Flutes: Monday, Sept 26
Clarinets: Tuesday, Sept 27
Saxes: Wednesday, Sept 28
Brass: Thursday, Sept 29
Percussion: Friday, Sept 30
Please follow the calendar that I will be sending home and on my website.
Normally the 1st quarter schedule below will apply depending on the instrument you have decided to play.
1st Quarter Schedule: (11:55-12:25)
Thursday: Brass (trumpets, baritone & trombones)
2nd, 3rd and 4th Quarter schedule: (11:30-12:05)
Monday: Clarinets/Flutes sectional
Tuesday: Full Band
Wednesday: Saxophones & Brass Sectional
Thursday: Full Band
Friday: Percussion Sectional
**Occasionally the schedule may change.
I will send home a notice with your child if this happens.
The students and I have discussed what kinds of instruments will be available to play this year: flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone and percussion (snare drum & bell kit). It is important that we have a well-balanced band. If I get too many students wanting to play a certain instrument, it can create a problem where that instrument drowns out the sound of other instruments. I will be keeping track as students purchase their instruments, so please have your child keep me informed! Percussion students will not be able to transport their instrument on the bus. On band days - you may need to make alternate arrangements to get their instrument to and from school. Starting 2nd quarter - this will be 3 times a week. If you are not able to do this, encourage your child to choose another instrument
Purchasing an Instrument
Instruments are not provided to your child by the school. There are many places that you can purchase an instrument!
There are 2 music stores in town, Eckroth Music and Hanson's Music, that both sell musical instruments and do rent-to-own programs. This is a good place to get a musical instrument that is of good quality and is ready to play. You also can get excellent, reliable advice from trained professionals about the instruments. This is a good place to go visit even if you end of purchasing an instrument somewhere else. The rent-to-own plans are great – please check this option out.
Many people get instruments from family members and friends. If you know the person that you are getting the instrument from, ask them if you can take it to the repair shop to get the instrument assessed for any repairs that might need to be made. (Eckroth has an in-store repair shop.) The instrument might look great to you, but there probably are adjustments that need to be made and possibly pads that need to be replaced and have a good cleaning.
Pawn shops, garage sales and ebay. I have had some students have great luck (and bad) at getting good instruments from these places. If you purchase an instrument from one of these places, IMMEDIATELY take it in and have it assessed for repairs and have it cleaned.
The most important thing that you can do for a child that is starting band is to make sure their instrument is in good playing condition. There is nothing more frustrating and disheartening than trying to learn on an instrument that isn’t working properly
Other items that your child needs to start band:
Essential Elements – Book 1
Queenwood Beginning Band Book No. 2
Queenwood Beginning Band Book No. 3
(Queenwood books will not be used until January, so if you want to wait to buy these books you can. They will only be available at Eckroth Music)
Clarinets: Box of reeds, reed protector, cork grease, swab to clean instrument.
Flutes: Swab to clean instrument.
Saxophones: Box of reeds, reed protector, cork grease, swab to clean instrument
Trumpets: a couple bottles of valve oil and a cloth to clean it with.
Trombones: a couple of bottles of valve oil or cream
Percussion: 1 pair of drumsticks for the snare drum and 1 pair of mallets for the bell kit. (usually will come with the instrument)
A music stand is also a great buy. It makes practice a whole lot easier when you can see your music clearly!
PLEASE PUT YOUR CHILD’S NAME ON THE INSTRUMENT
CASE BEFORE SENDING THEM TO SCHOOL WITH IT! LUGGAGE TAGS WORK GREAT!