Harrison Band Announcements

The Harrison Winter Program is this week! It is scheduled for Friday, December 14th- please note that band students will perform at the 1:30 pm program only!  Students were given an outline of the winter program so they can know what to focus their practice on in the weeks leading up to the performance- click here to download a copy of this outline. Winter Program invitations were also sent home with students- click here to download another copy of the invitation. Students will be performing with backing tracks for the Winter Program. They can practice with these backing tracks any time they want- they can be found in the Band Documents box toward the bottom of this page.

In addition to the Winter Program music, 5th grade students are continuing to learn new notes and play more complex songs on page 11 and 12 in the Sound Innovations book. Students should be using their green flashcards at home to help them memorize the notes on the staff  6th Grade students are concentrating on finishing book 1 so they can move on to book 2. All students are encouraged to practice with a metronome- a link to a free online metronome can be found at the left of this page. Not sure what your child should be practicing? You can always look at the boxes at the very bottom of this page to see a step-by-step example of what each practice session should look and sound like.

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, December 21st. 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.    

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

Band Lessons Today
Start Date/Time:
Thursday, March 1, 2018
End Date/Time:
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Recurring Event:
Recurring Event Every 1 week(s) on Thursday until 3/1/2018 (total 2 events)
Normal Priority
Owned by Tom Cosby On Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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!
Winter Program OutlineDownloadThis document outlines the exact songs we will be performing for the winter program.
Backing Track- Hot Cross Buns/French Folk SongDownload 
6th Grade Backing Track- Joy to the WorldDownload 
Backing Track- Ode to JoyDownload 
6th Grade Backing Track- Winter TrilogyDownload 
Backing Track- Jingle BellsDownload 
1st Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter gives details about everything we have been doing in band during the 1st quarter as well as details about upcoming events. Parents/guardians should sign the 2nd page and return with their student asap!

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 sheet, all  -2-4 minutes
  4. REVIEW- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 10 & 11- all (use metronome)- 5-7 minutes.
  5. SOUND INNOVATIONS- pg. 11 & 12- all (use metronome)  6-9 minutes. Pay attention: go at least 4 counts (8 would be better) before taking a breath! Use your flashcards if you are struggling with reading the new notes!
  6. FOCUS- Winter Concert Music- see Winter Program Outline for exact songs to practice. 
  7. Written Activities: complete the Thanksgiving Week Homework Assignment- due on Wednesday, 11-28. Please turn this in if you have not already done so!
  8. REMEMBER- our Winter Program performance is this week- please practice at home!
  9. 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, all on bells only -3 minutes.
  7. REVIEW- Sound Innovations Book; pg. 10 & 11 for both mallets and percussion- all (use metronome)- 5 minutes.
  8. SOUND INNOVATIONS: pg. 11 & 12- all for both bells and percussion (use metronome)  6-9 minutes. Pay attention: What is a flam? What is a flam paradiddle? Did you remember to dampen your sound during the rests on bells? Use your flashcards if you are struggling with new notes.
  9. FOCUS- Winter Concert Music- see Winter Program Outline for exact songs to practice.   -6-9 minutes.
  10. Written Activities: complete the Thanksgiving Week Homework Assignment- due on Wednesday, 11-28. Please turn this in if you have not already done so!
  11. REMEMBER- our Winter Program performance is this week- please practice at home!
  12. Stretching (relaxation of muscles)- 1 minute.
  13. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.





  1. WARM-UP: Quarter 2 Warm-up Sheet, all (use metronome)- 3-5 minutes.
  2. REVIEW: Sound Innovations Book: pg. 28-30- 5 minutes.
  3. SOUND INNOVATIONS: pg. 31-33- 5 minutes.
  4. FOCUS: Winter Program Music- see winter program outline for list of items to practice.
  5. SHEET MUSIC: The Victor's March (Michigan Fight Song), No Place Like Nebraska (Husker Fight Song), Star Spangled Banner (National Anthem) & Winter Trilogy-  5-8 minutes, please pick only 2-3 pieces of sheet music each day to practice.
  6. FUN: Smoke on the Water/Iron Man/Olympic Fanfare/Lets Go Band (see handout)- 2-4 minutes.
  7. Written Activities: no written activities at this time- please focus on the winter program music.
  8. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.