How to Contact Mr. Cosby

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



Woodwinds & Brass

  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 Version 2.0 - 2-4 minutes.
  4. REVIEW: Sound Innovations book, pg. 14 & 15 (use metronome)- 5-7 minutes.
  5. FOCUS: Sound Innovations book, pg. 16 & 17 (use metronome)- 5-7 minutes. Pay attention: what is an interval? What is a slur? How do you play a slur? Can you count and call the rhythms on page 16 & 17? Use your flash cards if you are struggling reading the notes!
  6. SHEET MUSIC: Omicron (beg-22); Band Goes Marching In (all) and Academic Festival Overture (Beg-23)- 3-5 minutes.
  7. RANK ADVANCEMENT: Where are you at for rank advancement? Find your chart and make sure to practice whatever song you need to move forward in rank. 2-4 minutes.
  8. WRITTEN ACTIVITIES: no written activities at this time.
  9. Clean instrument/put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute

          TOTAL PRACTICE TIME = 17-25 minutes.

Saddlebrook Band Announcements

Band students are working hard on their sheet music! This sheet music won't take the place of working out of the Sound Innovations book, but will supplement the concepts we are learning in a fun and interesting way. This music will also be performed toward the end of the school year at the Northwest Area Concert on Tuesday, May 7th at Northwest HS. More information will be send home at a later date about the area concert, but for now each student needs to turn in their Sheet Music Permission Form- this form was sent home with band students on January 24th- CLICK HERE if you need to download another copy of this form. Please know that sheet music can NOT be given to students until the permission form is signed by a parent or guardian. Band students are working on Omicron, The Lost KingdomWhen the Band Goes Marching In and Academic Festival Overture

Band students should continue practicing on page 16-17 in their Sound Innovations book. These pages enforces the concepts of intervals and slurs, as well as introduce new musical vocabulary. Most students find the songs on these pages more challenging but also fun to play! Student should begin each practice session with the Band Warm up, Version 2.0. This warm up page contains all of the skills they will use to play the music in the Sound Innovations book.  

UPDATE: Due to the numerous snow days we have had lately, the opportunity to order a "Saddlebrook Music" t-shirt has been extended! Please turn in all t-shirt orders by Friday, March 8th.  Order forms were sent home with students on January 24th but you can CLICK HERE to download another order form if needed. 

With all of the above things to learn, band student should be practicing at home at least 15 minutes each day. The next practice check day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6th. 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 during the school day. 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), 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!
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!
2nd Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter outlines the field trip we will take during the 3rd quarter. Please return the permission slip by Friday, January 24th.
3rd Quarter Band NotesDownloadThis letter gives you information about the sheet music we will be working on during 3rd quarter. Please sign the permission form and return it asap!
Music T-shirt Order FormDownloadPlease complete this form if you would like a Saddlebrook Music t-shirt. The deadline has been extended due to all the snow days- please return to Mr. Cosby no later than Friday, March 8th.
Saddlebrook Music t-shirt designDownloadThis is an example of the t-shirt design for the Saddlebrook Music t-shirt.