Harpeth Middle School Band!

6th, 7th, and 8th

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Well we had a short week last week right? Two days of school and then snow days but having the opportunity to see the students for two days were enjoyable for myself. Snow days are part of the student experience where they take a day to just have fun in the snow. I honestly did not go out in the snow, I prefer the heat haha. Speaking about heat, Tennessee Titans are the number one seed! Tennessee Titans are my favorite team and it must be a huge accomplishment that the team felt that day. Those moments are remembered forever and how do we get those moments in the classroom? It all starts with dedication! Dedication that leads to work ethic that produces positive results. This is the semester I have told the students where it will be the best semester for band at Harpeth Middle School and I will work hard on my side and I know the students will work hard on their side. We have written down our goals for the year and we are ready to jump start this semester! Let's have a great week everyone!!


Christopher Vaughn

Director of Bands

Harpeth Middle School



“Music is Life. That’s why our Hearts have beats”

Teacher of the Year

Dear Parents/Guardians,

If you have not heard back in December, I was selected for Harpeth Middle School's Teacher of the Year. I want to express my admiration for my staff, school, and community for the honor. I know that I couldn't get where I am at HMS if it wasn't for the support of our students and parents. You make my job enjoyable and easier that I want to come in everyday and be the best teacher I can for our students. It has always been a goal of mine to be teacher of the year so accomplishing this goal has made me so emotional that I want to work harder for our students so they can receive the proper music education in our school. Thank you for your support and let's have a great year!

Harpeth Middle Athletics on Facebook Watch

Amazing Winter Concert and Basketball Performance

Amazing job by our HMS Band and Choir this past Tuesday and 7th/8th Grade Pep Band this past Thursday. You all represented our HMS Fine Arts Program well in the community!

Tour Pictures!!

Thank you to Pegram Elementary and Kingston Springs Elementary for having the band and choir performed for the student body! The students did amazing!!!

Butter Braid Error Orders


This week we will be fixing the Butter Braid error orders so please be patient with the company and the school.

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Congrats to Erik Haas!!!!

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These students have been practicing on their regional honor band music for the last two months and had the opportunity to audition for the Middle Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Honor Band. I do not know if they have been selected but they need to be recognized for taking the time and attempting to audition. Congrats to these students!

Now a huge congratulations to Erik Haas for making the Midstate Jazz Band!!!! We are proud of you Erik!!!

Standards Based Grading in the HMS Band

What is "Proficiency Based Grading?"

Proficiency Based Grading is a different and more accurate method of assessing student progress than the traditional 0-100 grade. In the proficiency system, students are measured against an identified proficiency or standard. This system more effectively shows a student's progress toward achieving each standard, as well as helping to show how they can improve or extend their learning.

What do scores mean?

In the the proficiency based grading system, students are progressing toward an identified standard or goal. Once the standard has been achieved, the student has earned a score of 3.0. This means the student has met the expectation for that particular standard.

On each assignment within this structure, students will receive a score on a four point scale (see below). Scores on individual assignments are not calculated on the traditional 0-100 point grading scale and instead indicate a student’s proficiency toward the standard.

General Description of Standards Based Grading Scores

4 Exceeds the standard:

The student demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications of the learning which go beyond what was taught.

3 Meets the standard:

The student has demonstrated the skill and/or content expected.

2 Approaching the standard:

The student is able to perform the basic processes and understands the vocabulary which are prerequisites to meeting the standard.

1 Partial success:

With help, the student is partially successful in performing the prerequisite skills or meeting the standard.

0 No evidence:

There is little or no evidence that the student has met the standard.

Please note that a score of 3 is a very good rating and shows that the student has met the standard.

How will these scores appear in Schoology?

Scores for each assignment will appear in Schoology under the particular standard they reference. For example, assignments tied to the "Individual Performance" standard will appear under that standard.

How will term grades be calculated?

At HMS, your overall grade for each standard will be determined through the use of “Power Law.” Power law reflects the trend of your learning for that particular standard. At the end of each term, student proficiency scores from each standard will be averaged and then will be converted into a traditional 0-100 scale (using the school-wide conversion scale) to determine your overall grade. This means that you will receive a grade for each standard (on a 0-4 scale) and an overall grade that combines all scores (on a 0-100 scale).

What are "Habits of Work?"

