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September 2019
Greetings Band Families!!

School is in session and band is about to be underway! It's time to start preparing for the first days of band. Classes at most schools will begin September 18th and Chicago Public Schools will begin on September 25th. 

We are so excited for this year to begin and to see our smiling students again!

We thank you for your continued support, and for entrusting us with your student's band education.

In this issue, we will share a few helpful hints for your band student to be rehearsal ready.

Warm Regards,
Steven A. Nierman
Music Education Services  
Office: 847.805.1800
Have you registered your band student for classes?
Have you registered your band student for classes?

Please click here to be sent to the registration website. You will need your school code which was emailed to you earlier.

If you do not know your school code or you would like to register over the phone,please call our office at 847-805-1800. We are looking forward to to the 2019-2020 school year!!
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Your flute/saxophone/clarinet has pads that sit under the buttons that create a solid seal when you play the instrument. Do not apply water to the body of your instrument. Clarinet & Saxophone should check the cork on your instrument and apply grease to soften it in preparation for playing. Also, clean those mouthpieces! A mouthpiece brush or an old toothbrush with a mild dish soap or vinegar will do the trick. Clarinet mouthpieces should not be submerged in water, but saxophone mouthpieces can be soaked (they can even go in the dishwasher). Watch these videos for a demonstration.

Most of the time all you need to do is grease the slide and oil the valves until they move without sticking. Also, clean those mouthpieces! A mouthpiece brush or pipe cleaner with mild dish soap or vinegar will do the trick.  Giving your horn "a bath" is also an option. Check out these videos on how to safely and effectively get that horn ready to make some noise.

Your student will be receiving a new folder at their first rehearsal. Be sure that your student has all the necessary supplies for their specific instrument, such as...
  • a music stand, band book, cleaning rods, polishing clothes, extra reeds, cork grease, valve oil, drum sticks, bell mallets, etc.

Check your  teacher's website  for upcoming events and your band schedule for the year.