• 6th Grade Beginning Band


    2019-2020 Important Dates

    1. Beginning Band Informance: Wednesday, October 30th in the Band Hall
      • 6:30pm: Woodwinds
      • 7:00pm: Brass
      • 7:30pm: Percussion
    2. Winter Band Concert: Tuesday, December 17th @ 7:00pm in the gym
    3. Holiday Assembly: Friday, December 20th during school hours in the gym
    4. Spring Band Concert: Thursday, March 5th @ 7:00pm in the gym
    5. Year-End Concert: Tuesday, May 19th
      • 6:00pm: Potluck in the cafeteria
      • 7:30pm: Concert in the gym

    ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE AT EACH CONCERT. IF YOUR STUDENT HAS ANY KNOWN SCHEDULING CONFLICTS WITH THE CONCERT SCHEDULE, PLEASE FILL OUT THE EXCUSED ABSENCE FORM AND SUBMIT TO MR. BARRO AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE. THE SOONER, THE BETTER.

    Schedule in PDF format - CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

    Performance Absence Form - CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

     

    We are using the following book for the school year: Sound Innovations Book 1. Percussion must get the "Combined Percussion" version.

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    Concert Clothing:

    Concert Clothing: Below is a list of suggested clothing for concerts. There are no color suggestions, however, please do not wear something that will draw too much attention from the group—i.e. reflective neon clothing… or light up shoes. Concert clothing must meet school dress code requirements.

    1. Ladies:
      1. Dress shirt or blouse. (please, no spaghetti straps, tank tops, or bare midriffs)
      2. Skirt or dress pants (skirt hemline must fall below the knee when seated, please no jeans)
      3. Dress shoes or sandals (please no sneakers or flip-flops)
    2. Gentlemen:
      1. Dress shirt or polo, can be long or short sleeve
      2. Dress pants, slacks (please no jeans)
      3. Dress shoes (please no sneakers or flip-flops)

    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 our 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!