• Welcome to the Beginning Band Page!

    Welcome to the Bloomsburg Area Beginning Band Program! I look forward to starting your child toward a rewarding experience and many years of enjoyment.  

    On this webpage, you will find information about obtaining an instrument and getting started in our band program. Please see the following information below and contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

    Please use the links in the drop down menu on the left for resources to help you practice!

    "Embrace the “offline” time. Your child’s ability to become a deep and complex person relies so much upon their ability to build their attention span.  In our lightning-fast digital world, children do not have enough opportunity to build understanding and intelligence through mindful solitary activities.  Musical instrument instruction facilitates this offline, “slow world” learning and brings children together in a unique, “unplugged” ensemble when they have band/orchestra/chorus class." - Anthony Mazzocchi

    Read more from Tony Mazzochi here: http://www.musicparentsguide.com/2015/08/11/a-beginning-of-year-welcome-letter-to-new-music-parents/#comments 

    About the Beginning Band Program

    Beginning Band Instruction is only offered in the fifth grade. Students attend weekly pull-out classes in small groups and weekly band rehearsals. Instruments offered include: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, tuba and percussion.  

    Throughout the small group lessons and full band rehearsals, students focus on many skills and techniques necessary for their growth as a musician. They learn to play their instrument with proper breath support, embouchure development, tone quality, aural skills, intonation, instrument technique, music reading, listening skills, ensemble playing and teamwork. Students will also learn appropriate rehearsal and concert etiquette.   

    It is never too late to join the beginning band program, contact Mr. Marmo if you would like to join!