Arts Day, 3/20/15

I’m sorry for the very late notice, but the Band is going to play at Arts Day, tomorrow! It’s not a mandatory performance, so we’ll get together with whomever is available from the 4th and 5th grade bands to play 12 Bar Blues/Bag’s Groove at dismissal in the lobby – around 2:30-2:40pm.  There is no dress code.  Students should meet in the music room around 2:00pm.  Please email me at if you have any questions!

Community Band

P.S. 29 is hosting a community band this month for parents and kids who play woodwind or brass instruments (i.e. Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet or Trombone).  They’re calling themselves “Polar Vortex” and will hold a few rehearsals before the concert on January 21st.  I’ve been assured that the arrangements are pretty simple.  They’re hoping that parents and kids will participate together.  I’m happy to host a crash-course on playing an instrument for any parents who are interested in playing (you will need to rent an instrument though – The Musician’s General Store on Smith Street has very reasonable rates).  If you’re interested in participating, let me know (, and I’ll put you in touch with the organizers at P.S. 29.  They hope to do more concerts like this, so if you’re not able to join for this concert, but are interested in future concerts, let me know!



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  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=”″>Intro to the Trumpet</a> from <a href=”″>Emilie Williams</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>