Cowboy Band

  • The Star MS Cowboy Band is made up of students in their third year of learning an instrument. While the band is considered the 8th grade band, it is open to 7th graders depending on skill-level. This year, we are holding off on moving 7th graders up until the 2nd quarter.


    Letter from Mr. Barro:

    August 28th, 2020 

    I am so thrilled to see all the band students again whether it is online or in person. I have missed each and every one of my students and have been working hard on different aspects of our program. Things are going to look different this year and that's OK. As of right now, we are not having any performances for the first semester. However, we will continue to learn and improve on our instruments and have fun within our band family! Here are some things to look forward to this year:

    • Quarterly Video Performances - This requires A LOT of hard work by both the students and myself, so we will most likely only be able to get one or two pieces recorded per quarter.
    • Solo and Chamber Music - Students will have the ability to learn solo or chamber (small group) music!
    • Band Family - There will be a huge emphasis on getting to know one another as a band family!
    • 7th and 8th grade band SPLIT - It is so awesome that our admin has found a way for our 7th and 8th graders to be split into two different bands. These bands are called the Intermediate Band and Cowboy Band. This will help us SO much in improving as individuals and as an ensemble.
    • Digital Tools - We will use some AWESOME tools this year to help our learning. These tools are meant to engage students even during any type of virtual learning! To learn more about these tools, go to our Resources page on the band website.

    For this year's Cowboy Band supply list, please click HERE.

    I cannot wait to get started! If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Sincerely,

    Josh Barro
    Director of Bands
    barro.joshua@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!