Intermediate Band

  • The Star MS Intermediate Band is made up of 7th grade students in their second year of learning an instrument. 


    Letter from Mr. Switzer:

    Hello Everyone,

    I am excited to get to see you all in person this year and have a normal school year! Parents please feel free to always email me if you have questions. Students I hope you have been doing a little practice this summer! Just a little though...Hopefully you mostly have been having a great fun time! We'll be having several performances this year and you'll participate in a band festival with other 7th graders from across the district. We will talk more about that in class. Looking forward to seeing you all in class!

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    Sincerely,

    Austin Switzer
    Director of Bands
    switzer.austin@westada.org


    Practice Tips

    Sometimes the hardest part of practicing is taking the instrument home and taking it out of its case. I do not expect everybody to be professionals in my program, but I do expect each individual to work hard every day to become great. Here are some tips on how to practice:

    1. Take out your instrument and assemble it!
    2. Practice fundamentals: when we work on our fundamentals, music gets easier! Fundamentals can be summed up into three basic concepts – Time, Tone and Technique.
    3. Practice your band music: once you have practiced your fundamentals, you can apply those fundamentals to our band music.
    4. Listen to recordings of your instrument: In order to know what your instrument should sound like; we must listen to the professionals play their instrument. Listening to recordings can help a lot, as well as, going to live performances from local colleges and professionals!
    5. PRACTICE SLOWLY: I cannot emphasize enough the importance of practicing your music and your fundamentals slowly. If you can play it slow, you can play it fast!