Junior High Band
Warm-Up Tips


Skips are exercises where you insert or skip to a given note after every note of the scale. You can skip to any scale tone or non-scale tone. When skipping to a scale tone, skip over it when you get to it. For example when skipping to 3, play 1 3 2 3 4 3 5 3 . . . not 1 3 2 3 3 3 4 3 5 3. . . I have included skips to one through eight and to the low seven in quarter notes and eighth notes. For more of a challenge play them faster or skip to non-scale tones within or outside of the scale.

Skips to 1

Skips to 2

Skips to 3

Skips to 4

Skips to 5

Skips to 6

Skips to 7

Skips to 8

Skips to Low 7

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.