Welcome to Mr. Wenzek's Elementary School Band webpage.  This was made especially for you and your parents.  I will update information as the school year progresses.  Be sure to click on your school for items specific to you and your band.

October 18, 2017

Here is the link to our first song, Renaissance Fair.  I suggest you play "air band" with it, then play along for real.

Also, a number of students still need to turn in Instrument Loan forms and/or payment, and even more still need to take care of payment of their band book and folder.  Please do so as soon as possible.  See below how to take care of that.  Thanks!


September 20, 2017

Thanks for a great start to our school year.

Click here for a link to the accompaniments for Essential Elements exercises.

Don't forget that band homework consists of daily practice of 15 minutes.  No, you can not "makeup" time by doing a long practice, so be sure to do it every day.  I suggest trying to do it at the same time every day!

Finally, a reminder that all band students will also require an "Essential Elements for Band (Book 1) for their particular instrument and a band folder for their book and sheet music.  These have been handed out by Mr. Wenzek for a cost of $15 (including shipping and taxes).  Payment can be made starting next week by cash (bills only, exact amount please in a sealed envelope with child's name and school), by cheque (payable to Cameron Elementary - Mr. W's home school), or (hopefully) Cash Online.  Thanks!


September 17, 2017

I, Mr. Wenzek, am teaching a number of First Lesson sessions at Byrne Creek on Tuesday, Sept. 19th.  I will be available to meet with parents and students until 4:10 pm, during Session 3 (5:35-6:20), and again after 7:00. Thanks for your understanding and patience.


September 16, 2017

Students assigned percussion should get a bell kit with either a drum practice pad or a snare drum.


September 3, 2017

A reminder to students & parents of the District Instrument Rental & First Lesson Night at Byrne Creek Secondary School on Tuesday, September 19th.  Further details can be found here.  Students not attending the First Lesson could end up falling up to 6 weeks behind the rest of the class.  DO NOT GET AN INSTRUMENT UNTIL INSTRUMENT ASSIGNMENTS ARE MADE (see below).

Instrument assignments will be posted through the link to the left corresponding to your school as they are completed.  (I am not going to bed on Friday, Sept. 15th until all schools' band rosters are completed, meaning they will be posted when you get up on Saturday the 16th in the morning!)  I will try to give students their first instrument choice.  However, trying to maintain a balanced band to benefit all students, not everyone will be assigned their first choice.  I will do my best to assign an instrument as close as I can to requests.  

After instrument assignment has been made, most band students are encouraged to purchase or rent an instrument from one of the approved stores directly or at the District Instrument Rental & First Lesson Night on Tuesday.  Also, be sure to pick up a wire music stand for home practice.  DO NOT BUY FROM CRAIGSLIST OR A WEBSITE (other than from the district approved stores), as most have inferior quality and cannot be repaired by local service personnel. Should you choose to buy privately, be sure that the instrument comes with a written clean bill of health from one of our local instrument repair stores. Repair shops are extremely busy at this time of year, with wait times up to a month long.  I would encourage you to strongly consider purchasing an instrument from a music store with a "buy-back" plan:  after purchasing the instrument, the instrument may be returned back to the store in the future for a full refund MINUS the amount that would have been charged had the instrument been rented, thereby minimizing the purchasers risk.
Baritone, bass clarinet, and french horn players will be provided with School District instruments at prevailing rates.  Other students requiring District instruments should let me know as soon as possible by email, as quantities are limited.  Subsidies may be available upon request.  Parents with children using District instruments are to ensure that the Instrument Loan Form is completed and turned in to me.  

**NOTE**  p-trumpets and p-bones are only available at select music stores directly, not the District event.  They will do for trumpet and trombone players in elementary school band.  Use of them in high school is at the discretion of the high school teacher.

All band students will also require an "Essential Elements for Band (Book 1) for their particular instrument and a band folder for their book and sheet music.  These will be handed out by Mr. Wenzek for a cost of $15 (including shipping and taxes).  This can be made by cash (bills only, exact amount please), by cheque (payable to Cameron Elementary - Mr. W's home school), or (hopefully) Cash Online.

Finally, all forms and documents issued to students are available on the "Forms & Docs" link to the left.






WHY TAKE BAND?

Your rising 7th grade child has the opportunity to make a very important decision about one of the classes they can choose to take this year, as well as through High School and College.

He/she has the opportunity to register for the outstanding band program at their Elementary School. Band is an exploratory course and not an extra-curricular activity. The band program is a year-long class students may attend. Students should enroll in this class at the beginning of the school year. Students starting this program do not yet have to read music and do not have to know what instrument they wish to play. Students will have a chance to explore the differences in band instruments during the first part of the school year.

 

Why should a student join the band? 

Many studies have shown that music education increases early brain development and improves students’ overall academic performance. 

Current research shows that music:

•Enhances higher brain function

•Teaches the habit of excellence

•Improves reading and math performance

•Builds teamwork skills and enhances cooperation

•Raises IQ and SAT scores

•Provides self-paced learning and mental concentration

•Develops higher critical thinking skills

•Prepares children for the future

•Helps develop better physical fitness and breathing

•Can help reduce asthma problems


Therefore, students that participate in formal music training generally have higher test scores due to the nature of their musical studies. Students in band must strive for success by achieving their personal best on a daily basis. As a result, students are learning the value of hard work and the pursuit of excellence in all of their endeavors. Many band students receive honours and awards, therefore validating the strong work ethic they develop while striving to perfect their many fundamentals and performance tasks.