Marching Band

Londonderry School Bands to Participate in Town’s Memorial Day Commemorations

 Report Time is 9:00am

The Londonderry Marching Lancers, along with the bands from the Middle School, South School, Matthew Thornton, and North School will take part in the Town’s Memorial Day Commemorations on Monday, May 26th.  Parade starts at 10:00am.

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Honoring our military heroes who have given their lives serving our country is an important patriotic tradition and we thank you for your upcoming participation.


A Young Peoples’ Concert & Music Fair

A Young Peoples’ Concert & Music  Fair
Thursday May 8, 2014

Featuring
LHS Symphonic Band
. . . specially designed for all elementary students of all ages

SCHEDULE
6:10 pm – MUSIC FAIR – Meet the Instruments / Visit tables displaying families of instruments
        See woodwind, brass, string & percussion instruments up-close, demonstrated by HS performers

6:30 pm – YOUNG PEOPLES’ CONCERT – Free HS Band Concert         Fun selections chosen for a young audience in an informal setting

OTHER ATTRACTIONS / Optional of course . . . 

Kids can take turns conducting the LHS Band . . .(bring your camera)
Sit on floor next to your favorite instrument as musicians play . . .
Participate in a Grand March around the gym . . .(final activity)

Program will conclude just after 7:00 PM
It’s fun, it’s educational, it’s free. Come & join the fun !!!

Sponsored by Tri-M Music Honor Society

Marching Lancers to Perform in 2014 Manchester St. Patrick’s Parade Sunday

UPDATE 3/29/2014: Due to weather forecast, Marching Lancers WILL NOT be participating in Manchester Parade.

2013 Manchester St. Patrick's ParadeThe Marching Lancer Band and Colorguard will participate in the Manchester St. Patrick’s Parade this Sunday, March 30th.  The parade, which starts at Noon, follows a one mile course down Manchester’s Elm St, from Salmon St (near the Amoskeag Bridge) to Central Street (just North of the Verizon Wireless Arena.)

This is a great opportunity to see the Marching Lancers recreate their repetoire from their recent trip to St Patrick’s Day Parades in Washington DC and New York City.

As in previous years, the Manchester Parade will include a non-perishable food collection to benefit the New Horizon’s Food Pantry.  You are encouraged to bring along a non-perishable item for donation at the following locations:

  • Elm St & Brook St (Pappy’s Pizza)
  • Elm St & Bridge St (east side)
  • Elm St & Merrimack St (near the reviewing stand)

Click here for more information on the food collection and the parade.

Tonight’s Band Practice is Cancelled – March 12, 2014

Due to the pending inclement weather tonight, practice for the upcoming parades is cancelled!

Please remember:

Report time for Friday March 14th  is 6:00am

 

LHS Marching Band & Color Guard Prepare for “A Tale of Two Cities” Tour

Marching Lancers on 5th AvenueReport Time:
6:00am Friday 3/14/2014

The Londonderry High School Marching Lancers Band and Colorguard will be leaving Friday March 14th for their “A Tale of Two Cities” 2014 St. Patrick’s Tour.  This year the Band and Color Guard will be marching in both the Washington DC and New York City Parades, on March 16th and 17th respectively. 

The Washington DC Parade will take place on Sunday March 16th at 12 Noon.
(we are attempting to find a reputable link for streaming Washington DC Parade. Will update if one is found)

The New York City Parade is on Monday March 17th, starting at 11am.
W
ATCH ON-LINE!
The NYC parade will be streamed on the web at
www.nbcnewyork.com and www.nycstpatricksparade.org

View Parade Line of March (Lancers on page 7)

 

Lancer Drumline to Perform at Celtics’ Halftime Wednesday Evening

The Lancer Drumline will be returning to Boston Garden’s fabled parquet for a performance during the half time of the Celtic’s game on Wednesday, February 26th.  The performance, at the TD Bank Boston Garden, will take place during the NBA game between the Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks.

