A foundation in instrumental performance
Unlike public school bands that practice together daily, we hope these musicians will be highly motivated, spending a great deal of time at home practicing, as well as performing for various church, family, and homeschool gatherings. It is highly recommended that students receive instrument specific private lessons in addition to band class in order to progress quickly. Integrated into the band instruction, Valley Troubadours hopes to provide music history, theory, and solo/ensemble experience.
At band practice, students work together as a group. Students are expected to take personal responsibility for their musical development as part of their homeschooling experience. Daily practice is required and is the only sure means of progressing and improving. While private lessons are not a requirement, they are encouraged, and will generally help students progress faster than those who do not.
All Bands are $100 per semester
Band students will be responsible for purchasing or renting their own instruments, instrument care kits, reeds (if applicable), band method book (Standard of Excellence series), and folding music stand.
BEGINNING BAND (9:45-10:30); CADET BAND (11:30-12:15); CONCERT BAND (12:20-1:15)
Students age 9 or older (Beginning), Students 10 or older (Cadet), Students 13 or older (Concert)
This semester, students will focus on earning pins and medals in our Standard of Excellence Medallion Challenge. Students will practice the medallion pieces in their method books systematically throughout the semester to achieve awards in a final review with the Director.
For the end of semester performance, we will take to the field with fun, upbeat cadences and marching band music for our first-ever field show! Music rehearsals start indoors at the BMH, while field show rehearsals will begin at Mrs. LaFrombois' backyard in Greenville once/as weather permits. We are looking to perform at a local football field for our end-of-semester concert. Each ensemble will learn pieces for their specific group, and Cadet Band and Concert Band will also learn the pieces of the band(s) below for a large-group sound.
Students may need to purchase flip folders and lyres specific for their instrument (anticipated cost: $10)
Marching percussion will be used instead of concert percussion.
JAZZ BAND WILL BE BACK NEXT SEMESTER