Harrison Band Announcements

It is now October and 5th grade band students are learning the Scary Song! They will perform this Scary Song toward the end of the month. In order to be successful at this Scary Song band students must continue to learn concepts from the Sound Innovations book. We are focusing on several important concepts on page 7 and 8 right now... like using your tongue (not your air) to separate notes, creating a good sound all of the time and reading the notes on the staff are essential for success as the year progresses. In addition to regular practice, students should be using their flashcards at home to help them memorize the notes on the staff. These flashcards are green- students should cut them out and put them in a ziplock back so they don't lose them.  Students are encouraged to practice with a metronome- a link to a free online metronome can be found on the left of this page. 

6th Grade Band students are working on a wide variety of music during the 1st quarter, including sheet music appropriate for football season and a piece called "Ghosts in the Graveyard"- please ask your student about this music! We are also focusing on pg. 26-27 in the Sound Innovations book. Please see the box at the bottom of the page for a complete outline of what 6th grade students should be practicing.

With all of the above things to practice, 5th grade band students should be practicing at home about 15-20 minutes each day and 6th grade band students should be practicing 20-30 minutes each day. The next practice check will be on Friday, October 19th. This means the instrument needs to go home after band lesson days and come back to school again on the next band lesson day. Harrison provides shelves off the stairs going into the stage/vocal music room for band instrument storage. Band students should place their instruments on these shelves (smaller instruments on the top shelves/larger instruments on the bottom shelves) and NOT in their classrooms. Band students should also make sure to bring their book (Sound Innovations, Book 1), a pencil and their band folder every day.  

Not sure what your child should be practicing at home on their instrument? Please ask your child- they would love to show you what they have learned so far in band! You can also look at the box on the very bottom of this page to see an outline of what students should practice at home.   

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

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/CalendarDownloadThis calendar will help students remember when to bring their instruments to school for band lessons. Students will also keep track of their practice time on this calendar.
REMIND InvitationDownloadThis letter explains how to receive text and/or email messages to help you and your students remember when to bring their band instrument to school. This is the best way to never forget your instrument at home!

5th Grade- What to Practice at Home



  1. Breathing/Sizzle Exercises (use metronome)- 1 minute..
  2. Assemble Instrument/quality sound on entire instrument (use metronome)- 1-2 minutes.
  3. WARM-UP - Band Warm-up, Line #1 and #2. -3 minutes.
  4. REVIEW- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 6 & 7  all (use metronome)- 5-7 minutes.
  5. FOCUS- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 8- all (use metronome)- 5-8 minutes.
  6. SHEET MUSIC- Mr. Cosby's Scary Song, Part "A" only - 5 minutes.
  7. Written Activities: no written activities at this time.
  8. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.



  1. Stretching (prepare to play)- 1 minute.
  2. Assemble Instrument- 1 minute.
  3. Basic Bell Practice (see pg. 12 in packet- use metronome)- 3 minutes.
  4. Snare Drum Stroke Practice on pad (see pg. 4-5 of packet- use metronome)- 2 minutes.
  5. Snare Drum Reading Practice on pad (handout- use metronome)- 6 minutes.
  6. WARM-UP - Band Warmup, Line #1 and #2 on bells only -3 minutes.
  7. REVIEW- Sound Innovations Book; pg. 6 & 7 for both mallets and percussion- all (use metronome)- 5 minutes.
  8. Sound Innovations Book: pg. 8- all for both mallets (bells) and percussion (practice pad)- 5-8 minutes.
  9. SHEET MUSIC- Mr. Cosby's Scary Song, Part "A" only - 5 minutes.
  10. Written Activities: no written activities at this time.
  11. Stretching (relaxation of muscles)- 1 minute.
  12. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.






  1. WARM-UP: Quarter 1 Warm-up Sheet- all (use metronome)- 3-5 minutes.
  2. REVIEW: Sound Innovations Book: pg. 22-25- 5 minutes.
  3. FOCUS: Sound Innovations Book: pg. 26-28- 10 minutes.
  4. SHEET MUSIC: The Victor's March (Michigan Fight Song), No Place Like Nebraska (Husker Fight Song), Star Spangled Banner (National Anthem) & Ghosts in the Graveyard- 5 minutes, pick only 2 pieces of sheet music each day to practice. - 5-8 minutes.
  5. FUN: Smoke on the Water & Iron Man (see handout)- 2-4 minutes.
  6. Written Activities: no written activities at this time.
  7. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.