Harrison Band Announcements

I am looking forward to a great year of music making in band at Harrison! 

5th grade band students are currently working on creating a consistent, good sound while playing the exercises and songs on page 9 in their Sound Innovations book and Mr. Cosby's Scary Song. 6th grade band students are currently working on learning higher/lower notes, counting rhythms with dots and Ghosts in the Graveyard. All band students are looking forward to performing for the kindergarten classes at the end of this month! 

Formative assessments are given on a regular basis during all band classes, but writing down your practice minutes on the calendar, having your parent's sign it and returning it on practice check days also serves as a formative assessment. The next practice check day is Friday, November 8th. Remember that the expectation is that band students are practicing around 15 minutes each day, 6 days a week for 5th graders; 20-25 minutes each day, 6 days a week for 6th graders.

Are you having a hard time remembering when to bring your instrument to school? No problem- I can help you with that! If you sign up for the Remind app you will receive a text or email (your choice) the evening before each band class. This really helps most families remember when to bring the instrument to school. CLICK HERE for information on how to sign up for the Remind app. 

Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions you have about band at Harrison- my contact information is on the left below these announcements.

~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 Schedule- October & NovemberDownloadThis calendar helps you remember the band lesson schedule. This is also where students should keep track of their practice time!
First Quarter "Band Notes"DownloadThis letter was sent home with students on October 18th and gives details about all the happenings and events for band students at Harrison.
Instructions for the Remind AppDownloadThis document outlines how to sign up for text or email reminders about band lessons at Harrison.

5th Grade- What to Practice at Home

Practice Assignment- Last Updated on Wednesday, October 23rd

REMINDER: Always use a metronome when practicing!

  1. DAILY MAINTENANCE: Breathing Exercises, Sizzle Exercises, Mouthpiece/Headjoint Practice (see First Lessons handout)  -2 minutes.
  2. WARM UP: Band Warm up page, Lines #1-3 (NEW!)  4 minutes.
  3. REVIEW: Sound Innovations, pg. 8-all. Listen to your sound... are you matching pitch? Use the Practice Recordings below to help you review this page!  4 minutes. 
  4. FOCUS: Sound Innovations, pg. 9-all. These songs are more difficult- if you are struggling with your notes, use your flash cards to help you! Step #1 when practicing is always POINT & TELL. Step #2 is SHOW & TELL. Step #3 is PLAY & THINK.  -5 minutes.
  5. SHEET MUSIC: Mr. Cosby's Scary Song- all. GO SLOW! Make sure it sounds like it is supposed to sound! Use the practice recording to help you.  Performance for Kindergarten classes on Tuesday, October 29th! -5 minutes.
  6. WRITTEN WORK: have your parents/guardians sign your Band Letter form and return to Mr. Cosby.
  7. Clean instrument and put instrument SAFELY away. -1 minute.



Practice Assignment- Last Updated on Wednesday, October 23rd

REMEMBER- Always use a metronome when practicing.

  1. Breathing/Sizzle Exercises (Yes, you should still do these! Use a metronome) 1 minute.
  2. Assemble instrument/quality sound on entire instrument (use metronome) 1-2 minutes.
  3. WARM UP: Advanced Warm-up for Quarter 1 (use metronome)- assessment next week on this!  2-4 minutes.
  4. REVIEW: Sound Innovations, pg. 23-24 (use metronome) 3-5 minutes.
  5. NEW FOCUS: Sound Innovations, pg. 25-27  6 minutes.
  6. SHEET MUSIC: Ghosts in the Graveyard. Performance for Kindergarten classes on Tuesday, October 29th!   5 minutes.
  7. CHALLENGE: Where are you at for your Rank Advancements  Most students need to work on the rank of Captain... start practicing the 2 scales you need to know to earn this rank.   3-5 minutes
  8. WRITTEN ACTIVITIES: have your parents/guardians sign your Band Letter and return to Mr. Cosby.
  9. Clean instrument and safely put it away.

         TOTAL WW/BRASS PRACTICE TIME = 20-25 minutes.