Time for Band

I’m so excited to get band up and running again.  Hearing the sounds of students playing instruments brings joy to my heart.

Beginning Band registration is open! Fill out the Beginning Band Registration Form, subscribe to this blog and I’ll get an instrument ready for your student.  Monday is the deadline to have the instrument ready for our first practice.  The first practice is on Tuesday right after school from 3:30-4:30.  Please plan a few minutes upon pick up to sign the instrument use agreement so your student can take their instrument home.  If you can’t sign it Tuesday, your student can return it on Thursday to take their instrument home.  Be sure to check out the supplies list.  I have most items for students to purchase.  The band books are $7 (percussion $12) for the standard edition and $13 (percussion $18) for the enhanced.  The standard edition is just the book, the enhanced comes with a code to download MP3 accompaniment and rehearsal tracks.  Either one works well for our purposes.  Tuition is due by the end of September or apply for a scholarship.  Please make checks to Polaris at Ebert.  As always, please email me with questions.

Advanced Band sounds great! They are so well balanced.  We worked through a warm up and improvised a sound painting.  I can’t wait for practice on Tuesday!  I did clarify the drop-off procedures with the office.  Students need to enter through Discovery Link.  The blue doors will not be open, but the Discovery Link staff are expecting to see lots of musicians coming through the cafeteria on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  Reminder, if you have not registered, please take care of that soon.  You can find the registration here.



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Welcome to 2019-2020 Band

I’m so excited to begin another year of teaching and making music with students!  Also, I look forward to reconnecting with the wonderful Polaris parents.  I’m so thankful to be a part of this truly remarkable  community.  As always there are band updates for this new year and important reminders.

Beginning Band Announcements 

(For very beginning students who have not played a band instrument before)

Welcome to the band blog!  I’m so glad your student is interested in playing a band instrument.  Please take a few moments to explore this site.  If you have any questions please reach out to me via email at corrilee_kielmeyer@dpsk12.org or call my classroom 720.424.7884.  Also, mark your calendar for the “Instrument Petting Zoo” on September 6th from 3:30-4:30 in the auditorium.  Students either need a parent present or will need a signed permission slip.  Paper copies are available in the music room or at curriculum night.  You can also print the form by clicking here.

Registration for beginning band will open at 4:30 on 9/5.  Don’t worry about the class filling up.  We will always take another musician.  Please contact me via email corrilee_kielmeyer@dpsk12.org with any questions.

Advanced Band Announcements

(For students who have played their instrument for one school year or longer).

Advanced Band Schedule Change –  We will now practice from 7:45-8:30 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  This is different from last year and I hope the new schedule will add consistency to the band instruction.

Advanced Band Start Date – We will begin on September 5th at 7:45.  There will be a brief 10 minute parent meeting to begin.  This is the perfect time to set up carpools and connect with other band parents.  Also, we will walk through some new communication systems.  Students need to bring their instrument, music book and any other supplies with them to this practice.  We will play together following the brief meeting.

Parent Volunteer Needed – This year each grade level has a closed Facebook page organized by parents.  I would like to see one created for band as well.  If you would like to help create and monitor this page, please contact me.  This job went unfilled last year and I would love to see it materialize for 2019!

Student Musicians Needed – We will again organize an “Instrument Petting Zoo” for beginning band.  This will be from 3:30-4:30 on September 5th in the auditorium.  If you or an older middle school sibling would like to demonstrate and talk about what it’s like to play your instrument, please let me know.

Advanced Band Registration – There are 3 parts to registering for band this year.  First, complete the Registration Form.  Next, “subscribe to this blog” on the left menu bar and/or click here to receive text messages.  Your student will not be registered for band unless I can communicate with you.  Lastly, take care of tuition.  Unless your family qualifies for a scholarship please bring a check made out to Polaris at Ebert for $250 to the first meeting or send it with your student before September 21st.

As always if you have questions or have specific needs, please email corrilee_kielmeyer@dpsk12.org or call 720.424.7884.


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Advanced Band Parents Please Read

Continuation is tomorrow morning!  All advanced band students will perform together one last time during the ceremony which begins at 9:00.  Students need to bring their instruments and music with them to school. They need to check in with their teachers and I will call them to the music room promptly at 8:45.   3rd and 4th graders will play for the beginning of the ceremony and then report back to class.  Please wear nice school clothes if possible.  After the ceremony and cake on the playground 5th graders need to return to the gym to get their instrument, return it to the case and turn their music in to the music room.  All school instruments used by 5th graders need to be checked back in at that time as well. Please let me know if you need any last minute information or if you have any questions.  See you tomorrow!


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Great Show + Year End Procedures

Congratulations on a fantastic concert bands!  You really played well and I’m so proud to be your teacher!

As we draw this year to a close please take note of the following announcements for each band.

Beginning Band – Last day is tomorrow, May 21st.  Bring your instrument and music for our celebration during our normal 3:30-4:30 practice time.  If you plan on returning to Polaris bands next year, you may keep your instrument over the summer.  Be sure to play it! If you are not returning to Polaris or not returning to the band program please plan a few extra minutes at the end to return your instrument.

Advanced BandLast rehearsal day is, Friday, May 24th.  They will perform for Continuation on Wednesday, May 29th. Note that we do not have practice on Thursday.   4th graders will play at the beginning of the ceremony and go back to class.  5th graders will join their classmates for the remainder of the ceremony.  After continuation, all 5th graders who are borrowing a school instrument need to return it.  Leaving it in the music room does not count – please hand it to me.  Also, I will need all of the music back after the ceremony.  

