Course Description

  • Concert Band

    Grades: 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Band

    Instructors: Mrs. Denise Bense & Mr. Daniel McGrath

    Concert Band is a performance ensemble that takes place during the school day. Students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 are eligible to take Band as a course in their schedule. In order to participate in Concerts & Performances, students must be enrolled in the Band Class in their schedule. Annual Concert Performances will take place in the Winter & Spring. Additional performance opportunity will be announced during the school.


  • The Concert Band consists of the following Instruments:

    Woodwinds: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone​​.
    Brass: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone
    Percussion: Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Xylophone, Bells, Cymbals, Triangle, Timpani.

    Supplies Needed for Band Class:
    1. Woodwind & Brass Students: Your Band Instrument
    2. Pencil
    3. One Pocket Folder
    4. One Subject Notebook
    5. Percussion Students Only: Drum Sticks

  • In the event where your child is in need of ordering accessories for your instrument, they may be order throught National Education Music Company (NEMC).


    For a complete list of instrument accessories available through NEMC, please go to the provided link below:



  • Band Pull-Out Lesson Schedule

    As a part of your schedule for Concert Band, each student enrolled in the course will receive a Pull-Out Band Lesson one day per week. This allows students to work in their sections in order to develop and enhance your child's musical experience.  

    Each Pull-Out Lesson will take place during your child's scheduled Gym Period. Please attend your scheduled Band Lesson on your assigned day.

    Monday - Flutes & Clarinets
    Tuesday - Trumpets, Trombones, and Bass Keyboards
    Wednesday - ALL Percussion
    Thursday - French Horn & ALL Saxophones 
    Friday - Assigned Extra Help (6th Grade Only)
    Friday - Jazz Band (7th Grade & 8th Grade Only)
    *Friday Jazz Band Lessons for 7th & 8th Grade Students will start after the completion of 
    Jazz Band Auditions

Grading Policy

  • Grading Scale

    All students will receive a weekly participation grade based on performance and behavior during class.
    Students will receive Quiz & Test Grades throughout the Marking Period

    For all Concert Band Periods, students will be assessed on the following Grading Scale:

    Tests - 50%
    Tests may include: 
    Performance Assessments (Playing Tests)
    Concert Reflections
    Winter & Spring Concert Attendance

    Quizzes - 30%
    Quizzes may include: 
    Scale Tests
    Sight-Reading Performance Assessments
    Music Theory Assessments
    Writing Assignments
    Band Folder/Supply Check

    Participation - 20%
    Bring Instrument and Band Supplies to School
    Demonstrates active participation and appropriate behavior in class
    Attendance in Pull-Out Lessons*

    *Students will receive a Pull-Out Band Lesson one day per week during their Gym/Health Period.
    Attendance for Pull-Out Lessons is mandatory as a part of your child's grade for Band Class. Students who do not attend their Pull-Out Band Lesson will lose points off of their Weekly Participation Grade for Band Class.