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Beginning Band

Information on the Beginning Band Program
Beginning Band Program
Welcome to the District 159 Band Program!! As 5th grade Beginning Band Members, you will learn all the basic skills on your instrument. With responsibility, focus, and hard work, we can LEARN and GO PLACES through MUSIC! Thank you for your continued support and commitment.
If you have any questions, please contact me, Ms. Jennifer Perry, Director, at (708) 720-9734 or by email My office is located at Colin Powell Middle School.

The Uniform for the Beginning Band Concert is as follows:
  • White Beginning Band Shirt (purchased at Registration)
  • Solid Black Dress Pants (no pinstripes, jeans, etc)
  • Black Socks
  • Black Dress Shoes
Things to Remember:
Morning Rehearsals are held at Colin Powell Middle School at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesdays for MY/WG students and Thursdays for NA/SP students.  Please arrive by 7:05 a.m. so we can begin on time.Parents must provide transportation to Colin Powell. A bus will be provided to transport students back to their home schools after their morning rehearsal. 

Rehearsal Attendance is MANDATORY. If your child must miss rehearsal for ANY reason, please call or email me AHEAD OF TIME.  

Every Beginning Band student should practice AT LEAST 30 minutes every other day. This may be done as the last part of their “homework time” at night, or at the beginning of their “homework time.” Please arrange a practice time that will work for your family.

Check that your child is using the Red Book to practice. They should be READING MUSIC at all times.

Please do not allow any other child to play the instrument (younger siblings, cousins, etc). This is how instruments and instrument parts get broken, tampered with, or misplaced.

Any repairs (stuck mouthpiece, bent/broken ligature, etc) should be taken DIRECTLY to Ms. Perry for repair…please do not try to repair it at home.