It is the time of year for a scary song... and band students have one for you! Mr. Cosby's Scary Song is a fun way for beginning band students to practice the new notes and concepts they have been learning in band class. Advanced band students are working on a more substantial piece called Ghosts in the Graveyard. Please ask your child to play one of these scary songs for your family at home. Background recordings for the scary songs can be downloaded from the HARRISON BAND DOCUMENTS tab at the bottom of this page.
Students are continuing the "Principal's Own" Band Achievement Program. Information about this achivement program can be downloaded from the HARRISON BAND DOCUMENTS tab at the bottom of this page. Many beginning students have already earned their first two ranks (Private, Private First Class) and are now working toward earning the rank of Lance Corporal. Many advanced students have earned their first two ranks (2nd and 1st Lieutenant) and are now working toward earning the rank of Captain.
Practice is an essential component to building any skill. Learning to play a band instrument is no exception.
Beginning band students should be practicing about 10-15 minutes a day
(total of about 60-80 minutes per week). Advanced band students should be
practicing about 15-20 minutes a day (total of about 80-100 minutes per
week). Students should keep track of their practice time on the band
calendar. The practice time that is written on the calendar will also
help students earn extra merit points in the Harrison "Principal's Own"
Band Achievement Program.
confused about what day your child should bring their instrument to
school for band lessons? Trust me- you are not the only one! To help students and parents remember to bring their instruments on the correct days I will be using the Remind app this year. Please
see the letter in the HARRISON BAND DOCUMENTS section at the bottom
of this page for instructions on how to sign up for this email/text
message reminder service. Signing up is completely voluntary but may be a
great way to help you and your child plan more efficiently for band
Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions you have about band lessons.