5th Grade

Welcome, 5th grade parents and students!  This page is for you to have access to resources, videos, and information regarding the band program at China Spring and playing music in general.

Flute.................0:17
Oboe...............1:28
Clarinet............3:22
Saxophone......5:30
Bassoon...........6:57
Trumpet...........8:26
French Horn..10:12
Trombone......12:47
Euphonium....15:16
Tuba...............17:07
Percussion.....18:43

Finale.............20:33

Skip to the corresponding times in the video shown on the right to see each type of instrument demonstrated.

Instrument Testing

During the week of April 15 - 19 the band staff will be testing 5th grade students to find out what instrument will best suit them.  In order to do this we will be using the Selmer Musical Aptitude Test.  This test will diagnose students' musical aptitudes in 4 areas: Pitch, Rhythm, Harmony, and Melody.

Also during this week we will have high school students come and demonstrate each instrument so that 5th graders will get a good representation of what each instrument sounds like, and feedback based on what each instrument requires to play.

Suggested Instrument Retailers

Tarpley Music Co.

1300 Lake Air Dr #1

Waco, TX 76710

(254) 235-1127

Ellis County Music Center

1568 N Hwy 77 Suite 102

Waxahachie, TX 75165

(972) 937-5300

Music & Arts

2808 W Loop 340 Suite H14

Waco, TX 76711

(254) 662-9150

Freedom Music Services

924 FM-1637

Valley Mills, TX 76689

(254) 932-5753

Online ONLY

Band Director Info

Marc Nichelson

Director of Bands

Oboe Bassoon & Saxophone

jnichelson@chinaspringisd.net

Rachel Berg

Assistant Director, HS

Clarinet & Trombone

rberg@chinaspringisd.net

Joshua Ready

Assistant Director, HS

Trumpet & Percussion

jready@chinaspringisd.net

Mike Loudermilk

Head Director, MS

French Horn & Flute

mloudermilk@chinaspringisd.net

Ian Mitchell

Assistant Director, MS

 Euphonium & Tuba

imitchell@chinaspringisd.net

Contact

COUGAR BAND

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7301 North River Crossing
China Spring, TX 76633

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Tel: (254)836-1771

Fax: (254)836-1418

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