Mrs. Kelsey Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Bear Creek's band director. She teaches band students beginning in grades 5 and 6, continuing through Middle School, and directs Upper School's Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Pep Band.
Choose an Instrument
Grade 5 students may choose to play one of these four instruments. Click an instrument to see a U.S. Navy Band member demonstrate how the instrument looks and sounds. Then watch the videos below to see Mrs. Thompson demonstrate each instrument and things to consider when making your choice.
Students who have previous piano experience may choose to play percussion at the director's discretion.
Considerations When Choosing a Band Instrument
Other Instruments in the Band
Obtain An Instrument and Supplies
Many local music stores offer reasonable rates/prices to rent or purchase an instrument. Renting can be very cost effective and is a good choice for many students. Most stores allow some or all of the rental fees to apply to the purchase.
If you would like to buy an instrument, and you are looking at an auction site like Craigslist or Ebay, please ask Mrs. Thompson about the instrument you are considering. Many instruments look nice online, but the brand is untrustworthy, or the instrument will need major repairs after purchase. Also, avoid purchasing instruments from stores that sell other things. Music stores sell reputable musical instruments, Costco and Fred Meyer do not.
Local Music Stores
Kennelly Keys Music
Bellevue, Lynnwood, Everett, Seattle
Moore Brothers Music
Music & Arts
Redmond, Bellevue, Issaquah, Bothell
Book and Online Resources
Grades 5 and 6 band classes use Essential Elements for Band, Book 1, which is available from most music stores and online. Please make sure to purchase the correct book corresponding to your child’s instrument. The books are instrument specific. Inside the front cover, you will find an online access code, unique to that book which will allow your child to access the online resources and send practice recordings directly to Mrs. Thompson.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE BAND
If you have made it this far, check out this video about why you will love playing in the band!