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Band Instrument Pick-Up Thu. 9/10/20, 3 – 5 PM

If you did not request any instruments or supplies, you may ignore this post/email. For the band students that have requested instruments and/or supplies, you will be able to pick them up between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on Thursday, September 10th! Please see the following procedures for instrument pick-up:

  • If you or anyone in your household are showing symptoms of illness in the days leading up to the instrument pick-up on Thursday, September 10th, DO NOT attend the instrument/material return
    • Should this happen to you, contact Mr. Brown to establish communication for an appropriate date and time for the pick-up of your instrument
  • DO NOT drive to the main entrance of the school, but turn right at Novak Way and take it all the way up to the top of the drive where you will see signage instructing you U-turn as you approach the dumpsters
    • If a line forms, please stay in your vehicle as you wait for your turn
  • Please have a sign with your student’s name on it, with the last name featured prominently for easy reading at a distance
  • Pop the trunk or open the rear hatch of your vehicle, and Mr. Brown will deposit the items you requested into your vehicle for you
    • Anyone exiting their vehicle MUST wear a face covering
  • If something comes up on Thursday, September 10th that will prevent you from making it to the instrument pick-up window, please call or text message Mr. Brown at (619) 839-9490

Food for Musical Thought


If you find yourself bored and needing a good article or two to pass the time, here are a few from my good friend, Dr. Noa Kageyama, a.k.a. “The Bulletproof Musician.”

What to Ask Yourself After a Failure or Setback

8 Things Top Practicers Do Differently

“Perfect” Practice May Be Preventing You from Learning that Tricky Passage

Why Listening to Reference Recordings is an Important Part of Practicing

The Importance of Writing Notes in Your Music (one of my favorites!)

For more delightfully thought-provoking articles about music and becoming a better musician, feel free to browse Dr. Kageyama’s blog, and feel free to email me with any articles you don’t see above that you found to be applicable to middle school musicians.