Beginning Band Jam Tracks – Frere Jacques

5th Grade Band Jam Tracks

Violin & Bass Fingering Charts

violin_fingering_chartBass Guitar fingering chart

Violins & Bass players should be able to play B-flat scale: B-flat, C, D, E-flat, F, G, A & (high) B-flat.

Band instrument fingering charts

Interested in helping your child practice at home?  Download the fingering chart for your child’s instrument (see below)!  Beginning (BB) students are working on learning their “First Five Notes.”  Advanced Band (AB) students should know eight at this point, but may need a refresher :-)

Flute Fingering Chart
BB Flute notes: B-flat, C, D, E-flat & F
AB Flute notes: B-flat, C, D, E-flat, F, G, A, (high) B-flat

Clarinet Fingering Chart
BB Clarinet notes: C, D, E, F & G
AB Clarinet notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, B-natural & (high) C

Sax Fingering Chart
BB Sax notes: G, A, B, C & D
AB Sax notes: G, A, B, C, D, E, F-sharp & (high) G

Trumpet Fingering Chart
BB Trumpet notes: C, D, E, F & G
AB Trumpet notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, B-natural & (high) C

Trombone Slide Positions
BB Trombone notes: B-flat, C, D, E-flat & F
AB Trombone notes: B-flat, C, D, E-flat, F, G, A &  (high) B-flat

Intro to the Trumpet

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/108601215″>Intro to the Trumpet</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user26558853″>Emilie Williams</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Intro to the Clarinet

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/108575101″>Intro the Clarinet #1</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user26558853″>Emilie Williams</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/108575102″>Intro to the Clarinet #2</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user26558853″>Emilie Williams</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

New Instrument Videos for Beginning Band

Over the next few days I’ll be uploading videos for Beginning Band students that show how to put an instrument together and how to play a note or two.  I’ll also be uploading fingering charts as well!  If you don’t see your instrument (or your child’s instrument) keep checking back!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/108276551″>Flute Lesson #1</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user26558853″>Emilie Williams</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Let’s Get it Started!

Fourth Grade Band starts on Monday, 10/6 and Fifth Grade Band starts on Thursday, 10/9! If you’d like to get a head-start, please read this year’s Band Handbook (see below to download a copy!), and if your child is in Fifth Grade, please send his or her instrument back to school.

Fourth Grade Band will rehearse on Mondays during lunch/recess from 11:05-11:55am, and Fifth Grade Band will rehearse on Thursdays during lunch/recess from 12:00-12:50pm. Open Sessions will take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2:45-3:15pm, and the Winter Concert will be Wednesday, December 17th at 6:00pm. Mark your calendars!

Please, please, please follow this blog by entering your email address in the “Follow” box to the right! Once you follow, you’ll automatically receive updates. This is the best, fastest and most-reliable way to receive information about the PS 261 Band! You can always reach me at ps261band@gmail.com as well.

Please let me know if you’re interested in volunteering with the Band. I’m always on the lookout for parents interested in helping organize music, transporting instruments to and from the repair shop, creating concert programs, or helping out at concerts. Here’s to the start of a great year!

Band Handbook 2014-2015

Welcome Back!

Happy 2014-2015 school year!  It’s our first full week of school, and Band and Chorus auditions are under way.  If your child is a fourth or fifth grader and is interested in trying out for either the Band or Chorus, you first need to fill out an audition permission slip.   You can get hard copies of the form on Ms. Williams’ or Mr. O’s bulletin boards, or you can download the Band form here: Audition Permission slip.  Once we have the form from, your child will be assigned an audition time.  Beginning Band will take place on Mondays, during 4th period lunch/recess.  Advanced Band will take place on Thursdays.  Open Sessions will be on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays from 2:45-3:15pm, and there will be opportunities for lessons for individuals and small groups during recess a few times per week.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at ps261band@gmail.com.

Reminder – Party & Instruments

Just a reminder that current Fourth Graders may borrow an instrument for the summer. Summer contracts are on the bulletin board outside the music room, and students may take instruments anytime before the end of the school year (provided they also bring a contract).

The end-of-the-year pizza party for Band & Recorder students is TOMORROW, Wed. June 25th at 1:15pm (6th period) in the pre-K little yard (the playground next to the pre-K trailers). Parents are welcome to come, and everyone is encouraged to bring a side or dessert.