Welcome to Band
WELCOME to one of the most exciting experiences in which you can be a part–THE BAND! Now, more than ever, we have information to justify why we do this demanding, yet rewarding, activity. Experts have concluded that the study of music helps with spatial reasoning, test taking, and overall quality of life! Factor in social skills, emotional development, leadership training, group interaction, aesthetic perception, music making, and the discipline of being in a band program, and I don’t know why anyone would not want to be involved in a successful band program like the one here at Breckenridge! The ultimate goal is a lifelong understanding and appreciation for quality music and music making!
EVERYONE SHOULD READ THE INFORMATION IN THE HANDBOOK, even veterans. Some of the information has changed, so make sure you’re informed. For new students, this is the guide that keeps the band running smoothly and efficiently. Most questions can be answered by consulting THE HANDBOOK and policies will be adjusted from year to year as the need arises to clarify issues within the program. It is my hope that the words contained in this handbook will be both INFORMATION and INSPIRATION! You will quickly find that band is truly a FAMILY in and of itself.
Last year was full of successes by our students. As of this writing, we are looking ahead to some wonderful opportunities for the coming year such as:
Marching Band, Solo and Ensemble Festival, Winter and Spring Concerts, Rock-a-Thon, Band Festival, Night of Jazz, and hearing the 6th grade band’s debut performance.
One of the goals for this year, is to increase the amount of students receiving private instruction. Based on the many successful music programs, through observation, and my own personal experience, I believe that getting your child private instruction is the single most beneficial way you can help your child become a successful musician. We are fortunate to have fine players in the area to help teach our students, making it easier than ever to take advantage of all the rewards private instruction has to offer.
This handbook is designed to answer any questions you might have concerning our program. Please read all of the information and sign the Handbook Contract form found at the back of this book. I am honored to be your band director and am looking forward to a great year!!