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Robert J. Elkington Middle School Bands

Band is a year-long course; students are making a commitment to their own band experience as well as a commitment to their ensemble.

Every student will have ups and downs, but sticking with things when the going gets tough builds a growth mind-set.  This is an important LIFE skill- GR band kids embrace challenge!

6th Grade Concert Dates:


Fall Concert: Thursday, Nov. 2: 5th Hr. 6:30 pm 7th Hr. 7:30 pm.

Winter Concert: Thursday, Feb. 8: 7th Hr. 6:30 pm 5th Hr. 7:30 pm

Spring Concert: Tuesday, May 14: 5th Hr. 6:30 pm 7th Hr. 7:30 pm

7th Grade Concert Dates


Fall Concert: Monday, Nov. 20: 1st Hr. 6:30 pm 3rd Hr. 7:30 pm

Winter Concert: Tuesday, Feb. 13: 3rd Hr. 6:30 pm 1st Hr. 7:30 pm

Spring Concert: Monday, May 13: 1st Hr. 6:30 pm 3rd Hr. 7:30 pm

8th Grade Concert Dates


Fall Concert: Tuesday, Nov. 21: 7:00 pm

Winter Concert: Monday, Feb. 12: 7:00 pm

Spring Concert: Thursday, May 16: 7:00 pm

The 6th grade bands are taught by Ms. Grotjohn.  6th grade band is a time to learn the basics on an instrument, learn about playing in an ensemble, perform at public concerts and HAVE FUN!   All 6th graders receive a weekly small-group lesson throughout the school year.  Home practice and weekly lessons are a big part of student success.  Students will perform in 3 evening concerts during the school year. 

7th Grade Band

Mr. Myers & Ms. Grotjohn conduct the 7th grade bands at RJEMS. In 7th grade band, students continue to reinforce the basic skills learned in 6th grade. Students learn more complex rhythms, and musical concepts.  Students also will expand their range on their instruments as well by learning new notes and becoming comfortable in the keys of Bb, Eb, Ab, F, and C major, as well as minor keys.  Students perform 3 evening concerts per school year. 

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The 8th grade band is led by Mr. Grotjohn. In 8th grade band, students are pushed to improve their technique and musicianship on their instruments in preparation for the high school band program.   The 8th grade band performs 3 yearly concerts, and also performs at the community Veteran's Day celebration. Students will have the opportunity to work with high school students throughout the year to prepare for the transition to high school band opportunities such as marching band. 

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