Another strong season for Norris Marching Band…

Posted October 24, 2016 by Dr. Lee
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This has been another good year for the Norris Marching Band. They have traveled around 800 miles through the marching season and have represented Norris High School well. Here are the results:

Results from the 2016 Marching Band Season:

  • Papillion/LaVista South Chieftain Invitational
    • 1st in Class A
    • 4th Overall
  • Capital City Marching Competition
    • 1st in Class A
    • 6th Overall
  • Valleyfest and Showdown
    • 1st in Class 3A in the morning competition
      • best hornline
      • best marching
      • best soloist
    • 3rd in Class B in the evening competition
  • Lincoln Public Schools Marching Festival
    • Superior Division I Rating
    • 2nd Overall
  • Nebraska Bandmasters State Competition
    • 1st in Class A
    • 10th Overall
Many thanks to all who have helped us along the way, including the following band parents:
Laurel Stanoshek – chaperon coordinator
Art Robertson and Jon Carlson – building crew
Char Brotherson – uniforms
We couldn’t do this without all your help. Thank you for the continuing support of our band!

District Music results…

Posted April 23, 2016 by Dr. Lee
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Norris Music Department showed very strong at this year’s District Music Contest. We again had 38 entries this year (the maximum allowed by NSAA) and all were very well prepared for their performances. Here are the results:

  • Jazz Band – Div. I
  • Wind Ensemble – Div. I
  • Percussion Ensembles – Div. I’s (both groups)
  • Jacob Scheele, snare – Div. I & Honorable Mention
  • Brock Nutter, bassoon – Div. I & Honorable Mention
  • Macy Miller, clarinet – Div. I & Honorable Mention
  • Sax Trio – Div. I
  • Brianna Rice, tenor sax – Div. I
  • Jacob Mason, trumpet – Div. I
  • Josh Auman, trumpet – Div. I
  • Flute Duet – Div. I
  • Malena Brotherson, clarinet – Div. I
  • Jacob Mason, piano – Div. I
  • Ben Harms, piano – Div. I
  • Titan Singers – Div. I
  • Titan Chorale – Div. I
  • Titanairres – Div. I
  • Allysa Catt – Div. I
  • Anastasia Zinnecker – Div. I
  • Harrison Boe – Div. I
  • Keegan Morrow – Div. I
  • Morgan Chipps – Div. I
  • Samantha Leyden – Div. I
  • Christian Watters – Div. I
  • Hayden Moss – Div. I
  • Phoebe Morrow – Div. I
  • Grace Niemeyer – Div. I
  • Jessica Sweazy – Div. I
  • Sierra Schurman – Div. I
  • Cloe Wittwer – Div. I
  • Symphonic Winds – Div. II
  • Calla Sullivan, snare – Div. II
  • Emily Mason, trumpet – Div. II
  • Brass Quintet – Div. II
  • Ethan Millington, tuba – Div. II
  • Raelynn Sonnefeld, clarinet – Div. II
  • Regan Monhollan – Div. II

March is “Music in Our Schools Month”…

Posted March 11, 2016 by Dr. Lee
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It’s been a great 3rd quarter here at Norris Music Department. Here’s what is in the news:

Ethan Millington, tuba, and Brock Nutter, bassoon traveled to Indianapolis, IN to participate in the Music For All/Bands of America National Honor Band. They performed with some of the top musicians in the country at this event. Congratulations to both on your accomplishments!

Norris freshmen and sophomores attended Elkhorn Band Olympics on February 20, placing well in the event. Here are the results from our performances:

  • Raelynn Sonnefeld – Division I rating
  • Lorralee Schroeder – Division I rating, 2nd place medal
  • Tyler Rice – Division I rating
  • Paxton Faz – Division I rating (snare), Division II rating (tenors) 2nd place medal
  • Calla Sullivan – Division I rating
  • Percussion Ensemble – Division I rating, top ensemble at site
  • Sax trio – Division I rating
  • Mixed Woodwind Trio (boys) – Division II rating
  • Macey Andre – Division II rating, 5th place medal
  • Jacob Mason – Division I rating, gold medalist
  • Emily Mason – Division I rating
  • Brass Ensemble – Division I rating
  • Mixed Woodwind Trio (girls) – Division I rating
  • Woodwind Quintet – Division II rating
  • Team score – 2nd place in division

Jazz Band season is starting this Saturday with performances at the Bellevue East Jazz Festival. Jazz Band performs at 11:00pm and Jazz combo performs at 12:40pm. Hope to see you there!

