Anderson Preparatory Academy Bands

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Newsletter for the Week of Feb. 6th, 2023

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Big Items for the week-

Big Items this Week!!!!

  • Pep Band Game this Tuesday, Feb. 7th
  • Pendleton Jazz Festival for the Jazz Band is this Saturday.
  • Check out 2nd semester dates below
  • Students should take instruments home to practice new music!

Pep Band this week and game addition

We have a pep band game this Tuesday, Feb. 7th. Students should arrive at 6:30pm in their pep band shirt, jeans, and comfortable shoes.

We were asked this past week to play on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd for senior night. It will be a 6:30pm arrival time and our last pep band game of the season.

Pendleton Jazz Festival-Saturday, Feb. 11th

Pendleton Jazz Festival

Saturday, Feb. 11th

1pm-Arrive and warm up at APA

1:30pm-Leave for Pendleton Heights High School




3:30pm-Load Bus

4-5:30pm-watch other bands/clinics

5:30pm-Dinner (bring $15-20)

7pm-Evening Concert

9pm-Leave for APA

9:20pm-Arrive at APA

APA Band T-Shirts

Students who need a blue APA Band spirit shirt for pep band or concerts can purchase one from Mr. Drabyn for $15.

All 6th-12th grade students are required to purchase the blue APA band shirt for pep band games. 6th grade will purchase the shirt for concerts but will not perform with the pep band until 7th grade.

If you have a blue APA band t-shirt you do not need a new one.

If you purchase one from the link that was open in the past, items will be delivered to APA for students to pick up.

Pep Band Games 2022-23

All 7th grade-12th grade students who have played for at least 1 year are required to play in the APA Pep Band

Tuesday, Feb. 7th 6:30pm arrival BB

Tuesday, Feb. 14th 6:30pm arrival BB

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd 6:30pm arrival BB (senior night)

Jazz Band Dates (let Mr. Drabyn now immediately if you cannot attend)

2nd Semester (check if you have a contact and let Mr. Drabyn know)

  • Saturday, February 11th, 2023- Pendleton Jazz Festival

  • Friday, May 12th-7pm

2nd Semester Concert Dates

Pre-Academy Fine Arts Night (All 6th-8th Grade)
  • Wednesday, March 8th-5pm

Spring Band Concert (6th-12th Grade)

  • Friday, May 12th-7pm

APA Band Google Classroom Codes

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8th Grade Band-a2t2osk

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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.

2022-23 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 2022-23

Anderson Preparatory Band Supply List 2022-23

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 2022-23


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 4th year as the band director at the Anderson Preparatory Academy! Chris is starting his 19th 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. In the summer and fall, Chris teaches as an adjunct teacher with the Noblesville High School Marching Band and teaches a studio of private trumpet students at this home.

Along with music, Chris enjoys biking, running, reading, and spending time with his family. He lives in Noblesville, IN with his wife, Emily, who teaches elementary music in Noblesville, his 12 year old daughter Annie who plays piano and flute, 9 year old son Nate who plays piano and aspires to play trombone when old enough, and their Labradoodle-Bennett Coltrane Thelonius Hubbard or just Bennett.