5th Grade Band Information

This page contains information on what 5th grade students should be practicing as well as links to all of the written work for 5th grade band. The purpose in providing these links is for students to access assignments in case they are absent, lose their original copy, or need to redo an assignment. Note that assignments are listed in the order they have been assigned. Also note that most written assignments are INSTRUMENT SPECIFIC- this means that after you click on the link for the assignment you are looking for, you need to scroll through the PDF file to find the page that is for your instrument! Please contact Mr. Cosby or Mr. Myre with any questions about the written assignments for 5th grade band.

5th Grade Band Practice Assignment

WELCOME TO THE BUFFETT BAND PROGRAM!! We are excited that you are joining us in band at Buffett... we are looking forward to a great year! Below is an outline of what 5th grade band students should be practicing at home:

UPDATES FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS: The 5th Grade Band Winter Concert is fast approaching- it is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17th at 8:15 am here in the Buffett Gymnasium. Please make plans to attend and support your student in their first band performance! A reminder will be sent home on Friday, 11-8 that includes all the details you need to know.

Also, Band Buddies will continue this week! If you would like your student to participate in this fun and educational program please fill out the permission form and return to Mr. Myre as soon as possible. CLICK HERE to download a copy of the Band Buddies permission form.

Practice Assignment- Last Updated on Thursday, 11-21

For Woodwinds & Brass- ALWAYS use a metronome when practicing!

  1. DAILY MAINTENANCE: Breathing Exercises, Sizzle Exercises, Mouthpiece/Headjoint Practice (see First Lessons handout)  -2 minutes.
  2. WARM UP: Band Warm up page- all lines.  4 minutes.
  3. REVIEW: Sound Innovations, pg. 10-all. Listen to your sound... are you matching pitch? Use the Practice Recordings below to help you review this page!  4 minutes. 
  4. FOCUS: Sound Innovations, pg. 11 & 12-all. These songs are more difficult- if you are struggling with your notes, use your flash cards to help you! Step #1 when practicing is always POINT & TELL. Step #2 is SHOW & TELL. Step #3 is PLAY & THINK.  -5 minutes.
  5. SHEET MUSIC: Full Band Songs page and Good King Wenceslas. Remember- GO SLOW! Make sure it sounds like it is supposed to sound!  -5 minutes.
  6. WRITTEN WORK: no written work at this time.
  7. VPL #11: Please play one of the pieces of music we are preparing for our Winter Concert: Ode to Joy, Lightly Row (A line), Good King Wenceslas (melody part only) or any Small Ensemble or Solo music you have been given.  Submit this VPL using Flipgrid- you can find Flipgrid at: www.flipgrid.com Then, enter your class code. CLICK HERE if you have forgotten your class code. CLICK HERE if you need more specific instructions on how to complete your VPL. This VPL is due by midnight on Monday, November 18th. Please contact Mr. Cosby with any questions about the VPLs.  
  8. Clean instrument and put instrument SAFELY away. -1 minute.

TOTAL WOODWIND/BRASS PRACTICE TIME = 15-20 minutes

For Percussion Only - ALWAYS use a metronome when practicing!

  1. DAILY MAINTENANCE: Stretching of hands, then flashcard review (MALLETS) and pg. 4 and 5 in your Percussion Packet (SNARE DRUM)  -4 minutes.
  2. WARM UP: Beginning Percussion Packet, pg. 6 and 17 for SNARE DRUM. Band Warm up page, Lines #1 and #2 (NEW!) for MALLETS  5 minutes.
  3. REVIEW: Sound Innovations, pg. 10-all, for both MALLETS and SNARE DRUM. Listen to your playing... are you keeping a steady beat? Use the Practice Recordings below to help you review this page!  5 minutes. 
  4. FOCUS: Sound Innovations, pg. 11 & 12-all, for both MALLETS and SNARE DRUM. These songs are more difficult, especially for mallets- if you are struggling with your notes, use your flash cards to help you! Step #1 when practicing is always POINT & TELL. Step #2 is SHOW & TELL. Step #3 is PLAY & THINK.  -7 minutes.
  5. SHEET MUSIC: Full Band Songs page and Good King Wenceslas. Remember- GO SLOW! Make sure it sounds like it is supposed to sound!  -5 minutes.
  6. WRITTEN WORK: no written work at this time.
  7. VPL #11: Please play one of the pieces of music we are preparing for our Winter Concert: Ode to Joy, Lightly Row (A line), Good King Wenceslas (melody part only) or any Small Ensemble or Solo music you have been given.  Submit this VPL using Flipgrid- you can find Flipgrid at: www.flipgrid.com Then, enter your class code. CLICK HERE if you have forgotten your class code. CLICK HERE if you need more specific instructions on how to complete your VPL. This VPL is due by midnight on Monday, November 18th. Please contact Mr. Cosby with any questions about the VPLs. 
  8. Stretch out hands/arms, then SAFELY put away your instrument.

TOTAL PERCUSSION PRACTICE TIME = 20-25 minutes

If you have any questions about band feel free to contact us any time.

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

Links to Written Work

 Title Description
Veterans Day Written ReflectionDownloadAfter watching the video of the US Marine Band, write a reflection on what you saw and heard. Link to the video is included on this page. This assignment is due on Friday, Nov. 15th.
BLOCK 1- Mr. Cosby's Scary Song Recording from 10-30-19Download 
BLOCK 2- Mr. Cosby's Scary Song Recroding from 10-30-19Download 
Self Evaluation Form- Mr. Cosby's Scary SongDownloadAfter listening to your recording of "Mr. Cosby's Scary Song" from last Wednesday, please fill out the student performance rating sheet using the rubric on the 2nd page. This self evaluation is due on Friday, November 8th.
Level 1 Sound Assessment PageDownloadThis page is due on Tuesday, November 5th. This is a summative assessment! The middle line of music on this page is what students should play for VPL #8. Make sure to use the page for YOUR INSTRUMENT ONLY!
Note Reading Lesson 3DownloadThis lesson will be due on Wednesday, October 30th. (We will review these concepts in class on Friday, 10-25 & Monday/Tuesday, 10-28/29). Make sure to do the page for YOUR INSTRUMENT ONLY!
Rhythm Lesson #1DownloadFrom 1st Quarter...
Clef Signs & Lines/Spaces Review AssignmentDownloadFrom 1st quarter...
Parts of Instrument AssignmentDownloadFrom 1st Quarter...
Helpful Phrases/Music Notation AssignmentDownloadFrom 1st quarter...
Introduction to Clef Signs AssignmentDownloadFrom 1st quarter...
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.

Bobcat Kung-Fu Information

 Title Description
Bobcat Kung-Fu: General InformationDownloadOutlines the purpose and design of this program.
Bobcat Kung Fu RequirementsDownloadThis document outlines the requirements for each "belt" for Bobcat Kung Fu.
WHITE BELT- Clarinet onlyDownloadWHITE BELT- Clarinet only
RED BELT- Clarinet onlyDownloadRED BELT- Clarinet only
RED BELT- Trumpet onlyDownloadRED BELT- Trumpet only
RED BELT- Trombone/Baritone onlyDownloadRED BELT- Trombone/Baritone only
RED BELT- Tuba onlyDownloadRED BELT- Tuba only
RED BELT- Percussion onlyDownloadRED BELT- Percussion only