Worthington Kilbourne Bands

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle

6th Grade Band

If you are a parent of a current or prospective beginning band student and have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of us. We want to make this process as easy as possible for you.

Meg Alexis - Bluffsview, Granby, & Worthington Hills

James DeFrancesco - Liberty

Alex Brough - Brookside

Don Nathan - Granby, Bluffsview

Schedule – 3 times per week beginning the second week of school

Instrument and Book – Please check out the information at these retailer websites: Music and Arts and Rettig Music

Practicing – It should be viewed as homework and incorporated into a regular homework routine. 15 minutes every other day is a good starting place.

Performances – There will be several performances including one in December, one in March at McCord MS and one in May to conclude the year.

Please take a few moments to view this video which presents
a look at the Worthington Kilbourne Band Program from the perspective of students, parents, and alumni,

In 6
th Grade, at Phoenix and at the high school, students CAN be in more than one musical group (band, strings, choir). Currently at
McCord they have to choose one. We will work with you in 7
th and 8th grade to navigate that issue if the need arises.

Students who are in school sports or club sports CAN still do band. We currently have many athletes in the band program.

Private lessons are encouraged. Students who take lessons progress faster and usually have a richer musical experience. A list of private teachers can be found on the band website,

Some of the larger instruments (baritone, french horn, tenor saxophone, etc.) can be rented from the school for a nominal fee subject to availability

More information can be found by perusing the band program website,

Music Retailers:
Music and Arts and Rettig Music are two stores that have great rental programs and give us great service. Of course, you are free to deal with whomever you choose. If you choose to go elsewhere, PLEASE do not buy a cheap, low-quality instrument. Instruments found on Ebay or at discount stores can be inexpensive, but are usually a bad value because of the poor quality of workmanship and materials. Repairmen will often refuse to work on them. If you choose to go this route, understand that the instrument is disposable. The band directors are happy to consult with you about your instrument rental or purchase.

Research points to the enormous benefits of music education

In 2006, SAT takers with course work or experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the college entrance exam. 43 points higher on the math portion than did students with no such experience in the arts.

November 2007, 86 percent of college graduates had some music education when they were in school, compared with 65 percent for those who had not completed or completed only high school.

Data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 showed that music participants received more academic honors and awards than non-music students, and that the percentage of music participants receiving grades of A and B was higher than the percentage of non-participants receiving those grades.
Source: National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 First Follow-Up (1990), U.S. Department of Education.

Students who were exposed to the music-based lessons scored a full 100 percent higher on fractions tests than those who learned in the conventional manner. Second-grade and third-grade students were taught fractions in an untraditional manner by teaching them basic music rhythm notation. The group was taught about the relationships between eighth, quarter, half and whole notes. Their peers received traditional fraction instruction.
Source: Neurological Research, March 15, 1999

Music training helps under-achievers. Students lagging behind in scholastic performance caught up to their fellow students in reading and surpassed their classmates in math by 22% when given music instruction over seven months.

Source: Nature, May 23, 1996


“Music, to me, was—is—representative of everything I like most in life. It’s beautiful and fun, but very rigorous. If you wanted to be good you had to work like crazy. It was a real relationship between effort and reward. My musical life experiences were just as important to me, in terms of forming my development, as my political experiences or my academic life.”
President Bill Clinton. From The Gifts of Music. Copyright © 1994 by Music Educators National Conference. Used with permission.

“I believe arts education in music, theater, dance and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They [children] have an enthusiasm for life, a spark of creativity and vivid imaginations that need training...training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.”
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley

“I have personally found that music has helped me to do problem solving. Without early music lessons, I would have been hindered in these skills.”
Former U.N. ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick