Band Announcements

IMPORTANT NOTE: Mr. Cosby will be available for conference at Prairie Wind on Thursday afternoon, October 25th from 1:00-3:30 pm. If you are at Prairie Wind at this time please stop by to discuss your child's progress in band! If you are not at Prairie Wind during this time feel free to call or email to discuss your child's progress.

It is now October and band students are learning the Scary Song! They will perform this Scary Song toward the end of the month. In order to be successful at this Scary Song band students must continue to learn concepts from the Sound Innovations book. We are focusing on several important concepts on page 8-9 right now... like using your tongue (not your air) to separate notes, creating a good sound all of the time and reading the notes on the staff are essential for success as the year progresses. In addition to regular practice, students should be using their flashcards at home to help them memorize the notes on the staff. These flashcards are green- students should cut them out and put them in a ziplock back so they don't lose them. Students are encouraged to practice with a metronome- a link to a free online metronome can be found at the left of this page. 

With all of the above things to practice, band students should be practicing at home at least 15-20 minutes each day. The next practice check will be on Thursday, November 8th. This means the instrument needs to go home after band lesson days and come back to school again on the next band lesson day. Students should ask their classroom teacher where to keep their band instrument when they bring it to school- each classroom has a procedure for this that is slightly different depending on the size and shape of the classroom. Band students should also make sure to bring their book (Sound Innovations, Book 1), a pencil and their band folder every day.  

Not sure what your child should be practicing at home on their instrument? Please ask your child- they would love to show you what they have learned so far in band! You can also look at the box on the bottom right of this page to see an outline of what students should practice at home.  

Feel free to contact Mr. Cosby at any time with any questions you have about band lessons- his contact information is in the box on the left of this page.

-Mr. Cosby

Prairie Wind Band Schedule

Band Lessons Today- pm
Start Date/Time:
Friday, February 2, 2018
End Date/Time:
Friday, February 2, 2018
Recurring Event:
Recurring Event Every 1 week(s) on Friday until 2/16/2018 (total 5 events)
Normal Priority
Owned by Tom Cosby On Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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 Schedule/CalendarDownloadThis calendar will help band students remember when to bring their instruments to school. Students also keep track of their practice time on this calendar.
REMIND InvitationDownloadThis letter explains how to receive text and/or email reminders to help you and your student remember when to bring their instrument to school. This is the best way to never forget your instrument at home!
SCARY SONG- Part A (beginning part)Download 
SCARY SONG- Part BDownload 
SCARY SONG- Part A (Ending section)Download 

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 left 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 above this box...

Happy Practicing!

Mr. Cosby

What to Practice at Home



  1. Breathing/Sizzle Exercises (use metronome)- 1 minute..
  2. Assemble Instrument/quality sound on entire instrument (use metronome)- 1-2 minutes.
  3. WARM-UP - Band Warm-up, Line #1 and #2. -3 minutes.
  4. REVIEW- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 6 & 7  all (use metronome)- 5-7 minutes.
  5. NOTE: End of 1st Quarter Playing Assessment will be over pg. 7, #22- this will happen next week!
  6. FOCUS- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 8- all & pg. 9, #23-24 (use metronome)- 5-8 minutes.
  7. SHEET MUSIC- Mr. Cosby's Scary Song: practice Part A with piano. practice Part B to learn notes.
  8. Written Activities: no written activities at this time.
  9. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.



  1. Stretching (prepare to play)- 1 minute.
  2. Assemble Instrument- 1 minute.
  3. Basic Bell Practice (see pg. 12 in packet- use metronome)- 3 minutes.
  4. Snare Drum Stroke Practice on pad (see pg. 4-5 of packet- use metronome)- 2 minutes.
  5. Snare Drum Reading Practice on pad (handout- use metronome)- 6 minutes.
  6. WARM-UP - Band Warmup, Line #1 and #2 on bells only -3 minutes.
  7. REVIEW- Sound Innovations Book; pg. 6 & 7 for both mallets and percussion- all (use metronome)- 5 minutes.
  8. NOTE: End of 1st Quarter Playing Assessment will be over pg. 7, #22- this will happen next week! Prepare for both bells and snare drum.
  9. FOCUS- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 8- all & 9, #23-24 for both mallets (bells) and percussion (practice pad)- 5-8 minutes.
  10. SHEET MUSIC- Mr. Cosby's Scary Song: practice Part A with piano. practice Part B to learn notes. This will be for mallets (bells) only.
  11. Written Activities: no written activities at this time.
  12. Stretching (relaxation of muscles)- 1 minute.
  13. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.