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Instrumental Music for 2019-20


*If you are 3rd grade family looking for information on instrumental music for next year, please go here.

Thank you for a great year of instrumental music at Fairmount Park. With our Spring Concert behind us, lessons are done for this school year and students no longer need to bring their *instruments to school. This doesn’t mean you are done learning on your instrument. Now that you have the basics down for your instrument, it’s time to keep moving forward by adding new notes and songs to your skill set.

*If you borrowed a school instrument for the year, I have collected the instrument your child borrowed at our final assembly concert on June 7 (for orchestra) and June 14 (for band).


All returning 4th grade students will be *promoted to either the Intermediate Orchestra or Intermediate Band. This means that all Intermediate Band students (flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, percussion) will practice together as a large ensemble once a week; and all Intermediate Orchestra students (violin, viola, cello) will practice together as a large ensemble once a week. I will send out a note in the Fall telling you when rehearsals will begin for the 2019-20 school year.

*I am assuming all students will be returning on the same instrument for the 2019-20 school year. Students who borrowed district owned instruments in 4th grade will have first priority for an instrument in 5th grade. Students not continuing to study their instrument in 5th grade should contact Mr. Pendergrass.


All Intermediate Band and Orchestra students will continue using their method book (red for band, brown for orchestra) next year but will also receive a folder with new and exciting sheet music. This music will be more challenging and have multiple parts.


If you have access to your instrument over the summer, spend some time looking ahead in your method book. Learn some new notes and keep your memory fresh by reviewing songs and exercises we learned this year. Plan an informal concert for family and friends; get together with other band and orchestra students and have a literal “play” date. Bottom line: do what it takes this summer to return in the fall with the same or increased knowledge and skills on your instrument that you had at our last concert in June.

Spring Band tunes

Spring Band Concert, Wednesday June 12, song list (order at actual concert may be different):
Beginning Band:
School Song
Jim Along Josie
Go Tell Bill
Skip It Lou
Erie Canal Capers
Minuteman March
When Love is Kind
Frere Jacques
Morning Mood
Sawmill Creek soloists

Intermediate Band
Arrival at Normandy
Clash of the Super Heroes
Regal March

Final Spring Concert Dates for 2018-19 School year

Performers arrive at 6:30pm. 

All concerts begin at 7pm.  

Spring Choir Concert: Wednesday May 29, 2019 

Spring Orchestra Concert: Wednesday June 5, 2019 
Spring Band Concert: Wednesday June 12, 2019 

WEDNESDAY CONCERT DRESS FOR ALL STUDENTS: Students should wear black or dark bottoms and white or light tops for concerts such as: black or dark pants, black or dark slacks, black or dark dress, black or dark skirt, and black or dark shoes, and white or light shirt with a collar (polo shirts are ok), white or light blouse. You have worked hard to sound your best and should look your best for the evening concert! For school assembly concerts, you can wear what you typically do on a school day. 

Orchestra Concert Friday Feb. 1st



When you arrive at school on Friday, bring your instrument, music and book to the music room right away.

When the bell rings, go drop off your stuff in the classroom, then come right back down to the music room to get ready for the 8:05 a.m. concert.

*Parents: due to space restrictions in the lunchroom, this school-time concert is only for Fairmount Park staff and students.


Beginning band & orchestra for grade 4/5 students:

parents should come to the music room on Curriculum night, Thursday September 13 at 6:30-7:00pm to get information about the instrumental program from Mr. Pendergrass.

Returning band & orchestra student in grade 5:

we will start rehearsals the week of September 17.

Intermediate Orchestra for 5th grade– first rehearsal is Wednesday Sept 19, 12:30-1:10.

Intermediate Band for 5th grade– first rehearsal is Thursday Sept 20, 1:40-2:25.

Please bring your instrument and band/orchestra book to school on those days.

Choir for grades 2-5 is offered after school on Tuesday and Thursday. You need to register through the PTA enrichment process. Details at

Blues Night- April 4, 2018 7pm.

*Brass players for Blues Night: Go here for your music.

You are invited to attend our second annual Fairmount Park Blues Night!  Concert scheduled for Wednesday April 4, at 7pm in the lunchroom. This will be a 30-40 minute concert and audience participation event of some soul searching, toe tapping, blues music!

Students from the intermediate band and 4.5 Choir will be performing along with the “Falcon Allstars Blues Band” (aka *FABB), featuring FP parents and teachers playing blues music on bass, drums, guitars and keyboard that evening.

Dress up as your favorite blues artist or character and join us for a fun evening!