Hortons Creek Band

Welcome to Hortons Creek Elementary Band Online!

Welcome, and thanks for visiting the online home of the Hortons Creek Elementary Band in Cary, NC.

Great Concert!

Thanks to everyone for an excellent concert! Let's keep our good momentum going by practicing 15 minutes per day, 5 days per week!

Beginning Band Homework:

Please practice along with the practice chart for the week of December 5.

Continuing Band Homework:

Continuing Band homework is posted after each rehearsal on the BAND app. Please download the BAND app from your favorite app store, and use this link to join.
Hortons Creek Band

Practice Help (for Continuing Band)

Here are some recordings to help you in your practice at home.

Boogie Blues Solo Break

This is the part the band will play, while one person improvises a solo on top of it. Use this to practice making up your own solo!

Denova Overture


Boogie Blues

Got Questions?

Our band director, Ms. Thompson, will be happy to help!
E-mail Ms. Thompson at christina@summerglen-music.com.

Hortons Creek Band Calendar

Here's where you'll find our Band's upcoming appearances and other band-related events. Rehearsal-related events and changes are listed in purple.

First Day of Band - Fall Semester
Monday, October 1 at 4pm
Continuing Band meets in Art Room
Beginning Band meets in Music Room

Fall Concert
Wednesday, November 28
Hortons Creek Gym

Learn More about the Hortons Creek 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 Hortons Creek Band is designed to empower students to build their musical skills and develop talents they can be proud of.

Benefits of Band at Hortons Creek

Instruments in the Hortons Creek Band

Alto Saxophone

How does the Hortons Creek Band work?

The Hortons Creek 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 $344 per child, per year. The tuition may be paid all at once, by the semester, 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 Hortons Creek 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 2018-2019 bands will rehearse every Monday and Wednesday from 4-5pm in the Music Room (Beginners) and Art Room (Continuing) at Hortons Creek.

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 the 2018-19 band will take place in September. During the first week of school, your child will receive a flyer with information on how to register for band. In early September, we will offer two Instrument Show & Tell sessions to give prospective band students the opportunity to try different instruments to see which one they would like to play in band. The registration deadline is Friday, September 21.

How do I rent an instrument from the band?

Our band has a stock of name brand, precision-refurbished used instruments available 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 purchase price of the instrument (generally $450 for saxophones, $200 for percussion, and $300 for all others.)

If you would rather purchase an instrument outright, you can do so for a reduced price (generally $350 for saxophones, $150 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, trombonist and teacher

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.

Sharing music with young people is the cornerstone of Christina's career. Christina has taught thousands of people the joy of making music, while on tour, in schools, and in private lessons. Christina's teaching approach is centered on building good habits and having fun! Students learn to use critical thinking and good practice skills to overcome problems in their playing, and develop ways to better understand both their instruments and themselves. At Horton's Creek, Christina's top priority is to create a culture of encouragement that empowers students to grow both as musicians and as people.

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.

Andrew understands the far-reaching benefits of music education, and is committed to sharing his musical expertise with students of all ages. At Horton's Creek, Andrew strives to help all band students develop strong playing technique and music reading skills.
Andrew Munger, percussionist and teacher

Helpful Resources for Hortons Creek Band Families

Articles for Band Students and Parents

Practice Resources for Young Musicians

Helpful Information for Specific Instruments

Practice Makes You A Better Musician!