More about Mr. L

 Performance Experience

 Mr. L has been performing since the age of 8 on Piano.  He picked up Tenor Saxophone at the age of 12 and joined middle school band, performing in concerts and parades.  In high school he added percussion to his repertoire, performing in the pit and drumline with the NHHS Marching Regiment.  At this time, he began performing with the award-winning Midshipmen Jazz Band, earning the nationally recognized Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.  He also joined choir and sang Bass on tour in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 In college, Mr. L added French Horn and Mellophone to his list as he marched with the Northern Arizona University Marching Band under the direction of the well-known Nola Jones.  Also at this time, he joined the renowned NAU Men’s Chorale and Choral Union, performing paid gigs at the annual Holiday Dinner and touring Arizona with these groups.  On French Horn, he performed with the NAU Symphonic Band and Collegiate Band.

 Since then, he has taught, as well as conducted in competitive and concert performances: the Woodbridge High School Philharmonic Orchestra, the WHS Wind Ensemble, the WHS Concert Band, the WHS Jazz Ensemble I, and the Stone Creek Elementary School 5th and 6th Grade Bands. (see Media for videos of these performances)

 The Long List of Instruments

 These are the instruments on which Mr. L has experience teaching and/or performing:

 Winds

Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Bb Clarinet, Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Mellophone, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, Sousaphone

 Percussion

 Keyboards, Mallet Percussion, Every Auxiliary Percussion Instrument Imaginable, Snare Drum, Tenor Drum (Tri-Toms, Quads, Quints, Sixes) Bass Drums, Cymbals (Suspended, Crash, Gongs), African Percussion, Drum Set, Piano

 Stringed

 Acoustic Bass, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Mandolin

 Voice

Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Contralto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass

 Accomplishments in Composition and Arranging

 At the age of 18, Mr. LaMantia performed his first small ensemble piece, entitled “My Song”, which was written for the girl that would later become his wife.  Throughout his college career, he composed a number of pieces, some of which were performed, including Nightfalls.

 Mr. LaMantia has written two multi-movement Suites, entitled On the Wings of Time and The Triforce Cycle

 His arranging experience also extends back to high school, and in college, his arrangements of popular tunes were commonly done at football and basketball games by the Marching and Pep Bands.  The local chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, the National Honorary Band Sorority, commissioned Mr. LaMantia as a Staff Arranger for the school in 2005.

Other Things I Will Teach Your Student…A Message from Mr. L

 If your student is developmentally ready, I will expand their knowledge of music by teaching them any number of the following subjects:

  1. Concepts of notation, terms, theory, and mechanics of music.
  2. Expression, musicality, sonority, performance etiquette.
  3. Music history, composers, periods, styles, cultural context.
  4. Analysis of performance, vocabulary for critique.
  5. Comparing and contrasting music, careers in music.

 This is drawn directly from the State and Federal Music Education Framework for the Visual and Performing Arts, which would be taught to them in public or private institutions that have worthwhile music programs.  I believe this to be just as critical as knowing “when to put down the right fingers” in a student’s education. 

 Music is a living, breathing art form that has never existed in a vacuum.  To this end, I will fill in all of the gaps that would normally be left unfilled by standard music teachers that are interested simply in putting on a good performance.

 This will have the effect of not only making your student well-rounded in music, but will broaden their horizons in all aspects of their life, opening them up to concepts and knowledge that cannot easily be accessed any other way.  This is one of the most valuable side-effects of a comprehensive education in music.

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