Junior High Band
Warm-Up Tips

Rhythm Exercises

For each note in the rhythm pattern, play across the scale once. For a two-note pattern, play up and down the scale. For a three-note pattern, play up down and up, etc. A pattern with an even number of notes ends on the bottom of the scale. A pattern with an odd number of notes ends on the top.

Most of the articulation and rhythm exercises have reverse patterns. Sometimes, instead of giving the sign for the reverse pattern, I would just hold up my hand, palm toward the band, then turn the palm toward me.

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.