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Fairgrieve Band


Fairgrieve Elementary School Band Handbook:

Ms. Stephanie Mata

Phone: 315-593-5550 x1209


Elementary Band Rehearsal: Thursdays at 2:00-2:30pm


Instrumental Group Lessons: Begin on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017


Band Rehearsals:

  • Band rehearsals are held during a scheduled part of the school day.  Students will not be taken out of their classes for band rehearsal.

  • Attendance and participation at every rehearsal are required, unless legally excused.  

  • Students are expected to be on time to rehearsal with their instrument, music and pencil ready.



  • Lessons are given during the school day on a rotating schedule.  Students will have one 30 minute group lesson each week

  • Students will not miss the same class often due to this rotation schedule. Students report to lessons a different time slot each week.  

  • Students will be placed into lesson groups with students who play the same instrument.

  • A lesson schedule will be given to classroom teachers and will be posted on the band room door.

  • Each student is required to attend his/her weekly lesson. If a student has a quiz or test, he/she must communicate with Ms. Mata prior to the lesson time, to schedule a make-up lesson.



  • Students are not allowed to touch or play another student’s instrument, including percussion equipment.

  • Students are expected to be respectful and attentive during all band rehearsals and lessons.

  • Food, drinks and gum are not permitted in the band room.



  • All beginning band students are encouraged to practice as much as possible!

  • Students are expected to practice 20 minutes a day

  • Practicing is our nightly homework for band

Why is practicing necessary?

Practice is an essential part of musical development. Consistent practice will help students develop proper instrumental techniques and strengthen certain muscles needed to produce proper sounds on each instrument.  


Required Band Materials

  • Instrument (Owned instrument or rented instrument)

  • Instrument specific accessories: reeds, cleaning swabs, valve oil, etc.

  • New Band Book: “The Beginning Band Method” by Brendan Van Epps

  • Binder with protective sleeves

  • Pencil


Fairgrieve Elementary Music Concerts

  • Winter Concert- Thursday, December 7, 2017 @ 6:00-7:00pm

  • “Music in Our Schools Month” Concert- Thursday, March 22 2018 @ 6:00-7:00pm

  • Spring Concert- Thursday, June 7, 2018 @ 6:00-7:00pm

We will be working diligently throughout the year to put on fantastic elementary band performances. Students are required to perform in scheduled school concerts.  It is important for every band student to be in attendance, because every student is vital to the success of the band performance.  Band is a team, and we can’t perform well without all our members.  If you have any conflicts with these concert dates, please let me know.


Parents, family and friends are highly encouraged to support students’ hard work in the music program through concert attendance!





Brian Pulvino, Superintendent
167 South Fourth Street
Fulton, New York 13069
Phone: (315) 593-5500

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