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 such 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 ~ Old Towne Strings ~ SSE Music).  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), blue jean bottom.

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

♫ 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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SUMMER 2017 RIVER CITY STRINGS FIDDLE CLUB SCHEDULE

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

 

♫ Friday, May 19, 2017

     Summer River City Strings Registration Forms Due to Ms. McDonald

♫ Wednesday, June 14, 2017

     2:00-3:00 pm Rehearsal #1 at Longfellow room #110

♫ Wednesday, June 21, 2017

     2:00-3:00 pm Rehearsal #2 at Longfellow room #110

♫ Wednesday, June 28, 2017

     2:00-3:00 pm Rehearsal #3 at Longfellow room #110

♫ Wednesday, July 5, 2017

     NO REHEARSAL TODAY (Ms. McDonald on vacation)

♫ Wednesday, July 12, 2017

     2:00-3:00 pm Rehearsal #4 at Longfellow room #110

♫ Wednesday, July 19, 2017

     2:00-3:00 pm Rehearsal #5 at Longfellow room #110 (Last rehearsal!)

♫ Wednesday, July 26 2017 – Performance at Bethany Riverside Nursing Home

     2:00 pm Students report to Longfellow #110

     2:15-2:35 pm Travel via bus to performance site

     2:35-3:00 pm Unpack materials, set up,  tune, rehearse

     3:00-3:30 pm Performance

     3:30 pm Families pick up students from performance site or from Longfellow at 4:20-ish

     Address:  Bethany Riverside, 2575 7th Street South, La Crosse

     Materials:  Folding music stand, folder with music in set list order, instrument, and performance attire (black fiddle club shirt/black shirt & jeans)

♫ Friday, July 28 2017 – Performance at Cameron Park Farmer’s Market (weather permitting)

     4:30 pm Students report to the center of Cameron Park, near lamp post & sign

     4:30-5:00 pm Unpack materials, set up, tune

     5:00-5:30 pm Performance

     5:30 pm Families pick up students from performance site

     Address:  Cameron Park, King Street between 4th Street & 5th Avenue, La Crosse

     Materials:  Folding music stand, folder with music in set list order, instrument, and performance attire (black fiddle club shirt/black shirt & jeans)

LINKS

Longfellow/LDI Orchestra