Intro to the Clarinet

<p><a href=”″>Intro the Clarinet #1</a> from <a href=”″>Emilie Williams</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

<p><a href=”″>Intro to the Clarinet #2</a> from <a href=”″>Emilie Williams</a> on <a href=””>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=”″>Flute Lesson #1</a> from <a href=”″>Emilie Williams</a> on <a href=””>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 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

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.


Pizza Party!

Pizza Party Invite June 2014



Raising $$ for Music

Check out my new DonorsChoose proposal for an iPad.  There are many apps for music classrooms, to help kids with everything from recorder playing to reading music.  If you’re interested in helping out, even small amounts are helpful, and DonorsChoose is doubling any donation through June 2nd if you use the code, “INSPIRE”.  If you’re not able/interested in helping out, please consider forwarding the proposal or posting the link on social media.  


Band – End of the Year & Summer Info

Our concerts are finished, and all the performers did a wonderful job. Special thanks to Rick Knutsen (piano), Nate Shaw (drums) and Yvette Schwartz (snack purchaser) for going above and beyond the call of duty!  Thanks also to all the families who came to the concert and helped pass out programs, herd kids, and cheer for our performers! 

Now that things are winding down, it’s time for Ms. Williams’ “favorite” time of year – instrument cleaning time!  All the instruments need a good, thorough washing.  I’ll play each instrument to see if it needs repairs, clean and disinfect each instrument as well.  It takes a long time to get through them all, but I should be finished by mid-June (hopefully!).  Once the instruments are ready to go, Fourth Graders may take a Summer Instrument Contract to borrow an instrument for the summer.

I also need summer homes for all the guitars in the music room, so please let me know if you’re interested in taking one… or seven!

We will have a final pizza party/awards ceremony for the Recorder Ensemble, Beginning Band and Advanced Band in June.  If you’re interested in helping out by baking a dessert or attending/helping out on the day, please let me know.  I’ll send more information once I know the date. 

Spring Concert Information!

Our Spring Concert is NEXT WEEK!!!  Please check out the information, below.  Permission slips are going home today and tomorrow.  As always, please email me at or leave a comment here if you have any questions or concerns.  Looking forward to seeing you next week!

Spring Concert Information

Assembly #1: Wed. May 14th, 2014 at 9:30am in the Auditorium.  Students should report to the music room at 9am.
Assembly #2: Wed. May 14th, 2014 at 10:30am in the Auditorium.

Evening Performance: Thurs. May 15th at 6:15pm. Students should report to the music room at 5:30pm.  There will be light snacks available for performers.  Students should wear a white shirt with black pants or skirt (please make sure girls are wearing leggings, tights or shorts under their skirts). 

Please ask your child if there is anything he or she needs before the Spring Concert.  Students should NOT be asking for reeds or valve oil on Wednesday morning. 

If you are interested in helping out on Thursday evening, you can let me know ahead of time via email, or just show up at 5:30pm.  The kids have been working VERY hard and we’re looking forward to sharing with you and showing off all the hard work!


Updated “Raiders” Jam Track