Junior High Band
Warm-Up Tips

Articulation Hand Signals

By using hand signals you can save a lot of time. I used the following rules:

  1. Tongue the first note of each slur.
  2. Play the notes that are not slurred staccato.
  3. Stop the last note of each slur with the tongue so it sounds staccato.

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.