How to Contact Mr. Cosby

Phone #: 402-659-2618 
School #: 531-299-2020




  1. Breathing/Sizzle Exercises (use metronome)- 1 minute.
  2. Assemble Instrument/quality sound on entire instrument (use metronome)- 1-2 minutes.
  3. WARM-UP- Band Warm-up sheet, all  -2-4 minutes
  4. REVIEW- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 9 & 10- all (use metronome)- 5-7 minutes.
  5. SOUND INNOVATIONS- pg. 10 & 11- all (use metronome)  6-9 minutes. Pay attention: go at least 4 counts (8 would be better) before taking a breath! Use your flashcards if you are struggling with reading the new notes!
  6. FOCUS- Winter Concert Music- see Winter Program Outline for exact songs to practice. 
  7. Written Activities: no written work at this time- please focus on the program music!
  8. REMEMBER- our Winter Program performances are this week- please practice at home!
  9. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.


Saddlebrook Band Announcements

The Saddlebrook Winter Program is this week! It is scheduled for Thursday, December 13th at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Band students will perform at both programs. Students were given an outline of the winter program so they can know what to focus their practice on in the weeks leading up to the performance- click here to download a copy of this outline. Winter Program invitations were also sent home with students- click here to download another copy of the invitation. Students will be performing with backing tracks for the Winter Program. Students can practice with these backing tracks any time they want- they can be found in the Band Documents box at the bottom of this page.

In addition to the Winter Program music, students are continuing to learn new notes and play more complex songs on page 10 and 11 in the Sound Innovations book. Students should be using their green flashcards at home to help them memorize the notes on the staff.   Students are encouraged to practice with a metronome- a link to a free online metronome can be found at the left of this page. Not sure what your child should be practicing? You can always look at the box to the left to see a step-by-step example of what each practice session should look and sound like.

With all of the above things to practice, band students should be practicing at home at least 10-15 minutes each day. The next practice check day is scheduled for December 19th! This means the instrument needs to go home after band lesson days and come back to school again on the next band lesson day. Saddlebrook provides shelves in the 5th grade hallway for band instrument storage. Band students should place their instruments on these shelves (woodwinds on one/brass on the other) and NOT in their classrooms. Band students should also make sure to bring their book (Sound Innovations, Book 1), a pencil and their band folder every day. 

Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions you have about band lessons- my contact information is in the box on the left of this page.

~Mr. Cosby

Saddlebrook Band Documents

 Title Description
Band Registration FormDownloadPlease fill out this form and return it to school if your child wants to play a band instrument at Saddlebrook.
Overview of Band LessonsDownloadThis document outlines the basic concepts that are taught in the elementary band program at Saddlebrook.
Band Schedule/CalendarDownloadThis calendar will help band students remember when to bring their instruments to school. Students will also keep track of their practice time on this calendar.
REMIND InvitationDownloadThis letter explains how to receive text and/or email reminders to help you and your student remember when to bring their band instrument to school. This is the best way to never forget your instrument at home!!
The Principal's Own Band Achievement ProgramDownloadThis letter outlines the details for the Principal's Own Band Achievement Program we will use for the remainder of the 18-19 school year.
The Principal's Own Rank Advancement ChartDownloadThis chart is where students will keep track of their progress as they earn their way to Sergeant Major!
Backing Track- Hot Cross Buns/French Folk SongDownload 
Back Track- Ode to JoyDownload 
Back Track- Merrily We Roll AlongDownload 
Backing Track- Jingle BellsDownload 
1st Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter gives details about everything we have been doing in band during the 1st quarter as well as details about upcoming events. Parents/guardians should sign the 2nd page and return with their student asap!