How to Contact Mr. Cosby

Phone #: 402-659-2618 
School #: 402-933-3915




  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, Line #1 and #2. -2-3 minutes
  4. REVIEW- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 6, 7 & 8- all (use metronome)- 5-7 minutes.
  5. FOCUS- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 9- all (use metronome)- 5-8 minutes.
  6. SHEET MUSIC- Mr. Cosby's Scary Song, review "A" section, focus learning on "B" section. - 5 minutes.
  7. Written Activities: Note Reading Lesson 4.1- assigned on Wed, Oct. 17th; due on Mon, Oct. 23rd.
  8. REMEMBER- have your parents/guardians sign and date the letter I sent home on Mon, Oct. 15th and bring it back to class on Thursday.
  9. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.


Saddlebrook Band Announcements

It is now October and band students are learning the Scary Song! They will perform this Scary Song toward the end of the month. In order to be successful at this Scary Song band students must continue to learn concepts from the Sound Innovations book. We are focusing on several important concepts on page 7 and 8 right now... like using your tongue (not your air) to separate notes, creating a good sound all of the time and reading the notes on the staff are essential for success as the year progresses. In addition to regular practice, students should be using their flashcards at home to help them memorize the notes on the staff. These flashcards are green- students should cut them out and put them in a ziplock back so they don't lose them.   Students are encouraged to practice with a metronome- a link to a free online metronome can be found at the left of this page. 

With all of the above things to practice, band students should be practicing at home at least 10-15 minutes each day. 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. The next practice check day is scheduled for October 17th!

Not sure what your child should be practicing at home on their instrument? Please ask your child- they would love to show you what they have learned so far in band! You can also look at the box to the left to see an outline of what students should practice at home. 

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 Schedule

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!
MUSIC T-SHIRT INTEREST FORMDownloadPlease fill out and return the bottom portion of this page so we can gage interest in ordering Saddlebrook Music t-shirts for band, chorus and orchestra students. Please return by Friday, October 26th!
MUSIC T-SHIRT DESIGNDownloadClick on the link to view an example of the Saddlebrook Music t-shirt we have ordered in past years. If your students would like to order a shirt, please return the t-shirt interest form by Friday, October 26th.
Scary Song- Part A (Beginning section)Download 
Scary Song- Part BDownload 
Scary Song- Part A (Ending section)Download 
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!