LHS Marching Lancers & Color Guard to Perform on Ice!

MaxREMINDER:  Practices this week:
Thursday Feb. 6th from 6 – 8 pm
Sunday Feb. 9th from 5 – 7 pm

The Marching Lancers have been invited to march on the ice during the Manchester Monarchs vs St. John’s Ice Caps game on Sunday, February 16th.  Game time is 3:00pm.
Discounted tickets will be sold for only $12!  These seats normally sell for $21.  Tickets will be sold at all upcoming Londonderry school concerts.  Students can also pick up an order form in the band room or click the link below, and return the form with payment to the box labeled “Monarchs” in the band room.

Click to Download Monarchs Order Form                    Click to Download Monarchs Flyer

Contact Mary Soares at mjws2000@gmail.com or 247-1679 for more ticket information. Tickets will be sold until February 12, 2014

2014 Lancer Music Calendar Fundraiser

2014 Calendar CoverThe Londonderry Music Department will once again offer a calendar featuring students and music events. This keepsake calendar includes pictures from all performance groups.

2014 Calendar Order Form

The calendar is $15, with $5 going to the student’s account. Click on the link above for the order form. Please make checks payable to FOM (no cash please) and deposit in the “Calendar Box” in the Band Room.  Orders can be picked up at the December 4th Friends of Music (FOM) meeting (7:00-8:30) or will be distributed to students in their music class.  Calendars will also be available for purchase at the Dec. & Jan. FOM meetings as well as at the winter concerts. Contact Judy Hayes at 434-5082 or ahayes1040@aol.com with any questions.

Derry Holiday Parade – Saturday Nov. 30th

2012_DerryReport time: 11:30am

The Marching Lancer Band and Color Guard will perform in The 27th Annual Greater Derry/Londonderry Chamber of Commerce 2013 Holiday Parade.
The parade starts at 1:00 PM on W. Broadway in Derry, turns onto Crystal Ave and ends at Hood Plaza.  This year’s parade theme is “Lighting Up the Holidays”.

Buses will depart at 11:45am and are scheduled to return to LHS around 3:00 PM.

Merrimac, MA Santa Parade on Sunday 12/1

Report Time: 11:05am

2012 Merrimac, MAThe Marching Lancers are headed to Merrimac, MA for the final parade of the holiday season.  The Merrimac Santa Parade has been held since 1949 and continues to grow.  The parade starts at 1:00pm at the Sweetser School on Church Street. It heads south on Church Street, turns right on West Main Street and then turns left on Union Street ending at the Donaghue School.

The Lancers are pleased to be part of this parade and are looking forward to participating in both Washington DC and New York City for St. Patrick’s Day Parades on
March 16 and 17, 2014, respectively.

Buses will depart at 11:20am and are expected to return to LHS around 3:15pm.

Parade Season is Upon Us! – Haverhill Parade Update!

Due to forecasted weather,
Lancer Band & Color Guard
will not be participating

Haverhill, MA 2012 Haverhill, MA Parade
Nov. 24

 

The Marching Lancer Band and Color Guard will perform in the 49th Annual VFW Santa Parade in Haverhill, MA.
The parade starts at 1:00pm on South Main Street at entrance to Hunking Middle School and ends at the VFW Lorraine Post No. 29, 64 Kenoza Avenue, Haverhill.  This parade always has huge crowds lining the streets and always gives a warm welcome to the Marching Lancers!

Buses are expected to return to LHS by 3:30pm.

Veterans’ Day Parade – This Saturday

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Saturday Nov. 9th – 10:00am

Report time – 9:00am

 

Last Home Game of the Season – This Friday Nov. 1st

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Fri. Nov. 1st at 7:00 pm
“Senior Night”

Annual Pizza Party with Salem Blue Devil Band & Color Guard, before the Game at Matthew Thornton.

