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April 29, 2007
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Welcome To The Mabry Orchestra!

In just a short time we will be welcoming a new class of 6th graders to Mabry.  By clicking this link, new Mabry parents and studens can listen to a podcast about how to join orchestra and begin learning to play a musical instrument. 

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 11:18 PM

September 08, 2007
Practice Records Due 9/10

Practice records are due Monday for 7th  and 8th grade orchestras only. Click below to save, view and print a copy of the practice records

practice record.doc

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 07:34 PM

August 29, 2007
Atlanta Symphony Tickets

Dear Friends and Parents,

Would you like an opportunity to hear the ASO and world-renowned conductor Pinchas Zukerman?  Well read on...

Enjoy $12 tickets to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra!

Join us for a concert October 11/12/13 at 8pm
Contact Angela White at 404.733.4848 or to get the discount. 


HAYDN: Symphony No. 83, La Poule
CHAUSSON:  Poeme for violin
RAVEL:  Tzigane, for violin
SAINT-SAENS:  Symphony No. 3, “Organ” 
    Pinchas Zukerman, conductor


*Offer not valid at box office, subject to availability.

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 12:28 PM

June 17, 2007
Grüß Gott!


The Doemel's are in Germany for a few weeks. We landed today and have already done so much!. Click on the pictures for a larger view of some castles and scenes. What a fastidiously beautiful country. We will visit Bonn to see Beethoven's house and Vienna, home of so many wonderful musicians. Stay tuned.

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 03:15 PM

Sumer Is Icumen In

SumerIsIcumenIn-line a traditional English round, the oldest example of counterpoint, a music composition technique, in existence. The title might be translated as "Summer has come in" or "Summer has arrived",  The language is Middle English, more exactly Wessex dialect.  It is the oldest piece of six-part polyphonic music in existence.  Its composer is anonymous, possibly W. de Wycombe, and it is estimated to date from around 1260.

Thank you to the departing 8th grade students.  Many of you I hope to see regularly at Lassiter.  You helped make this a great three years for me and I have enjoyed working with you.  I’m proud of what we accomplished and hope you are also.

I hope you have a wonderful high school experience.  Please keep in touch.

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 02:47 PM

May 22, 2007
Practice Record

Here's a copy of the last practice record

Last PR-1.doc'

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 12:32 PM

May 15, 2007
Spring Concert

I apologize for not posting lately.  I have experienced technical difficulties that are now fixed.

Our last concert of the year is tonight!  Hopefully you received the letter I sent home with details.
The 8th graders were to bring in their concert clothes today and stay after school for a final rehearsal
and to combine the two classes.  They will have a pizza dinner at school at about 5:45.

6th and 7th graders are to arrive at 6:15, dressed and ready to play.  6th graders will meet in the band room, 7th graders in the chorus room.  There will be a reception in the cafeteria following the performance.  See you there.

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 03:35 AM

May 02, 2007
Mabry Symphony

The Mabry Symphony WILL rehearse tomorrow morning, Thursday, May 3rd, at 8 a.m.  Please arrive early enough to be ready to play at 8. 

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 08:06 PM

April 29, 2007
Welcome To The Mabry Orchestra!

In just a short time we will be welcoming a new class of 6th graders to Mabry.  By clicking this link, new Mabry parents and studens can listen to a podcast about how to join orchestra and begin learning to play a musical instrument. 

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 11:18 PM


post film festCongratulations to the Mabry Orchestra iMovie team.  The team's movie, "Music: Our Common Bond" was awarded the "Best Cinematography" award at the 2007 Mabry Film Festival.  The film was nominated in four categories including Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Picture.  "Music: Our Common Bond", along with all the other excellent films nominated for Best Picture, can be seen by clicking this link.

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 10:41 PM

April 18, 2007
Mabry Symphony

The Mabry Symphony will rehearse tomorrow morning at 8 am in the Orchestra room.  DON'T BE LATE!!

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 10:00 AM


Congratulations to (from L to R) Ian M., Jessica I., and Katherine J. for being chosen to be part of the 2007 Cobb County Middle School Honor Orchestra.  After auditioning, they were chosen from hundreds of middle school string players to participate.  The performance, at McEachern HS on Saturday, April 14th, was a wonderful example of the wealth of talented musicians being developed in Cobb County.  Jessica and Katherine are 8th graders who will be part of the Lassiter HS Orchestra next year.  Ian is a 7th grader!  Congratulations for this honor that your hard work has brought you!

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 09:53 AM

April 16, 2007
Practice Records

Practice Records are due next Monday, April 23rd.  Here's a copy.


Posted by Mr. Doemel at 10:25 AM

Mabry Orchestra Spring Concert

On the Concert and Activity Calendar you received in the Fall the date for our Spring Concert was listed as May 3rd. 
For several reasons the date for this concert has been moved to Tuesday, May 15th at 7 p.m..  Please contact me at with any conflicts.

Thursday, May 3rd is the Lassiter Orchestra's "Night At The Movies".  The 8th Grade Orchestra will perform at that event. 
You received a form recently to purchase tickets.  On that form the date was incorrect.  The correct date and time are Thursday,
May 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 10:07 AM

April 11, 2007
$12 tickets to the Atlanta Symphony!

Enjoy $12 tickets to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra!

