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Beginning Band

Updated January 31, 2024:

Students will remember to bring their instrument, band book, and a pencil to school on their assigned lesson day. 
Tuesdays - Fernway
Wednesdays - Bannes & Millennium
Thursdays - McAuliffe & Keller (Please note Keller change!)

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. The dates for 2023 are Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 21. 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. Angelos 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 Grissom (4:15 to 5:15 PM) or the Tuesday after school practice at Prairie View (4:15 to 5:15 PM).

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