5th Grade Band Information

Important Information about OPS-owned Instruments and Other Band Materials: 

There have been recent changes to the OPS-owned instrument return policy we outlined earlier. If you have an OPS-owned band instrument at home and WILL be attending any OPS school next fall (even if it is not Buffett), you will keep that instrument at home with you all summer. Mr. Myre and Mr. Cosby will be in touch with you next fall to arrange a way for you to return that instrument. If you have an OPS-owned band instrument at home and you will NOT be attending an OPS school next fall (maybe moving out of state or attending another Omaha area school district) please contact Mr. Myre or Mr. Cosby as soon as possible to arrange a time to return that instrument. The same policy will be followed with other band materials like Sound Innovations books, sheet music, and any other band materials you may have at home that belong to OPS or Buffett. 

This decision was made by our district leaders in an overabundance of caution to ensure that everyone stays safe during our current pandemic situation. Thank you for your patience as we work to follow OPS protocol and ensure everyone's safety.

Congratulations Buffett 5th Grade Band Students! 

YOU MADE IT... all the way through your 5th grade year at Buffett and your 1st year in band! THANK YOU for allowing Mr. Myre and myself to be a part of your musical journey at Buffett- we have enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you!

If this were a normal ending to the school year, we would have an end-of-the-year band celebration where we would give out certificate and awards... but this is anything but a normal year! So we have created a "virtual" Buffett 5th/6th Grade Band Awards Program for you: CLICK HERE to watch the "virtual" awards program.

Have a great summer!

~Mr. Cosby                ~Mr. Myre

Older At Home Band Activities:

At Home Band Activity for Week of May 11-15: Welcome to the last week of the 2019-2020 school year! It has been a crazy year for sure, especially these past couple of months... congratulations on completing your 5th grade year in band! Mr. Myre and I have enjoyed getting to know you all. THANK YOU for allowing us to be a part of your musical journey at Buffett. 

CLICK HERE to watch my video that explains about the at-home band activity for May 11-15. This video also contains information about turning in/not turning in OPS instruments and when to expect participation and other special recognition awards for band.

At Home Band Activity for Week of May 4-10: All band students were focusing on learning the sheet music for our Buffett Spring Concert before spring break. While this concert was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, band students have worked hard on this music and should get to perform it. So this week's band activity is to give a mini-performance for your family. The music you play is up to you... you could play the sheet music we were preparing for the concert. Or you could play something shorter out of our book (page 17 or 18). Or maybe you have been working on a solo and would like to perform that- the choice is up to you. Once you are done with your mini-performance, upload a recording of your performance to Flipgrid. If you did not record your performance then just submit a Flipgrid telling me what you performed, where you performed, how you think it went and your family's reaction to your performance. There are only 2 rules for this mini-performance that you must follow:

  1. Rule #1 = you must introduce yourself, what school you go to and what music you will play as well as the composer of that music. Watch the video below for more details on this.
  2. Rule #2 = you must bow to after your performance is complete. This is just the appropriate thing to to due acknowledge the applause from your audience (in this case, the applause from your family). Watch the video below for more details on this.
CLICK HERE to view Mr. Cosby's videocast about how to complete the band activity for the week of May 4-10.
 

At Home Band Activity for Week of April 27-May 3rd

The weather is getting nicer outside and we have all been stuck at home for a good six or seven weeks at this point... I think it is time for us to take a little break and have a FUN BAND CHALLENGE this week!! So here it is: I challenge you to record yourself playing any song you choose from page 17 in your Sound Innovations book in the most interesting and unique place you can think of! Maybe this would you playing your instrument outside in your yard. Maybe this would be you playing your instrument in your mother's car with the seat belt on. Maybe this would be you playing your instrument while sitting on the washing machine or dryer.  Or maybe this would be you playing your instrument while upside down on your couch in your living room- it doesn't matter where, just find a unique and interesting place to play your instrument this week, record yourself doing it and submit it to me using Flipgrid! There are only 2 rules for this challenge:

  1. Rule #1 = be safe at all times. Don't climb the tree in your yard to play your instrument and fall out of it hurting yourself! Have your parents approve your interesting place before attempting to actually play in this place!
  2. Rule #2 = practice social distancing at all time. Don't go to the park and play your instrument with 20 other kids standing right next to you! Again, have your parents approve your interesting place before moving forward with actually playing in that place.
CLICK HERE to view Mr. Cosby's videocast about how to complete the band activity for the week of April 27-May 3rd.

 

At Home Band Activity for Week of April 20-24: There are two parts to this week's band activity:

  • Part 1 = Continue to practice the Bb Concert Scale Mastery page (activity from April 6-10) and pages 18 & 19 in your Sound Innovations book (activity from back in March). Submit a recording using Flipgrid once you have practiced these items and can play all the notes and rhythms. Remember- there are NO NEW NOTES on the Bb Concert Scale Master page or on page 18 & 19- this is all review, just in a different format that is more fun to practice while away from school.
  • Part 2 = Last week you voted on the song you liked the best and wanted to play... before learning the entire piece, we will start with practicing the "building blocks" for the song that received the most votes- it is called Cousin Louie. CLICK HERE to access the music for Building Blocks Cousin Louie- make sure to download the music for your instrument only! Percussion students- practice both the mallet and battery percussion parts. Once you have practiced the Building Blocks Cousin Louie page and have learned all the notes and rhythms, submit a recording of yourself playing this page on Flipgrid.
  • Are there some notes you are confused about on the Building Blocks Cousin Louie page? No problem- CLICK HERE to watch Mr. Cosby's recorded video lesson where he teaches you how to play the new note and gives you tips to learn this page.
CLICK HERE to view Mr. Cosby's videocast about how to complete the 5th grade band activity for the week of April 20-24.

