• 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.


    Open House and Rental Night

    The open house and rental night will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020 located at Memorial Elementary School.

    Please use the following signup genius form to schedule your appointment for the rental night: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4FACA622A7F5C52-2020 If you have any trouble accessing the form, please contact me for assistance.

    During the Rental Night, you will have an opportuntiy to learn more about how the beginning band program works at BASD, rent an instrument, and ask questions you may have concerning the program or renting an instrument. 

    The rental night will run as follows:

    • The first 15 minutes will consist of a session with Mr. Marmo and Mr. Kostiuk to discuss any questions of how the band program functions and answer any other questions you may have.
    • Following the first session, you will move to another room to meet with the rental company to discuss their plans.

    Please remember, a small deposit will be needed to purchase an instrument. 

    Because of the pandemic, we are proceeding with our band open house/rental night in a different manner. To keep with the social distancing guidelines, we have created an online sign-up for time slots to attend our rental night in person. We are limited to only 25 people per room and session. There are several time slots to choose from.

    We respectfully ask that only one guardian and one child attend one session to allow us to remain at our social distancing quota.


    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.   


    Not sure what instrument is for you? Use the following instrument below to help you decide. You can skip through to find the instrument you are looking for.