is a partial list of musical instrument retailers in our area.
We strongly encourage you to call around to find the best price
on a quality instrument along with the best service.
& Arts Center Crossroads Plaza 426 Crossroads Blvd.,
Cary, (854-0024) Instrument sales and repairs
Note Music 1583 Beaver Creek Commons Dr, Apex NC.
27502, (387-3939) Instrument sales and repairs
A good private
teacher is perhaps the most valuable investment a parent can make
for their child. Band directors are trained in the instruction
of every band and orchestral instrument, but their knowledge cannot
compare to that of a professional player who makes a living teaching
and performing on one instrument.
are excellent for the student who wishes to grow faster or for
the average student who is having isolated problems. Such requires
the knowledge and skill of a specialist.
urge all Band students to assist their
pursuit of excellence through private instruction. Please see
your director for suggestions on private instructors.
stores will have all required band books and supplies. I suggest
calling music dealers to make sure your needed material is in
stock before leaving your home to make a purchase.
Elements Book 1
Reeds: Mitchell Lurie or Vandoren (strength 2 or 2.5)
Elements Book 2
and Saxophone Reeds: Mitchell Lurie (3 or 3.5), or Vandoren
and Saxophone Reeds: Mitchell Lurie (3 to 4) or Vandoren
(3 to 3.5)
Required for All Bands
oil and tuning slide grease for brass players
cream and water sprayer for trombone players
snake & mouthpiece brush for all brass players
good reeds (not chipped) with reed guard for saxophone
and clarinet players
(not a pen) on the stand at all times
instrument case must have an identification nametag
on it at all times as well as a cleaning kit inside.
All band classes
at Salem Middle School meet in the band room (rm. 123). The
Arts office is for the use of teachers. Students are not to
enter the office without the permission of either the band director,
the drama teacher, or the dance teacher. The instrument storage
room and instrument lockers are used to house student instruments
during the school day. Students are to keep them neat and clean
at all times. All instrument cases are to be latched with all
latches. The only items to be stored in the instrument storage
room are instruments with completed name tags. Students are required
to take their instruments home each evening for practice. The
Percussion instruments are located in the back of the band
room. These instruments are very expensive and are to be played
by percussion students only.
at Salem Middle School have a variety of opportunities to perform
for the public and for ratings at state-sponsored events.
rehearsals will be called periodically and before performances.
This will allow split classes the opportunity to rehearse together.
It will also give students more individualized attention in many
cases. It is imperative that we have 100% attendance at these
Concert: This will, likely, be the first performance
for all bands this year. All bands will perform in the gym or
auditorium, depending on the number of band students in the
Clinic: This concert will only involve 7th and/or 8th
Grade Band if the director finds it appropriate to perform at
the Central District Band Festival this year. The pre-festival
clinic is an opportunity to perform the music that is being
prepared prior to the formal performance in front of adjudicators
as described below.
District Band Festival: Middle school bands from our
band district (Central District), which includes all counties
including and between Wake and Guilford Counties, perform a
program selected from the state approved music literature list.
A panel of adjudicators rates the band's performance using a
five level scale:
= Below Average
attendance is contingent upon good instrumentation, hard work,
steady progress, and impeccable student behavior. A decision
will be made by the director in late December.
Solo and Ensemble Festival: Just as an ensemble may go to
band festival, soloists and small ensembles (duets, trios, quartets,
etc.) of all grade levels in middle school are
strongly urged to go to Solo and Ensemble Festival,
which will be held at Cary Academy. Ratings, like those given
to bands at Band Festival, are given to each member of a small
ensemble and to each soloist.
Band: Each year around October/November, middle school
students from Wake County schools have the opportunity to audition
for a spot in the Wake County All-County Band. Auditions are
will be at Carnage Middle School. The clinic, which consists
of rehearsals and a concert, will take place all in two consecutive
days, which are typically Thursday and Friday. The audition
solo is the same solo for All-District Band auditions. 7th and
8th grade band students are strongly urged to
audition and should plan on purchasing the solo. Audition material
is largely based on the same material used for All-District
Band: 7th and 8th grade band students are strongly
urged to audition for All-District Band in January.
Students who are selected will attend a two-day clinic/concert
in February, much like that of All-County Band. Students need
not qualify for All-County in order to qualify for All-District
Band, but it is highly recommended that students audition for
Honors Band: Students who make top seats in the All-District
Band may audition for the North Carolina All-State Honors Band.
Students who make this band will attend a three-day clinic at
the University of North Carolina at Greensboro or UNC Chapel
Hill. The auditions are in March.. The clinic is at UNCG or
UNC in April. Students who qualify for this ensemble are North
Carolina's very best musicians.
Concert: All Bands will perform on the Spring Concert in
the gym or auditorium. Attendance is required for all Band Members.
All requirements are the same as the Winter Concert.