You will also receive a “Habits of Work” grade for this class (the “HOW” grade). Like your final grade in the class, this grade will appear on your final transcript. The Habits of Work standards are related to responsibility, collaboration, and perseverance. The HOW grade is separate from academic achievement indicated in other areas discussed above and is not reflected in your overall grade.

What are the "Overarching Standards" in Band?

A student's proficiency is determined for identified course standards. Those "overarching standards" (the big ideas) are below. Click on the ensemble headings for more in-depth information.

Harpeth Middle School

      • HMS Band

        • Technique:

          • By the end of the course, the student will demonstrate technical mastery of their instrument as appropriate for their grade level.

        • Expression:

          • By the end of the course, the student will demonstrate effective use of identified expressive elements of music in their performance.

        • Ensemble Skills:

          • By the end of the course, the student will be able to critique a performance, set goals for musical growth, and collaborate in an ensemble to create successful music performances.

Within each overarching standard, there are also more specific concepts or "priority standards" that work toward the bigger goals. Please note, however, that scores on report cards and listed within Infinite Campus are only given under each broad heading or overarching standard.

Harpeth Middle School Band Agenda for week 1/9/2022

Well this is the new year! So we are in our "Rehab" mode! Rehab mode for the band is focusing on the fundamentals of playing so we will be going in the book, scale study, etc.

6th Grade Band

Monday - Introduction to Sectionals

Tuesday/Wednesday - Essential Elements Numbers 31 to 38 focusing on the new note concert A and the rhythms of Eighth notes

Thursday/Friday - Dr. Vincent will be teaching

7th Grade Band/8th Grade Band

Monday - Goal setting/Chamber Ensemble Information for the semester/Choose Chamber Music or Solo music

Tuesday/Wednesday - Rehab Day focusing on fundamentals and scales

Thursday/Friday - New Music DAY in Sectionals

Veteran's Day Performance Videos

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HMS Guitar Club!!

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HMS 7th and 8th Grade Band......START YOUR ENGINES!!!

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We are preparing for our Scale Benchmark study for the beginning of October to December 15th. Students are to pass off their major scales in the classroom for a grade. Students can take their time learning the scales but they will need to be passed off by December 15th. There will be a prize for each winner who completes them first and the opportunity to wave the Checkered Flag! I am excited for our students to practice and to grow as musicians.

HMS Shirts are getting ordered this week!!!!!!!!

HMS Polos and shirts will be getting ordered this week! Please read your email or remind 101 about the information this week.

Here at the HMS Band Program we have many talented students who perform well on their instruments. I highly encourage our students to audition for a regional honor band. I have mentioned this to our students that they are competing with other students but have a great chance to being accepted in the regional honor band. Audition dates are in December and after fall break I will be focusing more on the Midstate Music with our students. Below students can listen to the audition music!

Never Give Up!

If we are not happy with our results, learn from them students. There are times where we will fail, but never give up! Bounce back, grow and do better. We believe in our society if we fail, it's over. Never believe that and be the best you can be!
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Harpeth Middle School Band News!

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Jazz Band will be meeting on Wednesdays during RTI

Jazz Band is an ensemble that meets during RTI every morning and we have many students who are interested in participating in this performing ensemble. There are some students who are not eligible to participate due to their Benchmark scores but this can be motivation for the students to work hard to be involved in our jazz band program. I am really excited for the start of jazz band at Harpeth Middle School!

Why is music and band important???

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Reminder Parents/Guardians,

Please turn in your band fees. Like I explained Monday, this fee goes back to your child so we can purchase supplies, books, etc.


Above is the website

HMS Band T-Shirt Orders TBD

I wanted to give you an update on our T-Shirts for the program. We are still going to do T-Shirts for our band program but we will delay the date moving to TBD. The reason we are moving the date is because of the possibilities of making two orders (one for students and the other for parents). Since parents will want to purchase a shirt, due to the state and Cheatham County School system, parents will need to purchase the shirt with added tax. The t-shirt forms you received that have the prices there are for your child’s shirt. Since we have parents who want to purchase shirts, unbeknownst of myself, we will have to fill out a form to get approved for the county. This is an unfortunate error on our part and I apologize for not knowing. Since we have to get approved, we have checks that you have turned in back in August. Speaking to the school treasurer and administration we will be handing back the checks this Wednesday so you can give a new check. The checks have not been deposited in the school account and we will be giving the check back to the students on Wednesday. All I ask from you is to turn in another check (for parents who are interested in purchasing). If there any parents who are interested in purchasing a t-shirt/polo we will have an updated order sheet just for parents. I will keep the original student order forms for documentation purpose but if you do want the form please contact me about it. I will type this again….THE CHECKS HAVE NOT BEEN DEPOSITED. Communication is important and vital in our band program and I wanted to take the time to inform all of our parents in the band program. I apologize for the error for not knowing that we had to document paper work to the Cheatham County Board of Education for purchasing t-shirts for parents.

Christopher Vaughn

Director of Bands

Harpeth Middle School



“Music is Life. That’s why our Hearts have beats”

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Reminder that we are ordering our Polos and T-Shirts. Polos are required but T-Shirts are optional. Below is our form if you would like to put the information online



The T-shirt/Polo order payment WILL NOT BE ON REVTRAK. Revtrak will only have our Band Fee option. Please turn in money to the school (Mr. Vaughn) so we can order. Orders will be in September.

HMS Band Remind 101


To keep updated on what is happening in our band program, sign up for our Remind 101.

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HMS Band Rental Information

We have a youtube!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!

The very First Note we play!!! Which will happen on the first full day of school.


The time has come for your child to have the opportunity to join the Harpeth Middle School band! The advantages of being in band are numerous. Studies have shown that band helps build a student’s self-confidence, develop responsibility, improve communication, strengthen social skills, and even contribute to better performance in math and other subject areas! Most importantly, studying music is important because music is important. Music is part of being human and its role and presence in our lives is undeniable. The experiences, skills, and relationships your child will gain through band are priceless and will last a lifetime.

Band is a class, so it meets daily and has standards like any other subject. We also have required materials, one of which is an instrument. Students/parents are responsible for getting their own instrument. This can be done through rental or purchase. Unlike other classes, band has additional requirements outside the school day. Performances, for example, often take place after school and are required. We understand that band’s time commitment/obligations can conflict with student’s other interests and hobbies. We strive to accommodate for students’ busy schedules, however, a performance is a grade for our class and something that cannot be duplicated in the classroom. With clear communication and flexibility, being involved in sports or extracurricular groups is not a problem. We have students in band that are a part of every sport and group HMS has to offer.

Below is information about Renting an instrument!!

Different Ensembles for students to be apart of!

Jazz Band, Orchestra, Percussions Ensemble, Band Captains


I am big for students to be involved in our band program by utilizing their gifts to help other ensembles. This year we will be continuing with Jazz Band, starting a new program called Orchestra, and opening up Percussion Ensemble for students who always wanted to learn how to play percussion.

I will be adding leadership roles this year for our students so they can be a model and representation of our band program and most importantly our community. I will mention this to the students tomorrow.

Harpeth Middle School Band Information Forms

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This year we will be completing our forms via online. We need all of our registration forms completed so we can update your child's information.

6th Grade Band Registration Information Form


7th/8th Grade Band Registration Information Form


T-Shirt and Polo Order Form


The 2021-2022 HMS Band Calendar!!


Here is our tentative schedule for the year. This is not set in stone but I can say it is 85 percent correct. Teaching for years has provided me the ability to adapt and prepare for the year so I like to do the same for the parents to be prepared for the year. If any other dates are added, I will send a handout to students and communicate over our social media platforms.

Band Events 2021-2022

August 6th……………1st Day Back to School (Half Day)

Band Parent Meeting (6th, 7th, and 8th Grade)…………………….August 10th @ 5pm

6th Grade Instruments Required for Class………………….August 16th

August 12th……………..Home Football Game Concessions

August 14th………………6th Grade Beginning Band Camp Party 12pm – 3pm

September 2nd………………………Home Football Game Concessions

T-Shirt/Polo Order Forms/Money………………September 10th

September 16th……………….Home Football Game Performance (7th and 8th Grade Band)

September 24th…………….HHS/HMS Combined Band Performance Football Game

October 7th……………..6th Grade Beginning Band Concert

October 8th…………………TBD 6th Grade Band Trip

October 28th…………………..7th and 8th Grade Band Fall Concert

November 2nd – 19th……………………HMS Band Butter Braids Fundraiser

November 12th……………………..HMS Veteran’s Day Performance during the School Day

November 27th…………………..7th/8th Grade Midstate Auditions

December Holiday Band Concert (6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Band)

