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Fraser Middle Band Program

Band classes will begin the week of September 20th. There will be two classes a week for each grade. Students who are new to band will attend grade 6 band times to start and will also need to rent an instrument from a music store. Please see information in attachment at the bottom of the page from King's Music to register online.

Grade 6 students do not need instruments for band class until Friday, October 1st. If you already have an instrument, please make sure it is in full working condition. You will also have the option of registering online and picking up the instrument from King's Music (see below attachment).

Please see the attached letter from King’s Music regarding instruments.  Parents are welcome to shop around at other music companies. (Please buy a musical instrument from a music store and not a department store) The choice of instruments will be discussed in the first grade 6/beginner band class on Friday, Sept. 17th. The students can choose to play: Flute, Clarinet, Alto or Tenor saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Percussion or Bass guitar (upon discussion with Ms. Holland).

We will use the first few band classes to learn how to read music and discuss instrument choices for Grade 6 beginning students. All grade 6,7,8 band students pay a $25.00 band fee online ($15.00 if you already have a band shirt). Please use the online payment method through School Cash Online for this. ***Band fee options will appear on school cash online once the band class lists are finalized*** (Hopefully by Oct 1st)

Please pam.farley [at] abbyschools.ca (contact Ms. )pam.holland [at] abbyschools.ca (Holland) at the school if you have any questions.

Weekly Band Schedule 

  • Grade 6 classes – Wednesdays 7:15 am and Friday 9:20 am - beginning Wed. Sep 22
  • Grade 7 classes – Mondays 7:15 am and Friday 10:41 am ​- beginning Wed. Sep 20
  • Grade 8 classes – Tuesdays 7:25 am and Friday 1:15 pm ​- beginning Wed. Sep 21

Note: Please bring a pencil and instrument to meet in the music room. Grade 6 you will be meeting in the multipurpose room (MPR) on Wednesday morning. Remember to wash or sanitize your hands before entering the music room. Please keep your mask on until you are in your seat. 

Jazz Band

Jazz band will start Thursday, Oct 7th. Please listen to announcements for details. Jazz Band is for students who have at least one year of experience on their instrument and play trumpet, trombone or saxophone. Piano players, guitarists and drummers are encouraged to come out to jazz band as well. We will meet Thursday’s at 7:15 am in the music room. Please wash or sanitize your hands before entering the music room. Please keep your mask on until you are in your seat.

Concerts and Events:

Unfortunately, no in-person concerts will occur until further notice. This will be re-evaluated throughout the school year. Later in the school year, we will investigate the possibility of hosting recorded concerts.

Sanitize Hands - Before & After Rehearsal/Masks:

All students must sanitize their hands before entering and upon leaving band class. Please keep your mask on until you are in your seat.

Instrument Bell Masks/Covers:

If you feel comfortable taking extra precautions – please look into purchasing a bell cover when playing the following instruments at school: Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Trumpet, French horn, Trombone, Baritone or Tuba. There is information below from King’s Music with prices and sizing for instrument covers. Ms. Holland also has some instrument masks that can be borrowed for the school year.

Brass Instruments - Spit Valve Towel:

All students playing the following instruments must carry a towel in their instrument case to be used when emptying the instruments “spit” valve: Trumpet, French horn, Baritone, Tuba. If you do not have one, please ask Ms. Holland for a puppy pad to use.