How to Contact Mr. Cosby

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


Practice Assignment- Last Updated on Wednesday, October 23rd

REMINDER: Always use a metronome when practicing!

  1. DAILY MAINTENANCE: Breathing Exercises, Sizzle Exercises, Mouthpiece/Headjoint Practice (see First Lessons handout)  -2 minutes.
  2. WARM UP: Band Warm up page, Lines #1-3 (NEW!)  4 minutes.
  3. REVIEW: Sound Innovations, pg. 8-all. Listen to your sound... are you matching pitch? Use the Practice Recordings below to help you review this page!  4 minutes. 
  4. FOCUS: Sound Innovations, pg. 9-all. These songs are more difficult- if you are struggling with your notes, use your flash cards to help you! Step #1 when practicing is always POINT & TELL. Step #2 is SHOW & TELL. Step #3 is PLAY & THINK.  -5 minutes.
  5. SHEET MUSIC: Mr. Cosby's Scary Song- all. GO SLOW! Make sure it sounds like it is supposed to sound! Use the practice recordings to help you.  Performance for Kindergarten classes on Wednesday, October 30th! -5 minutes.
  6. WRITTEN WORK: have your parents/guardians sign your Band Letter form and return to Mr. Cosby.
  7. Clean instrument and put instrument SAFELY away. -1 minute.



Saddlebrook Band Announcements

I am looking forward to a great year of music making in band at Saddlebrook! 

5th grade band students are currently working on creating a consistent, good sound while playing the exercises and songs on page 9 in their Sound Innovations book and Mr. Cosby's Scary Song.  All band students are looking forward to performing for the kindergarten classes at the end of this month! 

Formative assessments are given on a regular basis during the band class, but writing down your practice minutes on the calendar, having your parent's sign it and returning it on practice check days also serves as a formative assessment. The next practice check day is Friday, November 8th. Remember that the expectation is that band students are practicing around 15 minutes each day, 6 days a week.

Are you having a hard time remembering when to bring your instrument to school? No problem- I can help you with that! If you sign up for the Remind app you will receive a text or email (your choice) the evening before each band class. This really helps most families remember when to bring the instrument to school. CLICK HERE for information on how to sign up for the Remind app. 

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

~Mr. Cosby

Saddlebrook Band Schedule

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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- October & NovemberDownloadThis calendar lists the days we have band lessons at Saddlebrook. It is also where students should write down their practice minutes!
First Quarter "Band Notes"DownloadThis letter was sent home with students on October 21st and gives details about upcoming events and happenings for band students at Saddlebrook.
Instructions for the Remind AppDownloadThis document outlines how to sign up for text message or email reminders about band lessons at Saddlebrook.

Practice Recordings (Matching Pitch)