Welcome to the Komarek Band Page! If you stopped by to find out more information about the Komarek Band program you've come to the right place! Please click on the tab to the right that matches the ensemble/ensembles you are involved in. And if you are not involved in any ensembles... WHY NOT? If you are in the fifth grade or higher what are you waiting for? Please click here for all of the information you need to join the Beginning Band.
If you are on the fence or aren't sure band is for you, just consider some of the benefits that learning a musical instrument can have on you. Studies show that music helps boost achievement levels across the board in the rest of your academic subjects. Just listening to music has been shown to benefit people both young and old, but those benefits are greatly increased in individuals who learn to play a musical instrument. Click on the links below to read about some of the ways studying and performing music are believed to benefit us and engage our brains in a very positive way. And take a minute to watch the TED Ed video that accompanies the first link (the video can also be found in the "Videos" tab on the right).
Besides all of these benefits, music is FUN! It is an activity that you can enjoy and engage in for the rest of your life. For many individuals it is an outlet to express yourself and release energy in a creative and exciting way. And it is a great way to make new friends and meet new people you otherwise might not get to know. Many of the people who are important in my life I would have never met had it not been for music. The majority of the friendships I made in junior high, high school, and college that are lasting and still going strong 20 plus years later were all formed around a common theme: music. My wife is in fact a fellow musician and music teacher whom I met freshman year of college while attending my first music class on the campus of the University of Illinois. Had it not been for music we would never had met and my life would look very different!
So stop sitting on the sidelines and give band a try. I'm glad I did!
Komarek Band Director
Some Guidelines for a successful year in band:
-Concert Band meets Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays at 7:30AM
-Cadet Band (grade 6) meets Thursdays at 7:30AM
-Beginning Band (grade 5) meets Tuesdays at 7:30AM (Beginning
Band will begin after the recruitment process is completed. Beginner
lessons start on Sept 11th and morning rehearsals start on Oct 2nd)
-All rehearsals are on the stage in the main gym.
-Please remember to bring your instrument to rehearsal every day
-Take your instrument home after school regularly to practice, and
NEVER leave your instrument at Komarek over the weekend.
-Do your best this year, and have fun!!!
-Playing tests will be posted here for each lesson. Check the link to
the right that corresponds with your band to see your test and hear
an audio file of the music to be tested.