1. Fill out your schedule card with BAND as your #1 or #2 elective choice.
     

  2. Attend the 5th Grade Parent Meeting on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00pm in the Killian Band Hall.
     

  3. Attend our Instrument Selection Day on Saturday, April 13* from 9:00am to 5:00pm at Killian Middle School. The directors will help you  try out the different instruments to find what will fit you best! Click here to pick an appointment!

  

* If you are not available on this day, click here to email Mr. Chilton for another date.

 

Welcome to the awesome Killian Band!

Instrument Selection Day

Saturday, April 13, 2018

9:00am to 5:00pm

​JOINING BAND


Dear 5th Grade Families,

 

We are excited that you have chosen band as one of your child's electives for 6th grade! Signing up is easy!  All you have to do is follow these simple steps:

What current band members are saying about their experience in the Killian Band Program:

Cloey, 8th Grade, says...

"Band is a huge extended family.  When you join, you'll find you have people who care about you and want to see you grow, musically and as a person."

Grayson, 6th Grade, says....

"Band is my favorite class of the day. It's fun because we get to perform and make friends and we get to go on trips!"

 

Sunil, 8th Grade, says...

"Band is a true passion of mine that has grown throughout my three years in band. I have built skills, both musically as well as skills for my future such as hardwork, cooperation and dedication."

 

Bronwyn, 6th Grade, says...

"Band is so fun!  Playing an instrument teaches you so many skills.   It's fun to work hard at doing something great!"

 

Chanwoo, 7th Grade, says...

"I love band because band is a class where you strive for competion.  Band is a class where anyone can join and can advance from a beginner to an amazing musician!"

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Killian Band Rocks!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When do band classes meet?

Beginning Band meets as a regular class for 85 minutes at different times throughout the school day.  Students are grouped into classes according to what instrument they play.  The teacher-pupil ratio is kept low to facilitate individual supervision of students' progress. Skills develop slowly at first, therefore, students and parents must be patient and committed for the entire school year in order to recieve the full benefit of band instruction.  Skills developed during beginner band are to prepare students for the 7th and 8th grades.

Is musical experience necessary?

The short answer: No. The long answer: The method books used in beginner band are designed to facilitate the learning of all students regardless of previous  musical training. We teach the fundamentals of reading music as well as the fundamentals of playing an instrument. As students progress, you will be able to recognize familiar tunes (by the time of our Winter Concert, you should be very impressed!). Their progress culminates in the Spring Concert at the end of the year.

Can my child do band and athletics?

Yes! If it fits on your schedule, we can make it work.  There are many middle school students who are in band, athletics, and other classes such as theater, art, Spanish, etc. Because of the unique nature of playing a musical instrument, we try to encourage students to begin band in 6th grade and then take other electives along with band in their 7th and 8th grade years. In 7th and 8th grade, the school administration, coaches, classroom teachers and band directors work together to avoid conflicts in scheduling. We have current Killian Band members who are also in 7th and 8th grade football, volleyball, basketball, cross country, track, and many other extra-curricular clubs and organizations.

 

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INSTRUMENT SELECTION GUIDE

The flute is the highest pitched instrument in the beginning band. The flute is made of silver and is played by blowing across an opening in one end while the fingers press keys to change notes. With it's clear, penetrating sound, the flute often plays the melody in the band.  

Flute

"Beauty and the Beast" for Flute Ensemble

10% of the beginner band will be

selected for flute.
Flute player personality traits:  "contentious", "detailed" and "consistent"

Flute player physical characteristics:  agile fingers, natural "frown" shape to the upper lip, even upper and lower jaw.

"Electric Winter" with Oboe Dubstep

2% of the beginner band will be

selected for oboe.

Oboe player personality traits:  "studious", "dependable" and "diligent"

Oboe player physical characteristics:  even upper and lower jaws - no over or underbites, agile fingers, solid coordination.

Oboe

The oboe is similar in appearance to a clarinet, but it is played using a double reed instead of a single reed to produce its brilliant and distinct sound.  Soloistic and melodious, the oboe is a special part of the band.  The oboe is a special instrument, and only a select few students will be chosen for oboe.

Bassoon

The bassoon, like the oboe, is a double reed instrument.  It is the lowest sounding member of the woodwind family with it's dignified and majestic sound.  The bassoon is one of the most specialized instruments in the band, and like the oboe, only a few select students will be chosen for the bassoon. Universities and colleges seek out bassoonists who often recieve substantial scholarships. 

"Mirrors" performed by The Breaking Winds

2% of the Beginner Band will be selected for the bassoon.  

 

Bassoon player personality traits: "serious", "aspirational"

 

Bassoon player physical characteristics:  slight overbite, agile thumbs, medium or greater handspan, coordination.