Please let me know if you have question or I’ve forgotten something – my brain is not fully functioning after such a full, wonderful day at DSA.

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Showcase Reminder

We are just two days from our annual Polaris Spring Showcase.  As a reminder, both bands will play.  There will be Advanced Band practice in the morning, but not for beginning band in the afternoon.  Beginning Band will meet in my classroom at 6:00 and perform at 6:15.  Advanced Band will meet at 7:00 to play at 7:15.  Any students who are directly coming from a classroom performance or will directly to a classroom performance needs to plan ahead.  For example a third grade student who is in beginning band would meet in my classroom at 6:00, play with the beginning band and then stay in the gym to perform with their class.  Please help them remember to take their instrument with them after the performance.

The whole schedule is below:

5:30pm – 1st Grade
5:45pm – Honor Choir
6:00pm – 2nd Grade
6:15pm – Beginning Band
6:30pm – 3rd Grade
6:45pm – Friday Jump Club
7:00pm – 4th Grade
7:15pm – Advanced Band
7:30pm – 5th Grade

A special note to 4th graders in Advanced Band.  You will need to bring your instrument and music with you to your 4th grade performance because the band plays directly afterwards.  It can stay in the case, but you will need to get it out very quickly while the 5th graders walk down to meet you.

Also, please read the previous post about the Advanced Band field trip and our concert on Monday!  I will post a reminder on Friday with last minute instructions as well.

See you Thursday!





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Important – Please Read!!

This is an important posting full of essential information.  Please, please, please read it for concert, showcase and end of year processes!

Spring Showcase Concerts! 

May 16th is next Thursday already!  Please meet in the music room 15 minutes ahead of the concert time to get your instrument out and be ready to play.  I could certainly use a couple of parents to supervise students and walk them down to the gym.  Please let me know if you are available to help.  Students should wear a Polaris t-shirt or comfortable school clothes.  This is not a formal event.  Following our performance, students and parents will exit the north side of the gym and proceed along Park Ave. West and reenter the playground through the blue gate.  **Be sure that students put their instrument in the case and take it with them after the performance.

Beginning Band: 6:15 Performance time – meet in the music room at 6:00 **Remember, there will not be band after school.

Advanced Band: 7:15 Performance time – meet in the music room at 7:00

Spring Concert at DSA

Thank you for your patience with scheduling this year!  We will perform at Denver School of the Arts (Montview Blvd. and Quebec) on Monday, May 20th at 5:30 pm.  Beginning Band needs to arrive by 4:30 to practice on the stage and eat a snack.  It is tradition that students enjoy a “pizza pick-me-up” before the concert.  I will order pizza to be delivered by 4:00, but will need help serving pizza and other snacks.  Please sign up here to volunteer or bring something to share.  Also, I could use help after the concert with hauling percussion equipment and cleaning up the concert hall – please use the same link to sign up.  This is a formal concert please wear your black and white concert clothes.  If you need to borrow black pants or a white shirt, please let me know by Friday, May 17th.

Advanced Band Field Trip to DSA: We will join the DSA bands for a day of musical learning on Monday, May 20th and remain there for our concert that evening.  Students need to arrive at DSA (no transportation will be provided from Polaris) between 8:30 and 8:45.  At 8:45 we will proceed to the band room for rehearsal and the day of playing, listening and learning.  Students need to bring the following: instrument, music, sack lunch, snack, concert clothes and a quiet, non-electronic activity.  Books, drawing, card games, and homework are all great options for this time.  Students may bring cell phones, however, they are only to be used to contact parents during designated times.  Feel free to contact my cell phone 303.830.2844 with any urgent needs during our field trip.  At 4:00 we will eat a pizza snack, enjoy the quiet activity and change for the concert.  Join us from 5:30-6:30 for a great concert.

End of Year Information

After our concert we will still have band!  It is important for us to reflect on our performance and celebrate a successful year.

Beginning Band: May 21st – we will play our instruments and enjoy a frozen treat

Advanced Band: May 24th – we will practice for continuation and enjoy donuts

Students using Polaris Instruments: If you are returning to the Polaris Band Program next year you may keep your instrument for the summer.  Please play it!  If you are continuing on to middle school or leaving the program for another reason, you must return the instrument before you leave for the summer.

Thank you for reading to the end!  I know it was a lot of information and I appreciate your attention to these details.

Please reach out to me with any questions – corrilee_kielmeyer@dpsk12.org or 720.424.7884.

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Concert Date

Great News!! I just got the email from the DSA vice principal and Monday, May 20th is our concert! I have to confirm with Dave Hammond the band director about our field trip for advanced band.  More information about that soon.  Please add the 20th to your calendar.  I have adjusted the end of the year calendar accordingly.

There were several families who did not know about the beginning band cancellation on Tuesday.  To help clarify the dates for the end of the year, I have copied the schedules page below for each band.  Please note the end dates have changed.

Advanced Band Schedule Spring 2019

April: 4, (cancelled on the 5th) 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, (None on 26th due to Shakespeare Festival)

May: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 20 (concert/field trip at DSA) This is a Monday!! No practice on the 23rd

Last Rehearsal: 24th with donuts (we will play our instruments as well)

Last Day is May 29th for 5th grade continuation.

Beginning Band Schedule Spring 2019

April: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, (cancelled on 23rd due to 5th grade Shakespeare performance) 25, 30

May: 2, 7, 9, 14 (no regular rehearsal on the 16th – Spring Showcase Performance)

Monday, May 20th is our DSA concert which takes the place of our 5/21 practice.

Last Day: 21st with a frozen treat (we will play our instruments as well)

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