Parkside Band

Welcome to Parkside Elementary Band Online!

Welcome, and thanks for visiting the online home of the Parkside Elementary Band in Morrisville, NC.

Welcome Back!

Welcome to another exciting semester of band! Our next concert will be held on Monday, February 24 at 6:30pm in the gym.
Parkside Band

Band Practice Zone - November 8 NC State Homecoming Parade

If you have Flash, you will see a player where you can listen to your music here. Otherwise, click on the title of each piece to download the mp3.

We Will Rock You recording

Let's Go Band recording - We will play this 3 times (I just played through it once here.)

Baby Shark recording - We will play this 3 times (I just played through it once here.)

Here We Go recording - This is exactly how we will play it.

Iron Man recording

Got Questions?

Our band director, Ms. Thompson, will be happy to help!
E-mail Ms. Thompson at

Parkside Band Calendar

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

Regular Rehearsals:
Regular band rehearsals are held from 8-9am on Mondays and Wednesdays in the music room at Parkside. Any changes will be listed below.

First Band Rehearsal at Parkside (Early Start - for students who registered in May or June)
Wednesday, July 10 from 8-9am (please arrive between 7:40-7:55 to set up)
Parkside Music Room

First Band Rehearsal (for Track 4 and students who registered in July)
Monday, July 29 from 8-9am (please arrive between 7:40-7:55 to set up)
Parkside Music Room

Continuing Band at NC State Homecoming Parade
Friday, November 8 from 6-7pm
NC State Belltower, Raleigh

Winter Concert
Monday, February 24 at 6:30pm
Parkside Gym

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

Benefits of Band at Parkside

Instruments in the Parkside Band

Alto Saxophone

How does the Parkside Band work?

The Parkside Band is a before-school band program for students in 3rd-5th grade. Our band rehearses on Mondays and Wednesdays from July through May, 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 $480 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 Parkside 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 2019-2020 bands will rehearse every Monday and Wednesday from 8-9am in the music room at Parkside.

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. For more information about registering for band, please e-mail our director.

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, trombonist and teacher

Christina Thompson, Beginning Band 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 Parkside, Christina's top priority is to create a culture of encouragement that empowers students to grow both as musicians and as people.

Andrew Munger, Continuing Band 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 Parkside, Andrew strives to help all band students develop strong technique and expressive playing skills.
Andrew Munger, percussionist and teacher

Helpful Resources for Parkside Band Families

Articles for Band Students and Parents

Practice Resources for Young Musicians

Helpful Information for Specific Instruments

Practice Makes You A Better Musician!