Band Room Beat

From Behind Miss Richmond's Desk

Just a quick update...

I just wanted to send you an update on what's happening in the band room. Your students are working incredibly hard to make the Holiday Concert an enjoyable experience for all. Your students have impressed me with their diligence and hard work as they continue to overcome challenging obstacles to perfect their performance. I just wanted to take a moment to share some of these achievements with you.

The 7th Grade Girls' Beginning band has grown by leaps and bounds. After choosing their instruments, they learned how to put their instruments together and how to buzz on their mouthpieces. Then, they progressed to learn a couple of notes and then linked those notes together to form melodies. They then learned to harmonize alongside the melody and then learned the bass line. Your girls have learned so much and grown so much musically. Mr. Nesbitt and I are very proud of their hard work, and they continue to impress me with their determination to become excellent musicians. While learning their holiday tunes, the Girls' Beginning Band has learned to read sheet music. Though this skill has not come easily, they have all worked extremely hard to learn, and each girl is well on her way to becoming an amazing instrumentalist.

The 8th Grade band, though they've face different challenges, have worked hard and excelled too. Every day the 8th graders are in the band room, they are full of energy and excitement. I look forward to their class because they put a lot of enthusiasm into their music making. They've been learning to read music in other keys and while it was a struggle in the early days, the 8th graders have grown in their knowledge and each day they amaze me with their continued growth.

I have been equally impressed with the High School Band. They are working on some really challenging pieces and while others might try and then give up, your students have risen to the challenge. They are constantly working to become better, and as a group, they sound amazing. They have come along way from the beginning of the year. I cannot help but smile when I see your students coming into work on their own music, and making time to help their fellow students (7th & 8th graders) with their music.

I hope you will take some time to continue encouraging them in their musical studies. Your students are so incredibly gifted, and I am extremely grateful that I get to be a part of their education.

May your week be filled with wonderful music.


Miss Leah Richmond, Student Music Teacher

"Without music, life is a journey through the desert." ~ Pat Conroy

Holiday Concert

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 7pm

Harding Academy Auditorium

Many of Harding Academy's wonderful musical groups will take part in an amazing evening of music. They will be performing a variety of musical selections in honor of the holiday season. We hope that you will come out and support them.