The Official Home Page of the
Eastwood Band Program
2022-23 Band Calendar
Click here for the current 2022-23 District Band Calendar. The Google Calendar is always available on this web page in the left menu bar. Add this calendar to your Google Calendar to follow all band events.
6th Grade Beginning Band
All student who were interested in band were tested on instruments at the end of 5th grade.
In most cases, parents rent an instrument through Rettig Music for their middle school years. Rettig offers a wonderful rent-to-own program and is an established music retailer throughout Ohio. Of course this is not required. Oftentimes parents may have an instrument (either their own or a relative's) that their child will use. We highly recommend having the instrument looked over by Rettig to make sure it is in good working order, especially if it's been sitting in its case for an extended period of time. Finally, if you decide to purchase an instrument on your own, please consult with Mr. Myers or Mr. Roode before doing so. You may be tempted to get the $100 instrument from Amazon or eBay, but don't! Poor quality instruments are the biggest cause of frustration for young musicians. AN INSTRUMENT, BOOK (Tradition of Excellence, Book 1) AND INSTRUMENT CARE SUPPLIES ARE NEEDED ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. DO NOT WAIT TO RENT OR BUY AN INSTRUMENT UNTIL AUGUST WHEN DEMAND IS HIGH.
If there are concerns of the financial impact of renting or purchasing an instrument, please look at the Be Instrumental Foundation in Toledo. They are a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities, mentoring, and financial resources to young musicians.
Student/Parent Contact Form
If you have not done so, please take a minute to fill out the following 6th Grade Band Information Form. The parent contact information is so we easily can add you to our mailing lists for communication during the school year.
If you have any questions, please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jonathan P. Roode
Practicing and Improvement
There are important practice tools for all band members to use for personal improvement.
Tuners and metronomes can be found for free online, as apps, or you may have an electronic device (HS winds have a school provided Korg TM-50/60). For Android apps, try Metronome Beats and Sound-corset tuner (both free). In 2021, we will start using the Tonal Energy Tuner app at school which is available for $3.99.
Individual Practice System in the Tradition of Excellence
High School Band Florida Trip
The Eastwood High School Band will travel to Orlando, Florida from April 9-15, 2022. The band has been taking this trip every 4 years since 1986. In Disney's "You're Instrumental" Performing Arts Workshop, the concert band sight reads, prepares and records a polished performance of special Disney music selections, including a pairing the band with a clip from a Disney film. The marching band will perform in the Magic Kingdom's Festival of Fantasy pre-parade for a park full of spectators. The band was able to visit four Disney parks, Typhoon Lagoon water park, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Trip arrangements are with Noteworthy Tours, Sandusky. Trip payments of $250 are due on the 15th of August, September, and October. The balance is due November 15. Send to Eastwood Band Booster Treasurer, P.O. Box 101, Pemberville, OH 43450 or give to Mr. Myers.