Welcome to Alston Ridge Elementary Band Online!
Welcome, and thanks for visiting the online home of the Alston Ridge Elementary Band in Cary, NC.
Keep It Up!
Thank you, everyone, for an excellent first few weeks of band! Now, we want to make sure to get into a regular practice routine--15 minutes per day, 5 days per week!
Beginning Band Homework
Please use this week's practice chart to guide your practice:
August 22 Beginning Band Chart
Continuing Band Homework:
Please use our practice chart of the week to guide you in your practice.
Our band director, Ms. Thompson, will be happy to help!
E-mail Ms. Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alston Ridge Band Calendar
Here's where you'll find Alston Ridge Band's upcoming appearances and other band-related events. Rehearsal-related events and changes are listed in purple.
Regular band rehearsals are held from 4-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the music room at Alston Ridge. Any changes will be listed below.
First Band Rehearsal of 2019-20 School Year
Tuesday, July 9 from 4-5pm
NC State Homecoming Parade for Continuing Students
Early November, date and time TBA
Hillsborough Street, Raleigh
Fall Concert for all students
Late October, date and time TBA
Alston Ridge Gym
Winter Concert for all students
Late February, date and time TBA
Alston Ridge Gym
Live & Local Springfest 2020 (optional gig)
Mid-April, date and time TBA
NC State; Raleigh
Spring Band Extravaganza
An afternoon of food, fun and music--featuring bands from Alston Ridge, Hortons Creek, and Parkside Elementary Schools
Tentatively set for Saturday, May 30
Learn More about the Alston Ridge After-School Band Program
Why are we here?
Quality music education is a valuable experience for young people. Learning to play a band instrument helps children learn the value of effort and perseverance, make new friends, and develop an understanding of their unique strengths and capabilities. The Alston Ridge Band is designed to empower students to build their musical skills and develop talents they can be proud of.
Benefits of Band at Alston Ridge
- Band helps students develop self-discipline, independence, and teamwork in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.
- In band, our learning is experiential. We don't watch movies or do worksheets to learn about music--we MAKE music!
- Our band will study music of many different cultures. As we learn music, we'll also gain a better understanding of the world around us.
- Playing music helps expand students' sense of possibility. As students practice and improve their musical skills, they begin to realize the great things they're capable of achieving.
- Learning music connects and expands upon topics from students' other classes. Reading, writing, math, and social studies take on a whole new meaning in band!
Instruments in the Alston Ridge Band
How does the Alston Ridge Band work?
The Alston Ridge Band is an afterschool band program for students in 3rd-5th grade. Our band meets after school during the school year for rehearsals, and holds several public performances each year. Because the band isn't funded by the school system, bandmembers' families pay tuition to cover the cost of the band directors, sheet music, and rehearsal space. Band tuition is $460 per child, per year. The tuition may be paid all at once, quarterly, or monthly. For families facing financial hardship, we offer a scholarship program to help defray the costs of participating in band.
Who can join the Alston Ridge Band?
Any third, fourth, or fifth grade student is eligible to join our band. Beginning Band is reserved for students who have never played a band instrument before, while Continuing Band is designed for students who have had one or more years of band instruction.
When and where do we rehearse?
Our bands rehearse every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5pm in the music room at Alston Ridge.
Does Band require a practice commitment at home?
YES! To truly understand the musical concepts and techniques presented in band, your child must repeatedly experience how it feels to play them on his/her own. This experiential learning is accomplished via individual practice at home. We ask that all band students practice a minimum of 15 minutes per day, 5 days per week.
How do I join the band?
Registration for band takes place in April-May, and is currently closed for the 2019-20 school year. Please e-mail Ms. Thompson for more information.
How do rent an instrument from the band?Our band offers name brand, precision-refurbished used instruments for rental or purchase. The rental fee is $25 per month, and includes any maintenance needed due to regular wear and tear. You can rent for any duration of time, and you can also choose our Rent-to-Own option, which will apply 100% of your payments toward the payoff price of the instrument (generally $450 for saxophones, $225 for percussion, and $300 for all others.)
If you would rather purchase an instrument outright, you can do so for a reduced price (generally $375 for saxophones, $175 for percussion, and $200 for all others). If you start out renting, and pay the balance of the purchase price when your second rental payment is due, you will be eligible for the lower purchase price.
Once you have registered for band, Ms. Thompson will contact you about rental instruments. However, if you'd like to go ahead and reserve one, please complete our Instrument Rental Agreement and e-mail it to Ms. Thompson.
Meet Your Band Directors
Christina Thompson, Head Director:
Christina is an active professional musician who lives in Raleigh. She has been playing trombone since 1992, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from East Carolina University and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Andrew Munger, Assistant Director:
Andrew Munger is a music educator, composer, and multi-percussion artist living in Raleigh, NC. Since earning his Artist's Diploma from the Atlanta Institute of Music in 1993, Andrew has done extensive work with symphonic percussion, West African percussion, drumset, mallet instruments, and electronic media. He currently serves as Principal Percussionist with the Raleigh Symphony.
Helpful Resources for Alston Ridge Band Families