Anderson Preparatory Academy Bands

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Newsletter for the Week of May 23rd, 2022

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Big Items for the week-

Big Items this Week!!!!

  • Saturday, June 4th, Graduation Ceremony-Advanced Concert Band
  • Students should take instruments home to practice new music!

Schedule for the week

Monday-Blue Day

Tuesday-Silver Day

Wednesday-Blue Day

Thursday-Silver Day

Friday-Field Day

Congratulations to the Advanced Concert Band and Jazz Band on a Great Spring Concert!

Graduation Advanced Concert Band Performance-Saturday, June 4th

This involves all 9th-11th grade plus 8th grade members who can attend.

Place:Reardon Auditorium-Anderson University



Approximate End Time:2:45pm

Dress:Nice clothes (what you wore for the spring concert)

School owned instruments must be returned this week to be checked in

All school owned instruments (not instruments from Paige's Music) must be turned in to Mr. Drabyn by this Thursday.

2nd Semester Jazz Band Dates

  • Saturday, February 12th, 2022- Pendleton Jazz Festival

  • Saturday, May 14th, 2022-Fine Arts Gala

2nd Semester Concert Dates

Pre-Academy Fine Arts Night-Wednesday, March 9th Time-5pm (more details coming soon)

Pre-Academy Spring Concert

  • Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022-Pre-Academy Spring Concert (6th, 7th, and 8th Grade)

Academy Spring Concert/Fine Arts Gala (Concert Band and APA Jazz Band)

  • Saturday, May 14th, 2022-Fine Arts Gala

Graduation (9th-11th with select 7th and 8th graders)

  • Saturday, June 4th, 2002 1pm (Reardon Auditorium-Anderson University)

APA Band Google Classroom Codes

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6th Grade Band-4is3vrb

7th Grade Band-lj2d6oz

8th Grade Band-a2t2osk

Jazz Band-7opnrho

Advanced Concert Band-whxdk7o

In the event that we have to go virtual or for any students who are quarantined, assignments will be posted onto Google Classroom.

Students may set up a Google Meet with me if they need extra help.

2021-22 APA Band Handbook

Click here to read the handbook.

Includes the class syllabus, policies, and performance dates for the year.

Required Supplies for Band this Year 2021-22

Anderson Preparatory Band Supply List 2020-21

Required for a grade in class (talk to Mr. Drabyn for help with these items if needed)

1. Your instrument in good working order (You will need to rent an instrument if you

don’t have one-see below)

2. A 1” three ring music binder with 25 clear sheets at least.

3. A pencil (this year we cannot share or let students borrow a pencil)

4. Your band method book (check for each class)

5. Valve oil for brass, extra reeds for woodwinds, and necessary sticks for percussion-(percussion will need their own sticks and mallets this year. We cannot share materials this year due to Covid-19 restrictions)

At home-

1. A music stand for practice (Most important!)

2. A mirror to observe good playing habits

Extra Items (optional)

1. A metronome and a tuner

2. The Tonal Energy App (great for tuning and developing a sense of


Click on this link to see how to rent and instrument or get materials!

Required Books for each class

Standard of Excellence Book 1 for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade

Standard of Excellence Book 2 for 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade

You can purchase these books from JW Pepper online, Lambert’s Music in Anderson, or on Amazon online.

Remind App for Band Classes 2021-22


I will be sending communication texts through the app Remind. Remind is a safe, secure method for teachers to communicate with parents and students. Please sign up with the correct class.

6th Grade Band

Text the message @dfd449 to the number 81010

7th Grade Band

Text the message @cfbbkh to the number 81010

8th Grade Band

Text the message @ka6khb to the number 81010

Jazz Band

Text the message @f8a97e to the number 81010

Advanced Concert Band

Text the message @khgf8d to the number 81010

Paige's Music-A representative comes with supplies and deliveries every Tuesday!

Our program works with the music vendor Paige's Music out of Indianapolis. I have researched multiple music companies and found that they have the best service and product to offer. They will be coming to the school every Tuesday to pick up repairs and drop off supplies.

If you need to send an instrument in for repair or get supplies, please call them before Monday night for a loaner instrument.

Paige's Music-317-842-2102

If you prefer to go through Muncie Music, please continue to do so as well. I am also working with them on a limited basis for all veteran students.

Contact Mr. Drabyn

If you have any questions about the band program, please don't hesitate to email or call me at or call the band office a 756-649-8472 Ext. 3122.

How to Find out More about the APA Band Program

About Mr. Drabyn

Chris Drabyn going into his 3rd year as the band director at the Anderson Preparatory Academy! Chris is starting his 18th year as a band director having taught in the Carmel and Avon school districts previously. Chris is a graduate of Valparaiso and DePaul University with a Bachelor's in Music Education and Masters in Jazz Studies. Chris currently serves as the secretary and All State coordinator of the Indiana Jazz Educator's Association. He also serves at the faculty for the Butler University Summer Jazz Camp. He performs regularly in the Indianapolis area including playing trumpet with the GMH Jazz Orchestra, Joy Swing Jazz Orchestra, and the Director's Jazz Orchestra. Along with music, Chris enjoys biking, running, reading, and spending time with his family. He lives in Noblesville with his wife, Emily, who teaches elementary music in Noblesville, his 11 year old daughter Annie, 8 year old son Nate, and their Labradoodle-Bennett Coltrane Thelonius Hubbard or just Bennett.