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Beginner Parents - Now that they are a few weeks into playing, here is what to listen and look for:

Woodwinds
  • mouthpiece sounds only
  • drop-a-finger, lift-a-finger excesize with and without instrument.
  • long sounds from page 4 and 5
  • Assignments from grades online, in the order you see them online
Brass
  • long mouthpiece buzzing
  • low-high-low mouthpiece buzzing
  • high-low-high moubthpiece buzzing
  • pg 4 and 5 long sounds
  • Assignments from grades online, in the order you see them online
Percussion
  • 50 to 100 bounces on each snare hand, shake it out at end
  • pg. 11, number six
  • then all assignments listed on grades online in order
If your child is in either of these beginner classes and makes an every-other-day schedule (M,W,F,S; or T, TH, S, S) for 20 minutes each time, they will improve. Another thing I've told them is to aim for starting 30 minutes before dinner time and to post a weekly practice chart to check off on the kitchen fridge.

I hope this helps with seeing where your child is. I am hearing many individuals improve daily!!
Thanks!
Mr. C

Second 9-Weeks:

All beginner classes working Dec 13th concert music - Jingle bells, Jolly Old St. Nich, Good King Wenceslas, Ode to Joy, Up on the Housetop.


1st per individual assignments - Xylophone book: 10, 11, 16 and 20.

2nd and 3rd periods - Chromatic memorized (boxes 1-13, then boxes 13-25), In book: 44, 52, 53, and 59.



If you choose to use Upbeat Music, which Mr. C highly recommends, they will provide high quality instruments, needed supplies and the book we use. They will deliver directly to the Hobbs Band Room for the first day of school for your convenience. Call them at 850-398-4009 or visit www.upbeatmusic.com. When calling, ask for Lee, Dee or Dick. If you indicated on your gold paper work that you needed financial assistance with acquiring instrument and/or accessories, please let Lee know when you call. He is the only one that has this information from Mr. C concerning who qualified for reduced-rate instruments.

For all instruments listed below, it would be great to have the first day of school, but please try to have by Wed the 17th. Students who have theirs on the first day of school, the band room will be open for you before school starts to get a band storage cubby assigned first thing in the morning!

Beginner Brass Equipment Needs

All brass will need the Tradition of Excellence red book for their instrument. Near 11 dollar purchase, lasts the school year.

Trumpet - rental or purchase of the instrument through store (comes with mouthpiece that will work fine, but ask for a 3c or 1c mouthpiece if they can include another size),
slide grease and valve oil
French horn - (school-owned instrument*, although Upbeat has one for rental reserved for any Hobbs student who wants to rent their own)* mouthpiece (any they have in stock), slide grease and valve oil.
Trombone - rental or purchase of the instrument through store; (trombones come with mouthpiece in them, but small shank Schilke-51D preferred), slide grease (for rear slide only). Slide oil inside of spray bottle is preferred for the front trombone playing slide.
Euphonium/baritone (school-owned instrument)* - purchase mouthpiece (any they have in stock, but small shank Schilke-51D preferred), slide grease and valve oil.
Tuba- (school-owned instrument)* purchase mouthpiece (any they have in stock, but a size 18 or a PT-50 is preferred), slide grease and valve oil.

*= School-owned instrument which requires a $100 My Fair Share school rental which covers the entire school year use. Make check out to Hobbs Middle Band.

Keeping an old, clean rag in your case is a good idea to keep the brass instruments, and player, dry. Cleaning kits are optional but beneficial.

Beginner Woodwind Equipment Needs

All Woodwinds will need the Tradition of Excellence red book for their instrument. Near 11 dollar purchase, lasts the school year.


Flute - rental or purchase of the instrument through store (comes with all parts of instrument including the appropriate mouthpiece); cleaning swab to keep dry the inside of flute.
Clarinet - rental or purchase of the instrument through store; comes with good mouthpiece, but a Vandoren B45 is recommended if you can purchase one - great long-term mouthpiece investment; cleaning drop-swab to keep dry the inside of clarinet; Box of vandoren 2.5 reeds OR box of Juno 3.0 reeds.
Alto Sax - rental or purchase of the instrument through store; (comes with all parts of instrument including the appropriate mouthpiece); cleaning swab to keep dry the inside of sax; Box of vandoren 2.5 reeds OR box of Juno or Rico 3.0 reeds.
Oboe - This may or may not be available at Upbeat for rental. If not, try Schmidt's at 434-0317 for a used rental oboe. Medium-soft double reed and cleaning swab for inside.
Bassoon+ This may be available at Upbeat for rental. Medium-soft double reed and cleaning swab for inside.

+=Will be a school-owned instrument once county opens up county funds for school instrument purchase, hopefully very soon. At that time, can be rented through school for MFS fee of $100 for entire year.

Woodwind Cleaning kits are optional but beneficial.



Beginner Percussion equipment needs

Percussion bell/snare kit for home practice. You will use school kits for class, but bring your own snare sticks and mallets to use making sure your name is on each with permanent sharpie. 2 Books needed - Fresh Approach to Snare and Fresh Approach to Mallet.