Beginning Band

Students should be enrolled in their band Google Class page. Handouts for Beginning Band members/parents are available below in the "Read Me" section.

Beginning Band Concert 1-23-19

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.

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.

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 Prairie View (4-5pm) or the Tuesday after school practice at Grissom (4-5pm).


Parent Night Handouts: Click on the instrument name below to download the file.

Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone & BaritonePercussion

Read Me...

  1. District 140 Band Parents Assoc. Welcome Letter
  2. Beginning Band Parent-Student Handbook
  3. After School Band Practice Calendar
  4. Three Things Parents Must Tell Their Children When They Begin Band
  5. Be Part of the Band Video

Lesson Days

Bring your instrument, book, and a pencil to each band lesson!

  • Tuesday - Fernway
  • Wednesday - Bannes & Millennium
  • Thursday - McAuliffe
  • Friday - Keller
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