Tonight I enjoyed watching my 5th grader play her trumpet in the 5th grade band. It is so fun to watch the 5th graders play because they are so excited about their new abilities!
Before the 7th/8th grade band played, the director spoke to the audience. She said that she had been reading this fall in her Band Director Journal about 10 things that make a great band director. She said one of them talked about sight reading. At first she was really excited because she explained that they sight read often during class. However, as she continued to read the article said that if students can really sight read then they should sight read at a concert. So tonight in front of a full audience, the band director passed out sealed envelopes to each band section. We listened to the band discuss the piece prior to playing. They discussed the key signature, tempo, skimmed it for tricky rhythms etc. Then they played the piece...it was really cool! I was so impressed! I was impressed not only by the song but by the "guts" and "faith" of the teacher.
I'm thankful that my daughter has a great band director!