Staley Band Tenor/Bari Saxes

Staley Band 2020-2021

Starting school

Staley Band Families,

We are excited for the upcoming adventure of distance band (we affectionately call these times our 'band-demic'). This information below is all about the start of the school year and includes the link for our first Band Parent Association meeting (for all parents), private lessons, and instrument supplies. As always please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Mr. Wood, Mrs. Humphreys, Mr. Seymour, and Mr. Martinez

Upcoming Meetings: 2 meetings, 1 hour!

Monday, August 24th: Advanced Band Parent Meeting - 6:30pm 6:55pm on Zoom

Zoom Link:

Zoom ID:921 6661 4177

Is your student in band 4th, 5th or 6th period? This meeting is for you parents!

Monday, August 24th: Band Parent Association Parent Meeting - 7:00pm 7:20pm on Zoom

Zoom Link:

Password:983 0497 5654

This is for all parents! Please join us and learn about our booster club.

Private Lesson Info

Private instruction is a highly encouraged program that supports what your student is doing in the classroom. Private lessons can serve as an advanced program as well as tutorials all in one!

  • 22 minute lessons that will occur virtually regardless if the student chose virtual FISD school or face-to-face FISD school.
  • The instructors are highly qualified professionals that have anywhere from 1-3 degrees in performance on their instrument.
  • Background checked, finger printed and approved instructors through Frisco ISD
  • $20 per week and paid directly to the instructor.
  • There is some scholarship money available on a first-come first-served basis so please reach out if you would like more information.


Saxophone Lessons with Dr. Acevedo

Getting an Instrument

Students who sign up in band will need to have an instrument and supplies for their instrument. If you could start on that process now so we can have instruments in 3-4 weeks that would be ideal. Below are some options regarding instruments.

Rent from a music store:

  • Music 1st:; (469) 362-7171 - This is the music store right off of main street.

  • Music & Arts:; (972) 668-1176 - Closest location is at Preston and Gaylord in Frisco.

School Owned Instruments- We automatically reserve these instruments for you once you are selected on them (generally in 7th or 8th grade). There is no need to do anything other than wait for us to contact you when it is ready!

Instrument and Supplies Needed

*Advanced Band members may already own the items below from last year, but we wanted to include them again in case you needed to resupply anything for this school year.*

There are many great brands out there as well as some ‘instrument shaped objects’. Below is our preferred instrument list that includes some of our trusted brands and required mouthpieces. In addition to an instrument, students have a list of instrument supplies needed to care for and maintain their instrument. These supplies should be purchased directly from a music store or online. Please let us know if you have any questions

  • *Saxophone: This will be included with the instrument. If you break the mouthpiece you will be asked to replace it so please be careful!

  • Band Book: Traditions of Excellence (for your band level- see below)

  • Music Stand: Wire music stand

  • Reeds: 1 box Vandoren 2 ½ reeds,

  • Cleaning Supplies and accessories: Silk swab with drop, mouthpiece patch

Please get the corresponding book to your band class.

Financial Aid

The Staley Band is proud to offer financial assistance through the Staley Middle School Band Parent Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Any student can be in band no matter what their financial situation is. Families that qualify through FISD for free and reduced lunch (f/r) are automatically enrolled in our financial aid program. This reduces the band, uniform, and instrument fee by half! Since all our financial aid is through the SMSBPA it is suggested that every family join for $10. This is not a requirement for financial aid, but we would hope that every family joins this group as they are a huge part of our program!.

Other Expenses

Band is one of the most active organizations on campus. While this year will look different than any other, we still hope to have some amazing socials and events at some point.Aside from instrument costs below is a breakdown of other expenses so you can begin to plan accordingly.

Band Fee- $0 This fee is usually about $30 ($15 f/r ) and is used to help offset the cost of materials, contests, and other events throughout the year. With so many question marks about the upcoming year we decided to go with a 'pay as you go' model. Send no money at this time!

Uniform- $10 ($5 f/r) We have a band t-shirt that students will be required to wear multiple times throughout the year. We will not collect this fee until we are much closer to needing the shirts.

Band Parent Association Membership- $10 This optional fee is to join our band booster club. The Staley Middle School Band Parent Association (SMSBPA) is the primary reason we can stay so active. Please consider not only joining, but volunteering!

School Owned Instrument Fee-$100 ($50 f/r) This is only for students using a school owned instrument. We will discuss this fee towards the end of the first grading cycle- there is no need to send any money now.

Director Contact Information

Mr. Chad Wood- Director of Bands:

  • Beginning Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, & Tuba
  • Symphonic Band (Band A on 8th grade schedules)
  • Brass Band (Band C on 7th grade schedules)
  • Any general questions about band, the BPA, or financial aid

Mrs. Samantha Humphreys- Assistant Director:

Note this email address will be changing soon as 'Ms. Hoffman' was married this summer!

  • Beginning Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, & Saxophone
  • Woodwind Band (Band B on 7th grade schedules)
  • Any questions about private lessons, weekly newsletter items, and canvas