Welcome to the Northwinds Homeschool Band!!
The Northwinds Homeschool band is preparing to start its 2017-2018 season, and I would like to invite your child(ren) to come join the band. The band program has grown tremendously over the last fourteen years, from its humble beginnings of 10 students to over 60 members. It is hard to believe that the group has now trained nearly 200 homeschool musicians, and has logged over 100 performances locally, at retirement facilities, such as St. Andrew’s Place, Sherwood Manor and Parkview, at community events, such as the Festival of Trees, the Fourth of July Parade in Port Angeles and the Clallam County Fair; at Band Festivals in Ellensburg, WA, Moscow, ID, Vancouver, WA, and Abbotsford, BC, and on Tour at Silverwood Theme Park ID, Disneyland Theme Park, CA and Washington D.C.
The Northwinds Homeschool Band currently has four different ensembles: three concert bands and a jazz ensemble. Band is offered at three different levels: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Beginning band starts with the very rudiments of the instrument. Although previous experience with music (such as piano, recorder, guitar, etc.) is always helpful, it is not necessary. Many of our students have been successful with no previous experience at all. The beginning class starts at the very beginning, and teaches all aspects of reading music notation as a part of the curriculum. Children are usually ready to start band at about age 10, or possibly a little earlier if they are reading well, have prior music experience, or have a musician as a parent.