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4th grade recruitment page

Parents, please watch this short video on "how playing an instrument benefits the brain."

4th Grade Parents, welcome to the awesome adventure we call Beginning Band!

Dear Parents,

     Your child has the opportunity to participate in a whirlwind of accelerated learning through imagination, creativity, and discipline. The arts foster learning through enjoyment, discovery, and diligence. The study of music is proven to stimulate the same cortex of the Human brain that Math and Language are centered in, and students who study music through high school perform far better in Math and Language scores in standardized testing.

     I will be meeting with all fourth grade students soon to demonstrate the instruments and discuss what being in band is all about. Afterwards, the students will have a chance to try two to three different instruments on for size.  I will then use each child's physical characteristics, musical aptitude, and past experiences to help guide them to choose the instrument that I think they will be the most successful on and send home a note to you with my recommendations.  Often times it is  a choice of more than one instrument and will require follow up conversation between you and your child to decide which one to start on.  There are also demonstration videos at the bottom of this page, to get a better understanding of each instrument's characteristic sound quality.  Choosing one instrument does not mean you are stuck on it “forever”.  Switching to a like family instrument can happen easily over the summer after your first year of training.

     For students in Beginning Band, we offer instruction on the following instruments:

Woodwinds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, and larger students can start on a Tenor Saxophone.

Brass: Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Baritone, & Tuba.

Other Instruments: I will also start a total of two students interested in learning to play bass guitar. Some string experience, or piano is helpful for playing the bass guitar.

Percussion:  As a percussionist myself, I strongly feel that learning to play on a wind instrument is key to developing the skills necessary to perform in, and “with” a band. Students wishing to start or switch to percussion (Drums and Mallets) will have an opportunity to audition for a spot after Spring Break. The students who are chosen for percussion will need to take private lessons over the summer to get familiarized and caught up to their peers.

     Band meets together for a full band rehearsal each week on Thursdays from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.  In addition, each student will also receive one group instrument lesson per week on another day, during P.E./Health.  We will begin lessons and full rehearsals the week of September 25th. Full band rehearsals will start about two weeks later.  Beginning Band does not require any rehearsals outside of the school day. We only have three performances outside of the school day, including a Fall Concert, Winter Concert, and a Spring Concert. Beginning band students are also encouraged to play in the Solo & Ensemble Event we host each year here at Oak Grove. All students start at the beginning level of instruction. No prior musical knowledge is required to join the band

     One parent or guardian of interested students will need to attend the Beginning Band Recruitment Night, which is Monday, September 11th, at 6:30 P.M. in the band room. In this 45-50 minute meeting, I will go over the process, expectations for students, and discuss with parents tips on how to guide your child to succeed as a new musician. A representative from Music and Arts will be there to explain the rental process for instruments, books, and accessories.  You do not have to rent that night; you can do it online in the comfort of your home in about 10 minutes.

     If you are uncertain about having your child participate in band, please still come to the meeting. There is no pressure for your child to join but hearing more about the program will help you make an informed choice. Unfortunately, I will have to close enrollment two weeks after the parent meeting because it is time consuming to start an individual student who begins after their peers. It has been my experience that latecomers cannot keep up with their peers, and their frustrations make them prone to give up first.

     I hope that you will get on board, and get engaged in your child's creative process, as it may unlock the key to his or her future! I look forward to meeting you soon.


Dave Jones

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18 benefits of playing a musical instrument

YouTube Videos of Instruments choices:

Hubert Laws - Flute

Mathieu Dufour - Flute

Stanley Drucker - Clarinet

Eddie DanielsClarinet

Nicholas Daniel - Oboe

Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden Jeepers, CreepersTrumpet

Bernard Berkhout - Clarinet  

Rafael MendezTrumpet

(Gabor Tarkovi, BPO) - Trumpet

Tim BrownHorn

Barry Tuckwell - Horn

Joe Alessi - Trombone

Delfeayo Marsalis - Trombone

New York Philharmonic - Brass & Percussion Section

Carmen Fantasy - Euphonium

Tim Buzbee (Principal Tuba Iceland Symphony)

Melton Tuba Qurtet

Mayumi Sekizawa - Marimba

Keith Carlock - Drums

Here is a comprehensive video produced by the Armed forces bands demonstrating all instruments in the band