Come Join the Band

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A Chance to Change a Life!

Music is an important part of every child's life, however few children have the chance to learn the language of read feel actually play it. Your child has that opportunity this fall as we start Beginning Band! As a parent, you can introduce music into the life of your child and improve their education.

Music is Fun! 

 Just listening to music is fun, but playing it is even better! Being in a band is a chance to be part of a team that is full of children learning, growing and participating. There is always 100% involvement. There are no "second strings" or "riding the bench" in band.

  Music Develops the Mind!

 Science is discovering exciting new things about how music helps develop the mind. Learning to play an instrument has now been linked to improved math skills and other higher order thinking. National research proves that children who study an instrument in school get better grades!

 Music is Life!

  A child who learns to perform music develops an entirely new dimension in their life. Music is the universal language. They will learn about history and traditions and develop an appreciation for the diversity of other cultures. They learn creativity and how to judge the quality of music they hear. They begin to look at music as an art and in a whole new perspective.

 No Experience Necessary!

The St. James Band is offered to grades 4-8 starting in September and going the entire year.  Instruments offered include the flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion (bells and snare).  Watch for information at the start of the school year to give your child the opportunity to join this unique group. 

The St. James Band is under the direction of Mr. Mark Nelson, who also teaches at all Catholic schools in Rockford.  For more information you may contact Mr. Nelson at 815-979-3087 or  He also has a webpage with more information including the company that administers the program, Music Education Services.  That page is found at 

Thank you for your interest and Mr. Nelson looks forward to meeting you and your future musician!