Report Time to LHS – 4:30pm
Proceed to MT at 4:45pm, Pizza & Beverages at 5:00PM
After dinner, students will return to HS to change into uniforms.  Combined rehearsal of the National Anthem with Salem will follow.

If you’re attending the game as a spectator,  we are pleased to include the following information by request:
 “You may have heard on the news that NH Food Banks are struggling lately. The NHIAA along with WMUR have teamed up to help fix this problem as we roll into the holiday season.  If you plan on attending the last home football game on Friday,  please consider bringing a can or two.  Non-perishable food items will be collected at the gates and donated directly to our Londonderry food pantry. Cash donations may be made as well.  There are 28 games across the state on Friday night. If everyone brings a donation we could put a huge dent in this situation.”

Away Game vs. Manchester Memorial – This Friday Oct. 25th

2013vsCentralLHS at Memorial
Friday Oct. 25th
at 7:00 pm

Report Time: 5:00pm
Full Uniform

There will be a short practice, then load and depart shortly before 6pm.

Away Game vs. Manchester Central – This Friday Oct. 18th

2013_showLHS at Central
(at Gill Stadium)

Friday Oct. 18th
at 7:00 pm

Report Time: 5:00pm
Full Uniform

There will be a short practice, then load and depart shortly before 6pm.

Home Game This Friday

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Friday Oct. 11th at 7pm
Report Time: 5:15pm
Full Uniform

 

 

Last Field Practice Thursday 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Salem Band Show – Saturday October 12th

Report Time on Saturday is 3:45pm

The Marching Lancer Band and Colorguard will be performing at the Salem Band Show this Saturday evening, October 12th.  The popular event brings together more that a dozen area high schools to present their half time shows in exhibition.

The show will be held at the Salem High field starting at 6pm.  The Lancers are scheduled to perform at 7:35pm but the schedule is subject to change.  Participating schools will include Salem, Alverne, Pinkerton, Burlington MA, Spaulding. Also performing this year will be the UMass Lowell Marching Band.

Arrive early for the best parking and seating.  Salem High is located on Geremonty Dr. and is easily accessible from I-93 exit 1 or 2:

  • From I-93 exit 1, cross route 28, then take a left onto Geremonty Drive, Salem High will be on your left.
  • From I-93 exit 2, head east on Main St, crossing route 28. Take right onto Geremonty Drive after Kelley Library. Salem High will be on your right

Video of last year’s show:
http://youtu.be/FKzCKBzERa0

Mack Plaque Game – This Saturday

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 Saturday Sept. 28th
at 6:30 pm

Report Time: 4:00pm
Full Uniform

2nd Home Game of the Season

Sept. 6, 2013 vs. WestBedford vs. LHS
Friday Sept. 20th at 7pm
Report Time: 5:00pm
Full Uniform

 

Field Practice Thursday 6:00 – 8:00pm

 

First Home Game of the Season

Field ShowWest vs. LHS
Friday Sept. 6th at 7pm
Report Time:  5:00pm
Full Uniform

 

Field Practice Thursday 6:00 – 8:00pm

 

Orlando Tour – Welcome Home!

Welcome Home Lancers!

Disney paradeThe Londonderry High School Music Department has arrived back in Londonderry after a successful 6 day trip to Orlando.

Students, staff, and chaperones left on Sunday, April 21, traveling by bus to Logan Airport, then flying JetBlue to Orlando.  All flights arrived on time.  Participants were then bussed to Disney’s Hollywood Studio.  It was a wet and rainy day, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm!  Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and many other attactions kept the Lancers busy for the day.

Monday was a Marching Band performance day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.  Students had most of the day to go on rides and enjoy the park.  The Marching Band and Color Guard were the Pre-Parade for the Main Street Electrical Parade that evening.  The band marched down Main Street USA toward Cinderella’s Castle, then over toward Frontier Land.  They looked great and performed well under the lights.

