Beginning Band

About Beginning Band

Directors: Alex Blomarz & Mike Holden

In Beginning Band, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of playing a band instrument. In addition to establishing fundamentals on their individual instrument, students will learn how to perform within a large ensemble. They will have the opportunity to perform at several concerts throughout the year. Students are able to learn an instrument AND participate in choir.


  • Students receive a weekly instrument-specific technique class on a rotating basis. The rotating schedule ensures that students are not pulled from the same class each week and only miss a class 1 time every quarter. Click here to learn more about the objectives of technique classes.
  • In addition to their technique class, students begin the year by attending a sectional rehearsal every other week. In sectional rehearsals, students will review fundamental music concepts. These rehearsals meet at 8:00 AM,
  • After our first concert in December, sectional rehearsals will be replaced with a weekly full ensemble rehearsal where all of the band instruments are combined. The Beginning Band is separated into two separate rehearsal groups: Tuesday Band and Thursday Band. Each group rehearses as a full ensemble 1 times per week at 8:00 AM. Click here to learn more about the objectives of full ensemble rehearsals.


Click here to view the Grade 5-8 Instrumental Music Curriculum map.