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Winter Concert & Tree Lighting

TreeThe Winter Concert is just around the corner!  But before the concert, we have an exciting opportunity coming up THIS FRIDAY, Dec. 5th.  I am looking for a handful of students to perform either Frere Jacques or Bells, Bells, Bells at a tree lighting ceremony at the Belarusian Church on the corner of Atlantic Avenue & Bond Street.  The PS 261 Chorus and PS 38 Chorus will also be performing.  The ceremony is from 6:00-8:00pm, and we’re asking students to arrive in the music room at 5:30pm.  If your child is interested in performing on Friday, please send me an email at ps261band@gmail.com.  It’s a fun event – Santa usually makes an appearance, and there are goodies to eat!

The Winter Concert & Assemblies are Wednesday, December 17th.  There will be assemblies at 9:15 and 10:15am for students, and an evening performance at 6:00pm for families.  Students should arrive at 5:30pm for the evening performance, and wear a white shirt and black pants/skirt for all performances.

Your child should bring home a permission slip for the Winter Concert this week.  You can also download a permission slip: Winter Concert 2014 Permission Slip

Frere Jacques Sheet Music

Frere Jacques – Violin:Flute

Frere Jacques – Clarinet in Bb

Frere Jacques – Alto Sax

Frere Jacques – Trumpet in Bb

Frere Jacques – Trombone

Frere Jacques – Xylophone

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>