Welcome to the Fort Couch Bands!Welcome to the Fort Couch Middle School Bands! Our performance groups include the 7th and 8th Grade Concert Band, the Honors Symphonic Winds, the Jazz Band, and Percussion Ensemble. We also have a variety of chamber ensembles.WELCOME FORT COUCH BAND PARENTSWelcome to our Fort Couch Band Family! If you missed our parent meeting, I listed below a PDF from our meeting that includes all required materials.FORT COUCH CONCERT BAND (2019-2020) Remind ClassPlease join our Fort Couch Concert Band (2019-2020) Remind Class for Updates on our Band Schedule and events throughout the school year.JOIN THE BAND!This is going to be an exciting school year! Please click on the link listed below and complete the form to enroll in the Fort Couch Band Program (2019-2020).Click HERE: Fort Couch Band Registration.2019.2020I invite you to explore the information on our Band Program. Please plan to review the announcements in the Parents and Students section with schedules and updates on band information.Class MaterialsPlease secure the texts and materials for our lessons and rehearsals each week. All of the texts may be purchased on Amazon or from one of the music dealers listed below. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Supplies Provided by the School
You may order the required materials for the Fort Couch Band program through Johnstonbaugh's Music and Volkwein's Music. Please plan to order the materials on/before September 20, 2019. Either music store will deliver the materials to Fort Couch Middle School on Friday mornings. I listed below the required materials and the links to the music store webpages.
- iPad (Please review suggested apps in Self-Service)
- The New SmartMusic Student Subscription
- Music First Student Subscription
- 1" Black three-ring binder
- Plastic Sheet Protectors
Johnstonbaugh's Music (Fort Couch Band Page)Volkwein's Music (Fort Couch Band Page)
- Habits of a Successful Musician text (instrument specific)
- Essential Elements for Band Book 2 with EEI text (instrument specific)
- Korg TM 60 Tuner/Metronome
- Peterson TP-3 Clip (Wind Instruments Only)
All Jazz Band Students
Practice ChartPractice charts are due on FRIDAY and must be signed by a parent or guardian. The practice chart may be downloaded from the link listed below. The band student is encouraged to apply the concepts of deliberate practice reviewed each week in lessons. Research indicates that shorter amounts of daily practice (15-20 minutes) are more effective than one or two extended practice sessions.Sheet MusicStudents should place all sheet music in plastic sheet protectors. New music will be given to each student throughout the school year. The student may review the Showbie app to secure any missing parts.Music StoresPlease visit one of the music stores listed below to purchase any materials.Hollis and Germann Music4136 Library RoadPittsburgh, PA 15234Phone: (412) 531-2781Johnstonbaugh's Music CenterChartiers Valley Shopping Center1025 Washington PikeBridgeville, PA 15017Phone: (412) 221-2990Volkewein's Music138 Industry DrivePittsburgh, PA 15275Phone: (800) 553-8742Brighton Music Center2110 Babcock Blvd.Pittsburgh, PA 15209Phone: (412) 821-5908
- Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble