Welcome to The Washington Irving Band Website 2014-2015!
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 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
    The following two videos use traditional grip.  We are using matched grip as beginners.

    The Fun Warm Up for Percussion

    A rudiment is a sticking pattern! Practice Single Stroke Roll, Double Stroke Roll, and Paradiddles Every DAY!!

    Our beginning flute players are working on holding their flute.  Click below for help on how to hold the flute properly:

    How to hold your flute properly

    Important Dates for your calendar
    December 17, 2014:     WI Winter Concert for Concert Band and Stage Band
    March 18, 2015:     WI Small Groups Concert for Concert Band and Stage Band
    May 13, 2015:     WI Spring Concert for Concert Band and Stage Band
    June 12, 2015:     WI Beginning Band Concert
    TBA (Usually the first week in June):     Jazz in the Courtyard for Stage Band
    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:
    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
    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: