Sandburg Concert Bands


Mrs. Heather Knight
Sandburg Area Band Director


It is extremely important that your student bring these in order to make forward progress. These materials are required at EVERY Lesson/Rehearsal:

  1. Instrument in good working condition (plus any necessary accessories)
  2. Music/Book
  3. Folder/Binder
  4. Pencil
  5. We are working out of the Tradition of Excellence: Technique and Musicianship book by Pearson and Nowlin.

Technique & Musicianship

Bach & Before


It is our goal to prepare each student for the appreciation and performance of music. They will learn music ranging from historically significant works to modern masterpieces. They will also develop their abilities as well-rounded musicians. Each student who has completed this program will be a competent musician with a strong knowledge of fundamentals, terminology, and technical ability. It is our goal to instill in them an appreciation of music that they will in turn pass on to those around them. All students will be rewarded for their hard work and dedication to the program, as well as being prepared to continue onward in the field of music.


6th Grade Concert Band
This is the band of 6th grade students that rehearses during the day in the Sandburg band room. Students are expected to have a solid grasp on the essentials of technique from their previous instruction. This ensemble expands on their previous knowledge, propelling them forward on their musical paths.

Students will need an instrument, binder, pencil, and their Essential Elements for Band book 1 from last year.

7th/8th Grade Concert Band
This is the band of 7th and 8th graders that rehearses during the day in the band room at Sandburg. Students should demonstrate a strong command of the fundamentals of musicianship, and also the appropriate level of responsibility and commitment that this band requires.

Students will need an instrument, binder, pencil, and Tradition of Excellence: Technique & Musicianship by Kjos Publishing for rehearsals. 

Technique Classes
This weekly lesson is the cornerstone of the band program. Students work on musical concepts and instrument-specific techniques outside of their regular band class.