Band is brain food!

Every wonder how your brain benefits from playing an instrument? Check out this video to see exactly why band is brain food!

2018 Band Handbook

2018 Band Handbook (Spanish)

2018 Band Handbook (Somali)

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Here is a video made by former Echo Park 5th Grade members that takes a peek inside the band classroom for lessons.

Mariah Meyers, Band Teacher, VM 651-683-6969 Ext. 82643; Twitter Handle: @BandisGrand

Hello! I am Mariah Meyers and I am the Band Teacher at Echo Park Elementary. 5th Grade band is an incredible opportunity for students at Echo Park to build brain cells, make new friends, and experience the power of music and synergy.

A little about me

I was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa and attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where I earned a degree in Music Education. I love to cook, socialize and swim, and I am always laughing. My band journey began in 5th Grade when I decided to play the flute. Since then, my life has been filled with band and various musical ensembles, including Choirs, Jazz Bands and Orchestras. My involvement in music has brought me my closest friends, fondest memories and greatest challenges. I am excited to share similar experiences with your child.

How to read music

Here is a quick and informative lesson about reading music! Band members, watch this to add valuable input to your knowledge bank.

Fifth Grade Instrumental Music

The 5th Grade Instrumental Music Program is a year-long performance course. The band curriculum provides large group (Big Band after school) and small group (lesson) instruction. Students perform three concerts during the school year. Large group band rehearsals are held every Tuesday afternoons from 3:50-4:50. Small lessons are given on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Schedules for these lessons are posted in all 5th grade classrooms.


  1. Tuesday, December 19th 6:30pm, Echo Park gym
  2. Monday, January 15th, Panorama of Bands @ AVHS, 7:00pm
  3. Tuesday, April 17th, 6:30pm, Echo Park gym

Play an instrument

All fifth grade students are encouraged to consider playing an instrument. This process begins with fourth grade spring registration and continues with lessons during the summer before fifth grade. Fifth grade band members perform at three band concerts a year. Two concerts are performed at school for Echo Park Students. The third concert is Panorama of Bands where members of other elementary bands come together to perform.

Instrument donations needed for Band For All

If you have a gently used musical instrument that is no longer being used, please consider donating it to the district’s Band for All program. This year, more than 530 students are participating in band with a donated instrument from Band for All. Some students who started band with a BFA instrument are now playing in college!

More than 235 additional instruments are needed to meet the needs of next year’s fifth-grade students who would like to participate in band but do not have an instrument to use. All gently used band and orchestra instruments are accepted and used.

Instruments can be dropped off at Oak Ridge Elementary or Scott Highlands Middle School during school hours. Include name, address and phone number on a piece of paper inside the instrument case if you would like to receive a donation letter for tax purposes.

Band for All also accepts monetary donations to repair donated instruments. Monetary donations can be sent to Valley Middle School of STEM, c/o Cindy Hanson, 900 Gardenview Dr., Apple Valley, MN 55124 (checks should be made payable to Valley Middle School of STEM).

Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology, 14100 County Road 11, Burnsville, MN 55337, Phone: 952-431-8390

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