As was stated at the initial instrumental meeting, an essential element of your child’s musical education is learning to play in a large group. Elementary Band is for all first year students. We will begin Elementary Band rehearsal Monday, January 9, 2017. Students need to report to the Delone Catholic High School band room by 7:00 p.m. Practice will be over at 8:00 p.m. We will practice every Monday at this time. The closest entrance to the band room can be found on the Delone Avenue side of the school. The door in the small parking lot under the catwalk will always be open. After you enter the building, the band room is down the hall to your right. There will be signs posted leading the way.
Please know that Elementary Band is a very low key, non stressful event. It is a place where we can all learn very slowly and carefully how to play together as a group. Some students are anxious about attending rehearsal. Students never have to play by themselves. We do lots of unison playing at the beginning until the students are comfortable. In addition to playing as a group, we also do activities and play games that reinforce important music concepts. It is also a place where students can meet people from other schools.
Every week students should bring their instrument (this includes percussionists), lesson book, a pencil and a folder that will be passed out at the first rehearsal for any extra music. It is important that everyone have these items at all times. All students are required to attend Elementary Band rehearsals. If there is a conflict, a note should be presented at lessons in school explaining the absence. If there is an emergency or unexpected conflict, please email or send in a note the following week.