Joyce Powell

     Important Dates to Remember:

 January 31-February 1, 2014:  District Honor Band Event
       Monticello High School, Charlottesville

 February 1, 2014:  3:00 p.m.  District Honor Band Concert
 April 29, 2014:  7:00 p.m.  Spring Concert
Students should be in place at 6:30 p.m.



Practice to improve your technique, tone, and skills!

Practice Records are due every Wednesday for 6th and 7th grade band students.

Sixth Grade Beginning Band:

   Essential Elements Book 1:  Page 19 - 20

Seventh Grade Band:

    Essential Elements Book 2: 

 Eighth Grade Band:

   Essential Technique Book:  Page 42-43


Course Overview


The band program at Nelson Middle School is a performance-based curriculum.  All activities and units of study reinforce preparation for concerts and performances. 


Sixth grade band is the beginning band class.  Students learn fundamentals of tone production and breath support, performance techniques, musical theory, and instrument care and maintenance.  The literature used at this level is based on the ability level of the students. 


The seventh and eighth grade intermediate level is a continuation of basic fundamentals with more emphasis on ensemble experience.  Students perform literature requiring more advanced instrumental skills. The literature selected will be representative of a wide and diversified spectrum of band repertoire.





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