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    Eckstein Middle School Bands, Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz 2019-2020

    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 2018-2019 parent volunteers and coordinators. Special thanks to Balika Haakanson for being the 2019-2020 Eckstein band, jazz band, and vocal jazz chair.

    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

    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.

    Concert Attire

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

    Option 1: All black below the waist, please (black pants & socks, or black dress or skirt that reaches below the knees with black tights). All black closed toed shoes (low heels or flats). White or black shirts should have 3/4 length or full length sleeves. No jersey materials (Lululemon, etc).

    Option 2: A winged-collar tuxedo (white) shirt, black slacks, black shoes (completely black), black socks, and black bow tie.

    The tux shirt and black bow tie can be purchased at Ted Brown.

    (Note: the band program accepts your too-small, gently-used concert attire hand-me-down donations. Items will be stored and given to students who need them).

    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.


    Long tone scales, set of scales (major, minor, chromatic, full-range), lip slurs for brass, etudes, sight reading

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

    Eckstein Band Boosters Website

    This website is maintained by a group of parent volunteers with up-to-date information about what is happening in the various band groups.

    Eckstein Band/Jazz Band/Vocal Jazz Program $90 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.