5th Grade Band Information

For Band Students- On your days off from school (September 24-26) you will be doing your second Video Practice Log (VPL) recording and submitting that using Flipgrid. The due date for this is by the end of the day on Sunday, September 26th. However, you have a 5 day grace period if you cannot get your recording completed this weekend. After Friday, October 1st, all grades for VPL #2 are final.


For Parents/Guardians- You should be hearing your student practicing on page 6 in their book and recording using Flipgrid this weekend! We also covered instrument maintenance issues this week in band class, so you may hear your student asking you for a swab, or to cut up an old t-shirt, or something else strange like that... these are all "approved" cleaning items and we appreciate you helping your student with them. Lastly, we have posted some helpful videos below that explain the basics of playing each instrument in case your student needs a reminder!


Mr. Cosby = thomas.cosby@ops.org  OR 402-659-2618. 

Mr. Myre = john.myre@ops.org OR 531-299-7535.


5th Grade Band Practice Assignment

Below is information about the homework each band student should complete this coming weekend. This entire practice routine should only take about 15-20 minutes- please find the time eaach day to work through the steps below to get better at your instrument:


Practice Assignment- Last Updated on Thursday, 9-22.

For Percussion, Woodwinds & Brass!

  1. DO THESE ITEMS AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR PRACTICE: Breathing Exercises, Sizzle Exercises- see First Lessons handout. -2 minutes 
  2. WARM UP: Mouthpiece/Headjoint practice- see First Lessons handout. Then, Line #1 on the Band Warm-up Page- see handout. -5 minutes
  3. REVIEW: For WWs & Brass = Sound Innovations book, page 5- all lines; page 6- lines 6-8. -4-5 minutes.
  4. FOCUS: Sound Innovations book, page 6- lines 9-11. -5-7 minutes
  5. VIDEO PRACTICE LOG (VPL) #2: Record yourself performing Line 9 on Page 6 in your Sound Innovations book. (As a reminder, "performing" shows the result of the practice you did to improve your playing!) VPL #2 is due by the end of the day on Sunday, September 26th. There is a 5 day grace period if you cannot get this completed this weekend. All scores will be final for VPL #2 in the grade book after Friday, October 1st. VPL #2 should NOT be emailed to your band teacher, but submitted using Flipgrid as we taught you in class last week. Please contact Mr. Cosby if you have forgotten your Flipgrid code for your band class.
  6. WRITTEN WORK: Complete the "Your First 5 Notes" page on your own at home. This written assessment on your note reading skills is due on Monday, September 27th for B Day students and Tuesday, September 28th for A Day students. 
  7. CHALLENGE: Are you getting bored in band? No worries- there are plenty of challenging things to work on! For example, look on page 7 of your Sound Innovations book... notice the notes on this page are no longer 4 counts! Can you figure all of these notes without stopping in between? Can you doe this while using your "secret weapon?" We will look at these lines more next week in band class. -3 minutes
  8. Take instrument apart, clean the instrument (for woodwinds)/empty water from instrument (for brass) and put SAFELY away in case -1 minute. 

TOTAL PRACTICE TIME = 15-20 minutes.

Happy Practicing!

 Tom Cosby (thomas.cosby@ops.org)    John Myre (john.myre@ops.org)

Helpful Links

 Title Description
Band Warm-up PageDownloadStarting this week (week of September 20th), we will be playing at least part of this page every single day in band class! Make sure to use the page for YOUR INSTRUMENT ONLY!
Note Reading Lesson 3DownloadThis lesson teaches you about STEMS, FLATS/SHARPS and LEDGER LINES. NOTE: make sure to look at the page for YOUR INSTRUMENT ONLY!
Note Reading Lesson 2DownloadThis lesson talks about LINES and SPACES on the staff for both treble and bass clef instruments.
Note Reading Lesson 1DownloadNote Reading Lesson 1 goes over the very basics of how music is written on the staff.
Mr. Cosby's Rules for CountingDownloadThis page gives all the rules for counting that you need to know for the beginning of 5th grade band.
For Parents/Guardians: How to Sign up for REMINDDownloadParents/Guardians should follow the instructions on this document to sign up for REMIND. We will use REMIND to communicate with you on a weekly basis. Contact Mr. Cosby or Mr. Myre if you have questions about this!
Beginning Percussion PacketDownloadThis packet is for all beginning percussion students and will be used throughout the year in 5th grade band.
Information about Renting/Purchasing an InstrumentDownloadThis information can be helpful for parents looking to rent or purchase an instrument for their band student.