Harrison Band Announcements

While there are no band performances scheduled during 3rd quarter, it is still a very busy time of year for band students! Beginning band students are working on learning dynamics and slurs on pages 16-17 in their Sound Innovations books. Advanced band students are working on playing in various different keys with many different rhythms and styles on pages 30-34. Also, students have started learning sheet music that will be performed at the Benson/Central Area Concert later on this spring. Students should have received Conquest already. They will receive The Great Gate of Kiev in the near future. 

 In order for students - beginning and advanced students alike - to borrow this sheet music, a Permission to Use Sheet Music form must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned. This form must be returned before any sheet music can be loaned to any band student. CLICK HERE to download a copy of the Permission to Use Sheet Music form.  

ATTENTION ADVANCED BAND STUDENTS: It is time for Sound Innovations, Book 2! Book 2 looks exactly like book 1, but it is red instead of blue. It should cost about $9.00. We plan to start on book 2 on February 12th- thank you for making sure to have book 2 by the beginning of February.  

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 next practice check is scheduled for Wednesday, February 14th. 

Are you 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 lesson days.

Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions you have about band lessons.

-Mr. Cosby


Contact Info

Tom Cosby:

Phone #: 402-659-2618

School #: 402-554-8535

Email: thomas.cosby@ops.org 

Band Lessons at Harrison

Welcome to my webpage! I am excited you have chosen to visit and learn more about band lessons at Harrison... please feel free to explore this webpage to find our more about band lessons. The overview of band lessons document at the bottom of the page explains in detail the concepts that are taught at Harrison in elementary band lessons.

The calendar to the right shows the days there are band lessons at Harrison. Please refer back to it often as I typically update the calendar at the beginning of each month.

If you have any questions, concerns or you are just curious about your child's musical experience in band lessons, feel free to contact me at any time! My contact information is just below...

Mr. Cosby

Harrison Elementary Band Lesson Schedule

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Harrison Band Documents

 Title Description
Band Registration FormDownloadStudent who would like to be in band should return this form as soon as possible! Information about renting or purchasing an instrument is also on this form.
Overview of Band LessonsDownloadThis document describes the basic concepts that are taught in the elementary band program at Harrison.
Band Calendar- January/FebruaryDownloadThis calendar will help students remember when to bring their instrument to school for band lessons. Please post this calendar in your home to help your child remember! Students will also keep track of their practice time on this calendar.
Information about the REMIND appDownloadThis letter explains all the details you need to know to use the REMIND app to receive email or text message reminders about band lesson days.
The Principals Own Achievement ProgramDownloadThis document explains the achievement program and how students move forward in rank as they learn more skills on their instruments. There are also bonus achievements that can be learned (outlined on the 2nd page).
Rank Advancement Chart- BeginnersDownloadThis is the chart beginning students will use to keep track of their rank advancements and bonus achievements for the Principal's Own Achievement Program.
Rank Advancement Chart- AdvancedDownloadThis is the chart advanced students will use to keep track of their rank advancements and bonus achievements for the Principal's Own Achievement Program.
1st Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter is to keep parents/guardians informed about band lessons. Information about conferences and the Winter Program is included in this letter.
2nd Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter informs parents about the sheet music we will be loaning to students for their use during 3rd quarter. Please sign and return as soon as possible!