performance skills in a relaxed rehearsal atmosphere. Music performed is mostly Grade 3 and Grade 4 level and the students will perform 20- 25 selections each season. The band will perform traditional marches, light classical selections, show tunes and other music suitable for outdoor concerts. In past seasons I have attempted to provide some challenge, some fun, and some traditional band literature on every concert. I expect to program similar literature this summer.

    I hope you will encourage your students to consider trying out for the Carillon Park Concert Band this summer. I have included a poster for your band room and a number of flyers. Please contact me if you would like additional information.
    To set up an audition, students should e-mail me at CarillonParkBand@gmail.com Thanks for your continued support of the band. If you have questions, please feel free to e-mail or call me.


    Michael Berning
    Fairmont High School
    3301 Shroyer Rd.
    Kettering, Ohio 45429 (937)499-1647 CarillonParkBand@gmail.com

LHS Performances- Update

I realize that in the middle of all the confusion some may be wondering about the status of the Jazz Dance on Saturday and the concert on Monday. We have missed a lot of rehearsal time, minds are certainly elsewhere right now, and instruments may be at school. It's not ideal by an stretch of the imagination. 

However, at this point there is no plan to cancel, change, or postpone any performance. I will always, in every circumstance put the safety and well being of our students first, and if district officials or local law enforcement believe it is in our best interests to cancel any performance to protect our students I will do just that. But at this point I have been given no indication that this should occur. 

As I told the students at LJHS, take tonight to enjoy each other's company and give each other an extra hug. We'll get back to making the art of making beautiful music to combat this ugliness first thing tomorrow.

Warrior strong. Warrior pride. 

Take care. 

David Iannelli

To all LJHS Band Students and Parents

I am hoping that this correspondence is finding your families safe and comfortable. I am thinking of all of you.

I am keenly aware that today's events may have been troubling and upsetting to many. I was at LJHS when the evacuation of our building occurred, I made the walk through the rain down to the fairgrounds, and I  assisted in the dismissal of the students with the rest of our staff. You can be very proud of how our Lebanon family handled all aspects of the situation. I am honored to be a very small part of it. 

Word got to me that many of the students were very concerned that they would not be able to get their instruments to take home to practice, and some mentioned to other teachers  that I would be upset or disappointed that it didn't happen. While I am a a firm believer in at home practice, I'm a teacher (and a parent) who cares about the safety and well being of kids first. The only thing on my mind today was that each student in those buildings were going to be safely in your homes as quickly and safely as possible. My thoughts were a million miles away from practice logs and the like. 

Take tonight to enjoy each other's company and give each other an extra hug. We'll get back to making the art of making beautiful music to combat this ugliness first thing tomorrow

Warrior strong. Warrior pride. 

Take care.

David Iannelli

Saturday at LYB Opening Day

Some details about the band performance at Lebanon Youth Baseball Opening Day:

  • We're marching from Colonial North to East this year. It starts at 10 am, so we will report to Colonial North at 9:30. We will be finished by 10:10 am
  • Because of parking issues it would be a very, very good idea to car pool.
  • We will not be able to get in the band room that morning because of an ROTC Competition so bring your instruments home the night before.
  • Winter percussion:  You are not expected to be at the event .
    • However, if you can be there please do. It would go a long way towards saying THANK YOU to our community who support you so much!
  • Uniform: Band Polos and Khaki Shorts OR Pants. See me if you need a polo.


20th Annual Spring Swing!

  • Date: Saturday, May 7
  • Location: Lebanon Presbyterian Church
  • Times: 6:30-10 pm
  • Presale Tickets (on sale at www.lhsbandroom.org/springswing beginning April 25):
    • $12 Adults, $10 Seniors/Students, $120 Reserved Table of 8
  • Tickets at the Door (LIMITED!):
    • $15 for all (no reserved tables)
    • There will be NO tickets sold at school or by individual students this year.
    • Sign Up Genius will be out for volunteers TO set up/tear down/chaperones, food, etc.  
    • Items like Reds tickets, Dragons tickets, hair salon certificates, and other goodies.

If you haven't been to a jazz dance ask around...it is a tremendous evening and we guarantee you will have a great time!

