8th Grade

Welcome to the Riley Street 8th grade band page!

Our first performance is around the corner on Friday, October 13th at the Varsity Football Game. We will be having a mandatory rehearsal at the Baldwin Football Field on Thursday, October 12th. Please review the attached 8th Grade Band Guidelines for information about our 2017-18 year.

Here are three very important things that every 8th Grade Band Parent should know:

  1. Always be encouraging to your child as they practice at home. Find the small things that they are improving, such as: “hey, your sound is definitely getting better”, or “I hear improvement since last week when you were working on that song.”

  2. Good practice habits at home is the key to success! Help your child set up a routine of practicing at the same place and approximately the same time every day. Try to remove any distractions in the area such as TV, radio, siblings, pets, etc. Help your child understand that it is about establishing a routine that they should follow on a regular basis. Tiny daily improvements are the goal that adds up to growth over time.

  3. Help your child realize that it is a long process that has some speed bumps along the way. If your child seems discouraged over several days, please let us know so we can help them. Before long they will be able to look back and see the improvement they have made on their instrument.