Wiley Elementary Band

Welcome to Wiley Elementary Band Online

Thank you for visiting the online home of the Wiley Elementary Band in Raleigh, NC.

Welcome Back

Welcome to another exciting semester of band! Our next concert will be held on Thursday, February 13 at 7pm in the gym.
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Got Questions?

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

Wiley Band Calendar

Here's where you'll find the Wiley Band's upcoming concerts, rehearsals, and other band events.

Regular Rehearsals:
For 2018-19, all rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8am sharp. Any changes will be listed below.

Winter Concert
Thursday, February 13 at 7pm
Wiley Gym

Teacher Workday - No Rehearsals
February 18

Community Service Concert
March - Date, Time, and Location TBA

Beginning Band Expo Concert for 2nd Graders
Week of March 16 - exact time and date TBA Wiley Gym

Woodwind Show & Tell for Prospective Bandmembers
Featuring Flute, Clarinet, and Alto Saxophone
Monday, March 30 from 4-5pm
Music Room

Brass and Percussion Show & Tell for Prospective Bandmembers
Featuring Trumpet, Trombone, Bells, and Snare Drum
Tuesday, March 31 from 4-5pm
Music Room

Spring Break - No Rehearsals
April 7 and 9

Live and Local Springfest Outdoor Concert
mid-April, Date and Time TBA
Hillsborough Street

Final Rehearsal of Spring Semester
Thursday, April 30 at 8am

Spring Concert
Thursday, April 30 at 7pm
Wiley Gym

Learn More about the Wiley 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 kids learn the value of effort and perseverance, make new friends, and develop an understanding of their unique strengths and capabilities. The Wiley Band is designed to empower Wiley's 3rd-5th graders to build their musical skills and develop talents they can be proud of.

Benefits of Band at Wiley

Instruments in the Wiley Band

Alto Saxophone

How does the Wiley Band work?

The Wiley Band is an extracurricular program supported by the Wiley PTA. Our band meets before school from September-April for rehearsals, and holds several public performances each year. Because the band receives no funding from the school system, each band family is asked to makes a donation (we suggest $175 per semester) to cover the cost of the band director, sheet music, and supplies.

Who can join the Wiley Band?

Any third, fourth, or fifth grader attending Wiley Elementary School is eligible to join the Wiley Band. Beginning Band is reserved for 3rd-5th graders 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 do we rehearse?

Both Beginning and Continuing Bands rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-8:45am. We ask all students to arrive at rehearsal between 7:45-7:55am to set up.

Does Band require a practice commitment at home?

YES! To truly understand the musical concepts and techniques presented in band, children must repeatedly experience how it feels to execute them on their own. This experiential learning is accomplished via individual practice at home. We ask that all Wiley Band students practice a minimum of 15 minutes per day, 5 days per week.

How do I join Band?

Band registration takes place every April, and detailed information will be sent home in students' Monday folders. Registration forms will also be available here during the regular registration period. If you have any questions about joining band, please e-mail our director.

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

Learn More about Volunteering with the Wiley Band

Volunteers Make A Difference!
Parent volunteers are the lifeblood of our band program here at Wiley Elementary. Our band is dependent on volunteer help to ensure successful and smooth operation of all rehearsals, concerts, and other band events. All parents of Wiley Band students are asked to volunteer with the band several times throughout the year.

Rehearsal Volunteer Duties

  • Helping with rehearsal setup at 7:30am
  • Greeting students at carpool line at 7:40am
  • Taking attendance at beginning of rehearsal
  • Remaining in rehearsal to help keep students on task; providing pencils/other materials to students; mitigating disruptive behavior
  • Supervising student dismissal
  • Helping restore the classroom after rehearsal

Concert Volunteer Duties

  • Help transport eqiupment to concert venue
  • Set up chairs on stage
  • Supervise and maintain instrument unpacking area
  • Supervise students while they're not performing
  • Restore performance venue after concert
  • Help transport equipment back into storage after concert

Information for Current Volunteers

To sign up for a volunteer slot, please visit our Beginning Band Signup Genius page or our Continuing Band Signup Genius page.

Helpful Resources for Wiley Band Families

Articles for Band Students and Parents

Practice Resources for Young Musicians

Helpful Information for Specific Instruments

Practice Makes You A Better Musician!