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    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 11/30/23)

    1. Overview page been updated a lot -Change in concert date due to weather.

    2.  Google Classroom codes (below) 

    3. Feb. 13 Choir singing tracks for music added

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

    5. Dec. Newsletter was added.

    6. Added names of people/business that donated to the silent auction.  Thank you.







    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
    -The 7th-8th advance band, advance choir and orchestra members have their tour on Dec. 5-6.  We are heading to Glennallen School and Glacier View School to perform.   We also will have a short visit to Wrangell/St. Elias NP.  Grades for the trip will be checked several times over the next month.  Grades have to be above a 60% in all classes by Nov. 28.  Students also need to take care of their Nov. 20 concert needs. Here is the permission form: Dec. 5-6 Field trip permission form
    -FOR ALL Beginning band CLARINET PLAYERS- We need to do an important clarinet workshop to teach the students how to play above the break.  I am aiming for Friday, Dec. 8 at 2:30PM-4PM in the band room.   Please make the arrangements.   More info will be sent to those parents next week.
    -Solo/Ensemble contest is starting.  This is for 6th-8th grade CMS Music students.  This is a chance for students to work on a solo or small group piece to perform for a judge on Mar. 4 at CMS.  Students can sign up in class.  I will help find music for them.   Lessons will start in January.  This is a great activity for the student who wants to challenge themselves in music.
    -Tri-M honor music society will be starting up after the start of school year.   Tri-M music honor society would like to congratulate the following students for making it in: Matthew Wilson, Josephine Kelley, Betty Schmidt, Alexis Semonin, Macer Allen and Makenzie Barba.   Our next meeting is Dec,. 1 from 2:30-3:30 PM.
    -Winter concerts are in February.  Band is Beb. 12, Choir is Feb. 13, and Orchestra is Feb. 15.  Call for all the concerts is 6:30PM.  Dress is Black bottom and white top for all groups.  Please have your students at the school on time so we can start on time 
    -There will be a sub in my classroom for Dec. 5-6.  Students are expected to sign in (first and last name is required) on the attendance, follow directions, work on the assignment and turn it in at the end of class (all of my sub assignments are done in class-THEY MAY NOT TAKE THEM HOME FOR HOMEWORK).   Students need to be respectful and helpful.  They need a pencil, chrome book and something to write on.  If they don’t follow these policies, they will receive an SRC when I return from the tour.   There will be no access to the instrument room on those days, so students should not be bringing their instruments to class (or they will be carrying them around all day).  The assignments will be graded for class.   
    -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 will start up again on Nov. 6 from 2:30-4:00.  

    -2nd quarter Practice Charts will start on Sunday, Oct. 15.  This quarter charts will run from Oct. 15 till Dec. 16 (9 weeks, 315 pts)- Charts are weekly assignments.  Do to the start of year charts be starting when all groups have material to work on.  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 needs 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 Dec. 21.  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 turns 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. 

    -Our booster group has a meeting on Jan. 8 at 7PM on Zoom.  Here is the info.  If you can attend, please do.  We need help.

    Jan. 8-7PM parent booster meeting working agenda:          

    1. Welcome/minutes/money
    2. Old Business
      1. Silent Auction round up
      2. ???
    3. New Business
      1. Solo/Ensemble stuff
      2. Honor festival stuff
      3. Valley Festival of the Arts-are we going to do this?
      4. Scholarship update for students.


    TOBIAS LAMBERT is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


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    Thank you to our donors-

    Thank you to the following company/people that donated to the CMS music silent auction. 

    Carrs in Palmer                                                 Caine’s Restaurant

    Northwind Dental                                            Reel Alaska

    Nesha’s Jewelry                                                Gardner Family

    Boiler Man Plumbing +Heating                   Adams Family

    Overall Bookkeeping (Minoza Family)     Landen Michael’s Art Gallery

    Capstone Dermatology


    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.