Monday, October 24, 2011


The students that will represent Lynden High School at the Northwest High School Honor Band have been invited to participate are:
Lianne Tjoelker on Tenor Saxophone
David Anderson on Trombone

The Northwest High School Honor Bands will feature music performed by approximately 200 of the finest high school musicians from Idaho, Oregon and Washington. These outstanding high school students are recommended for participation in the event by their high school band directors and the concert is a culmination of two days of intense rehearsals with guest clinicians. This year's clinicians can be found here.

LinkCongratulations Lianne and David!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Musical Mind

Click on this link and see what this school is doing!! What a fabulous place to learn.

Someone who watched this said to me "Seems like what is already known is news, but who is listening? " Really, how do we inform people (including our school administration) of this? It's not anything new. Would love to have your input and ideas.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lynden Middle School Winds

The Lynden Music Festival is in town!! And there was a chamber music group from the Middle School that performed at pre-show entertainment for the Festival Gala Opening. They called themselves the Lynden Middle School Winds.

The following students where in this group:
Gillian Newman
Oscar Toften
Emily Rick
Brady Patrick
Samantha Kussat
Alyssa Harper
Connor Higgins

Here is the website for a schedule of events. How you are able to support this wonderful even in our community.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

2011 SJMEA Honor Festival


The following students have been selected to participate in the San Juan Music Educators Honor Band.

Amy Washkow
Jacob Brouwer
Lianne Tjoelker
Kaitlin Menchaca
Jazmine Baird
Tyler Stitt

This honor festival brings together top music students in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island counties to rehearse and perform under the direction of guest conductors. This performance will be held on, November 11th, 7:00pm at Lynden Christian High School Auditorium. An admission charge (under $10) will be charged for audience members at this concert.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

How fun is this?!?!

Oh, the dream to have this kind of instrumentation for a spirit band on a high school level!

Ohio University Marching band

Monday, October 3, 2011

Time to make your voices heard!! ACT NOW!!

I just received this email from Mr. Herrick that he received from the Washington Music Educators Association.

Your voice is needed to keep music and other elective available to our students. Please do your part. If you have any questions feel free to contact Mr. Herrick over at LHS. But as always, remember to speak from your heart and using your own words. These ideas here are just to be used as a springboard.

Thanks all and feel free to contact the Lynden Music Boosters at or or leave a comment on our Facebook page

Greetings music educators.

The State Board of Education is proposing a change in the High School Graduation Requirements which could have a harmful effect on students. They are proposing lowering the elective credits from 5½ to 4, which could make it more difficult for students to take music classes all four years of their high school careers.

If you are concerned, as we are, and would like to share your thoughts with decision-makers, please note the following information and act accordingly.

The most effective voices in ensuring students continue to have reasonable elective offerings are those of parents and other supporters who are from the general community. We hope that you will encourage parents and other citizens to share their concerns with those who will be making the decisions.

The State Board of Education is surveying local school board members requesting their input on this issue. Because the change would affect all areas of the curriculum, we are asking messages be broad-based and speak to individual student's needs rather than just focus on music. We feel this is a stronger argument that will have a greater chance of success, as it could benefit ALL students.

LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS: If you or supporters of your programs were to wish to alert your school board members about the unintended consequences of this action, you might consider sending this message to them:
Because you serve on the school board, I know that you respect the individual needs of students. To this end, when you receive the State Board of Education's Graduation Requirements proposal for reducing the elective credits from 5½ to 4, we urge you to continue to meet individual student's needs by rejecting that option. Students need more, not less, flexibility in making class choices. And the electives should be the student's choice.

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: This message is suggested for members of the State Board of Education. Messages sent to will be shared with all state board members. You can also check who the individual members of the board are and e-mail any of them directly. That information is found at
Please do not reduce the number of elective credits for graduation from 5½ to 4. To meet individual needs, students need more, not less flexibility in making class choices. And the electives should be the student's choice.

The State Board of Education is slated to vote on this change November 9, so those wishing to act should do so soon. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Neal Porter, WMEA Advocacy Committee Chairman at


WMEA Advocacy Committee

Friday, September 30, 2011


A BIG thank you to all the students for their hard work on the eScrip Safeway supporter drive. We added 81 new supporters.

Everyone's name in the drawing:

And the winners are:

Randi Holleman - 6th grade band
Amanda Cunningham - 6th grade band
Myleah Hanowell - 7th grade band
Katryna Guinn - 6th grade choir


Sunday, September 4, 2011

eScrip Registration Drive

These 4 little babies are just waiting to be given to a music student. I can't wait!! It's one of my favorite things - to give fun prizes to the students.

So what is this registration drive all about? The Safeway eScrip program is our most successful fundraisers. The money we receive goes right back to the students int he form of honor band scholarships, uniforms, instruments, etc.

What do you do?

Between September 6th – September 20th fill out the eScrip Safeway registration log (get one from your music teacher) with your friends, family and neighbors Safeway card information. yes, you MUST include their Safeway card number NOT just their phone number.

Turn in the log to your music teacher on or before September 20th.

For every 2 qualified* names on your log, your name will be entered in a drawing** to win 1 of 4 new 8GB iPod Nano. (see below for the fine print details)

How does eScrip work?

eScrip registers your Safeway club cards as supporters of the Lynden Music Boosters eScrip program. After the initial registration - just continue to shop at Safeway and use your grocery card or phone number as usual. Safeway will donate a percentage of what you spend to the Lynden Music Boosters through eScrip. You continue to receive all your store discounts and there’s no cost to you. eScrip donations support the students in the music programs in Lynden School District.

Here's the fine print:
*Qualified names = names that are not current eScrip members
**iPod drawing held September 30th

Thursday, September 1, 2011

We are back...

and will do both. Post blog entries here and update with info over on Facebook. Thanks for your input both on facebook and in person. We love your feedback!

And to start our return to our blog you must check out this video. So fun! And really a testament to having music in your life no matter your age. Oh, the power of music!! Enjoy!

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