If you have any questions please contact Jen Rammel at rammelj28@gmail.com 



The Kroger Community Rewards program is a great way to help the LEBANON BAND PROGRAM earn much needed fundraising dollars by linking your Kroger Plus Card to the LBPA (Lebanon Band Parents Association). Each time you use your Kroger Plus Card to make a purchase, Kroger will contribute a portion of the purchase to the LBPA. IT IS THAT SIMPLE and IT COSTS YOU NOTHING! 

Think about this…If only 200 families register , it would help make approximately $10,000 this year to help our band program!


How to sign up and help your bands: 

●  Have your Kroger Plus Card handy and go to krogercommunityrewards.com 

●  Click on sign in (if you have a current account) or register (if you need to
create an account) 

●  Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering your zip code, clicking on
your favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password.
You will have to also agree to terms and conditions. 

●  You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click the link in
the email. 

●  Click on My Account and use your email and password to proceed to the
next step. 

●  Click on edit Kroger Community Reward information and input your Kroger
Plus Card number and then update or confirm your information. 

●  Enter the LBPA number ( 81018 ) or Lebanon Band Parents Association, select
from list and click confirm. 

●  If you currently have a Kroger Plus Card, but use your phone number at the
register, call 800-576-4377, select option 3 to get card number. 

  •  THAT’S IT!!! Each time you use your card or the phone number associated
    with the account, Kroger will provide a contribution to LBPA! 



Athletes talk about being in "the zone", where everything they do seems to work and the results are extraordinary. 

We are playing some really cool stuff in the bands right now in preparation for the May performances, and the kids are in that zone. Terrific rehearsals, awesome attitudes...even with spring being right around the corner. I'm really proud of all of the kids...keep it up!

-Mr. I

#warriorstrong #warriorpride

Drum Major Tryout Information

Monday, May 2
5:00 p.m. LHS BAND ROOM

Prepare for the following:

  1. Conduct INCANTATION from 0:00-2:00. You can find the YouTube we will use at the below.
  2. A five question interview.
  3. You will be assigned a random time via random drawing early the week before.
  4. Questions?  See Mr. Iannelli

LHS Solo and Ensemble Update

Hello all,


Let me begin this by saying how much I appreciate your patience and flexibility as we have tried to make Solo and Ensemble work the year. It is a terrific event that I believe in for kids, and something that we should work on each and every year.

Three times in my 24 years before this one OMEA has canceled the Solo and Ensemble event because of inclement weather (1997, 2003, and 2007), and in 1995 it was deemed unsafe by Lebanon City Schools to attend because of potential of bad weather, even though the event was held by OMEA. (That year it was held at Miami University, the day it snowed 4 inches between noon and 1 pm!)

This year we had this misfortune of having our event snowed out, but the students seemed genuinely interested in trying to still have it happen. About 10 days ago our accompanist informed us that she could not attend the event, which left me scrambling for a piano player for the kids. I was told by a colleague that he may be able to provide someone to take her place but that fell through this morning.

It is with this in mind, as well as with students having many things they could be working on in it's place (new music in class, new music with private teachers, outside ensembles working towards the ends of their seasons, etc) that we should put this event aside. So, it is with a heavy heart that I announce we will be canceling the Solo and Ensemble event for this yearHowever, if your students were looking forward to performing we can discuss the possibility of them playing at our end of the year concert our at our awards banquet, both of which I am looking to make big, exciting events.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks again for your flexibility and understanding.

Urgent Jazz Gig Info

LHS Jazz band:

My apologies for the sudden urgency of this, but I neglected to ask this question in class... Jazz Band has been asked to play at student of the quarter on Monday at Berry.

Here is the agenda:

6 pm Pick up equipment at LHS
6:30 Meet at Berry
6:45 Be set up at Berry
7 pm Perform at Berry
7:15 Leave Berry
7:30 Drop off equipment at LHS

Very quick and very easy. We would play 2 tunes from the jazz fest-probably Move and Sandu. They have a piano and stands there so that wouldn't be necessary to bring. Since this is in the district we would NOT have bus transportation.

Please let me know as soon as your are able (via email) if students are NOT able to attend. THANK YOU!

LJHS Final Solo and Ensemble Info


Tomorrow night is the LJHS Solo and Enemble Presentation! Remember, this is  for students who are participating with a solo and/or and ensemble only. we encourage other students and families to come watch and support the kids if they wish. 

