Let's Go Band!
This page is a resource for students and families regarding the Band program at Greenleaf School and Woodland School.
Students actually begin their Band experience in the spring of the fourth grade year, and then continue throughout fifth grade.
Mr. Sackreiter will help all interested fourth graders try-out and choose a Band instrument, assist parents in arranging for the rental of an instrument, and set-up a summer lesson schedule to provide beginning instruction. Band students receive 7 lessons during the summer months (June & July), one lesson per week, and usually in a group of 5 to 7 students, all on the same instrument.
As fifth graders, students continue their instruction with small-group, weekly lessons. Home practice to prepare for these lessons is essential. Students should practice 20-25 minutes a day, at least four or five days each week. A commitment to consistent, at-home practice is the best way to make individual improvement and achieve success!
Starting in October, all band members meet for full-band rehearsals. Rehearsals are held once a week for about an hour, before school, from 8:00-9:05 AM in the gymnasium. Students refer to these rehearsals as ... "Big Band practice."
* The Woodland Band rehearses on Tuesday mornings, beginning October 4th, 2016.
* The Greenleaf Band rehearses on Wednesday mornings, beginning October 5th, 2016.
The Fifth Grade Band presents two concerts during the year so parents, relatives, & friends have the opportunity to hear the students perform and observe their progress. Concerts are free and open to the public - All are welcome!
Music Education Philosophy in ISD 196:
Students are treated as individual musicians and all are encouraged to progress according to their own ability and effort. Participation in Band can provide a unique opportunity for building self-confidence, responsibility & self-discipline, plus teamwork & cooperation. Most importantly, Band members learn a great deal about instrumental music and experience the joy of making music with others!
(Latest update: April 2017)