Welcome to Band/Piano! My name is Mr. McManus, and I am very excited to get to meet all of you! I teach four different classes here at Montford all related to music.
First, there is "understanding music" more commonly called "piano." This is a semester long class that must be paired with a different UA semester long class. This class is intended for beginners on the piano, but those with more advanced knowledge are welcome as well. This short video should give you a little bit more of an overview of the class: Piano Video
Next, there is Band 1 more commonly called Beginning Band. This class is for students wishing to learn one of the following instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion (drums and mallets). Students do NOT need to have any experience on these instruments or in music at all, as I will teach you everything you need to know. Students will be guided through the selection and rental of their instruments at very affordable rates. If even these rates are not doable, the band program can absolutely help provide instruments! Don't let money keep you away! These videos can provide more info about the class as well as the instruments offered: Band 1 Video, Instrument Demonstration Video
Symphonic Band: Right now, all experienced instrumentalists are placed in Band 2 or 3 (2 for 7th grade, 3 for 8th grade) which we combine to make our Symphonic Band. In the near future, we hope to have these classes separated to create a unique Concert Band class for Band 2. These two courses serve as our performing ensembles, get to participate in assessments and festivals associated with FBA, and really begin to delve further into group performance. Finally, students in this course will also be provided the opportunity for solo performance and auditions at the district and state level. For more information, please feel free to watch this video: Band 2/3 Video.
Please reach out to me with any questions you may have! Email is the best way to get a quick response at firstname.lastname@example.org