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!



    Austin Switzer
    Director of Bands

    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!