Band Class

Please click on the following links for band selections for this year.  You will be able to listen, and play along with recordings.

6th Grade Band

This is a beginner level class which includes the basic elements of music reading and playing skills. 6th grade band introduces more advanced band literature than experienced in the elementary school.  This is where we hone our skills to prepare for 7th grade band.

7th Grade Band

This band class is designed to offer students intermediate-level instruction in performance skills, music theory, interpretation and improved technical proficiency in preparation for performance.

8th Grade Band

This advanced level band class emphasizes the development of more complex music theory, interpretation and a higher level of playing proficiency in preparation for performance.  8th grade band students will participate in the All District Band Concert in March.

Grades

Band is a performance based class thus all performances are mandatory.  Failure to attend will affect your grade.  Participate in any performance = 95%.   Miss a performance with a note from a parent or guardian will result in ten point drop in grade for that event = 85%.  Miss a performance without a note is a twenty point drop in grade for that event =75%

Supply Requirements for Band Students

All flute players should have a cleaning rod and 2 soft, clean cloths to care for their instrument.

All clarinet players should have a cleaning swab, cork grease, a soft clean cloth to wipe off their instrument and two reeds in their case at all times. Reeds should not remain on the mouthpiece when not in use and should be alternated day to day.

All saxophones should have a cleaning swab, neck strap, cork grease, a soft clean cloth to wipe off their instrument and two reed in their case at all times.  Reeds should not remain on the mouthpiece when not in use and should be alternated day to day

All trumpet players should have a soft, clean cloth to wipe off their instrument.  They are required to have one bottle of valve oil in their case at all times.  Valves should be oiled twice a week.

All trombone players should have a soft, clean cloth to wipe off their instrument. They are required to have one container of slide grease in their case at all times. Slides should be greases at least once a week.

All percussion students are required to purchase two pair of 5A wooden tip hickory drum sticks and a snare practice pad.  Please be sure to write your name on your sticks and underside of your pad with a permanent black marker such as a Sharpie.

Scofield Band Calendar of Events 2018-2019
  • Veteran’s Day Parade – November – TBA – 7th and 8th grade only
  • Winter Concert – TBA – all band students
  • Saint Patrick’s Day Parade – TBA – 7th and 8th grade only
  • All District Band Rehearsals (with High School Students)- TBA
  • All District Band Dress Rehearsal- TBA- All Day at Westhill High School
  • All District Band Concert –TBA – 7:00p.m. Westhill High School
  • Spring Concert – TBA – all band students
  • Memorial Day Parade – May - TBA – 7th and 8th grade only
Concert Attire – Required for all Band Students
For all outdoor performances:
  • Solid white shirt – no stripes or logos
  • Blue jeans or navy pants - no rips or tears and no shorts
  • White sneakers

Formal concerts and other performances:

Ladies
  • White blouse
  • Black Dress pants or skirt
  • Black dress shoes
Gentlemen
  • White dress shirt
  • Black pants
  • Black belt
  • Black socks
  • Plain black shoes
School owned instruments

It is the duty and responsibility of each student playing a school owned instrument to take the best possible care of it.  Do not expose your instrument to extreme temperatures and do not put any music in the case.  Report any malfunctions to the band director as soon as possible.

Local Instrument Retailers

There are many supplies that your student will need for band throughout the year, such as instruments, drum sticks, reeds, and valve oil.  These are some local stores that offer these services.  Instrument rental rates are listed on most websites.  Most rental instrument rates are between $20 and $30 per month, with discounts sometimes being given for full year rentals.  This rate usually includes any needed repairs, and sometimes the provider can even deliver to the school or home. 

Giuliano’s Music Center
406 Westport Ave. Norwalk, CT
(203) 3286-8005
www.giulianosmusiccenter.com

Crescendo Music
351 Post Rd. Darien, CT (near Costco, opposite side of the road)
(203) 689-7725
www.crescendomusicdarien.com

Greenwich Music
1200 E. Putnam Ave. Greenwich, CT
(203) 637-1119
www.greenwichmusic.com

Rental Instrument, LLC.
547 Main Ave. Norwalk, CT
(203) 957-8300
www.rentalinstrument.com

Music & Arts
1863 Post Rd. Fairfield, CT
(203) 255-2881
www.musicarts.com

Music & Arts
22 West Putnam Ave. Greenwich, CT
(203) 661-1492
www.musicarts.com

Creative Music Center
701 Main St. Monroe, CT
(203) 261-7301
www.thecreativemusiccenter.com

Musicians Who Play Your Instrument

Take a few minutes and read about one professional player.  Learn about their life, career and music.  Take a listen on You Tube or better still purchase and download one of their recordings.  Enjoy!

Flute - Ian Anderson,  Jeanne Baxtresser, Viviana Guzman, Ron Korb, Rhonda Larson, Bill McBirnie,  Jean Pierre Rampal, Alexa Still, Nestor Torres and Eugenia Zukerman

Clarinet – Eddie Daniels, Giora Feidman, Benny Goodman, John Helliwell, Sharon Kam, Sabine Meye, Charles Neidich, Vasilio Saleas, Hushu Senlendirici and Richard Stoltzman

Alto Saxophone – Cannonball Adderly, Paul Cohen, Paul Desmond, Amy Dickson, Jimmy Dorsey, Kenny Garrett, Branford Marsalis, Charlie Parker, David Sanborn and Phil Woods

Baritone Saxophone – Harry Carney, Serge Chaloff, Charlie Fowles, Gerry Mulligan and Gary Smulyan

Tenor Saxophone –Ornett Coleman, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Coleman Hawkins, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Chris Potter, Joshua Redman, Sonny Rollins and Lester Young

Trombone – Joseph Alessi, Tommy Dorsey, Bruce Fowler, Wycliffe Gordon,  J.J. Johnson, Christian Lindberg, Glenn Miller, Kid Ory, James Pankow and Barry Rogers

Trumpet –Herb Alpert, Louis Armstrong,  Alison Balsom, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Tine Thing Helseth, Al Hirt, Harry James, Chuck Mangione and Wynton Marsalis

Percussion –Phil Collins, Sheila Escovedo, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, Keith Moon, Neil Peart, Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, Max Roach and Janet Weiss