Elementary Band

2018 Fall Band Parent Newsletter (September 7, 2018), Volume 1, Issue 1
Our newsletter is geared toward band parents with helpful information on concerts and advice on how to help your student have a successful band experience.

Elementary Band days & times:

Parkside:  Mon. & Wed., 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM, & during music class special.
Smith:  Thur. & Fri., 8:50 AM to 9:30 AM.
Schmitt:  Mon., Wed., & Fri., 8:25 AM to 9:05 AM.
Rockcreek:  Tues. & Thurs., 1 PM to 1:40 PM.
Taylorsville:  Mon. & Wed., 8:25 AM to 9:15 AM.
Clifty Creek:  Mon., Tues., & Wed., 1:00 PM to 1:35 PM.
CSA Fodrea:  Thur. & Fri., 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM
CSA Lincoln:  Thur. & Fri., 9:45 AM to 10:30 AM.
Richards:  Mon., Tues., or Wed., 9:20 AM to 10:10 AM (once per week) during music class.
Mt. Healthy:  Mon. & Wed., 12:20 PM to 12:50 PM.
Southside:  Mon. & Fri., 10:20 AM to 11:10 AM.

Elementary Band concert schedule:

Fall Concert:  Wednesday, OCT 3, 2018 at North Auditorium, 7:30 PM; band members seated at 6:30 PM.

Winter Concert:  Monday, DEC 17, 2018 at East Auditorium, 7:30 PM; band members seated at 6:30 PM.

Spring Concert:  Monday, MAY 13, 2019 at East Auditorium, 7:30 PM; band members seated at 6:30 PM.

October 3rd Concert:

Song list for the October 3rd concert and recommended review strategy:

August 20th:  #6, #10, #14

August 27th:  #17, #18, #23

September 3rd:  #24, #30, #31

September 10th:  #34, #38, #42

September 17th: #54, #56, #58

This will leave you with one week before the concert, allowing you time for review.  Each time you come to band, raise your hand so that I can listen to you play the songs for that week, give you feedback, and issue stars for those songs.  Remember, too, that when you are playing in class, no one else is, so it is very important to be prepared for each class.

You should start out by practicing about 10-15 minutes about 4 to 5 times a week –this will add up to about 1 hour.  If you find that you are not meeting the above goals, then add more time or days to your practice routine for the next week.

Also, the best resource you have is the website, www.essentialelementsinteractive.com  This is where you type in your book code (front inside cover) and you can play along with all of these songs.

Another valuable resource is your friends.  Practicing with a more experienced band member will help you improve much quicker than practicing alone.  Ideally, it should be someone who plays your instrument, but you can play all of these songs with anyone from any of our BCSC elementary schools.

Helpful Videos:

How to oil trumpet or euphonium valves video.

How to stop squeeking on your clarinet video.

Wynton Marsalis speaks about practice and dedication video.

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser speaks about the importance of music education video.