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Band Instruments

BRASS INSTRUMENTS: for these, it is possible to get a practice mute which can make the sound very quiet for practicing at home.

TRUMPET
• medium size case
• plays lots of melody parts
• A good choice for students interested in concert band or jazz band in high school
Example videos:

 

TROMBONE
• larger size case, but not very heavy
• plays lots of bass parts with repeating patterns
• A good choice for students interested in concert band or jazz band in high school
• many district-owned instruments available for a user fee that is less than rental price Example video:

 

BARITONE / EUPHONIUM
• larger size case
• plays lots of bass parts with repeating patterns
• A good choice for students interested in concert band in high school
• One of the “easier” instruments to begin on (but it still takes practice!)
• many district-owned instruments available for a user fee that is less than rental price Example videos:

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WOODWIND INSTRUMENTS: cannot be muted while practicing at home. Most woodwinds (except for the flute) will require the purchase of replacement reeds (an important part that eventually wears out as you use it).

FLUTE
• very small size case
• plays lots of melody parts
• does not require purchasing reeds
Example videos:

 

OBOE*
• small size case
• Beautiful sound when played well
• oboe reeds are more expensive.
• *Less common as a beginner band instrument. A good fit for an ambitious student with a good ear.
Example video:

 

CLARINET
• small size case
• Plays a variety of melody and harmony parts.
• Can play very low and very high
• Requires reeds to play (additional ones will likely need to be purchased throughout the year) Example video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHmqGLB-KEw&feature=youtu.be

 

BASS CLARINET
• medium or larger size case, depending on type
• Same fingerings as regular clarinet
• plays lots of bass parts with repeating patterns
• Requires reeds to play (additional ones will likely need to be purchased throughout the year)
• many district-owned instruments available for a user fee that is less than rental price

Example videos:
https://youtu.be/3pAdLMSGpbY?t=24

There is also a bass clarinet featured in the clarinet video above.

 

ALTO SAXOPHONE 
• medium size case
• plays a mix of melody and harmony parts
• good for homes where you can practice more loudly
• very limited number of spots available in the band
• Requires reeds to play (additional ones will likely need to be purchased throughout the year)
Example videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToDvHudf_3s

https://youtu.be/klyfE6M4GhY?t=140

 

TENOR SAXOPHONE
• larger size case
• heavy
• plays lots of harmony and sometimes bass parts
• good for homes where you can practice more loudly
• very limited number of spots available in the band
• Requires reeds to play (additional ones will likely need to be purchased throughout the year)

Example videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToDvHudf_3s

Grade 7 Band for 2022/2023

For parents of students who will be going into grade 7 in September, here is a digital copy of the grade 7 band registration form.

If you are unable to return a hard copy of the form to Sperling, sending me an email is also fine.

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Collaborative Film Scoring with BeepBox

 

Working with a partner, create a soundtrack in BeepBox that fits with your assigned film clip.

Click here to find your film clip.

After your music is done, copy the URL for your beepbox composition and click here to submit it.

Once Mr. Martin has music for all the video clips, he will put them together into a finished movie.

Tips:

Try using one iPad to play the video while creating the music on another. If you time it right, you can start both at the same time to preview how they will fit together!

Make sure your music is the same length as the video clip. If it is too short, the end of your video will be silent. If it is too long, the end of your music will get cut off when Mr. Martin puts all the videos together.

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