Parent Welcome Letter

Eckstein Middle School Bands, Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz 2016-17

3003 N. E. 75th St. Seattle WA 98115 school 206-252-5010 Band room 252-5046

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I am looking forward to all the new faces at Eckstein.  I would also like to thank all of the 2015-16  parent volunteers and coordinators.  Special thanks to Jen Barron for being the Eckstein band, jazz band and vocal jazz chair.  I would like to welcome our new chair Ann Tucker-Gwinn.

The following information should help you get your student ready for a great musical experience at Eckstein Middle School.

Have a great year,
Mr. Escobedo - Director of Bands, Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz

Eckstein Bands Website

The website contains all the Eckstein Bands performance information and much more.

Eckstein Band/Jazz Band/Vocal Jazz Program $70 Fee

The Enrichment Fee is used to sustain the quality of the music program at Eckstein. Please make your check payable to Eckstein Bands. It will help pay for the following: New instruments – music – repair of instruments – scholarships – festival fees – sound equipment – recording equipment – instrument rentals – coaching – solo & ensemble – music books – reeds – mouthpieces – office supplies – repair supplies – transportation – stands and much more.

Instrument Supplies

Flute – cleaning rod and a thin cleaning cloth

Clarinet – swab and at least 4 number 2½ reeds

Saxophone – swab, neck strap and at least 4 number 2½ reeds

Trumpet – 5 sized mouthpiece and valve oil

Trombone – 5 sized mouthpiece, slide grease and water bottle

Percussion – SD General sticks and a stick bag

Music Books Needed

Beginning Band - Standard of Excellence Book I & Book II

Junior Bands - Standard of Excellence Book I, II & I Recommend

Intermediate Bands - Standard of Excellence Book II & I Recommend

Wind Ensemble - Standard of Excellence Book II & I Recommend

Junior Jazz - Standard of Excellence for Jazz Band

Vocal Jazz - Jazz Conception for Vocal by Jim Snidero

Classroom Policies

Students should be in their assigned seats with instruments 5 minutes after the bell rings.

Students should come to class prepared with instruments, reeds, music and a PENCIL.

Students should show respect for their classmates, equipment, teaching staff and rehearsal time.

Privately Owned Musical Instruments

While it is recognized that students need to bring privately owned musical instruments to school to participate in music class, it is not the policy for the Seattle Public Schools to assume responsibility for these instruments.

  1. The Seattle Public Schools will provide as much security for all instruments as is possible with present storage facilities.
  2. Parents should investigate the possibility of including privately owned musical instruments on homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies, or consider insuring instruments with one of several companies that provide insurance for musical instruments.
  3. Students should be instructed to be extremely careful about where their instrument is left while at school.Whenever possible, instruments should be stored in the storage room designated by the music teacher.Student cases should be plainly marked with the student’s name and school.

Concert Attire

All band students are asked to wear the following outfit for concerts or as requested.  The outfit consists of:

Girls Attire:  Black dress or skirt that reaches below the knees -- no jersey materials (lululemon, etc.)

BLACK SLACKS -- twill slacks, chinos, or any other cotton blend are available at many stores in their school uniform departments.  Pants must fit away from the leg – no jersey materials (lululemon, etc.)


BLACK V-NECK SHIRT - with ¾ length sleeves or long sleeves.

Boys Attire:  A winged-collar tuxedo shirt, black slacks, black shoes, black socks and black bow tie.

The tux shirt and black bow tie can be purchased at Ted Brown. Thanks to those who donated a shirt last year.


Longtone scales, set of scales (major, minor, chromatic, full-range), lip slurs for brass, etudes, sightreading

Thanks for supporting the Eckstein Middle School Band, Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz program with your time and donations.

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