All about the Brasser Band Program
The Band Program at Brasser
The Instrumental Music program at Florence Brasser is open to all students in 4th and 5th grade. Interested students are invited to try out the instruments at the beginning of the school year. Once we find the right match for the student and program, we are off and running.
Students receive a half-hour group lesson once a week. We will work on how to: put the instrument together, posture, practice, tone, rhythm, tonal patterns, fingerings, taking care of the instrument, creating, and hopefully having fun! You will be expected to have all assigned materials learned each week. Students who practice 15-20 minutes or more 5 days a week make the best progress and feel the greatest success on their instrument!
In this section, you will see how the band schedule works. On the second full week of September, band will start for second year players. Band is on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 am to 8:50. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to band rehearsals before school. Students are not allowed in the building until 7:45 am. I realize this drop off can be a challenge for some families. Parents are key to their child's success. When beginner students are ready, they will receive an invitation to join the band. The band performs at least three concerts a year; one in January (for second year players), one in May at Brasser, and a Patriotic performance for the school on June 14th (Flag Day).
Other performance opportunities are available for students at NYSSMA solo festivals held in June, and the 5th Grade District Band concert held in March for selected 5th graders.
Learning to play an instrument takes time and practice. It is an added responsibility, and an additional activity to fit into your schedule.There are many rewards from participating in the music program, and hopefully students will continue to enjoy music for the rest of their lives, long after leaving Florence Brasser.
Preparation for weekly lesson (usually 15-20 minutes of practice a day), attendance at weekly lesson, and (when in band) attendance at all band rehearsals and concerts.
Provide your child with a good quality working instrument, provide transportation to band rehearsals and concerts, set up time in your child's schedule for regular practice and help them get into a practice routine.