Longfellow
Middle School
1900 Denton Street | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | 608-789-7670 | Fax: 608-789-7975

RIVER CITY STRINGS FIDDLE CLUB

Fiddle music is traditionally taught by rote (by ear, without reading music). Students in River City Strings explore this style of learning and grow as musicians through playing alternative styles that include Celtic, Old-time, French Canadian, Swing, and more. We may also take time to explore other folk instruments and possibly have guest musician(s) visit! For some of our rehearsals and performances, we will be combining groups with the Logan Middle School fiddle club.

 

REQUIREMENTS

River City Strings Fiddle Club members must…

♫ …be in excellent academic standing in our orchestra (attend all lessons, concerts, ect.).

…make strides towards improving their musicianship through individual practice at home.

…be in good academic standing and maintain passing grades in all other classes.

…attend and contribute to all rehearsals & performances and bring all materials when necessary.

…turn in all borrowed instruments & supplies immediately at the conclusion of our season.

…adhere to policies in the Student Code of Conduct and Co-Curricular Activities Code.

 

MATERIALS

Most materials are available at our local music retailers (Leithold Music ~ Old Towne Strings ~ SSE Music).  Each store features easy online or telephone ordering and free delivery to our school.  Please make sure that you have the following supplies and remember to bring all of needed materials when necessary:

♫ Orchestra instrument & rosin:  store rental, school rental, or own.

♫ Instrument support:  shoulder rest/contoured sponge (violin/viola) or endpin rest/rock stop (cello/bass).

♫ Folder & Music:  to be handed out in class.

♫ Performance attire:  black shirt (any plain black shirt, orchestra shirt, or fiddle club shirt), and blue jean bottom.  Fiddle club shirts will be ordered in November.

♫ Folding music stand:  students need to supply and bring their own music stand for each performance.

♫ Cello chair:  cellists may need to supply their own stool/chair for some performances.

♫ Snack:  one large, shareable snack (non-perishable, please – bag of chips, popcorn, pack of cookies, ect.)

 

REHEARSALS & PERFORMANCES:

Please see our complete schedule below for this season’s rehearsal and performance information.  Our fiddle club will rehearse in the Longfellow/LDI orchestra room (room #110) on most Mondays from 3:00-4:00 pm.  We typically perform 2-3 ‘gigs’ per season, at events such as the Cameron Park Farmer’s Market, community folk dances, nursing homes, Rotary Lights festival, and more!

 

STUDENT ABSENCES:

Rehearsals and performances are important, and without all of our fiddlers, we cannot be 100%! We only get about one hour of rehearsal time together each week (compared to 5-10 hours per week for most school sports), so it is very important that students attend.  In general, only two absences per season are allowed.  Excessive absences may be grounds for probation or dismissal from this season.  Please contact Ms. McDonald in advance if you will be absent from any rehearsal or performance.

 

ADVISOR CONTACT INFORMATION:

Ms. Jessica McDonald ~ 608-789-3528 ~ jmcdonal@lacrossesd.org

 

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RIVER CITY STRINGS FIDDLE CLUB SCHEDULE 2017-2018

 

*Remember to contact Ms. McDonald ahead of time if you will be absent from any rehearsal/performance.

 

♫ Monday, November 6, 2017
     3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal at Longfellow/LDI room #110

 

♫ Monday, November 13, 2017 ***Registration & t-shirt order form/fee DUE***

     3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal at Longfellow/LDI room #110

 

♫ Monday, November 20, 2017
     3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal at Longfellow/LDI room #110

 

♫ Monday, November 27, 2017
    3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal at Longfellow/LDI room #110

 

♫ Monday, December 4, 2017
    3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal at Longfellow/LDI room #110

 

♫ Monday, December 11, 2017
     3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal at Longfellow/LDI room #110

 

♫ Monday, December 18, 2017
    3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal at Longfellow/LDI room #110

 

♫ Thursday, December 21, 2017 ~ Performance at Rotary Lights Festival
    3:00-7:00 pm Rehearsal at Longfellow/LDI room #110, pizza, travel via bus to performance, set up
     7:00-7:45 pm Performance at Rotary Lights Festival heated tent (near the bandshell)    
     7:45-8:00 pm Families pick up students from performance site 
     Address:  Rotary Lights Festival, Riverside Park, 100 State Street, La Crosse

 

♫ Monday, January 8, 2018
    3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal at Longfellow/LDI room #110

 

♫ Wednesday, January 17, 2018 ~ Performance at Villa St. Joseph Assisted Living Center
    3:00-6:00 pm Rehearsal at Longfellow/LDI room #110, pizza, travel via bus to performance, set up
     6:00-6:45 pm Performance at Villa St. Joseph Assisted Living Center
     6:45 pm Families pick up students from performance site or at Longfellow around 7:15 pm
     Address:  Villa St. Joseph, W2658 State Highway 33 Trunk, La Crosse

♫ Saturday, January 20, 2018 ~ Performance at Concordia Ballroom Folk Dance
    6:30 pm Families drop off students at Concordia Ballroom front entrance

     6:30-7:00 pm Students unpack, tune, and set up
     7:00-8:00 pm Performance on Concordia Ballroom Stage
     8:00 pm Families pick up students from performance site (or stay for remainder of dance)
     Address:  Concordia Ballroom, 1129 La Crosse Street, La Crosse

 

 

♫ Monday, January 29, 2018 ~ Last rehearsal
    3:00-4:00 pm  Final rehearsal at Longfellow/LDI room #110

 

♫ Please note ~ No rehearsal on these dates (no school):
    Monday, December 25, 2017
     Monday, January 1, 2018
     Monday, January 15, 2018
     Monday, January 29, 2018

LINKS

Longfellow/LDI Orchestra