Band Announcements

The Omaha Public Schools will be on Winter Break December 25th - January 8th. School will resume on Tuesday, January 9th. 

CONGRATULATIONS to all the band students on a very fine performance on the Prairie Wind Winter Program! The student's hard work was evident considering they have only been playing their instruments for three and a half months! THANK YOU to all the parents/guardians and other family members who attended the program to support all of the musicians at Prairie Wind! It is my hope that each band student will find an appropriate place (like a gathering of family or friends) over Winter Break to perform some of the tunes we played on the Winter Program... 

Practice is an essential component to building any skill. Learning to play a band instrument is no exception. Beginning band students should be practicing about 10-15 minutes a day (total of about 60-80 minutes per week). Students should keep track of their practice time on the band calendar. 

Are you confused about what day your child should bring their instrument to school for band lessons? Trust me- you are not the only one! To help students and parents remember to bring their instruments on the correct days I will be using the Remind app this year. Please see the letter in the PRAIRIE WIND BAND DOCUMENTS section at the bottom of this page for instructions on how to sign up for this email/text message reminder service. Signing up is completely voluntary but may be a great way to help you and your child plan more efficiently for band lesson days.

Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions you have about band lessons.

-Mr. Cosby

Prairie Wind Band Schedule

Band Today- am by classroom
Start Date/Time:
Friday, November 3, 2017
End Date/Time:
Friday, November 3, 2017
Recurring Event:
Recurring Event Every 1 week(s) on Friday until 11/3/2017 (total 5 events)
Importance:
Normal Priority
Description:
Owned by Tom Cosby On Thursday, September 28, 2017

Prairie Wind Band Documents

 Title Description
Band Registration FormDownloadThis is the form all students must complete if they want to be in band this year. Please return the form to Mr. Cosby as soon as possible.
Overview of Band LessonsDownloadThis document describes the basic concepts that are taught in the elementary band lesson at Prairie Wind.
Band Calendar- January/FebruaryDownloadThis calendar will help students remember when to bring their instruments to school for band lessons. Please post this calendar in your home to help your child remember! Students will also keep track of their practice time on this calendar.
Information about REMINDDownloadThis letter explains all the details you need to know to use the REMIND app to receive email or text message reminders about band lesson days.
The Principal's Own Achivement ProgramDownloadThis document explains the achievement program and how students move forward in rank as they learn more skills on their instruments. There are also bonus achievements that can be learned (outlined on the 2nd page).
Rank Advancement ChartDownloadThis is the chart students will use to keep track of their rank advancements and bonus achievements for the Principal's Own Achievement Program.
1st Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter is to keep parents/guardians informed about band lessons. Information about conferences and the Winter Program is included in this letter.
Folk Song Medley- slower versionDownload 
Folk Song Medley- faster versionDownload 
Good King Wenceslas- slower versionDownload 
Good King Wenceslas- faster versionDownload 
Jolly Old St. Nick- slower versionDownload 
Jolly Old St. Nick- faster versionDownload 

How to Contact Mr. Cosby

Phone #: 402-659-2618

School #: 402-491-0859

Email: thomas.cosby@ops.org  

Band Lessons at Prairie Wind

Welcome to the Prairie Wind Band webpage! I am excited you have chosen to visit and learn more about band lessons at Prairie Wind... please feel free to explore this webpage to find out more about band lessons. The overview of band lessons document at the bottom of the page explains in detail the concepts that are taught at Prairie Wind in elementary band lessons. The calendar to the right shows the days there are band lessons. Please refer back to it often as I typically update the calendar at the beginning of each month. 

If you have any questions, concerns or you are just curious about your child's musical experience in band lessons, feel free to contact me at any time! My contact information is just below...

Happy Practicing!

Mr. Cosby