6th Grade Beginner Band

 

Directors: Jim Palmer / Anissa Macias / Andrew Hearn / Quincey Jarmon / Rod Kosterman

The beginning band program at Cain Middle School is unique and serves as the foundation for the entire band program. Composed of beginning bands at Amy Parks-Heath Elementary, Linda Lyon Elementary, Pullen Elementary, Rochell Elementary, Shannon Elementary, and Springer Elementary, the beginning band program is structured to teach each student the fundamental music skills required to be successful on their instrument. Private lessons are strongly encouraged. Throughout the year, beginner students will have multiple opportunities to play alongside students from all of our feeder schools at our Jumpstart classes, checkpoint rehearsals, and various concerts and contests.

Concert Band II

Directors: Jim Palmer / Anissa Macias / Andrew Hearn / Rod Kosterman (Percussion)

Meeting: All-Year, 3rd period

Concert Band II emphasizes the development of individual and full-band performance skills in preparation for promotion into the Concert I, Symphonic, or Honors Bands. The class is geared for students in the 7th and 8th grades who did not have beginning band in 6th grade, OR students who did have 6th grade beginning band, but need additional reinforcement of fundamentals. The class is taught at an accelerated pace, and therefore private lessons are strongly encouraged. The students learn basic fundamentals and the basic elements of melody and harmony are introduced. Basic level of technical playing proficiency is developed and enjoyed in multiple performing opportunities. Students in this group will get greater individual attention from the directors, allowing greater focus on improving the individual student.

Concert Band I

Directors: Andrew Hearn / Rod Kosterman (Percussion)

Meeting: All-Year, 5th period

This class emphasizes the development of full-band performance skills in preparation for concerts and UIL contest. The students in Concert I will also continue to reinforce basic fundamentals and increase their musical ability and range. The elements of more basic melody and harmony and interpretation are reinforced, and a higher level of technical playing proficiency is developed and enjoyed in multiple performing opportunities. Individual growth and achievement are encouraged through solo and ensemble performance, Pre-UIL Contest, UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest, and other concert performances.

Students in Concert I will attend one weekly co-curricular section practice, or “sectional,” which will last for 45 minutes after school. These are scheduled the first week of school and will be the same day each week and will continue into the month of May. Attendance at these are mandatory, graded, and are considered an extension of classroom instruction. Private lessons are strongly encouraged.

Symphonic Band

Directors: Anissa Macias / Rod Kosterman (percussion)

Meeting: All-Year, 6th period

This intermediate-level band class emphasizes the development of full-band performance skills in preparation for concerts and UIL contest. The students continue to reinforce their basic fundamentals and increase their musical ability and range. The elements of more basic melody and harmony and interpretation are reinforced, and a higher level of technical playing proficiency is developed and enjoyed in multiple performing opportunities. Individual growth and achievement are encouraged through solo and ensemble performance, Pre-UIL Contest, UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest, All-District band auditions, TMEA Region 3 All-Region auditions, and All-District concerts.

Students in Symphonic Band will attend one weekly co-curricular section practice, or “sectional,” which will last for 60 minutes either before or after school. These are scheduled the first week of school and will be the same day each week and will continue into the month of May. Attendance at these are mandatory, graded, and are considered an extension of classroom instruction. Private lessons are strongly encouraged.

Symphonic Band

Honors Band

Directors: Jim Palmer / Rod Kosterman (percussion)

Meeting: All-Year, 7th Period

Honors Band is the Cain Band’s highest performing ensemble, and emphasizes the development of full-band performance skills in preparation for concerts and UIL contest. The students continue developing fundamentals and will continue increasing their musical ability and range. The elements of more complex melody and harmony and interpretation are addressed, and a higher level of technical playing proficiency is developed and enjoyed in multiple performing opportunities. Individual growth and achievement are encouraged through solo and ensemble performance, Pre-UIL Contest, UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest, the Dallas Wind Symphony Windband Festival, All-District band auditions, TMEA Region 3 All-Region auditions, and All-District concerts.

Students in Honors Band will attend one weekly co-curricular section practice, or “sectional,” which will last for 60-75 minutes either before or after school. These are scheduled the first week of school and will be the same day each week and will continue into the month of May. Attendance at these are mandatory, graded, and are considered an extension of classroom instruction. Private lessons are strongly encouraged. 

Honor Band