Interested in Joining Band
1. 96% of our nation?s astronauts performed in the fine arts during their school years, including Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. Mr. Armstrong was a talented euphonium player in middle and high school band.
- No, I teach you everything from the ground up.
Do I get to pick the instrument I play?
- It depends. We do what is been called, Three Days of Chaos, that allows you to test all the instruments you are interested in playing. After selecting your Top 3, there is an assignment and then I start to put the band together. Many times spots fill up fast but I try to give you your first choice.
- YES! You have to practice every night on your instrument. Playing an instrument is like riding a bicycle; it takes practice. You also will have some written homework.
Is band a real class during school?
- Yes, we meet everyday just like your other subjects.
Who can be in marching band?
- Currently HSCS does not have a marching band, however, 8th grade band veterans who successfully audition may perform with the Santa Fe High School Raider Regiment.
Where does Beginning Band play?
- At the Winter and Spring Concerts, sometimes at the Fall and/or Spring Festivals and the Alachua/High Springs parades.
What should I bring to band class everyday?
- Your instrument, music books/ folders, pencils, and paper, along with any work you need to turn in to me.
Can I get into band after the year begins?
- Yes, but you do not choose the instrument. We test you for a spot in a needed section.
Can I leave my instrument in the band room during the school day?
- Yes, before the first bell rings, you can come in the band room and put your instrument in your locker.
Can I take my instrument on the bus?
- Sometimes. It depends on the driver. Many times, bigger instruments just carry their mouthpieces home and buzz or you may have a home instrument and a school instrument.
I have my instrument now how do I care for my instrument?
- You will be shown in class how take care of your instrument by either myself or a profession instrument repairman. I also have Instrument Care Articles upon request. These informative articles will help students and parents better care for and maintain their musical instruments.
(Source: Getting Ready for College Early: A Handbook for Parents of Students in the Middle and Junior High School Years, U.S. Department of Education, 1997)
Students taking courses in music performance and music appreciation scored higher in the SAT than students with no arts participation. Music performance students scored 53 points higher on the verbal and 39 points higher on the math.
(Source: 1999 College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers, The College Entrance Examination Board, Princeton, New Jersey)
Research made between music and intelligence concluded that music training is far greater than computer instruction in improving children’s abstract reasoning skills.
(Source: Shaw, Rauscher, Levine, Wright, Dennis and Newcomb, “Music training causes long-term enhancement of preschool children’s spatial-temporal reasoning,” Neurological Research, vol. 19, February 1997)
I believe arts education in music, theater, dance and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life, a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training…training that prepares them to become confident young men and women. As I visit schools around the country I see a renewed interest in arts education and a growing concern about the negative impact of cutting art and music out of curriculum. The creativity of the arts and the joy of music should be central to the education of every American child.
(Source: Richard W. Riley, Former U.S. Secretary of Education)
“A grounding in the arts will help our children to see; to bring a uniquely human perspective to science and technology. In short, it will help them as they grow smarter to also grow wiser.”
(Source: Robert E. Allen, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Corporation)