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The Hommocks 6th and 8th Grade Band
The Hommocks Band’s objective is to assemble students from the four elementary bands in the district as well as band students who are new to Mamaroneck and give them a wide range of performing experiences typical in the band world. Students take the skills they mastered in fourth and fifth grade and polish them while adding more and more new abilities. They develop, balance and ensemble blend, increasingly complex rhythms, a wider range, new meters and keys, and new styles and genres of music. Often students use middle school as a time to learn to double on a jazz band instrument, or to switch their studies to less commonly played instruments like tuba, horn, oboe, bassoon, or low clarinets and saxes. Percussionists learn xylophone, bells, vibraphone and timpani along with a host of Latin and auxiliary percussion instruments. In addition to two formal concerts, the Hommocks band makes annual appearances at a Bridgeport Sound Tigers minor league hockey game and at the Larchmont Memorial Day Parade, allowing the band to learn our national anthem, how different a marching band experience can be, and the role bands often play in important civic occasions. The band learns to march in a corps style, with percussionists having the chance to write original drum cadences in their eighth grade year. From the sixth grade goal of melding many students from different elementary programs to the eighth grade becoming ready for the big step into high school, Hommocks students get a rich musical experience through band.
7th Grade Band
The 7th grade band is the second step in our three year middle school band program. In 7th grade band we push our skills to set goals like “improved tone” and “stronger reading skills.” As the music gets more difficult students begin to realize that practicing at home is no longer a recommendation but rather a necessity for success. We use computer practice programs like “Smart Music” to help us learn our band songs along the way. This ensemble focuses on the “big 3” which is our winter concert, spring concert, and our Larchmont Memorial Day parade. Throughout the year, band members are exposed to a wide variety of musical literature that spans from classical composers to modern pop tunes. Students are expected to attend a weekly band lunch lesson along with students of the same instrument.