Weibel After School Band Classes

MANY, MANY children choose percussion or drums.  This has begun to be a problem at the junior high level.  Five elementary schools feedS into Horner Jr. High.  20+ "drummers" and percussionists have been entering band in 7th grade and this is way too many.  It is very possible that Mr. Lorigan, the music director at Horner, will need to implement percussion auditions for 6th graders who are choosing band as their 7th grade elective.

Mr. Lorigan is recommending that percussion students take private lessons to insure that they are ready for 7th and 8th grade band.

 

Children are OFTEN thinking of drum set when they want to play drums. 

 

I can not teach drum set.  My job is to turn out well rounded "percussionists".  A percussionist is very different from a "drummer".  We don't use drum set in band.

If you have your heart on playing drum set... the best thing to do is to take private lessons on that instrument and become very good.

Most jazz bands have 5 saxophones, 4-5 trumpets, 4-5 trombones, and ONE drummer.  And because so many people play drums... there is a lot of competition for that one position.

And have your parents buy a truck.  Your instrument will fill up the back of a pickup truck.

All woman jazz band with a drum set.  Which I can't teach... but it is an EXCELLENT band!

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I can only take two or three new percussion students each year!  

More than two will make me insane and I find it difficult to teach when crazy. Class works better when we're mostly sane. 

Percussionists need to be super well behaved.

You MUST learn to play bells in addition to drums!  Ideally, you will play bells for about a year before playing drums.

 

Percussion is harder than it looks.  AND is nearly mind numbingly boring at the beginning. I have found that it works REALLY well to have a student play a wind instrument for 6 months... and then learn percussion.  Many of my best students play BOTH a wind instrument and percussion, including drums.

Percussion is also sometimes "boring" even at the high school and college levels. Not every piece of music has exciting percussion parts.  This is a very famous piece of music "Second suite for military band in F-major" by Gustav Holst played by The Swedish National Wind Band.  Watch how important the triangle part is.  Most kids don't join band to learn to play triangle.

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Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon By Percy Grainger

This piece is played by every high school band in the country and has NO percussion parts.  This band has a percussion section, but they sit quietly in the back of the room while the rest of the band rehearses and performs this piece.

 

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To be fair, the piece below makes percussion look fun.  (A percussion instrument is anything that one hits, stikes, taps, beats or knocks...)  This band really did a fantastic job with the VISUAL aspect of band performance! 

"Song of the Blacksmith" from Holst's Second Suite  in F-major.

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 Evelyn Glennie is an extraordinary percussionist.  She is deaf.  This is a famous performance from Sesame Street.

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Irvington High School Drumline.  You don't have to be a "drummer" to participate.  You can play flute, tuba, or any instrument.  You just have to have physical coordination and a strong back to carry heavy drums and bells.  

 

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Carnival of Venice on Marimba

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If you choose to play percussion, supplies: a bell set, and a pair of mallets (which will come with the bells), and a practice pad and pair of drumsticks OR you can get a bell set and snare drum combo that comes in a rolling backpack.