Below are the performance times for each event. I recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the performance to get instruments out and warmup. Warmup will occur in the band room and performances will occur on stage.

 6:20 Clarinet Trio
6:30    Flute Trio
6:40    Brass Quartet
6:50  Low Woodwind Trio
7:00    Grace Brunetto
7:10    Wyatt Johnson
7:20    Luke Moore
7:30  Josh Slaughter
7:40    Sarah Hutchinson
7:50    Lauren Reed
8:00    Mia Tebow

After the students perform they will then be given a short clinic by our two adjudicators, Sean Thompson and Amy Thompson. Sean has been involved with music education for 22 years, and is the former band director at Taylor and Loveland High Schools. Amy is currently the choir and keyboard director at Oak Hills High School, and has also been a band and choir director at Blanchester and Finneytown Schools. She also has given private woodwind lessons for over twenty years. 

About 10-15 minutes after their performance and clinic the students will be given a comment sheet with a rating of between I and V, with a I being the top rating (and difficult to achieve!). After they receive that sheet from me in the band room they are free to leave. If they cannot stay-though most students are eager to see the results-they can pick it up in class the next day. 

Students performing with Mrs. Swift as the accompanist need to bring her $30 tomorrow evening. 

The kids who are participate have been working hard, and I have no doubt they are going to do a great job! If you have any questions be sure to contact me!

The Seven Mile Bridge-A Band Comparison

Key West, Florida is known for it’s warm climate and laid back atmosphere, with high volumes of tourists visiting year round to escape their fast paced lives. Many people refer to this kind of destination as their paradise. (I wouldn't mind checking it out for a month or so one year. I have had numerous friends visit, including one who called her husband after one day to tell him that they WOULD retire there. Soon.).

The one catch to traveling to Key West is that flights can be difficult to find, and when you do find them they can drain your wallet. Also, landing in Key West is somewhat like landing on a postage stamp, which can be a bit disconcerting for those who are a little leery of the flying experience. 

Driving there has it’s own challenges, and the biggest is the final stretch before you reach your destination:  The Seven Mile Bridge

<At this stage of the blog entry there may be a few wondering why in the world I’m rambling on about a man made structure over a water mass. Stay tuned.>

It’s seven miles of no exits, short guard rails, and nothing but the Gulf of Mexico on either side of you. Run out of gas? You’re definitely out of luck. Blow a tire? That could get you closer to a shark than at the Newport Aquarium. 

If you’re taking this drive you might get frustrated at the drivers around you, who may be going a different speed or are in what you think is the wrong lane. You have no idea what is going on in their car, but you know that they are in your way. With all this and a 40 foot drop to the ocean one lane to your right, you white knuckle it the entire way across this enormous bridge. With all this frustration, anxiety, and danger you start to wonder why you took the trip in the first place, and might even wonder aloud if getting to this place is going to be worth it.

But then you see what might be civilization just ahead and sure enough, the end of the bridge and Key West are just over the horizon. 


If you’ve been there before you start to remember why you made the effort, and all those awesome memories come flooding back. If you’ve never been there you start seeing things that invigorate your senses and excite you like never before, and you drink in every last detail, making plans for your return trip as soon as possible. 

How does this relate to band? 

We are preparing for 3 different 25 minute performances with our jazz band, concert band and wind ensemble right now. We have a concert, large group contest, and a jazz festival in the next 7 days. The preparation at times has been arduous, frustrating, and even scary (see, Part Tests). Sometimes the preparation gets so difficult we wonder why we even agreed to do it in the first place. There are people around us who are on the path to the same destination…and though their route is similar to ours they seem to be taking a much different approach to get there, and sometimes that gets us on edge. 

However, at the end of this long musical journey there’s a destination, and it’s awesome. Many of us have been there a few times before, and we want to go back. The pride, emotions, and sounds that accompanied us at that destination were things that will be with us forever, and being able to do that again would be amazing.I know that we can get there.

However, just like going across that bridge to Key West it's a long ride. It's going to take energy and time that others spend on the couch or watching television.  We might have to put aside things that others do to make it happen. The journey is going to be difficult at times and a bumpy ride occasionally.

But believe me-a musical paradise awaits. Come along for the ride.