• Welcome to Mr. Lambert's Webpage


    Wasilla HS band has a “workshop” day for Beginning Band students to get some extra help.  The date is Sept. 9 from 10AM-2PM at WHS.   This has been very helpful for starting up students to get a little bit of one-on-one help with fingerings, reading of notes and other issues.   They also have lunch and will perform a short concert.  Students who attend can get extra credit if they bring back a program or receipt showing they attended.  Cost is $35.  Contact Mr. Tyler Martin at tyler.martin@matsuk12.us


    For Orchestra people: The Mat-Su Youth Orchestra is starting up on Sept. 11 from 6:30PM-8PM at Iditarod Elementary.   They are looking for intermediate level players.  Cost is $100.00.  You can email Kai West at alaskaiwest@gmail.com and you can go so MSYO.org for more information. 


    UPDATED ITEMS 9/8/23)

    1. Overview page been updated a lot (including WHS band camp and Mat-Su Youth orchestra info)

    2.  Google Classroom codes (below) 

    3. Updated Concert Schedule a little.

    4. Nov. 20 Choir singing tracks for music added

    5. Cast lists for Hansel and Gretel along with Barnyard Players.

    6. Updated Solo/Ensemble stuff and Music Calendar of events.

    7. Sept. Newsletter was added.







    Google Classroom codes:

    Advance Band: lskirff

    Beginning Band: zfm3soh

    Guitar: ye2tjac

    Musical Theater: d3haifa

    6th grade Choir: sbfkaym

    7th-8th grade Choir: mceeq3j

    Orchestra: 4cd3dij

    Musical/Play: awh7sn2

    To Parents/Students:
    Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year. There is lots of info on this site. Enjoy. 
    Name: Toby Lambert
    Email Address: tobias.lambert@matsuk12.us
    Phone number: (907) 761-1517
    -CMS fall musical will be "The Story of Hansel and Gretel".  Audition practices are Aug. 30 and/or 31 from 2:30-4PM in the band room.  Auditions will be Sept. 1.   Performances will be Oct. 28 (7PM) and Oct. 29 (2PM and 7PM).  We are looking to also have a streaming performance on Nov. 4 at 1PM   More info will be coming.
    -Cast will be posted for the musical on late on Sept. 1.   Go to the "CMS Drama/Musical" page which is linked to the left of this. 
    -Tri-M honor music society will be starting up after the start of school year.   This group is a service society using music to help out our community.  Any CMS Band, Choir or Orchestra students can apply for it as long as they have an application filled out, meet all grade requirements and are participating in those listed classes for the entire school year.  Here is the application: 2023-2024 Tri-M Application.  Full application (including 2 letters of recommendation) are due to Mr. Lambert by Sept. 11, 2023.  
    - Orchestra will be having singing/playing tests right after the start of the school year.  Beginning Band and Beginning orchestra will have their test later in the 1st quarter.  
    -Fall concert for Advance Band and Choir is Sept. 18, 2023 (Choir will have call at 6:30 PM/concert at 6:45PM and Advance Band will have call at 7:15PM/concert at 7:30PM).  Orchestra will have its concert on Oct. 2, 2023 (6:30PM is call, concert at 7PM)
    -If you did not attend the Aug. 21 music open house meeting, I have made a summary video.  It is in your child's google classroom for you to access and watch.  Thank you.
    -8th grade steel drums has practices normally on Friday's from 2:30-4:30 through early October.  

    -1st quarter Practice Charts is going on.  This quarter charts will run from Aug. 27 till Oct. 14 (7 weeks, 245 pts)- Charts are weekly assignments.  They are worth 35 pts each week for 2 hours of practice (and yes they get partial points for charts with 0-119 minutes).  Charts go from Sunday to Saturday every week.  Students turn them in to the “Snoopy” box every week.  They need full name, the date of the week they practiced, times for each day, total time added up and a parent signature.  All of this is needed to be graded.  Students can practice more than 2 hours if they want and put that on another chart if they are going to be gone on another week (like a vacation).  Charts can be turned in up to 2:30 PM on Oct. 18.  I won’t take them past 2:30 PM even if they are sick from school.  They have all quarter to turn in stuff even if they choose to turn it in at the end only. Please be aware that if a student turn them in at the last minute and they are not filled out correctly, they will not be graded and I can’t return them to the student for them to repair them. 

