Dear Band Parent/Guardian:


Congratulations, your child has signed up for band selected an instrument and is anxiously waiting for our first lesson.  We wanted to take a moment to explain what is expected in band.  We will have lessons one time per week.  Your child will be in a small group with other students who play the same instrument.  Your child will learn to assemble their instrument, how to produce the appropriate sound on their instrument (embouchure) or how to hold the mallets/sticks properly, how to read/count rhythm (duration of the notes), and to read the notes on the music staff. 

Your child is expected to have their instrument and book for every lesson. They will receive a Standard of Excellence book and a DVD (if needed) from their teacher at their first lesson.  The DVD or the website contains a section showing them how to assemble/maintain their instrument.  They are expected to watch the Assembly Video before they assemble their instrument for the first time at home.  We will collect the DVD (if they have them)  in a few weeks.  We encourage you to watch it with them.  You can also find the videos on YouTube:

Flute Assembly bit.ly/fluteassembly

Clarinet Assembly bit.ly/clarinetassembly

Saxophone Assembly bit.ly/saxassembly

Trumpet Assembly bit.ly/trumpetassembly

Trombone Assembly bit.ly/tromboneassembly

Baritone Assembly bit.ly/baritoneassembly

French Horn Assembly bit.ly/frenchhornassembly

Percussion Assembly bit.ly/percussionassembly

In addition the band students are expected to practice 4 to 5 days per week, 20-30 minutes each time they practice.  This is their homework for band.  We will staple a set of practice calendars in the front of their book.  Your child will write down their practice time and answer questions on each practice calendar.  Parents please sign the practice calendar.  We will record the practice calendar each week it will be part of their Grade.  We will not accept practice calendars that are late or not filled out prior to band and signed by a parent/guardian.

We will begin teaching lessons at the end of September or the first week of October.  If you are purchasing/renting an instrument from a music store your child needs to bring it to the first lesson. If you are expecting to get an instrument from the school district either renting (baritone, French horn) or because your child qualifies for free/reduced lunch, your director will pass out the instrument rental form before their first lesson.  When you receive it please fill out the contract and return it by the first lesson date.  Your director will have the instrument for your child at their first lesson. 

All the Band assignments, practice calendars, and resource video & audio files will be placed in Schoology.  Students will be able to access them with their iPads or through any computer with an internet connection.  More information will be coming home regarding Schoology.


You and your child are beginning an exciting journey, if you have any questions please feel free to email or call and I will respond as soon as I can. 

Sincerely the Elementary Band Staff

Students with band and orchestra experience attend college at a rate twice the national average.

Bands Across the USA.


ISD 279 does not discriminate on the basis of disability.  If you need auxiliary aids or services in order to participate in or attend a district activity, please call your local school or the school district TDD 763-391-7250 at least 72 hours in advance.