At Home Band Activity for Week of April 13-17: There are two parts to this week's band activity:

  • Part 1 = Continue to practice the Bb Concert Scale Mastery page (activity from last week). Submit a recording using Flipgrid once you have practiced this and can play all the notes and rhythms. Remember- there are NO NEW NOTES on the Bb Concert Scale Mastery page- this is all review, just in a different format that is more fun to practice while away from school. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE Bb CONCERT SCALE MASTERY PAGE.
  • Part 2 = Listen to the three recordings below. As you listen be thinking to yourself "would I want to play this song?" After listening to all three songs, go to Flipgrid and "vote" for the song you would like to play. We will begin working next week on the song that gets the most votes so make sure you listen and vote on Flipgrid- the choice is up to you! Click below to listen to the three recordings:

        3 Recordings- listen to all 3, then vote for your favorite on Flipgrid:   CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE 3 RECORDINGS

CLICK HERE to view Mr. Cosby's videocast about how to complete the 5th Grade Band activity for the week of April 13-17.


Update for Week of April 6th: There is a NEW at-home band activity for this week! Students are to practice the NEW Bb Concert Scale Mastery page. Once they learn all the notes and rhythms, make it more entertaining by playing along with the MP3 recording- this will also help you keep a steady beat! Both the Bb Concert Scale Mastery page and the MP3 recording can be downloaded from your 5th Grade Band TEAMS page. Please log on to the TEAMS page for your band class OR the Flipgrid for your band class to watch Mr. Cosby's recorded video explaining everything you need to know about the at-home band activities for the week of April 6-10. Any questions or confusion? Feel free to email us at any time- we would love to hear from you!

Update for Week of March 23rd: Attention 5th Grade Band Students- There will be no school beginning Monday, March 16th. You are fortunate in that you have your instruments at home and can get them out and practice while away from school! We suggest setting aside 20 minutes each day to focus on practicing your instrument. We have designed several activities via Flipgrid to help facilitate this practice:

You may be wondering: "What should a typical practice session look like?" We encourage you to look in the box below this announcement for a step-by-step guide to help you structure your practice time at home.

We fully understand that you may be stuck at home without a lot to do or places to go at this time... in addition to the Flipgrid activities listed above, we have designed a series of online activities for students to learn musical skills that will help them when playing their instruments. Please visit the 5th Grade Online Challenge page to learn about these online activities.

In addition to the Flipgrid and Online Challenges described above, Mr. Cosby will be available each day between the hours of 8:00 am and noon to answer any questions you may have about these activities or any other aspect of practicing your instrument at home. A short 10-minute TEAMS session can be arranged to help clarify any issues you may be having, whether they be technical computer issues or issues with playing your instrument. Please email Mr. Cosby at thomas.cosby@ops.org to arrange a time for a TEAMS session and he will communicate directly with you to arrange this.

5th Grade Band Practice Assignment

Practice Assignment- Last Updated on Sunday, 4-5.

For Percussion, 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 Version 2.0 page, all lines; Ensemble Development book pg. 2-4, all lines;  -4 minutes
  3. REVIEW: Sound Innovations pg. 17, 18 & 19, all lines. Listen to your sound... are you counting the 8th notes correctly? Are you doing the slurs correctly? How about the dynamics? These songs are more difficult- if you are struggling with your notes, use your flash cards to help you! Step #1 when you practice is always POINT and TELL. Step #2 is SHOW and TELL. Step #3 is PLAY and THINK  5 minutes.
  4. NEW FOCUS FOR THIS WEEK: Bb Concert Scale Mastery page- please see the information at the top of this page to learn about this new activity for this week!
  5. SHEET MUSIC: March of the Champions- are you playing what is on your page all the time?
  6. WRITTEN WORK: there are numerous online theory "challenges" that we think you will find fun and will help you get faster and note naming and interval identification. Please visit the 5th Grade Online Challenge page for more information about these activities.
  7. FLIPGRID ACTIVITIES: instructions for these activities are listed in the box at the top of this page...  
  8. CHALLENGE: Are you getting bored in band? No worries- there are plenty of challenging things to work on! For example, where are you at for Bobcat Kung Fu... have you earned your white belt? If so, how about your red belt? How about your yellow belt? CLICK HERE for more information about Bobcat Kung Fu. If you are ready to "test" for your next belt, please record yourself playing the appropriate material and submit the recording using Flipgrid- we will listen to your recording and let you know if you need to play something differently or if you have earned your next Bobcat Kung Fu belt!
  9. SOLOS/SMALL ENSEMBLES? Were you given a solo or small ensemble to practice before spring break? If you are practicing at home on your solo or small ensemble and want some feedback from a band teacher, please recording yourself playing your music and submit the recording using Flipgrid- we will listen and let you know suggestions for improvement!
  10. Clean instrument and put SAFELY away -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
March of the ChampionsDownloadBeginning to measure 19 only; tempo = 92.
March of the ChampionsDownloadMeasures 19 to the end only.
March of the Champions- allDownloadAll of March of the Champions.
Solo/Small Ensemble Lesson ScheduleDownloadThis document outlines when students will have individual lessons for their solos and small ensembles.
Level 2 Sound RhythmsDownloadLevel 2 Sound Rhythms page is due on Monday, Feb. 3rd.
Music History Lesson #1- Baroque PeriodDownloadMusic History Lesson #1- Baroque Period. This is the first formative written grade for 3rd quarter- due by Friday, 1-10.
2nd Quarter Written Review AssessmentDownloadThis formative review assessment was given to students on Thursday, Dec. 19th and was due on Friday, Dec. 20th. This will be the 1st written grade for 3rd 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.