Ms. Lauri Booth

Mrs. Lauri Booth 
651-403-7709 |

Photo: Lauri BoothAs the current Band Director at Friendly Hills, I feel blessed to be able to work with young people everyday as they explore the world of music through playing instruments.

I started working in School District 197 in 1993 and have taught Band, Orchestra and General Music in all of the district buildings at some point during my time in this district.

I have a B.S. in Music Education through the University of Minnesota and have taken graduate credits through Hamline and St. Mary's University.

When I am not at school, I spend my time with family, play Oboe in a local community band, read and make jewelry. 

5th and 6th grade students will have rehearsals once every three days. 7th and 8th grade students will have rehearsals every other day.
Small group lessons, 15 minutes in length, will be pulled out of classes other than band. 
Students will be expected to bring instruments home after each rehearsal to complete home practice. Lockers in the band room will be provided daytime storage. 
Home practice is required for all band students and the weekly expectation averages 105 minutes per week  (15 minutes per day). Monthly practice sheets will be part of the quarter grade.

2018-19 Concert Dates

December 4th - 7th grade Band/Orchestra/Choir - 7:00pm
December 6th - 8th grade Band/Orchestra/Choir - 7:00pm
January 8th - 6th grade Band/Orchestra/Choir - 7:00pm
January 10th - 5th grade Band/Orchestra/Choir - 7:00pm
February 8th - 8th grade Band Bridge's Concert - 7:30pm @ Sibley
March 8th - Cafe Cabaret (Jazz/Summit/Fiddlers) - 7:00pm
May 14th - All 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grade Bands and Jazz Band Concert -  
                 5th and 6th grade: 6:15pm
                 Jazz Band: 7:00pm
                 7th and 8th grade: 7:50pm

Concerts are part of the band grade and everyone is expected to participate. Make-up assignments will need to be completed if a concert is missed for any reason.

Concert Dress for all groups: FH Music Concert Polo Shirt, Black bottom, black or darkest shoes you have.

Rehearsal Method Books:
We will be using the following books for band this year. These books are used along with concert music that will be handed out during class.
If you need a book, you may purchase them on your own through a local music store, or I will order some and you can get one through me. 

5th and 6th grade: Traditions of Excellence - bk 1  by Bruce Pearson
7th grade: Traditions of Excellence - bk 2 by Bruce Pearson
8th grade: Traditions of Excellence - bk 2 by Bruce Pearson

Jazz Band:
Jazz band is offered before school, every Wednesday and various Thursdays from 7:30-8:30am, starting October 3rd.
It is run through Community Education and registration slips will be available in the band room or online.

Jazz includes any instruments in band and is open to 6th-8th grade students. Students must have played their instrument for one or more years to participate in Jazz Band.

Lesson will be starting September 12th. All 5th-8th grade band students will get at least three to four lesson per quarter. Lessons will be in small groups, 15 minutes in length, and be pulled out of non-band classes. Lesson times will be rotated so the same class is not always interrupted.