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 folk instruments suck as the mandolin, banjo, spoons, washboard, and possibly have a guest musician(s) visit! For some of our rehearsals and performances, we will be combining groups with the Logan Middle School fiddle club.

 

SUPPLIES

Most materials are available at our local music retailers (Leithold Music www.leitholdmusic.com ~ Olde Towne Strings www.oldetownstrings.com ~ SSE Music www.ssemusic.com).  Each store features easy online or telephone ordering and free delivery to school if your family is not able to get to the store.  Please make sure that you have the following supplies and remember to bring 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), jeans.

♫ Folding music stand:  students will need to supply and bring their own music stand for performances.

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

 

REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES:

Our club will rehearse in the Longfellow/LDI orchestra room (room #110) once per week (see this season’s complete rehearsal and performance schedule below). Students will need to take responsibility for respecting each other and our time together, helping others, learning their parts, and performing the part that is most appropriate for their level (new or younger members should begin with the back-up or simplified parts before they advance to the melody or more difficult parts). Please remember that this is a co-curricular club that will require extra practice, rehearsal, and performance time in addition to all of your academic responsibilities (including orchestra). Students must follow the guidelines outlined in the School District’s Co-Curricular Activities Code Book (this document is available in our school office and also on the Longfellow/LDI webpage).

 

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 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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2016-2017 RIVER CITY STRINGS FIDDLE CLUB SCHEDULE

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

 

♫ Monday, January 2, 2017

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

♫ Monday, January 9, 2017

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

♫ Monday, January 16, 2017

     NO REHEARSAL TODAY (NO SCHOOL)

♫ Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – 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

     6:00-6:30 pm    Performance at Villa St. Joseph Assisted Living Center

     6:30 pm            Families pick up students from performance site or meet back at Longfellow at approx. 7:00 pm

     Address:           Villa St. Joseph, W2658 State Highway 33 Trunk, La Crosse

♫ Saturday, January 21, 2017 – Performance at Concordia Ballroom Folk Dance

     6:00 pm            Students arrive at Concordia Ballroom main entrance, unpack, help set up, tune

     6:30-7:15 pm    Performance on stage, students to join in the folk dance afterwards if time allows

     7:45 pm            Families pick up students by this time at the latest, or join in for the rest of the folk dance!

     Address:          Concordia Ballroom, 1129 La Crosse Street, La Crosse

♫ Monday, January 23, 2017

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

LONGFELLOW/LDI ORCHESTRA WEBSITE

Follow this link to get back to our Longfellow/LDI Orchestra website:  https://www.lacrosseschools.org/longfellow-middle/ca/orchestra/