Staff‎ > ‎Teachers‎ > ‎

Middle School Bands Homepage

Laurel Ridge Middle School Band & Sherwood Middle School Band

Laurel Ridge Middle School Band
Casey Crane - Beg. & Int. Band Teacher

Mike Dyer, Adv. Band Teacher

LRMS Band office 503-825-5859

2019-20 Band Handbook

LRMS Band Events

Video about Beginning Band Fall 2020 


Greetings Band Students, Mr. Stai has been compiling some resources to help you with practicing, listening, sight reading, composing, and improvisation. Some of these resources are brand new, some are very familiar with and some just discovered; all of which appear to be valuable resources for our Sherwood Band program. I only posted resources that were either free OR had a free trial period.

I’ll continue to edit/add to this link as things become more evident so that these resources stay at the top of our home page. Happy practicing everyone! See for more info!

Practicing & Playing


Beginning Monday, March 16th at 8:00 AM, Jupiter Artist Harry Watters will be hosting a daily warm-up livestream, focusing on the fundamentals for brass musicians of all levels.  Lasts for about 20 minutes, will be archived on his YouTube Channel for viewing anytime!–6obWuAmJGlsL-cR3NTHjims

Harry Watters (Jazz trombonist/Soloist) has created the social distancing warm-up session. He livestreams every morning on Facebook, uses ireal Pro, and does a series of excellent long tone, lip slur, articulation, and scale exercises. Easy to play along with. Designed for ALL brass players (or WW).

2) Smartmusic is a music practice online software program that offers a vast library of music available for students. – free trial available

3) Sight Reading factory – free trial available


1) Jazz I & II Students – Please watch/participate with this video from Nathanael Ankeny

2) Jeff Antoniuk – Youtube videos that include pdf’s – over 100 lessons in improv

Music Theory & Composition

1) Free music notation/composition software Musescore –

2) Free music theory lessons for music students provided by composer Chris Pilsner –


1) US Army Field Band (Educational & Performance Videos) –

2) Berlin Philharmonic – Free Voucher to watch/listen to performance archives!

3) St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Video Library – Recorded live music performances –

Music Leadership

Free Scott Lang Music Leadership Seminars –


If you have a local private lessons teacher, check in with them to see if they have any remote lessons available. I know at least a few of our lessons teachers have found a way to do online lessons.

Denise Westby – Flute –
Dunja Marcum – Clarinet –
Nathanael Ankeny – Sax, Improv, Composition, Jazz Piano –,

Dear Middle School Parents & Students,

It is with regret to inform you that SYBC will be going on a one year hiatus. We will not be having a camp during the summer of 2020.

The reason for this is due to the fact that there is not adequate facility availability this summer in Sherwood. Half of the district buildings are under construction being fitted for their new facility roles with the SSD transition. The new SHS facility has road construction happening which won't allow public access.

There is simply no space with adequate rehearsal & performance space with public access.

I am working on gathering a suggested list for alternate summer music camps for student's interested in playing this summer. Camps can be found at

Sorry for the bad news. SYBC will be back full force in 2021!

P.S. - I still plan on finding a solution for the Robin Hood Parade Marching Band and will communicate that at a later date.

~Brant Stai - SHS Band Teacher

January is Goal month - 
Mr. Dyer's students set personal band goals the first week in January. Parents, ask your student what their goal is, and encourage them to bring their instruments home and show you how they're working on it! 


MS School Band Bingo

Thank you to everyone for coming out and helping the Band Boosters! Thank you to the SHS Band Drumline and to Mr. Stai for his vocal stylings. Huge thanks to our organizers from LRMS-Dolly Langford and SMS-Tiffany McCoy. Please say thanks by patronizing the following Sherwood area businesses who provided prizes for bingo games and raffles.  

Athena Solutions

Bittner Dentistry for Kids



Dutch Bro’s

Enchanted Forest

Hops and Drops

Hungry Hero


Kyocera Document Solutions


Meraki Fitness

Musa Martial Arts

Old Spaghetti Factory

Papa Murphy’s

Sherwood Dance Academy

Sherwood Ice Arena



Playing Tests & Retakes

Students may retake playing tests AFTER working on items that were noted on their test papers.  I typically give feedback to students regarding what items could use improvement, or what next steps there are as they continue to progress.  As I tell my students, a retake is not about rolling the dice and seeing if you get a better score.  It is about working to improve, and then demonstrating that you have improved and have earned a better score. 

 Students have until last week of the trimester for retakes. We prefer that students work on the assigned skills in a timely manner, and arrange retakes within a week of the test so that their skill level does not lag behind the class.







Sherwood Middle School Band
Mike Dyer, Band Teacher

SMS Band