Harrison Band Announcements

Important Information about OPS-owned Instruments and Other Band Materials: 

There have been recent changes to the OPS-owned instrument return policy. If you have an OPS-owned band instrument at home and WILL be attending any OPS school next fall (even if it is not Harrison), you will keep that instrument at home with you all summer. Mr. Cosby will be in touch with you next fall to arrange a way for you to return that instrument. If you have an OPS-owned band instrument at home and you will NOT be attending an OPS school next fall (maybe moving out of state or attending another Omaha area school district) please contact Mr. Cosby as soon as possible to arrange a time to return that instrument. The same policy will be followed with other band materials like Sound Innovations books, sheet music, and any other band materials you may have at home that belong to OPS or Harrison. 

This decision was made by our district leaders in an overabundance of caution to ensure that everyone stays safe during our current pandemic situation. Thank you for your patience as I work to follow OPS protocol and ensure everyone's safety.

Congratulations Harrison Band Students! 

YOU MADE IT... all the way through your 5th or 6th grade year at Harrison and your 1st or 2nd year in band! THANK YOU for allowing me to be a part of your musical journey at Harrison- I have enjoyed getting to know and work with each and every one of you!

If this were a normal ending to the school year, we would have an end-of-the-year band celebration where I would give out certificate and awards... but this is anything but a normal year! So I have created a "virtual" Harrison 5th/6th Grade Band Awards Program for you: CLICK HERE to watch the "virtual" awards program.

Have a great summer!

~Mr. Cosby 

Click Here to View Older At Home Band Activities from Past Weeks


Below is an outline on how to break down your practice sessions at home while we are away from school for an extended period of time:

 

5th Grade Practice Outline

REMINDER: Always use a metronome when practicing! Use one for free by clicking on the link in the 'Mr. Cosby's Favorite Websites' tab above.

  1. DAILY MAINTENANCE: Breathing Exercises, Sizzle Exercises, Mouthpiece/Headjoint Practice (see First Lessons handout)  -2 minutes.
  2. WARM UP: Band Warm up Version 2.0- all  4 minutes.
  3. REVIEW: Sound Innovations, pg. 14 & 15. Listen to your sound... are you matching pitch? Are you counting all the rhythms as you play?  4 minutes. 
  4. FOCUS: Sound Innovations, pg. 16, 17 & 18-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: The Lost Kingdom & March of the Champions. -5 minutes.
  6. CHALLENGE: Where are you at for rank advancements? Find your chart and start practicing for your next rank! -4 minutes.
  7. WRITTEN WORK: no written work while at home at this time...
  8. Clean instrument and put instrument SAFELY away. -1 minute.

TOTAL 5TH GRADE BAND PRACTICE TIME = 20-25 minutes


6th Grade Practice Outline

REMINDER: Always use a metronome when practicing! Use one for free by clicking on the link in the 'Mr. Cosby's Favorite Websites' tab above.

  1. DAILY MAINTENANCE: Breathing Exercises, Sizzle Exercises, Mouthpiece/Headjoint Practice (Yes, you should still do these at home!)  -2 minutes.
  2. WARM UP: Quarter 3 Advanced Warm-up Page (all); Sound Innovations Book 1, pg. 43 & 44.  -5 minutes.
  3. REVIEW: Sound Innovations Book 1, pg. 40, 41 & 42.  Also, Sound Innovations Book 2, pg. 2-4. Listen to your sound... are you matching pitch? Are you counting all the rhythms as you play? Are you keeping a steady beat and staying with the metronome as you practice?  5 minutes. 
  4. FOCUS: Sound Innovations Book 2, pg. 5, 6 & 7-all. These songs are more difficult- if you are struggling with your notes, look up the fingering in the back of your book! Step #1 when practicing is always POINT & TELL. Step #2 is SHOW & TELL. Step #3 is PLAY & THINK.  -5 minutes.
  5. SHEET MUSIC: The Lost Kingdom & March of the Champions. -5 minutes.
  6. CHALLENGE: Where are you at for rank advancements? Find your chart and start practicing for your next rank! -4 minutes.
  7. WRITTEN WORK: no written work while at home at this time...
  8. Clean instrument and put instrument SAFELY away. -1 minute.

TOTAL 5TH GRADE BAND PRACTICE TIME = 25-30 minutes

If you have any questions about practicing your instrument at home please contact me via email at any time:

thomas.cosby@ops.org


~Mr. Cosby 

Contact Info

Tom Cosby:

Phone #: 402-659-2618

School #: 531-299-1540

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.
Band Schedule- January & FebruaryDownloadThis calendar helps you remember the band lesson schedule. This is also where students should keep track of their practice time!
Overview of Band LessonsDownloadThis document describes the basic concepts that are taught in the elementary band program at Harrison.
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.
Band Rocks T-shirt Order FormDownloadThis letter explains about ordering the Band Rocks t-shirts. This is not a required purchase- please complete your order by Friday, February 7th
Instructions for the Remind AppDownloadThis document outlines how to sign up for text or email reminders about band lessons at Harrison.