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Welcome Parents and Students
 to the 2015 - 2016 Harmony Band

Welcome To 6th Grade Band !!! 

Getting Your Band Instrument - Most of the music stores in the area have a rent with option to buy program starting at around $25 per month.  Were you go to rent your instrument is your personal choice.  I would suggest that you shop around for the best plan to suit your needs.  You may rent or purchase new or used instruments.  Used instruments of good quality which are in good condition are sometimes a bargain.  Please remember that the old saying “you get what you pay for,” is very true in purchasing a band instrument.  Large discount stores, EBay and Craig’s List, are full of instruments which may look shinny and new, but may be of inferior quality.   To make your child’s educational experience pleasant and trouble free, please obtain an instrument of good quality.   Along with their instrument and a music stand for practicing at home, students will need to purchase their own copy of our class book; “Essential Elements 2000.”  This book should include a CD and DVD.  Students will need to bring this to each class.  Students signed up for Baritone Horn, will need to get the Bass Clef Baritone Book.   Students should purchase accessories such as cleaning cloth, #2 reeds for Clarinet and Saxophone, valve oil for trumpet, Baritone, & tuba, Superslick trombone slide cream with water-spray bottle, and have a name tag on their instrument

Please have all equipment by Monday, September 14th, 2015 Please do not have your child bring his or her instrument before this date.

Below is a list of recommended brand name musical instruments:

Flute – Model - Armstrong, Selmer, Bundy, Gemeinhardt, Yamaha, Jupiter; and music stand which stays at home for home practice. and music stand which stays at home for home practice.

Clarinet – Model -Bundy, Leblanc, Armstrong, Vito, Yamaha ( Selmer HS*, Van-Doren or David Hite Premier mouthpiece preferred); and music stand which stays at home for home practice.

Alto Sax – Model -Armstrong, Bundy, Yamaha, Selmer,Jupiter, Conn (Selmer C* mouthpiece preferred); and music stand which stays at home for home practice.

Trumpet – Model -Bach, Bundy, King, Yamaha, Conn ( 7C mouthpiece preferred); and music stand which stays at home for home practice.

Trombone – Model -Bach, Bundy, King, Yamaha, Conn; and music stand which stays at home for home practice.

Percussion –  Practice Pad, Drum Sticks (2B); and music stand which stays at home for home practice.

Baritones and Tubas - Rental arrangements may be made through the school for when available; and music stand which stays at home for home practice.

Homework and Practice
All Instrumental students are expected to practice on a regular daily basis.  The amount of time a student practices is dependent upon the material needed to be mastered.  This is considered Homework for band students. 
Generally, the more a student practices, the better they will sound on their instrument. This is especially true if they are working with a private teacher. Parents are encouraged to help set-up a daily practice regiment for the student.  Any student who studies privately on his or her band instrument, will received extra credit !  Parents and students interested in Private Lesson, see Mr. Shoremount for recommended teachers.

                                                     Did You Know ???

Research shows that music is to the brain as physical exercise is to the human body. Music tones the brain for auditory fitness an d allows it to decipher between tone and pitch.

Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.

Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students who participate in high-quality music programs score 22 percent better on English and 20 percent better on Math standardized exams.

Learning and mastering a musical instrument improves the way the brain breaks down and understands human language, making music students more apt to pick up a second language.

( When asked about his theory of relativity ) “It occurred to me by intuition, music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.” - Albert Einstein

“Music is a higher revelation than all  wisdom and philosophy.  Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”

Ludwig van Beethoven

“Music is the soundtrack of your life.”  - Dick Clark  

“Keep boppin’ till you drop.”    Jazz Musician’s Retirement Plan. 

“There are two kinds of music; the good and bad.  I play the good kind.” 
Louie Armstrong   

“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff” Frank Zappa

You don’t need any brains to listen to music”  Luciano Pavarotti

“life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” - Ronald Reagan  

Slow and Clean is always better than Fast and Sloppy” - Paul Shoremount    

"I might not have been President if it hadn't been for school music. Learning improves in school environments where there are comprehensive music programs."
- Bill Clinton


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            Monday, September 21st  at 7pm.


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Paul E. Shoremount, Director
(540) 751-2500
Band Director

Additional News and Information:
  • Now selling band supplies, reeds, valve oil, etc in the school store!

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The introduction music on this website is ROUGH RIDERS by Karl L. King, arranged by James Swearingen, performed by the Harmony Middle School Band. (c) 1943 by C. L. Barnhouse Company (SESAC). This arrangement (c) 1996 by C. L. Barnhouse Company (SESAC). Used by permission. Usage of ROUGH RIDERS is exclusively for the Harmony Middle School Band website. The publisher reserves all other rights.