Carmel Bands, Carmel, Indiana

The Practice Room

The Practice Room is a new feature on Carmel Bands’ website!  Below you will find recommendations, notes, ‘SHOULD DOs”, “Check it Outs” and various musical announcements from the directors.

Today’s installment is a note from the desk of Mr. Michael Pote, Associate Director of Bands

The Carmel High School Band staff is looking forward to the 2013 – 2014 school year and starting another great year of concert band, jazz band and everything else that goes on in the Band Division of the CHS Performing Arts Department! The summer is a great time to relax from a long school year but it also a good time to get things ready for the beginning of your CHS band career! If you are getting this email and your son or daughter did not sign up for band for next year, it’s not too late!  Just send me a note and we’ll get them signed up!

On the first day of school your student will receive a calendar of all of the performances that are a requirement for concert band. On average, the concert bands will perform 4 or 5 times during the school year at concerts in our Dale E. Graham Auditorium, ISSMA events, and others. Concert attire for most groups will be black pants, shirt and shoes for guys and black skirt or dress for girls. You will receive more information about this on the first day also.

If you are interested in the Jazz Ensembles at Carmel High School, audition information will become available in late September or early October. Jazz Ensemble is open to students who play Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Bass, Guitar or Percussion.

If you are interested in Marching Band and are not yet signed up contact Chris Kreke at: ckreke@ccs.k12.in.us<mailto:ckreke@ccs.k12.in.us>

One great way to get a head start on the school year is to continue or begin taking private music lessons on your instrument. Paige’s music offers a list of qualified area teachers:

https://www.paigesmusic.com/paiges/run?id=6&_tid=418&lvid=485

Click here to see another list of instrumental private teachers.

The summer is also a good time to look at doing maintenance on an existing instrument or upgrading to a new more advanced instrument. Feel free to contact me at this email address if you would like some assistance in choosing an instrument or where to get repairs done.

Standard school owned instruments are available for the summer from the high school. These instruments include Tuba, Bassoon, Oboe, French Horn, Euphonium (Baritone), Bass Clarinet, Tenor and Baritone Saxophone. Contact me at: mpote@ccs.k12.in.us<mailto:mpote@ccs.k12.in.us> us to set up an appointment to check out an instrument for the summer.

Students will be keeping their wind instruments in cage lockers here at the school during the day, please bring a combination or key lock in the first week to be sure your equipment is safe.

Brass players:  All students should own their own mouthpiece regardless of whether you use a school owned instrument or not. The mouthpiece can be one of the most important investments in the overall sound of the instrument you play. Here are some brand and model suggestions from our staff:

Trumpet:  Bach 5C or 3C
Horn:  Holton Farkas MC or Yamaha 30
Trombone:  Shilke 51D or Bach 5G
Euphonium:  Shilke 51D or Bach 5G
Tuba: Conn-Helleberg or Yamaha 18

For brass players a “BERP” is often helpful in class when doing mouthpiece exercises. These are available through Paige’s Music: www.paigesmusic.com (just search “berp”)

Woodwind Players: All students should own their own mouthpiece regardless of whether you use a school owned instrument or not. The mouthpiece can be one of the most important investments in the overall sound of the instrument you play. Here are some brand and model suggestions from our staff:

Clarinet:               Vandoren M30 or B45
Alto Sax:              Vandoren AL3 (and ligature)
Tenor Sax:           Vandoren TL3 (and ligature)
Bari Sax:               Selmer C* or Yamaha 5C

All woodwind players, including oboes and bassoon,  should have at least 3-4 good quality reeds with them at all times. Vandoren reeds are very high quality and consistent.

Percussion Players:  In the link below, please review a handout from our percussion specialist, Jeff Queen, with information on the equipment a percussionist will need for class.  See percussion handout, here:  Percussion Handout

I hope this information is helpful. If there is any question this email has not addressed please don’t hesitate to send me an email and I will get back to you. Thanks for reading this and we look forward to meeting everybody next year!

Sincerely,

Michael Pote
Director of Bands