Band Announcements

The Northwest Area Concert is quickly approaching! Selected band students will be traveling by bus on Tuesday, May 1st to Morton MS to practice with other elementary band students from this area of the district. A permission slip is required for this field trip and was sent home with selected students on April 6th. Please CLICK HERE to download a copy of the permission slip.

The Northwest Area Concert Performance is on Tuesday, May 1st in the Northwest HS Gymnasium. Please note that if your band student attends the area concert practice in the afternoon, they are expected to attend the concert performance that same evening- we need everyone's participation to make this performance a success. Participating students should arrive at 7:00 pm. The concert begins at 7:30 pm. Chorus, band and strings will all perform on this concert. The concert should be over around 8:15-8:30 pm. Family and friends are encouraged to attend- cost for admission is $2.00 per adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door that evening or you can send money with your student to school to purchase them from me.

 The selected students will perform the four pieces of sheet music we have been working on this quarter. This music is generally longer in length but much more fun to play than the shorter tunes in the Sound Innovations book. Below are some reminders about the sheet music: 

Sheet music is very expensive- students should not lose or damage the music! OPS has purchased one copy of the sheet music for each Prairie Wind Band student. The expectation is that all sheet music be returned before the end of the school year. Please know that parents/guardians will need to pay to replace sheet music that is lost or damaged so it cannot be used again in future school years.

All Prairie Wind Band students will continue to learn this fun sheet music throughout the 4th quarter. Students who demonstrate they can proficiently play the sheet music and exhibit the behavior expected from a responsible band student will be invited to participate in the Northwest Area Concert on Tuesday May 1st, 2018 in the Northwest HS Gymnasium. This concert will begin at 7:30 pm- participating students should plan to arrive at 7:00 pm. 

Students can practice the sheet music using the recordings at the very bottom of this webpage under the Sheet Music Recordings tab. Note that there are slow tempo, medium tempo and fast tempo recordings for all songs except Midnight Sky (this song is too slow to slow down any more!).

 In order for students to borrow this sheet music, a Permission to Use Sheet Music form must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned. This form must be returned before any sheet music can be loaned to any band student. CLICK HERE to download a copy of the Permission to Use Sheet Music form. 

The last performance of the school year will be on the Prairie Wind Spring Concert on Monday, May 14th at 3:00 pm in the Prairie Wind Gym. All band students will perform on this concert that should last about 45 minutes. This performance is free to attend for family and friends.  

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. The next practice check is scheduled for Thursday, April 26th. 


-Mr. Cosby

Prairie Wind Band Schedule

No Band Today!
Start Date/Time:
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
End Date/Time:
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Recurring Event:
One time event
Normal Priority
Mr. Cosby has other winter program performances today so there will be no band lessons.
Owned by Tom Cosby On Thursday, November 9, 2017

Prairie Wind Band Documents

 Title Description
Northwest Area Concert Permission SlipDownloadThis permission slip should be returned by all students who were selected to participate in the Northwest Area Concert.
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- April/MayDownloadThis 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.
2nd Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter inform parents about the sheet music we will be loaning to students during the 3rd quarter. Please sign and return as soon as possible.
3rd Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter informs parents about conferences, reminders about sheet music, and dates of possible upcoming performances.

How to Contact Mr. Cosby

Phone #: 402-659-2618

School #: 402-491-0859


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