    Stuff needed for instruments for Beginning Band:

          Flute: Need cleaning rag, Jewelry screw driver

          Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax: #2 reeds (about 10-12), cleaning swab, jewelry screw driver, mouth piece cleaner swab

          Trumpet, F. Horn, Baritone, Tuba: valve oil (clear color is preferred), cleaning kit with slide grease (if the instrument is the students) 

          Trombone: valve oil (clear color is preferred), trombone slide grease (different from regular slide grease), cleaning kit (if the instrument is the students)

          Percussion: Percussion kit that contains a snare pad, bell kit, mallets for bells, snare sticks, percussion stand to put snare pad and bells on. 

    Stuff needed for instruments for Beginning Orchestra:

          Violin, Viola: Rosin for bow, neck pad to lift the instrument on the student's neck, humidifier, extra set of strings

          Cello, Bass: Rosin for bow, humidifier, extra strings (for cello especially)

    Stuff needed for Guitar Class:

           Students need a case, humidifier, pick, extra strings


    Books for Beginning band are: Traditions of Excellence Book 1 (red) and Book 2 (blue)

    Books for Beginning orchestra are: All for Strings Book 1 (light brown) and Book 2 (blue) 


    NO books for Guitar class at this time. Mr. Lambert will provide what he needs for the students.  

    Most of the equipment that CMS has can be rented to Beginning Band/Beginning Orchestra students: Cost this year for rental is $100.00 for the year.  Contract will be given to family at their instrument fitting meeting.  First come, first serve (advance band/orchestra students need to have their own stuff unless it is a big instrument like a tuba or baritone-instrument mostly being focused to beginning students this  year).  


    Places to rent/purchase instruments, equipment, books (which normally include warranty and maintenance plan):

    Matanuska music: (907) 376-4006, it is at 280 N. Willow Street in Wasilla Matanuska Music Website

    Horn Doctor: (907) 272-4676, is at 1000 Ingra St. in Anchorage Horn Doctor Website

    Music and Arts: (907) 561-7001, 

    Petr's Violin/Guitar Center: (907) 276-1800, is at 1408 Hyder St. Unit B in Anchorage Petr's Violin/Guitar Website

    Wood and Wire (Orchestra/Guitar stuff): (907) 745-7457 is at 3020 N. Glenn Hwy, Palmer. Wood and Wire Website

    There are others shops if you google search, but these are the main ones for band, orchestra and guitars.


    Concert Calendar for 2023-2024 year.  

          Here is the calendar: 2023-2024 CMS Music Calendar  (This was updated on 7/26/23-change in Solo/Ensemble Contest date)
           Here is practice charts: Blank Practice Chart  They start on Aug. 27, 2023.  First one is due on week of Sept. 3.  

    Below is a working schedule for music for this school year.  









    Semester 1

    6th-8th Grade Beginning Band (new or 1 year players)  

    7th-8th Adv. Band (completed 2 years of Band)  

    6th-8th Grade Orchestra  

    6th-8th Grade Guitar   

    6th Grade Choir

      7th-8th grade Adv. Choir  

    Semester 2

    6th-8th Grade Beginning Band (new or 1 year players)  

    7th-8th Adv. Band (completed 2 years of Band)     6th-8th Grade Orchestra     6th-8th Musical Theater     6th Grade Choir 7th-8th grade Adv. Choir  

    Monday/Friday-all classes

    Tuesday- 4C's, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th period

    Wednesday-4C's 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th period

    Thursday-4C's, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th period


    Extra Activities Mr. Lambert is planning for the 2023-2024 school year:

    Jazz Band (for advance band students)-Tuesday/Thursday 6:45 AM-7:15 AM

    Jazz Choir (for advance choir students)-Wednesday/Friday 6:45 AM-7:15 AM 

    Musical Theater-After School Monday-Friday, Sept-Late Oct. 

    Spring Play- After School in March-Early May.

    Solo/Ensemble contest students: Jan-Feb. After school

    Honor Ensembles: Feb-Mar. during and after school

    Talent Show????

    Tri-M Honor music society-Sept till May.

    Steel Drum Ensemble: Nov till end of the year-open to 8th core music students with some requirements.


    Things that may come back this year:

    Hand Bell Ensemble (Nov-Mid Dec).


    Things putting on Hold for the 2023-2024 school year: 

    Pep Band-End of Sept till Mid Nov.