BMS Band - Mr. Kelleher

As of 4/30/2021, BMS is planning to offer instrumental music in the Fall of 2021 for all interested Brooklyn Middle School students. I have met or will be meeting with 4th and 5th grade students to demonstrate the instruments that are available. There will also be an informational Zoom on May 25 at 6:30 pm for parents and students interested in the BMS Band program for 2021-2022. A quick note for parents who have previously had students in the BMS Band program, one difference for 21-22 is that students will be required to use PPE, including musician's face masks, bell covers, and cloths to catch condensate from brass instrument water keys (i.e. something to empty the spit valves onto). Click here for more information.
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There is now a Google Classroom setup for each grade level band class as well as general music class for grade 7. Please login when you are able and check back for information on assignments.
5th & 6th grade band students can also login to with their parent/guardian assistance. The school code is BrooklynMiBand5. This will only work with Essential Elements for Band. 7th & 8th grade band students have school copies of Essential Elements, book 2. EEInteractive is designed to work with personal copies, not school owned copies. 7th & 8th grade students should use Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Kelleher with any questions on practice guidelines for BMS band students.
As you have probably heard from the information sent by Mrs. Buell, all field trips and events with more than 100 people have been cancelled/postponed through the end of April. As the Band concert was scheduled for April 30, the concert may be postponed. I will update this page and send information home as soon as it is available. In the event that the 7th & 8th Grade Band & Chorus trip scheduled for June 4 is cancelled, refunds will be issued. Please check back here for updated information on distance learning for band students. Here's a new piece for 7th & 8th grade students (and advanced 6th or 5th grade students) to listen to and play along (if your screen is big enough). Here is a general practice guide for band students covering March-May 2020.

All Band students can go to and either enter the eelibrary code or the ISBN number in their books to get access. This web site has recordings of all the exercises and pieces in the Essential Elements book (both book 1 and book 2). If you already have registered for an Essential Elements Interactive account, you may use that instead.

For 5th Grade, here are the pieces we study:

6, 8, 10, 12, 18, 25, 31, 42, 53b, 53a, 54, 57, 90, 106. For anyone who has already completed 106, continue with 108, 112, 113, 150, 157, 160. Clarinet players can also look at 119, 121, 123, 126, 128, 130. We are also working on a piece, Festive Variations by Jack Bullock. I will try to make a recording available. Students are encouraged to send recordings of their progress to Mr. Kelleher via email, or by sharing via Google Drive.

6th Grade:  In Essential Elements students should continue working on Page 40, the 1st number 1 and 3, in the key of Concert Bb, as well as the 2nd number 1 and 3 on page 41, Concert Ab. Students can also start working on the first number 1 and 3 on page 41, Concert F. Other exercises/pieces to work on in the book are: 175, 157, 150, 179. 155.

6th grade students have been working on Adventure in India by Kevin Mixon. A recording can be found here:

6th Grade students have also started learning Armed Forces March. A recording can be found here:

We are also working on Festive Variations to perform with the 5th grade. 

Students should also look at Casey’s Last Run

7th & 8th Grade students should continue working on the following exercises in essential Elements, Book 2. 23, 90, 107, 159, 160, 163, 164, 171, 172, 175, 176 181, 182. Additionally, students can work on: 129, 130, 137, 140, 127, 108, 114, 109, 97, 99, 91.

We are working on the following pieces in 7th & 8th grade band. Links to recordings are also provided below:

The Water is Wide, arr. Darren Jenkins

Aztalan, by Michael Sweeney

Legacy Fanfare, by Jack Wilds

Barn Dance, by David Williams

Chips and Salsa, Too, by Ed Kiefer

If students would like feedback, they can record themselves playing, and email the recording to Mr. Kelleher, or share the file with Mr. Kelleher in Google Drive. Students are encouraged to send recording of the last quiz if they have not yet taken the quiz, or if they would like to re-take the quiz. If students wish to submit recordings for extra-credit, please contact Mr. Kelleher for guidelines.

Jeff Kelleher

860-774-9153 x275

Click here for the Lesson Schedule  

Click here for the BMS Handbook

Upcoming Band events for the 2019-20 School Year

-Spring Concert  (grades 5-8) 4/30/2020

-Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade (Grades 6-8) Monday, 5/25/20,  Brooklyn Fairgrounds  

- Adjudication Festival & Music Trip 6/4/2020 time and location tba

Event with * are extra credit and are not requirements for band students