Midstate Conference………………..January TBA

Basketball Pep Band……………….various dates to be determined (Home Game only)

Rockathon Fundraiser………………..February 18th

Cheatham County Honor Band……………..March 3rd – 5th

Music in our Schools Month Performance………………….March 24th

HMS/HHS Jazz Band Concert…………………….April 19th

HMS Band Concert (6th, 7th, and 8th Grade)……………..April 28th

7th – 8th Grade Band Trip (Dollywood or Beech Bend Water Park)……………………TBD

8th Grade Graduation Performance………………..TBD

Harpeth Middle School Band Contract 2021-2022


Here is our 2021-2022 Contract. Please take the opportunity to read it.


Harpeth Spring Band Concert Videos

If you check on the HHS Band of Blue Facebook Page, our concert is there!

6th Grade Band


Jazz Band


7th/8th Grade Band


Harpeth Middle School Band Facebook


We are on Facebook! Follow the band page with the tag harpethmsband1. Excited to add more to our communication portals.

Here is the website:


Harpeth Middle School Orchestra

Yes parents and guardians you are reading this correctly.....The Harpeth Middle School will be implementing a beginning string orchestra into the fine arts curriculum! I am beyond excited to start the transition into bringing a second instrumental program to HMS! I believe that if we implement a string orchestra program at HMS this gives another musical opportunity for students to branch outside their genre of music to learn an instrument. The program has a cello and an upright bass for the program but we will be adding more instruments to the program over the course of the semester. The program will open for students starting in the fall of 2021. We will have one more fundraiser to help with the cost of instruments, supplies, and literature.
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Your Band Directors

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Well we got some back from the past photos from last year!

New Band Website is ready!

We have our Band Website up and running! Please visit the link


Students who play instruments that require reeds should have 3 good reeds with them at all times. If your student is running low on reeds, please contact Paige's Music to order a box (clarinets and saxes) or individual reeds (bassoon and oboe). Brand and strength of reeds are listed below for your convenience:

Clarinet (6th grade)

Vandoren 2 1/2

Clarinet (7th and 8th grades)

Vandoren 3

Bass Clarinet

Vandoren 2 1/2

Alto Sax (all grades)

Vandoren 2 1/2

(7th and 8th grades may use strength 3 if desired)

Tenor Sax (all grades)

Vandoren 2 1/2

Bari Saxes (all grades)

Vandoren 2 1/2

Oboe (6th grade)

Jones medium soft

Oboe (7th and 8th grades)

Jones medium

Bassoon (6th grade)

Jones medium soft

Bassoon (7th and 8th grades)

Jones medium

Bandwagon Phone Number 615.721.2263

Bandwagon Website


Students are expected to practice 120 minutes per week.

Practicing at home is the most important part of learning an instrument. It is recommended to practice a little each day to get the most benefit. The more you practice, the easier it becomes!

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Musical Donations

The value of the arts in education is something that the Harpeth Middle School Band Program takes very seriously. The district feels that every child deserves the chance to play a musical instrument. Studies have shown that it makes kids smarter, improves the quality of their education, and helps to teach them the skills necessary for success later in life.

In times when instrumental music programs are shrinking and being threatened due to budget constraints, the program at Harpeth striving. Students are enjoying the positive educational benefits of playing in the band. Participation is at an all time high and the programs continue to grow exponentially each year.

This unprecedented success also has its challenges. Acquiring instruments for eleven schools during these tough economic times is difficult. Not all students can afford to rent or buy an instrument and our inventory in the district is quickly shrinking with additional participation. Help keep music alive for everyone in our schools and consider donating an instrument for our students!

Perhaps you have a saxophone or trumpet in your attic that hasn’t been used in awhile. Maybe you know someone who has a violin gathering dust. If you have an instrument that we could put to use, please click on the attached form from the email and fill out the required information to schedule a drop off of the instrument.

I will send you a thank you letter documenting your donation and you will be giving the gift of music to a deserving student. Playing in the band or orchestra may have shaped who you are today. Please help us allow our students to have that same experience.

About the Harpeth Band Program

It is our mission to provide experiences that create that "spark" in students to become live long lovers and students of music. We want the students to not only learn the material but to be able to apply and think on their own. In addition, we pride ourselves on being able to be serious and sound "good" while still having a "good" time!