 

 

"Rhapsody in Blue" Clarinet Solo

Clarinet

10% of the Beginning Band will be selected for the clarinet.

 

Clarinet personality traits:

"focused" and "detailed"

 

Clarinet player physical traits: the ability to flatten chin; non-rounded bottom teeth

 

 

 

The clarinet is a popular choice for Beginning Band. The sound is a large, beautiful woody texture with an extensive range.
The mouthpiece and single-reed produce the sound, unlike the double reed instruments above.

5% of the beginning band will be selected to play the saxophone.

 

Saxophone player personality traits: "mellow", "driven"

 

Saxophone player physical traits: ability to sit straight
and tall, agile hands

Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" for Sax Duo

Saxophone

The saxophone is a woodwind instrument even thought it is made of brass.  Most people know the saxophone as they have heard it in jazz or rock music.  This instrument is versatile and is also used in the concert band.  Some saxophone players will also have the opportunity to play tenor or baritone saxophones after the beginning year.

Hummel's "3rd Trumpet Concerto" 

Trumpet

The trumpet is the highest instrument of the brass family.  It is recognized by its bright and clear sound.  The trumpet is frequently used to play melody.  Like some of the other instruments in the band, the trumpet is also used in jazz and pop music.  Similar to most brass instruments, the trumpet has three valves and is played by vibrating one's lips on a mouthpiece.  

12% of the Beginning Band will be selected to play the trumpet.

 

Trumpet player personality traits:

"confident", "strong" and "enthusiastic"

 

 

Trumpet player physical traits:

thin and even lips, slight over bite okay

 

 

8% of the Beginning Band will be selected
to play the French Horn.

French horn personality traits:

"methodical" and "academic"

French horn physical traits:

thin and even lips, slight overbite okay, must have ability to match pitch, singing experience helpful

"Jurassic Park" by the Vienna Horns

French Horn

The French horn is the also a member of the brass family. Its sound is produced by buzzing into a small mouthpiece similar to a trumpet. Students with good musical ears, such as choir students, tend to be the most successful on this instrument. Recognized by its distinct coil shape, the french horn is one of the most commonly heard instruments in movie soundtracks, as it has the widest range of any brass instrument.  

Trombone

"Bohemian Rhapsody" for Trombone Quartet

The trombone, easily recognized by its long slide, is one of the most powerful instruments in the band.  The slide is not marked with positions so having a good ear is a must. Playing primarily in the lower range of the band, the trombone is used both as a melodic and a supporting instrument.  Trombones are used in virtually every type of music, including jazz, blues, rock, and symphony orchestra.

12% of the Beginning Band will be selected to play the trombone.

 

Trombone player personality traits:

"analytical" and "coordinated"

 

Trombone player physical traits:

medium to long arms, medium to full lips, great ear - singing experience
is helpful

Euphonium

The euphonium (you-PHONE-knee-yum), sometimes known as the baritone, is a member of the brass family and looks like a small version of a tuba. Its sound is similar to that of a trombone, but it uses valves like a trumpet instead of a slide. Though originally designed as a harmony instrument, the euphonium has grown to become one of the most popular band instruments for solo playing in the most recent years due to its rich sound.

10% of the beginning band will be selected to play the euphonium.

 

Euphonium player personality traits: "artistic" and "unique"

 

Euphonium player
physical traits:

medium to full lips
work best, right hand agility and ability to sit up very straight

Frozen's "Let it Go" for Euphonium

Tuba

The tuba is the most important instrument in the band.  It is the largest and lowest of the wind instruments, and it produces the fundamental sound upon which all others are built.  Despite its relatively large size, even the smallest students can easily handle the tuba with proper instruction.  Good tuba players are generally intelligent and assertive, with a passion for their instrument.  Tuba players do not have to carry their instruments home every night.  Instead, they will be an issued an instrument to take home and leave home for practice and they will play on another tuba at school that remains on campus. 

"Czardas" for Tuba Soloist

6% of the Beginning Band will be selected to play the tuba.

Tuba player personality traits:

"unique" "reliable" "consistent"

 

Tuba player

physical traits:

ability to sit up

straight, medium

to full lips

 

 

Only 10-12 students will be selected for the percussion section.

 

Percussionist personality traits: 
"coordinated"

 

Percussionist physical traits:

high gross motor and
fine motor skills,

coordination,
multi-tasker

mentality

 

 

 

The percussion section is one of the most misunderstood sections of the band.  Often referred to as the “drums”, this name is actually a very incomplete description of what is involved in playing percussion.  Percussionists learn to play a number of instruments, including mallet instruments like bells and xylophone, battery percussion like the snare and bass drums, and accessory percussion instruments like the tambourine and triangle.  Enrollment for this course is limited, and students wishing to play percussion will need to attend an additional evaluation before students will be selected for this instrument.

Percussion

The Marimba Heritage

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