April 26th, 27th, 28th at 8:00 pm

Atlanta Symphony Hall

MAXWELL DAVIES: An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise
TURNAGE: Three Screaming Popes
MACMILLAN: Britannia
BRITTEN: Sinfonia da Requiem
ELGAR:  Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 1 and 4

Donald Runnicles, conductor 
Scott Long, Highland bagpipes

Mr. Runnicles takes us to his British homeland: the source of Elgar’s popular success, Britten’s deeply felt and universal anti-war ode, and “a trajectory of exuberant fun” from Turnage.  From Scotland comes a loving evocation of a wedding, which ends with a bagpiper greeting the dawn of a new day. 

CONTACT RUSSELL WHEELER AT (404) 733-4807 OR to purchase.  Offer not valid at box office.

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 08:17 PM

Mabry Symphony

THE MABRY SYMPHONY will rehearse tomorrow morning at 8am in the orchestra room.

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 08:03 PM

March 30, 2007
An Atlanta Symphony Season Preview

If you're interested contact Carol Doemel at

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Posted by Mr. Doemel at 11:48 AM

March 28, 2007
URGENT - 8th Grade Spring Trip

PLEASE return the CCSD "Permission To Participate In Overnight Trips" form (IFCB-6), the notarized medical release form (IFCB-5.  Our secretary will notarize it for free) and front/back copy of your insurance card now.

There will be a parent information meeting on Tuesday, April 10th at 7pm in the Mabry Theater regarding our Spring Trip.

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 11:29 AM

8th Grade Orchestra Playing Test

The 8th grade orchestra will have a playing test on Monday, April 9th.  The material is the 2 octave F Major scale and arpeggio, #134,135 in the Essential Techniques III book.

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 08:13 AM

Mabry Symphony

The Mabry Symphony will rehearse tomorrow morning at 8AM.  Please arrive before 8 so we can begin on time. 

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 08:07 AM

March 20, 2007
You Should Know This.

Science Daily - A newly published study by Northwestern University researchers suggests that Mom was right when she insisted that you continue music lessons -- even after it was clear that a professional music career was not in your future.

The study, which will appear in the April issue of Nature Neuroscience, is the first to provide concrete evidence that playing a musical instrument significantly enhances the brainstem's sensitivity to speech sounds. This finding has broad implications because it applies to sound encoding skills involved not only in music but also in language.

The findings indicate that experience with music at a young age in effect can "fine-tune" the brain's auditory system. "Increasing music experience appears to benefit all children -- whether musically exceptional or not -- in a wide range of learning activities," says Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern's Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory and senior author of the study.

"Our findings underscore the pervasive impact of musical training on neurological development. Yet music classes are often among the first to be cut when school budgets get tight. That's a mistake," says Kraus, Hugh Knowles Professor of Neurobiology and Physiology and professor of communication sciences and disorders.

"Our study is the first to ask whether enhancing the sound environment -- in this case with musical training -- will positively affect the way an individual encodes sound even at a level as basic as the brainstem," says Patrick Wong, primary author of "Musical Experience Shapes Human Brainstem Encoding of Linguistic Pitch Patterns." An old structure from an evolutionary standpoint, the brainstem once was thought to only play a passive role in auditory processing.

Using a novel experimental design, the researchers presented the Mandarin word "mi" to 20 adults as they watched a movie. Half had at least six years of musical instrument training starting before the age of 12. The other half had minimal (less than 2 years) or no musical training. All were native English speakers with no knowledge of Mandarin, a tone language.

In tone languages, a single word can differ in meaning depending on pitch patterns called "tones." For example, the Mandarin word "mi" delivered in a level tone means "to squint," in a rising tone means "to bewilder," and in a dipping (falling then rising) tone means "rice." English, on the other hand, only uses pitch to reflect intonation (as when rising pitch is used in questions).

As the subjects watched the movie, the researchers used electrophysiological methods to measure and graph the accuracy of their brainstem ability to track the three differently pitched "mi" sounds.

"Even with their attention focused on the movie and though the sounds had no linguistic or musical meaning for them, we found our musically trained subjects were far better at tracking the three different tones than the non-musicians," says Wong, director of Northwestern's Speech Research Laboratory and assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders.

The research by co-authors Wong, Kraus, Erika Skoe, Nicole Russo and Tasha Dees represents a new way of defining the relationship between the brainstem -- a lower order brain structure thought to be unchangeable and uninvolved in complex processing -- and the neocortex, a higher order brain structure associated with music, language and other complex processing.

These findings are in line with previous studies by Wong and his group suggesting that musical experience can improve one's ability to learn tone languages in adulthood and level of musical experience plays a role in the degree of activation in the auditory cortex. Wong also is a faculty member in Northwestern's Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program.

The findings also are consistent with studies by Kraus and her research team that have revealed anomalies in brainstem sound encoding in some children with learning disabilities which can be improved by auditory training.

"We've found that by playing music -- an action thought of as a function of the neocortex -- a person may actually be tuning the brainstem," says Kraus. "This suggests that the relationship between the brainstem and neocortex is a dynamic and reciprocal one and tells us that our basic sensory circuitry is more malleable than we previously thought."

Overall, the findings assist in unfolding new lines of inquiry. The researchers now are looking to find ways to "train" the brain to better encode sound -- work that potentially has far-reaching educational and clinical implications. The study was supported by Northwestern University, grants from the National Institutes of Health and a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Posted by Mr. Doemel at 10:57 PM

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