Welcome to Hortons Creek Elementary Band Online!
Welcome, and thanks for visiting the online home of the Hortons Creek Elementary Band in Cary, NC.
Practice is the fuel that powers the band experience. Please use the practice charts below to help your children establish a regular habit of practicing at home. We ask all band students to practice at least 15 minutes per day, 5 days per week.
Beginning Band Homework:
Please use the Beginning Wind/Brass Practice Chart or Beginning Percussionist Practice Chart to guide you through your practice sessions this week.
Continuing Band Homework:
Please work on your Band Karate belts, your B-flat concert scale on page 42, and on page 12.
Our band director, Ms. Thompson, will be happy to help!
E-mail Ms. Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hortons Creek Band Calendar
Here's where you'll find our Band's upcoming appearances and other band-related events. Rehearsal-related events and changes are listed in purple.
Woodwind Show & Tell for Prospective Bandmembers
Monday, September 9 at 4:15pm
Brass and Percussion Show & Tell for Prospective Bandmembers
Wednesday, September 11 at 4:15pm
First Day of Band - 2019-20 School Year
Wednesday, October 2 at 4pm
Continuing Band meets in Art Room
Beginning Band meets in Music Room
Wednesday, November 20
Hortons Creek Gym
late February, date and time TBA
Hortons Creek Gym
Live & Local Springfest 2020 (optional gig)
Mid-April, date and time TBA
NC State; Raleigh
Spring Band Extravaganza (optional gig)
An afternoon of food, fun and music--featuring bands from Alston Ridge, Hortons Creek, and Parkside Elementary Schools
Tentatively set for Saturday, May 30
Learn More about the Hortons Creek After-School Band Program
Why are we here?
Quality music education is a valuable experience for young people. Learning to play a band instrument helps children learn the value of effort and perseverance, make new friends, and develop an understanding of their unique strengths and capabilities. The Hortons Creek Band is designed to empower students to build their musical skills and develop talents they can be proud of.
Benefits of Band at Hortons Creek
- Band helps students develop self-discipline, independence, and teamwork in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.
- In band, our learning is experiential. We don't watch movies or do worksheets to learn about music--we MAKE music!
- Our band will study music of many different cultures. As we learn music, we'll also gain a better understanding of the world around us.
- Playing music helps expand students' sense of possibility. As students practice and improve their musical skills, they begin to realize the great things they're capable of achieving.
- Learning music connects and expands upon topics from students' other classes. Reading, writing, math, and social studies take on a whole new meaning in band!
Instruments in the Hortons Creek Band
How does the Hortons Creek Band work?
The Hortons Creek Band is an afterschool band program for students in 3rd-5th grade. Our band meets after school during the school year for rehearsals, and holds several public performances each year. Because the band isn't funded by the school system, bandmembers' families pay tuition to cover the cost of the band directors, sheet music, and rehearsal space. Band tuition is $344 per child, per year. The tuition may be paid all at once, by the semester, or monthly. For families facing financial hardship, we offer a scholarship program to help defray the costs of participating in band.
Who can join the Hortons Creek Band?
Any third, fourth, or fifth grade student is eligible to join our band. Beginning Band is reserved for students who have never played a band instrument before, while Continuing Band is designed for students who have had one or more years of band instruction.
When and where do we rehearse?
Our 2019-2020 bands will rehearse every Monday and Wednesday from 4-5pm in the Music Room (Beginners) and Art Room (Continuing) at Hortons Creek.
Does Band require a practice commitment at home?
YES! To truly understand the musical concepts and techniques presented in band, your child must repeatedly experience how it feels to play them on his/her own. This experiential learning is accomplished via individual practice at home. We ask that all band students practice a minimum of 15 minutes per day, 5 days per week.
How do I join the band?
Registration for the 2019-2020 band will take place in September. During the first week of school, your child will receive a flyer with information on how to register for band. In early September, we will offer two Instrument Show & Tell sessions to give prospective band students the opportunity to try different instruments to see which one they would like to play in band. The registration deadline is Friday, September 20.
How do I rent an instrument from the band?
Our band has a stock of name brand, precision-refurbished used instruments available for rental or purchase. The rental fee is $25 per month, and includes any maintenance needed due to regular wear and tear. You can rent for any duration of time, and you can also choose our Rent-to-Own option, which will apply 100% of your payments toward the purchase price of the instrument (generally $450 for saxophones, $200 for percussion, and $300 for all others.)
If you would rather purchase an instrument outright, you can do so for a reduced price (generally $350 for saxophones, $150 for percussion, and $200 for all others). If you start out renting, and pay the balance of the purchase price when your second rental payment is due, you will be eligible for the lower purchase price.
Once you have registered for band, Ms. Thompson will contact you about rental instruments. However, if you'd like to go ahead and reserve one, please complete our Instrument Rental Agreement and e-mail it to Ms. Thompson.
Meet Your Band Directors
Christina Thompson, Head Director:
Christina is an active professional musician who lives in Raleigh. She has been playing trombone since 1992, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from East Carolina University and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Andrew Munger, Assistant Director:
Andrew Munger is a music educator, composer, and multi-percussion artist living in Raleigh, NC. Since earning his Artist's Diploma from the Atlanta Institute of Music in 1993, Andrew has done extensive work with symphonic percussion, West African percussion, drumset, mallet instruments, and electronic media. He currently serves as Principal Percussionist with the Raleigh Symphony.
Helpful Resources for Hortons Creek Band Families
New to Band? Join using our Beginning Band Registration Form!
Returning students, join using our Continuing Band Registration Form!