Beginning Band

August 30, 2021
All District 140 5th graders have the opportunity to learn about instruments during Pre-Band, which begins the week of August 30 at all elementary schools. Official band registration will take place during the evenings on Wednesday, September 29 and Thursday, September 30, 2021.

The Beginning Band is the organization which lays the foundation for the entire Instrumental Music Program and is open to any District 140 fifth grader who expresses interest in learning to play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument.  Beginning Band members participate in two concerts during the school year: January 26 and April 13, 2022.

Recruitment is held annually in September to enlist for membership. Previous instrumental music experience is not required. General requirements include a desire to excel musically and a willingness to conform to the District 140 Band Guidelines. Mr. Szczasny, Mr. Hodges, and Ms. Schubbe team-teach the Beginning Band.

Update for Fall 2021:

Each Beginning Band member receives a 30 minute lesson at his/her home elementary school per week. In addition to the weekly lesson, all Beginning Band members join together for an hour long "full band" rehearsal. Students can attend the Monday after school practice at Grissom (4:15 to 5:15 PM) or the Tuesday after school practice at Prairie View (4:15 to 5:15 PM).


Tuesdays - Fernway
Wednesdays - Bannes, Keller, Millennium
Thursdays - McAuliffe

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Beginning Band Concert 1-23-19
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