Harrison Band Announcements

There is no school on Friday, September 14th due to teacher curriculum day. There is also no school on Monday, September 17th due to a teacher work day. School resumes on Tuesday, September 18th. 

5th Grade Band students have been learning quickly as they begin work in their Sound Innovations book! All students should be able to show you our breathing exercises, sizzle exercises, how to play their mouthpiece/headjoint with a good sound and appropriate pitch and how to properly and safely assemble their instrument to play their first 3 notes. Students should be focusing their practice all of page 5 in their Sound Innovations book as well as #6-8 on page 6. Students are encouraged to practice with a metronome- a link to a free online metronome can be found on the leftt of this page. 

6th Grade Band students are working on a wide variety of music during the 1st quarter, including a formative playing assessment over #76 on pg. 20 of 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. 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

Band Lessons Today
Start Date/Time:
Monday, March 26, 2018
End Date/Time:
Monday, March 26, 2018
Recurring Event:
Recurring Event Every 1 week(s) on Monday until 4/9/2018 (total 4 events)
Normal Priority
Owned by Tom Cosby On Friday, January 19, 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!

5th Grade- What to Practice at Home



  1. Breathing Exercises (use metronome)- 1 minute.
  2. Sizzle Exercises (use metronome)- 1 minute.
  3. Mouthpiece/Headjoint Practice (use metronome)- 2-5 minutes.
  4. Assemble Instrument/quality sound on entire instrument (use metronome)- 1-2 minutes.
  5. Note Practice (see "First Lesson," #5)- 3 minutes.
  6. Sound Innovations Book: pg. 5 & 6 (use metronome)- 5-8 minutes.
  7. Written Activities: Complete Note Reading Lesson 2 and turn in on Wednesday, September 19th- 2 minutes. 
  8. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.



  1. Stretching (prepare to play)- 1 minute.
  2. Assemble Instrument- 1 minute.
  3. Mallet stroke practice on notes of your choice (see pg. 11 of packet- use metronome)- 2 minutes.
  4. Mallet Note Reading Review (see pg. 7-9 of packet- use metronome)- 2 minutes.
  5. Basic Bell Practice (see pg. 12 in packet- use metronome)- 6 minutes.
  6. Snare Drum Stroke Practice on pad (see pg. 4-5 of packet- use metronome)- 2 minutes.
  7. Snare Drum Reading Practice on pad (handout- use metronome)- 6 minutes.
  8. Sound Innovations Book: pg. 5 & 6 for both mallets (bells) and percussion (practice pad)- 5-8 minutes.
  9. Written Activities: Complete Note Reading Lesson 2 and turn in on Wednesday, September 19th- 2 minutes.
  10. Stretching (relaxation of muscles)- 1 minute.
  11. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.




  1. Quarter 1 Warm-up Sheet: #1, 4, 5 and 6 (use metronome)- 3-5 minutes.
  2. REVIEW: Sound Innovations Book: pg. 18 and 19- 5 minutes.
  3. FOCUS: Sound Innovations Book: pg. 20, 21 and 22, especially #76 (formative assessment)- 10 minutes.
  4. SHEET MUSIC: The Victor's March (Michigan Fight Song)- 2-4 minutes.
  5. FUN: Smoke on the Water & Iron Man (see handout)- 2-4 minutes.
  6. Written Activities: no written activities this week. 
  7. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.