Welcome to Band!
Becoming a band member is an amazing opportunity that is open to select 5th graders. Taking advantage of this opportunity will unquestionably enrich your child’s education. Many studies have shown the academic and social benefits of participation in band. Band students handle the critical grade transitions easier and have the opportunity to meet a larger range of students and teachers. Academically, band students consistently have higher grade point averages, better standardized tests scores, and are more organized than students who are not involved.

 


About the Band
The Waldo Area 5th Grade Band serves Hallman, Scott, Swegle, and Washington Elementary Schools. The 5th Grade Band is the first step of the extremely successful Waldo Middle School and McKay High School Bands. Playing in band gives students the chance to join with other highly successful and motivated students with impressive results. Students have the opportunity to showcase their musical talents and truly step out of the crowd as unique and well-rounded individuals.

Philosophy of Beginning Band
The Waldo Area 5th Grade Band serves Hallman, Scott, Swegle, and Washington Elementary Schools. The 5th Grade Band is the first step of the extremely successful Waldo Middle School and McKay High School Bands. Playing in band gives students the chance to join with other highly successful and motivated students with impressive results. Students have the opportunity to showcase their musical talents and truly step out of the crowd as unique and well-rounded individuals.

During the School Year
When We Meet and Transportation
The 5th Grade Beginning Band meets from 7:40-8:30am, Monday through Friday, starting on Monday, September 24, 2012 and continuing to the last day of the school year. The band meets every day that the elementary schools are in session regardless of the middle school or high school schedule. The band meets in the band room at Waldo Middle School. Students can ride the middle school bus or be dropped off and will be bused back to their elementary school in time for the start of their school day.

Performances
One of the best motivators in beginning band is the opportunity to show family and friends everything learned in band. Every time you sit down and listen to your child perform, even if it is just a few minutes in the living room, they become a better musician and are encouraged to continue their efforts. We also want to give the students an opportunity to play for a large audience. The 5th grade band performs in three concerts during the school year: a winter concert (Dec. 13), the McKay Area Band Festival (Apr. 9), and an end of the year concert (Jun. 6). The students also perform at each elementary school for our annual elementary band tour (May 31). Attendance at these concerts is an integral part of a band music education. The uniform for performances is a nice white dress shirt, and black pants or skirt with black shoes and socks.

 

There are four basic band instruments
Flute
Clarinet
Trumpet
Trombone

 

Why just Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone?
We start students on the most common band instruments. They are the core instruments of the group and they represent the two primary voices of the woodwind and brass families. By starting only these instruments, the band directors are able to divide the large beginning band into smaller like-instrument groups. This approach greatly increases the amount of contact time with each student. Once a student has mastered the fundamentals of beginning band, they may be qualified to then switch to a more specialized instrument. This is an ongoing process throughout middle school.

How We Match Students with Instruments
Many factors go into matching a student with an instrument including their sound preference, lip shape, facial structure, and natural ability to produce a sound on an instrument. Every effort is made to help students find the instrument on which they will be most successful and will be excited to play. If you have any questions about this process please feel free to talk to Mr. Randolph.

Securing an Instrument
To fully participate in band, it is necessary that your child have an instrument that is in good working condition, a music stand, the appropriate instrument accessories, and the method book. If you purchase a used instrument from an individual or have an instrument passed down in your family, please have it checked out by Willamette Valley Music, ABC, Uptown, or Mr. Randolph to ensure it is a quality instrument in good working order.

Rentals
You may choose to rent an instrument from Willamette Valley Music, ABC Music, or Uptown Music. This is an excellent option because it gives your student the flexibility to start on a beginning instrument and then later step up to a more advanced model that will be appropriate for middle school and high school band. Another benefit with renting from one of these music stores is that you will be renting toward purchase of an instrument you will eventually own.

Willamette Valley Music
503-385-8790
484 State St. 97301
ABC Music
503-363-1641
263 Chemeketa St. 97303
Uptown Music
503-393-4437
3827 River Rd. N 97303

Beginning Band Equipment List

Things everyone needs:                                                           Things we recommend:
•     Standard of Excellence, Book 1, for your instrument.              •    Smart Music
•     A folding music stand for home.                                            •    A small mirror.
•     A sharp pencil with eraser.                                                    •    A metronome and tuner.

Things you need for each instrument:

Flute:                Cleaning rod/swab
                        Polishing cloth  
                        Cleaning paper for pads (optional)

Clarinet:            Cork grease.
                        Instrument swab.
                        At least 4 good working reeds (Vandoran 2 or 2 ½) at all times and reed guard.
                        Rovner Dark – Reverse Ligature & Cap (strongly recommended).
                        (this ligature is a few dollars extra, but is much easier to use and virtually unbreakable)

Trumpet:           Valve oil.
                        Polishing cloth.
                        Tuning slide grease.
                        Mouthpiece brush and cleaning snake.
                        5C Mouthpiece (if possible)

Trombone:        Trombone slide cream (not oil or tuning slide grease) for the slide.
                        Small spray bottle for water.
                        Tuning slide grease.
                        Mouthpiece brush and cleaning snake.

About the Directors

Brett Randolph is in his second year at Waldo Middle School and is in charge of the beginning band, jazz band, intermediate band, and advanced band. He was the Director of Bands at Crossler Middle School for 8 years before coming to Waldo. He is a graduate of Sprague High School and received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Arts in Teaching from Oregon State University. Brett and Pippa have four adorable children that are destined to be excellent musicians.

 

Pictures
Click Picture Above To See Other Years!

 

Downloads

Home Concert Program 1
Home Concert Program 2
Home Concert Program 3
Home Concert Program 4
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