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BAND


Welcome to the Milwaukee Lutheran Band Department. We have a variety of bands, for musicians ranging from beginner, to those who have been playing for years.

 

The Red Knight Band is meant for students with no group band experience, or for those who cannot read music on their instrument. The goal of this course is to transition the student into Concert Band by next fall.

is meant for students with no group band experience, or for those who cannot read music on their instrument. The goal of this course is to transition the student into Concert Band by the following school year.

 

The Concert Band performs at all major concerts. This band is open to all students who have some instrumental music background and is a full year course. Students must have had band lessons or group band experience for at least one year before enrolling in this band, and be able to successfully read music on their instrument. Emphasis is placed upon expanding basic music skills and increasing competence.

 

The Symphonic Band performs at all major concerts and festivals. This band is open by audition and is a full year course. Emphasis is places upon increasing the already high level of musical skills and increasing competence and repertoire.

 

The Jazz band is open by audition or invitation, and performs at concerts, festivals, sports and school events. This meets as a course during the first semester.

 

The Marching Band is comprised of every person in either Concert or Symphonic Band. It performs at the Homecoming football game, local parades, and community events. Most activities take place during the first nine weeks of the year, and in the weeks leading up to spring tour.

 

The Pep Band is comprised of every person in either concert or symphonic band. It performs at select home basketball and football games, and at pep rallies.

 

The Brass Choir is a group of students selected from Symphonic Band. They perform at concerts, chapels, and Lutheran High Sundays throughout the year. Its repertoire is selected from a wide variety of brass music, from Baroque to Modern. The Brass Choir meets outside of school hours.

 

The Flute Choir is a group of students selected from Symphonic Band. They perform at concerts, chapels, and Lutheran High Sundays throughout the year. In addition to C flutes, the Flute choir utilizes larger flutes, piccolos, and sometimes bassoons. The Flute Choir meets outside of school hours.

 

The Orchestra Pit accompanies the actors on stage during the music in April. Students are selected by invitation, and are chosen from members of Symphonic Band. Recent musicals included Hello Dolly, Annie, The Music Man, Man of La Mancha, and The Little Shop of Horrors.

 

Band Tour is held during spring break of even years. All Milwaukee Lutheran Band students are invited to participate. Previous tours have included trips to Florida, California, Texas, Canada, Jamaica, and Mexico.

SATURDAY MORNING BAND

Saturday Morning Band is an opportunity for elementary school students to participate together in a concert band setting as a supplement to their in-school band programs.

Rehearsals are Saturday mornings from 8 - 9 am.

1st SEMESTER DATES:
September 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5 and 12
CONCERT on November 12 at 7:00pm

2nd SEMESTER DATES:
January 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 11
CONCERT March 11 at 7:00pm

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Mr. Matthew Wolf, Band
mwolf@milwaukeelutheran.org |

Matthew Wolf has been the Band Director at Milwaukee Lutheran High School since 2012. After graduating from MLHS in 1997, he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree (instrumental emphasis) from Concordia University - Chicago, and his Master of Music degree (Wind Band Conducting) from Central Michigan University. His teaching philosophy has been shaped through his experience with many outstanding music educators including Del Schmidt, Anne Widener, Patricia Backhaus, Thomas Dvorak, Richard Fischer, and John Williamson.

Before his return to Milwaukee, Mr. Wolf was the Director of Instrumental Activities at Concordia University - Ann Arbor. Under his leadership, the Wind Ensemble experienced successful tours around the country, including tours to St. Louis, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and the Milwaukee area. He also led the Pep Band and taught conducting, music theory, and music education courses at Concordia.

Prior to his time in Ann Arbor, Matthew was the Instrumental Director at Valley Lutheran High School in Saginaw, Michigan, working with many high school ensembles and middle school bands from several area Lutheran schools. During his tenure there, the band received several 1 ratings at District and State Band Festivals - the first in the school's history and the only 1's in Michigan among non-public schools. While at Valley Lutheran, he received the Saginaw News Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

At Milwaukee Lutheran, Mr. Wolf leads the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Red Knight Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra Pit, Brass Choir, Flute Choir, and Kadet (Saturday) Band. Mr. Wolf is the Music Department Chair, and is co-director of Lutheran Band Camp at LuWiSoMo. He is also a member of the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, and the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. 

Mr. Wolf is excited to be teaching at Milwaukee Lutheran, where he enjoys watching the musical, personal, and spiritual growth of young musicians throughout their years on an instrument. He and his wife, Allison, have two children: Nathan and Leah. Mr. Wolf enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and running.

Erica Rosebrock , Elementary Band
erosebrock@milwaukeelutheran.org |
Anne Widener, Elementary Band
awidener@milwaukeelutheran.org |