Welcome to The Washington Irving Band Website 2015-16!
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What is expected of me?
(1)    Attending a weekly in-school lesson
(2)    Attending a weekly after school rehearsal
(3)    Practicing my instrument at home 
Details for how your child's in-school and after school lesson works can be found by clicking below:

Important Dates For 2015-2016
December 15th, 2015 - Winter Concert for Concert Band & Stage Band
March 16th, 2016 - Small Groups Concert for Concert Band & Stage Band
May 24th, 2016 - Spring Concert for Concert Band & Stage Band
June 10th, 2016 - Beginning Band & Orchestra Concert 
TBA - Usually the first week in June - Jazz in the Courtyard with The WI Stage Band

We love checklists!! We know what our goal is, how to get there, and if we're on the right path at all times! 
Checklists = Habits
If you follow your checklist for at least one month, it will become a habit.  Our set-up, warm-up, and playing/reading checklists have now become habits!! Congratulations, you are a musician who reads, interprets, and performs music.
For more info read the following books:
Creativty: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention
 The Checklist Manifesto:  How to Get Things Right
The Art of Practicing: How to Make Music From the Heart
  A proper warm up for playing any instrument will help you:
  •  Play relaxed
  • Play with great tone
  •  Increase your confidence
  • Make sure your instrument is playing correctly
Our Clarinet Groups would like to share our Warm-Up Checklist:

Warm Up Checklist


Blow long tones forever (at least 8 counts)!! 

Nothing too hard

or that makes me have to

think about fingerings

or how to play the notes. 

I want to be mindful of

the following only:


  • Sit up straight with relaxed shoulders.
  • Have your bottom forward in the seat.
  • Have your feet flat on the ground.  Flat foot floogie with the Floy! Floy!
  • Feel like you are leaning slightly forward.
  • Bring the instrument to you. Do not bend forward.
  • Keep your arms relaxed, but not resting on your legs.

    Breath Control 

    • No puffy cheeks
    • Breathe in through your nose with a Yoga breath
    • Fill your tank (lungs).
    • Relax your shoulders.
    • Blow evenly.


    • Keep the corners of your mouth wide.
    • Bottom lip is slightly tucked under.
    • Blow against the reed.
    This list raises many questions and answers: 
    To be mindful is to clear one's mind and only think about the task at hand.  In this case, we play long notes that are familiar and think only about our Posture, Breath Control, and Embouchure.  Embouchure is the way our mouth's muscles, ligaments, and tendons form to hold the mouthpiece properly in place.   
    What are we working on?
    How do I play my new notes on the clarinet? Check out this link:
     What are those whatchamacallits on my flute? Click this link:
    Click on the links below to find: