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Giaudrone Middle School offers the following instrumental music courses: 

5th Grade Band and Orchestra: Students from Mann, Whitman, and Reed elementary schools are invited to play in the 5th grade band at Giaudrone.  Band is taught by Ms. Sheppard, and Orchestra is taught by Ms. Iverson, and will start in late September.  Students ride the middle school bus, beginning class at 8:05am.  They are then transported to their elementary schools for the start of school. 

Beginning Band: First year wind or percussion players.  This band performs at three concerts per year for friends and families.  

Beginning Orchestra: First year string players (violin, viola, cello, upright bass).  This orchestra performs at three concerts per year for friends and families. 

Intermediate Band: Mostly second year wind or percussion players.  This band performs at three concerts per year for friends and families, performs in the Junior Daffodil Parade, and selected members tour the elementary schools to demonstrate instruments.  They have the opportunity to assist the advanced band in some school-wide assemblies. 

Intermediate Orchestra:  Mostly second year string players.  This orchestra performs at three concerts per year for friends and families, and selected members tour the elementary schools to demonstrate instruments.  They have the opportunity to assist the advanced orchestra in some school-wide assemblies.


 Advanced Band: Mostly third or fourth year wind or percussion players.  This group is our premier band performing ensemble at Giaudrone, performing at all school-wide assemblies, plus three concerts, the Junior Daffodil Parade, and the elementary tour.  In solos and small groups, they play at the Commencement Bay Region Solo and Ensemble Contest.  They provide entertainment for other school evening events as necessary and perform in the district-wide middle school band festival. 
 
Advanced Orchestra:  Mostly third or fourth year string players.  This group is our premier string performing ensemble at Giaudrone, performing at school-wide assemblies, plus four evening concerts and the elementary tour.  In solos and small groups, they play at the Commencement Bay Region Solo and Ensemble Contest.  They provide entertainment for other school wide evening events as necessary and perform in the district-wide string orchestra festival. 
 
Drumline (on the schedule called Percussion Techniques): Students learn to read music and perform on drumline instruments (snare drum, bass drum, quads (tenors), cymbals).  Students perform in pep assemblies and selected students join the band for the Junior Daffodil Parade in April. 


 Website directions: 

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Parent letters, practice information, and the performance calender can be found in the documents section.

The current performance calendar, practice record due dates, and other dates are in the events section.

Any homework will be found in the homework section.

Links to things such as fingering charts and other music education sites will be found in the links section.

Click here to access online grades.

And if you need to contact Ms. Sheppard, you can use the contact teacher section.  Please remember to leave your contact info and the best way to reach you. 

If you need to get ahold of Ms. Iverson, email civerso@tacoma.k12.wa.us. The contact teacher section will only send emails to Ms. Sheppard.

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