8th Grade Band
8th grade band students at Mitchell meet as a full band every other day in the band room. I begin the school year reviewing all of the concepts from 7th grade such as: posture, breathing, starting and ending notes, tone production, correct hand placement, correct mouth placement (embouchure), and basic music theory (note names, note values, musical terms, articulation, dynamics, etc.). Percussion students will continue the process of learning how to play the many different percussion instruments (with correct technique!) which include: bass drum, cymbals, suspended cymbals, xylophone, timpani, snare drum, drum set, gong, concert toms, congas, crash cymbals, tambourine, and many others.
My main goals for this school year will be to reinforce and maintain proper playing techniques as well as to continue and develop a sense of performance, musicality, energy and teamwork as part of the Mitchell band program. The 8th graders will meet as a combined band with the 7th graders at least twice before each of our two band concerts. 8th graders are again eligible to try out for the Mitchell Symphony Band (made up of a combination of 7th and 8th grade students - rehearsals usually begin in late September with a trip to a national music festival in the Spring) They will also be eligible to march in the Junior Lighthouse Brigade (rehearsals will begin in March or April) or the Lighthouse Brigade of Racine (made up of current 8th graders through current high school seniors - rehearsals will begin in January or February).