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.).

…regularly practice their orchestra lesson assignments and fiddle club repertoire at home (at least 20 minutes per session, 3 sessions per week.)

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

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

…turn in all borrowed instruments & equipment immediately at the conclusion of each 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:

♫ Instrument, bow, case, & rosin:  store rental, own, or school rental (limited supply available to families who qualify).

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

♫ Folder & Music:  to be handed out in class.  Please keep your music organized and in set list order (once it is determined).

♫ Performance attire:  black shirt (any plain black shirt, orchestra shirt, or fiddle club shirt).  Fiddle club shirts are usually ordered once per year in November and arrive in time for our first school year season performance in December.

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

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

♫ Snack:  bring one large, shareable snack to our first rehearsal (non-perishable packaged snacks, please – crackers, popcorn, pretzels, cookies, ect.).  We will share an after school snack at each of our rehearsals and students are welcome to bring a water bottle to our rehearsals/performances also.  🙂

 

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 during the school year and on most Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00 during the summer.  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 1-2 absences each season are allowed.  Excessive absences will be grounds for dismissal from the rest of the season.  Please contact Ms. McDonald in advance if you will be absent from any rehearsal or performance.

 

ADVISOR CONTACT INFORMATION:

Ms. Jessica McDonald ~ jmcdonal@lacrossesd.org

 

Printable .pdf files:

  • 2018-2019 School Year Fiddle Club Handbook (Registration form is due by 11/12/18)
  • School District Instrument Rental Form (limited supply available to families who qualify)

 

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RIVER CITY STRINGS FIDDLE CLUB SCHEDULE – 2018-2019 School Year

 

♫ Monday, November 5, 2018 – Rehearsal 1

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

 

♫ Monday, November 12, 2018 – Rehearsal 2

***Registration/permission slip, shirt order form/fee, and shareable snack all due today!***

    Rehearsal in Longfellow/LDI room #110 from 3:00-4:00

 

♫ Monday, November 19, 2018 – Rehearsal 3

     Rehearsal in Longfellow/LDI room #110 from 3:00-4:00

 

♫ Monday, November 26, 2018 – Rehearsal 4

    Rehearsal in Longfellow/LDI room #110 from 3:00-4:00

 

♫ Monday, December 3, 2018 – Rehearsal 5

     Rehearsal in Longfellow/LDI room #110 from 3:00-4:00

 

♫ Monday, December 10, 2018 – Rehearsal 6

Rehearsal in Longfellow/LDI room #110 from 3:00-4:00

 

♫ Monday, December 17, 2018 – Rehearsal 7

Rehearsal in Longfellow/LDI room #110 from 3:00-4:00

 

♫ Thursday, December 20, 2018 ~ Performance at Rotary Lights Festival
      3:00-6:30 pm  Rehearsal at Longfellow/LDI room #110 after school, pizza, students travel via bus to performance
      6:30-7:15 pm   Unpack materials to the left of our ‘stage area,’ set up, tune
      7:15-7:45 pm   Performance at Rotary Lights Festival heated tent (near the bandshell)
      7:45 pm           Families pick up students from performance site
      Address:          Rotary Lights Festival, Riverside Park, 100 State Street, La Crosse
      Materials:  Bring your own music stand, instrument, folder with music ready in setlist order, wear RCS shirt

 

♫ Monday, January 7, 2019 – Rehearsal 8

Rehearsal in Longfellow/LDI room #110 from 3:00-4:00

 

♫ Saturday, January 12, 2019 ~ Performance at Community Folk Dance ***Revised Date as of 11/15/18***
      6:30 pm   Families drop off students at Concordia Ballroom main entrance (please use La Crosse Street doors)
      6:30 pm   Students unpack, tune, and set up to the left of the stage
      7:00 pm   Performance on the Concordia Ballroom stage during folk dance
      8:00 pm   Families pick up students from performance site (or stay with their children for remainder of the dance)
      Address:  Concordia Ballroom, 1129 La Crosse Street, La Crosse
      Materials:  Bring your own music stand, instrument, folder with music ready in setlist order, wear RCS shirt.

♫ Monday, January 14, 2019 – Rehearsal 9

***This is our last regular rehearsal of the season!***

Rehearsal in Longfellow/LDI room #110 from 3:00-4:00

 

 

♫ Wednesday, January 16, 2019 ~ Performance at Villa St. Joseph Assisted Living Center
      3:00 pm   Rehearsal at Longfellow/LDI room #110 after school, pizza, students travel via bus to performance
      6:00 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
      Materials:  Bring your own music stand, instrument, folder with music ready in setlist order, wear RCS shirt.

 

 

Please remember that a maximum of 1-2 absences are allowed during each season.  Please contact Ms. McDonald in advance if you will be absent from any rehearsal or performance:  jmcdonal@lacrossesd.org

 

 

LINKS

General Links:

 

Can’t get enough tunes?  Recommended fiddling books available through our local music stores:

 

Fiddling Resources:

 

Cool Fiddlers to Check Out: