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Beginning Band  

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 Beginning Band is a class designed to teach students how to play a musical instrument.  This class is for students with very little or no instrumental experience.  Students may choose from a variety of wind and percussion instruments, including flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, and snare drum/bass drum.

Beginning Band students will have several performances throughout the year.  These include the Harlan Christmas Parade, the Harlan Independent District Christmas concert, and the Harlan Middle/High School Bands Christmas and Spring concerts.  Students are expected to attend all performances.
  • Christmas Performances

    Christmas Parade Information:  The Harlan Christmas parade is Saturday, Dec. 5.  Students should meet at the band room at 3pm.  Wear jeans.  Sweatshirts will be given out when you arrive.  We will practice for about an hour, then have a snack break/pizza party.  We will head to the Harlan Baptist church at 5pm and wait in the street behind the church for our slot in the parade.  The parade starts at 5:30pm.  Students should be back at the band room by 6:30pm.

    Christmas Concert Information:  Our annual HHS/HMS Bands Christmas concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2pm in the HHS Gym.  Students should be at school by 1:30pm.  Please wear dress clothes (no jeans or tennis shoes, if possible).  The concert will last approximately one hour.  This is a required performance.  The concert is free and open to the public.

    District Christmas program:  The HISD Christmas Program will be held on Friday, Dec. 18 at 8:30am.  Band students should wear jeans and green sweatshirts.  This program is open to parents.

  • Finding an Instrument

     One of the most commonly asked questions in beginning band is , "Where do I get an instrument?"    The best place to get an instrument is to rent one from a music store.  This ensures that you get the instrument of your choice and that it's a high quality instrument.  The store that I recommend is Miles Ahead Music in Richmond, KY.  They have a fantastic online rental program and will deliver and service instruments here in Harlan.  Visit their website at www.milesaheadmusic.net to get started.


  • Books

    Beginning Band members need Standard of Excellence, Book 1 (the "red book").  This book is available at Abraham's Music in Harlan.  Please try to have your book by Aug. 25.

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    Harlan Independent Schools
    420 E. Central St.
    Harlan KY 40831

    Phone: 606-573-8700