Band FAQ

Mr. Bradley Payne

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Mr. Bradley Payne

Elementary Band Director

 

 

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  • Who can participate in elementary band?

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    Band is a voluntary activity that is available to all 5th and 6th graders in the district. Beginners play in First Year Band (FYB) and continuing students play in Second Year Band (SYB).

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  • How does my child choose an instrument?

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    Students choose which instrument to play: flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, trumpet or cornet, French horn, trombone, bass trombone, euphonium or baritone, tuba, combined percussion

    Pick the instrument that your child wants to play, based on their interest in the instrument as well as their natural aptitude. Local area stores can help with instrument try-outs and rentals. Most families will rent to own, rather than purchase an instrument right away. If you plan on using an older instrument that is already in the family, please have it checked by a reputable service technician to be sure that it is in good playing condition.  Everyone needs to purchase the book: Essential Elements for Band, Book One.  These is a specific book for each instrument. Some instruments require other accessories, such as valve oil, reeds, cleaning kits.  Every child will need a music stand for practicing at home.

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  • What does my student need to participate?

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    Families almost always rent-to-own the instrument and purchase the method book and supplies. Some school-owned instruments are available to families with demonstrated need.  School instruments are not shiny and new, like the ones that you rent from a store, but they function and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  School instruments are free of charge, but families are resposible for repairs or replacement costs due to negligence or abuse.

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  • When are lessons and rehearsals held?

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    Small group lessons are held once a week during the school day, on a rotating schedule in most schools.

    Full band rehearsals are held from 7am to 8am

    • FYB has 1 rehearsal per week, starting immediately after the fittings
      • Edgewood, Murphy and Sipley students will meet at Edgewood on Tuesdays at 7am
      • Goodrich, Meadowview and Willow Creek Students meet at Meadowview on Thursdays at 7am
      • Buses pick the kids up at 8am to return them to their regular schools
    • SYB has 3 rehearsals per week, beginning the first Friday of the school year
      • Students from all six elementary schools meet in Jefferson’s Band/Music Room (door #10) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7am
      • Buses pick the kids up at 8am to return them to their regular schools

     

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  • What is the participation expectation?

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    Attendance at concerts, festivals and competitions is required, but attendance at dinners is voluntary. Please see the Elementary Band Calendar for dates and times and details.

    In general terms, we expect kids to attend lessons and rehearsals and performances.  We expect kids to practice at home.  We know it's not possible for every single kid to attend every single activity, but we encourage 100% attendance.  Kids who participate fully will learn and thrive.

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  • What is the required attire for concerts, festivals, and competitions?

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    FYB wears BLACK pants, socks and shoes and WHITE Oxford-style (collared) shirt.

    SYB wears BLACK pants, socks and shoes and WHITE Oxford-style (collared) shirt with a black bowtie (provided by WOMP).

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  • What is WOMP?

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    The Woodridge Organization of Music Parents (WOMP) was formed in 1999 with the goal of raising funds to provide experiences to band students that are above and beyond the norm. Through annual cheesecake sales, preconcert dinners and other fund raisers, WOMP raises money and awareness to support the band kids.

    Proceeds from fund raising activities has paid for instruments, sheet music, music books, solo and ensemble music, festival and contest entrance fees, band uniforms (bow ties and vests), travel expenses to special events, and more. 

     

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