Tuesday was a sunny and warm performance day for the Jazz Ensemble, Chorus and Orchestra in Downtwon Disney.  Students had time for shopping and and lunch before and between performances.  Each group performed extremely well and were well received by the enthusiastic crowd.

After the perfomances, students traveled to EPCOT for the rest of the day.  FASTPASS was quickly obtained for Soarin’ and Test Track.  The lines in the park were very reasonable, and many students went on rides several times.

Wednesday dawned bright and sunny again for the Marching Band performance day in Universal Studios.  Breakfast was a delicious buffet at the Hard Rock Cafe.  Students had park to park passes for both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.  The parks are right next to each other, a 3 minute walk from one to the other.  It was a warm day for a parade, but the students did great!  The crowds along the parade route had high praise for our students.

Thursday was a free day for the students, again at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.  Water and sunscreen were the order of the day.  We ended the day at Cirque du Soleil in Downtown Disney and a pasta dinner back at the hotel.

Friday was our travel day.  Flight B was out first, well before sunrise, then Flight A.  Flight C was delayed in Orlando, and then was followed closely by Flight D.

Special thanks to all the staff, chaperones, and medical who worked on this trip.  This trip could not have happened without them.

… And you had a good time!

Marching Lancers to Perform in Manchester’s St Patrick Day Parade Sunday

Report Time is 11:15am. As of 9:15am a review of the forecast shows only a 10% chance of rain at parade time. Please report as scheduled.

The Marching Lancer Band and Colorguard will participate in the Manchester St. Patrick’s Parade this Sunday, March 25th.  The parade, which starts at noon, follows a one mile course down Manchester’s Elm St, from Salmon St (near the Amoskeag Bridge) to Auburn (just south of the Verizon Wireless Arena.)

This is a great opportunity to see the Marching Lancers recreate their repetoire from last week’s St Patrick’s Day Parade on New York City’s 5th Avenue.

As in previous years, the Manchester Parade will include a non-perishable food collection to benefit the New Horizon’s Food Pantry.  You are encouraged to bring along a non-perishable item for donation at the following locations:

  • Elm St & Brook St (Pappy’s Pizza)
  • Elm St & Bridge St (east side)
  • Elm St & Merrimack St (near the reviewing stand)

2011 Field Show Announced – A Jazz Theme

“Birdland” was originally introduced on the 1977 Weather Report album “Heavy Weather.”  The song, a three Grammy Award winner and jazz standard, was a tribute to Charlie “Bird” Parker and the Birdland jazz club in NYC.  Composed by jazz fusion pioneer Joe Zawinul, the composition has been featured in hit albums by Buddy Rich, Quincy Jones, the Maynard Ferguson Big Band, and the Manhattan Transfer.

“It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Sing, Sing, Sing” is a compilation piece merging Duke Ellington’s 1931 chart “It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it Ain’t Got that Swing)” with Louis Prima’s 1936 “Sing, Sing, Sing.” Demonstrating its jazz standard status, “It Don’t Mean a Thing”, with lyrics by Irving Mills, has been recorded by a lengthy list of jazz greats including Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Tony Bennett and was even recorded by Alvin and the Chipmunks.   Today “Sing, Sing, Sing” is most associated with Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall concert, which featured Gene Krupa on drums, Harry James on trumpet, and Benny Goodman on clarinet, and Jess Stacy on piano.  More recently ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ was featured in the soundtrack to the 2011 video game ‘L.A. Noire”

Malaguena – was originally the sixth movement of Suite Andalucia by Cuban composer and pianist Ernesto Lecuona.  Written around 1927, the piece evokes various Spanish sounds and themes.  Malaguena has been featured in various forms popular music including Stan Kenton’s jazz orchestra, guitarist Roy Clark, a rock version by Bill Haley & the Comets, and even thrash metal band Tourniquet

Family and friends will have a chance to preview the 2011 Field Show during the public rehearsal on the final day of Band Camp, on Thursday, August 18th at 3pm at LHS.

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