There are three levels of band in our band program: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Beginner band primarily consists of 4th graders, but also includes any first year band students. Intermediate band is primarily 5th and some 6th, or 2nd and 3rd year students. Advanced band is a well-balanced mix of 6th-8th grade students, or 3rd, 4th, and 5th year students. There is an additional level of band, called the "Pop Ensemble", that is open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year band students through AUDITION ONLY. For more information, contact the director, Mr. Green
Beginners at St. Laurence meet on Tuesdays, 8:40-9:25 and Thursdays 12:35-1:15.
Intermediates at St. Laurence meet on Wednesdays OFF-SITE at St. John's Lutheran school in Elgin, 3:15-4:30pm, and Thursdays in school 1:15-1:55.
Advanced at St. Laurence meet on Tuesdays in school 9:25-10:05, and Thursdays OFF-SITE at St. John's Lutheran school in Elgin, 3:15-4:30pm.
The St. Laurence 4th-8th grade students have the exciting opportunity to participate in a 10-school, Elgin Area band program. This service is provided by Music Education Services, a for-profit organization that is based in Elk Grove Village near the junction of I-290 and Thorndale. More information about the company can be obtained by calling 847-805-1800 and asking for the company President, Mr. Steve Niermann or by going to www.thecrescendo.com
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Band is taught by Mr. Bob Green who is entering into his 10th year as a band director, and 6th year teaching band at St. Laurence with Music Education Services. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Concordia University in River Forest, IL (now, Concordia University, Chicago) and his Master's Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Mr. Green's other teaching experiences include directing grade school and high school band for Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, IL (2001-2005), serving as the Interim Director of the Judson University Symphonic Band in Elgin (2006-2008), and serving as a judge and guest clinician at a small number of local area elementary schools. Mr. Green also plays trumpet semi-professionally and has performed with the Judson University Symphonic Band and Community Orchestra, Fox Valley Community Band, Wheaton Municipal Band, Illinois Brass Band, and is actively involved in the music ministry of his church. Mr. Green can be reached at any time at email or at 708-638-2457.