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Beginning Band Parent letter that will be sent home AFTER all evaluations
are complete and each student has been 'fitted' to an instrument:

letter to beg band parent after evals1.doc



Required Instruments & Supplies- Beginning Band:
REQUIRED INSTRUMENTS- Beginning Band.doc




***Attention Beginning Band Parents***

 

*There are a few parents who: 1) did not come to the band parent meeting, or 2) have not bothered to contact me about getting the band stuff so that your student is ready to start playing in Band THE DAY AFTER LABOR DAY HOLIDAY----- EVERY Beginning Band student must be in class w/their instrument, books, reeds, extra mouthpieces, stick bag, etc….. TUESDAY/DAY AFTER LABOR DAY 

 

*Most of you know what to do and you are trying your best to get all the band stuff.

 

*Please refer to the band supply list and make sure your student is ready to go next Tuesday.



Tips:

*I am sending this tip sheet home with your child. Please follow these tips carefully so that nothing goes wrong.

 

I will start with tips that cover all the instruments and then I will give tips for each instrument.


*Tips for all instruments*


Tip #1. Starting next Tuesday and EVERYDAY after- every student must have in Band Class: their instrument (unless I am providing a school instrument see Tip #2), Accent on Achievement Band Book, band folder, and a pencil. DON’T MISS BAND CLASS THE FIRST SEVERAL WEEKS. I teach each instrument section TOGETHER. If a student misses band class they will be missing VERY IMPORTANT techniques that I am teaching each day.


Tip #2. The following students will leave their “big” instrument at home and will use mine at school: tuba, baritone, and percussion. Tuba and baritone students will need everything listed in Tip #1 plus their mouthpieces. The percussion students will need everything listed in Tip #1 plus their stick bag which includes drumsticks and mallets.


Tip #3. Students will need to practice their instrument everyday for at least 15 minutes a day. Parents will need to monitor their practice time and make sure the student IS PRACTICING. SIGN THE PRACTICE LOG IN THE BACK OF THE BAND BOOK! You will see & hear great things coming from the investment you are making when the student practices their instrument. The band student must practice their instrument in order to strengthen their muscles so they can be successful.

 

Tip #4. LEAVE THE METAL WIRE MUSIC STAND AT HOME. It is there for the student to practice with. It teaches correct posture and will hold their music. DON’T BRING THE WIRE MUSIC STAND TO SCHOOL. J

 

 

 

***BUSES: If a student rides the bus -Place the instrument under the bus seat in front or under the seat they are sitting on or between their knees. When students get to school- come to band room first and drop off the instrument. At the end of the day, they come to the band room to get their instrument and take it home-EVERYDAY—they are required to practice everyday, so they need the instrument at home everyday.

 

 

 

 

 

*Tips for the Woodwind Section – oboe, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax*


1. Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Bari Sax-

Reeds: Buy 2 boxes of Vandoren size 2. After that, switch to Vandoren size 3. Purchase the full box of reeds. I will teach them how to take care of the reeds- but they need several reeds in order for my method to work. The student must take care of the reeds and not break or damage them. They will naturally wear out over time!


2. Oboe-

Reeds: Jones medium soft. Buy at least 5. Shop around for the lowest price!


3. Use the cork grease and grease all areas with a cork. Also grease up the areas where the instrument parts come together (flutes don’t have corks so put it on the metal itself).

4. Use the diagram in the Accent on Achievement Book to put the instrument together. Please be very careful at first. Don’t shove anything hard. The brand new instruments with “cork rings” will need a lot of grease and some firm twisting to get the parts together.

5. I strongly request that the student is careful when making a sound. I will show them how to correctly make a sound on the instrument; and they will need to practice these correct procedures everyday.

6. Students come to school with: band folder, both band books, instrument, and all reeds in the case.

 

*Leave the wire music stand at home.

 

 

*Tips for the Brass Section – trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba*

1. Be very careful! If the instrument is dropped- it could mess up the valves or trombone slide! The valves and trombone slide are very sensitive.

2. Do not take out the valves. If the valves need more oil, use the bottle that came with the instrument or the care kit. Put drops of oil in the hole on the bottom of the valves. Please do not take out the valves! Never use tools to fix something yourself. Bring it to me & I will try to repair it the correct way.

3. Use the diagram in the Accent on Achievement Book to put the instrument together. Please be very careful at first. Don’t shove anything hard. If the mouthpiece gets stuck- do not take it out yourself!!! I have a special device that will free it from the instrument.

4. Students can practice with their mouthpieces a lot!

a. Trumpet players need to have a Bach 3C mouthpiece. (not the mouthpiece that came with the case)

b. Trombone players need to have a Bach 7C mouthpiece. (not the mouthpiece that came with the case)

c. Baritone players need to have a Bach 6 ½ AL large bore mouthpiece. There is a mouthpiece that came with the school baritone. ONLY use this mouthpiece for the baritone at home. The mouthpiece you purchased (Bach 6 ½ AL) will be used for the baritones at school.

       d. Tuba players need to have a Helleburg mouthpiece.

 

5. DO NOT BRING THE BARITONE AND TUBA TO SCHOOL- I will provide professional band instruments for them to use. Baritone and Tuba students come to school with: band folder, both band books, and mouthpiece.

*Leave the wire music stand at home.

 


*Tips for the Percussion Section*

1. Use the diagram in the Accent on Achievement Book to put the instrument together. Please be very careful at first. Don’t shove anything hard. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE ‘COMBINED PERCUSSION’ band book from Accent on Achievement.

2. Since the majority of my beginning percussion students have had piano in the past; they can start identifying how the bells are similar to the piano. The “drum pad” is used to practice the techniques learned to play the different drums.

3. (If applicable) I have adjusted the snare drum itself. Please do not loosen or tighten any of the screws.

4. Find a place in the house that will allow the snare drum and/or bell kit to stand. Go ahead and make a sound! Make sure each hand is going straight up and down, not sideways.

 

5. Students need all items listed on the supply sheet.

 

6. DO NOT BRING THE PERCUSSION KIT TO SCHOOL I will provide professional band instruments for them to use. Students come to school with: band folder, both band books, and stick bag.

 

*Leave the wire music stand at home.



***NOTE: To be selected for the Beginning Band Percussion spots- a student must have had piano lessons for a few years or have taken percussion lessons from a Pro. Student will also need to take private lessons- check website for list.