Junior High Band
Program Survival Tips

Expect Excellence

Nothing breeds success like success. Everyone wants to be on the winning team. To be successful you have to expect excellence (See Be Optimistic). If you expect them to play in tune and with characteristic tone quality and everything else that goes into playing musically, they will do it. If you settle for less, they will look for something else to challenge themselves.

Video Disclaimer

The attached videos are not perfect examples of how each tune should be played. They are recordings of junior high students, some of whom have had their instruments for only a few months. Also, they are not professional recordings. They were taken by band parents using home equipment and naturally focusing on their own children.

I include them for two reasons: (1) To give you an idea of what the arrangements are like, and (2) To illustrate the kind of performance you can expect from your junior high students.