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to the 2018-19 school year for the Columbine Articulation Area Band and Orchestra. We have a great group of new 5th grade students in our beginning groups, and our returning advanced players have already impressed their new director with their maturity and musical ability. 

Rehearsals have commenced, so be sure to double check our weekly schedule and get those instruments to and from school. 

Also check out our calendar tab to get this year's concert dates on the family planner. More dates and information will be made available soon. Double check that your student has all the materials they need by heading to the downloads tab and clicking on IMHandbook18 to verify they will be successful in this new school year. 

Recent Announcements

  • End of Year Dates
    Hi Columbine Area Elementary Band/Orchestra guardians!

    It's time to start marking your calendars for end of year events!


    May 2nd (Wednesday) – Advanced band/orchestra tour through elementary schools. 

    On this day, the advanced band and orchestra will tour though all 5 Columbine elementary schools and play a concert for each one. Students will need to bring a sack lunch and arrange for transportation to Columbine Hills at 8:15 and from Leawood at 2:50.

    May 8th (Tuesday) - After school rehearsal at Columbine High School (band room)

    This will be the first time all of the kids get together to work on the music as a large ensemble. Please arrive 10 minutes early to get your instrument out. All you need is your instrument and music. Stands will be provided.

    Beginning orchestra 5:00 – 5:45

    Beginning Band 5:45 – 6:30


    May 14th (Monday) - Concert at Columbine High School (Gym)

    The concert will be from 5:30 – 6:30 in the gym at Columbine High School. Please be there by 5:00. This concert includes band AND orchestra! Attire is the same as the previous 2 concerts (black pants, black shirt, black shoes). Please come prepared with a music stand. 

    Posted Apr 23, 2018, 12:30 PM by Gregory Gates
  • Listening Links
    All students find it easier to play music when they know what it's supposed to sound like. Here are some recordings of the music we are currently working on:

    Beginning Band:
    The Fat Enchilada <-You'll have to Youtube this one

    Beginning Orchestra:

    Advanced Band:

    Advanced Orchestra:
    Posted Feb 12, 2018, 12:14 PM by Gregory Gates
  • Fall activities

                Happy Halloween! I am writing this letter to keep you informed about things that are going on soon in band/orchestra land.

    Practice cards – For every month, there is a corresponding practice card. You can print them out from the practice card tab above and your child gets music money for turning them in. They are a great way to keep track of where we should be at throughout the year so we don’t fall behind.

    Playing tests – On the week of October 30th, there will be playing tests for everyone. Here is what your child is expected to know:                   You have a lot of time to prepare, please don’t wait until the last minute.

    Beginning Band - #27 Good King Wenceslas

    Beginning Orchestra – #43 Mozart Melody

    Advanced Band – #83. (Concert Bb Major) Scale, Arpeggio and Chords

    Advanced Orchestra – #92. Can-Can – A (melody) line

    Concerts – Our fall concert is just around the corner! Both band and orchestra will have a concert on the 7th of November at Columbine High School in the gym at 7:00PM.

    Concert schedule:

    Beginning students arrive at 6:15 in the band room – Leave cases and coats in the band room – bring instrument, stand, music to gym.

    Advanced students arrive at 6:30  in the back of the gym (behind curtain) – Leave cases and coats in back of gym, Bring instrument, stand, and music to the front of the gym.

    6:45 – String tuning

    7:00  – Concert


    Item checklist for concert:

    __Instrument / Music    __Music stand     __Band/Orchestra t-shirt (or black shirt if you don’t have one) and black pants or skirt.


    Extra rehearsal:

    On Wednesday November 1st, I’ll be holding an extra rehearsal in the Columbine High School band room to prepare for the concert the following week. Here is the schedule for that:

    4:00 – 4:45 Beginning Band

    4:45 – 5:30 Beginning Orchestra

    5:30 – 6:15 Advanced Band

    6:15 – 7:00 Advanced Orchestra

    Posted Oct 18, 2017, 9:15 AM by Gregory Gates
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