August 15, 2014

Posted: August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized, Weekly Information Blog

Beginning Band –

The beginning band has finished a full week of middle school and we have spent the week going over basic music notation and instrument assembly and care. We will continue this next week in class. Students that have instruments will also start to play in small groups. We will start assigning school instruments to 6th grade now that we have a good idea of what is available after having assigned school instruments to 7th and 8th grade.

Many students that rented from Paige’s received instruments yesterday and many more are making arrangements for instruments to be delivered. Paige’s will conduct another instrument display on August 28 at Oolitic MS from 5 – 7 pm. It is a great opportunity to speak to a Paige’s representative in person. You can also rent online at Click on the red button and look for Bedford MS band in the drop down menu. You can also rent an instrument for the year at Melody Music Shop in Bloomington. Melody Music’s website is You can find links to both stores here on our website.

Beginning Band Books –

All the beginning students will need a beginning band book. We use Essential Elements 2000. Most students that rented from Paige’s Music already have this and others may too. The percussion book includes the snare and bell music and costs $15. The rest of the band books are $9. The students that need a book can purchase it from the band office in the next couple of weeks as the books arrive.

Checks can be made out to BMS Band.

6th Grade Percussion Auditions –

6th Grade percussion auditions are underway and may wrap up next Tuesday. Once selected, the percussionists will need to buy a stick bag containing the appropriate sticks and mallets to use in class. The band department will order these stick bags with what the percussionists need to make it easy for them. Last year the stick bags with the sticks and mallets cost $55 and we are able to keep the price the same this year. They will also need to have something to practice bell parts on at home. A bell kit, piano, iPad app, or little electric keyboard work well for this. Stick bags continue to arrive from our supplier. As of today we still have 7 in stock here at BMS. More are on the way.

Have a great week!


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