Corbett Prep’s Fifth Grade Band Hits the Right Note
More students than ever are taking additional responsibilities and joining beginning band.
Oct. 4, 2013 (TAMPA, Fla.) – Almost half of the fifth graders at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS have stepped up to the challenge to become band members this year, forming the largest beginning band the school has had.
Every student receives musical education as part of the Corbett Prep curriculum, learning the fundamentals as well as exploring the music of different cultures and historical periods, and all participate in whole-school concerts four times a year. In addition, fifth graders who want to take their musical studies to the next level may participate in beginning band.
Music teacher Michael LeBlanc says expectations are high for beginning band. As they enhance their musical and performance skills, band members develop a sense of responsibility during school rehearsals, concerts and practice sessions at home. The students also learn to support one another as they improve their instrumental techniques.
The band consists of flutes, clarinets, tenor saxophones, trumpets and trombones, which the students rent. Students must remember to bring their instruments to school twice a week for band practice. Rehearsals take place before classes start, at 7:15 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the Middle School music room. Afterward, the instruments are taken across the street to the Eastside and stored so students can take them home at the end of the day and practice on their own time.
Beginning band students perform in four concerts each year: Grandparents’ Day, Fine Arts Night, Pancake Breakfast and Fine Arts Day.
Along with beginning band, students have other opportunities to take their musical education above and beyond. Students interested in vocal performance can join The Spirit of IDS, a third grade chorus, or the Warriors’ Pride Chorus for fourth and fifth graders for chorus and musical theatre. In middle school, students may pursue electives in musical theatre, chorus and advanced band.