6th Grade Band

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The 6th Grade Beginning Band performs twice a year, at the Christmas Concert in December, and at the Spring Concert in April. Scroll down for our class syllabus. Instruments learned in BMS band are: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, and Percussion (snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, and bells/xylophone).

Don't purchase an instrument without consulting Directors!

It is required that all students own their own instrument, however check with the instructors about a school supplied instrument for special financial situations. Availability is extremely limited, the Directors choose what the student will get to play, and a maintenance fee is required. Email Director for details. Larger instruments like Tubas, Baritones, and Xylophones are school owned and purchasing a personal one is not necessary, however, the yearly maintenance fee will apply. Percussionists are determined by the Directors through testing and will still need to rent/purchase a practice pad/bell kit. We do not have school owned percussion kits.

As a new band family or a returning band family to our program, it is important to know some details about the 6th grade beginning band class. First, don't buy or rent an instrument until Directors have a chance to test students. We will be trying out instruments in class for about a week and a half. If you already own an instrument, let the band directors know and plan on using that instrument unless the student can not make a beginner sound on it.

Please be cautious about purchasing low cost instruments from local (non-music instrument) venues and online "deals." Our experience with those instruments is they are usually in need of repairs that will cost up to 3 times what you paid and could be even more, or are a cheap brand that does not even have parts available to fix it. I have experienced both!! Bolivar is blessed with a local music store called Childress Music and it is a great place to get instruments and accessories.

Springfield Music, based in Springfield Mo, is our main source for instrument rentals. They will be at the High School in late August after school starts. We will have an evening meeting with them and you can rent/purchase from them if you wish. I recommend renting from them or a qualified music store because these stores will provide a quality instrument and be able to service the instrument if needed. If you have to cancel during the first year, they take the instrument back with no strings attached; you simply return it to the store and cease payments.

Online instrument companies like WoodwindBrasswind (wwbw.com) are a trusted source as well. The only issue is repairs will cost full price at the area repair shops. Springfield Music, however, offers a "maintenance plan" that covers basic repairs and even full replacement due to fire or theft. Please direct all questions concerning Springfield Music rentals and maintenance plan details to the store.

BMS Band Syllabus

Band Communication: We know that communication is essential for teachers, students, and parents to work together.

Our full Band Handbook is on the website. Please visit the website, read the handbook, and explore the site for important dates and information. Most of your questions can be answered here throughout the year as it is updated regularly for your convenience.

Website: https://sites.google.com/bolivarschools.org/bolivarbands

Facebook and Twitter: @BolivarBands

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Director Contact Information: Please add our emails to your email contact list so we don’t end up in the spam folder when we send a mass email to the entire class.

John Trew, Director of Bands - jtrew@bolivarschools.org

Kelsy Whitacre, Assistant Director of Bands - kelsywhitacre@bolivarschools.org

HS: 326-5228 / MS: 326-3811

Classroom expectations:

Safety First - Our first priority is a safe classroom, any behavior that jeopardizes safety will be immediately addressed.

Total Respect - Band students respect themselves, fellow members, instructors, and equipment.

Be Ready to Play - Band students maintain focus at all times and are ready to perform on instruments.

Play It Right or Not At All - Band students are to use and perform with their instruments correctly and do not waste time.

100% Effort, 100% of the Time - Band students give their best, everyday.

Don’t Distract - Band students do not distract. We stay focused on the task.

Put It All Away, The Right Way - When we are finished with tasks, everything has a place, and everything is put away correctly.


Grading System & End Of Course Expectations:

Grades are calculated using (but not limited to) rehearsals, playing quizzes, performances, and participation. Excessive disruptive classroom behavior will result in a lowered rehearsal grade and possible dismissal from future participation. BMS grading scale will be followed.


All first year band members entering second year band should be able to play First Notes, Pb&jam, Beginning Band Workout, Chromatic Challenge for Beginners lines 1&2, and Overtone Warm Up lines 1&2 with minimal errors. This will determine eligibility to advance to 7th grade band. All second year band members entering third year band should be able to play Chromatic Challenge for Beginners, Golden Scales lines 2-4, Overtone Warm Up, and JH Band Warm Up with minimal errors. All third year band members entering High School should able to play all of the Overtone Warm Up, Chromatic Madness, Golden Scales, Essential Rhythms, and Key Signature Warm Up with minimal errors. All of these exercises are in the beginning band book.


Performance Dates: Please make sure your student is at the two required evening concerts at the High School.

  • Winter Band Concert December 11, 2018
  • Spring Band Concert April 16, 2019
  • 8th Grade Band Large Ensemble Contest (Spring TBA)