Blanchard Memorial School Band


Welcome to the Blanchard Band program. If you are new to the program, check out this link:

How do I get started?

If you haven't already, please sign up for lessons, band, and any small ensembles through AB Community Ed. More information and how to register can be found here. You will also need to fill out a band registration in either the Beginning Band or Advanced Band sections below.

Important "getting started" Dates

  • Advanced Band lessons start week of Sep 5 or Sep 12, depending on the teacher

  • Beginning Band Registration forms due Sep 14

  • Advanced Band Registration forms due Sep 16

  • Beginning Band lessons start week of Sep 19

  • French Music rental meeting September 16th from 4-6pm, AB High school cafeteria (you can rent online if you cannot make the meeting)

  • First Advanced Band rehearsal, Sep 16

  • First Stage Band rehearsal, Sep 21

  • First BrassWind rehearsal, Sep 22

  • First Percussion Ensemble rehearsal, Oct 3

  • First Beginning Band rehearsal, Oct 13

2022-23 Beginning Band Information

This section is for new band students who are in their first year of playing their instrument.

The Welcome to Beginning Band letter from Mr. Baird can be found here:

Welcome to Beginning Band

You can find the online registration form here:

Online Beginning Band Registration Form

A printable version of the form can be found here:

Printable Beginning Band Registration Form

2022-23 Advanced Band Information

This section is for band students who have played their instrument at least 1 year.

The Welcome to Advanced Band letter from Mr. Baird can be found here:

Welcome to Advanced Band

You can find the online registration form here:

Online Advanced Band Registration Form

A printable version of the form can be found here:

Printable Band Registration Form

Garabedian Scholarship Fund

Charles Garabedian was a beloved band director and music teacher at Blanchard who passed away in 1993. The Charles Garabedian Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 by the BBPO to provide scholarships to help fund the cost of private music lessons for Blanchard students who could otherwise not have afforded it. The BBPO sincerely appreciates the ongoing support from our community for this important program.

Garabedian Scholarship Application Form

We've put together some instrument demos on video. Click here to see the videos. You'll see demos of these instruments:


  • Trombone

  • Baritone

  • Tuba

  • Trumpet


  • Flute

  • Oboe

  • Clarinet

  • Saxophone


  • Drums (snare drum, tom-tom, bass drum)

  • Auxiliary (shakers, claves, cowbell, tambourine, triangle, cymbals)

  • Timpani

  • Mallet Instruments (bells, xylophone, marimba)

Band Calendar for 2022-2023 school year


Advanced Band: Fridays, 7:45am-8:40am, starting 9/16

Beginning Band: Thursdays, 3:20pm-4:15pm starting 10/13

Gold Stage Band: Wednesdays, lunch in music room -12:50pm-1:15pm; rehearsal -1:15pm-2:00pm. Starting 9/21

BrassWind Ensemble: Thursdays, 3:20pm-4:15pm. Starting 9/22

Percussion Ensemble: Mondays, 7:45am-8:40am. Starting 10/3

Concert and parade schedule to be announced

2021 Virtual Band Concert Video

Blanchard Percussion Ensemble and the Beginning and Advanced Bands participated in a project to create a virtual concert performance for spring 2021. Students recorded their parts for the selected pieces at home or at the recording studio at school. The individual recordings were put together to create a video, so we can all hear what the band would sound like if we were all together and can see the students performing their individual parts. The video can be found here:

The video was made possible in part by a grant from the AB Cultural Council.

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