Itinerary for Bellevue East Jazz

Jazz Band will also be playing at PlaMor Ballroom this Thursday at 7:00pm as part of the HS Night jazz series. We will be sharing the event with Lincoln Southwest Jazz Band. The event is open to the public so put on your dancing shoes. We hope to see you there!

Norris Jazz Band

That’s all for now! See you around!



Hitting the ground running…

Posted January 26, 2016 by Dr. Lee
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Hey, it’s been a great start to second semester here at Norris Music Department. Show choir season is here, with the first competition happening last weekend already. They are looking and sounding great this year! Dates for upcoming shows are:

  • January 30 – Lincoln East
  • February 5 – NCDA Festival
  • February 6 – Lincoln Southwest
  • February 11 – University of Nebraska – Omaha
  • February 27 – Fields of Talent @ Norris HS
  • April 8-10 – Midwest Nationals in St. Louis, MO

Jazz band is up and running, with a full band and a combo as the performing groups. Some upcoming events with these groups are:

  • March 8 – Home concert
  • March 13 – Bellevue East Jazz Festival
  • March 17 – Dance at PlaMor Ballroom (w/Lincoln Southwest Jazz)
  • March 22 – Norfolk Jazz
  • April 5 – Hastings Jazz
  • April 15 – Big Band Dance @ Norris HS

The Norris Wind Ensemble will be performing at the NSBA Concert Band Festival on March 5. Performance will be at 4:00pm in Kimball Hall on the campus of UNL.

Lastly, congratulations to the following students on their selection into the following Honor Bands:

  • Macy Miller, clarinet – UNL Winter Winds, Hastings Honor Band, Wesleyan Honor Band
  • Brianna Rice, tenor sax – UNL Winter Winds, Hastings Honor Band, Wesleyan Honor Band
  • Josh Auman, trumpet – The Ohio State University Honor Band, UNL Winter Winds, Wesleyan Honor Band
  • Brock Nutter, bassoon – UNL Winter Winds, Wesleyan Honor Band, Bands of America Honor Band
  • Ethan Millington, tuba – UNL Winter Winds, Wesleyan Honor Band, Bands of America Honor Band

Stay tuned for more news! Thank you for your support of the Norris Music Department.


Norris Marching Band finishes the season strong…

Posted November 7, 2015 by Dr. Lee
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The Norris Marching Band finished their fall season in spectacular fashion, adding to their list of accomplishments. The band performed at the Lincoln Public Schools Marching Festival on October 17, receiving a superior rating and scoring 5th highest on the day. 

The band finished their season at the Nebraska State Bandmasters Marching Competition, finishing in 8th place overall. This is the band’s highest finish in this open class contest since opting to compete in open class. Great job and great season, band!

Also, a special thanks go out to this year’s seniors who provided their experience and leadership to the group! Thanks guys!


Norris Bands students representing at honor bands…

Posted November 7, 2015 by Dr. Lee
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Congratulations to Brock Nutter, bassoon, and Ethan Millington, tuba, on their fine performance at the NAfME National Honor Band, performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Brock and Ethan were a part of a 150 piece group with members representing 49 states. Great job guys! 

Congratulations to Brianna Rice, tenor sax, Phoebe Morrow, flute, Ericka Frey, oboe, Malena Brotherson, bass clarinet, and Ashton Becher, alto sax on their fine performances at the Doane Fall Festival of Winds. These students rehearsed all day on November 7 on the Doane campus and performed in concert later that day. Way to represent!


Norris Bands have strong showing at Valleyfest and LPS contests…

Posted October 19, 2015 by Dr. Lee
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The Norris Bands continued their successful march through the fall season with great showings at Valleyfest in Des Moines on October 10 and at the LPS Marching Festival in Lincoln on October 17.

The band placed 1st at the morning Valleyfest competition out of 10 bands in 3A competition. Drumline was 2nd in class and guard placed 3rd in class. The band also received best drum major caption award for 3A and the overall contest. Great job band. The placed 6th in the evening Showdown contest in Des Moines.

The band traveled to Lincoln for the LPS Marching Festival, receiving a Superior rating and placing 5th overall out of 18 bands. The drumline tied for 4th place on the day and the guard placed 3rd overall.

The band ends their season this weekend at the NSBA State Marching Championships at Millard South HS. Please come out and support the band in their final performance of “Ode to the Farmer”. The Norris Band performance time this Saturday is 4:15pm.