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 2018-19 Schedule

Director: Mr. Nelson
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My name is Mark Nelson and I am the new band director at Holy Family School.  I am also the director of all the Catholic elementary schools and a private school - Spectrum. It is an honor to be working with the children of Holy Family and I look forward to helping your child find the musician inside themselves.  Below is some information about the experience of being in the band.  Consider this decision carefully as music will be a part of your child's entire life.

All children have the inherent ability to learn to play a musical instrument.  Your child will have the opportunity to join our band in 4th, 5th or 6th grade.  Please consider this life-changing decision seriously for your child.

In the first weeks of school, there will be three events to introduce the band program.

  • Demo-concert by professional musicians to show all the band instruments.
  • Instrument trials - every child has the opportunity to try the bad instruments - getting to play at least two.
  • Band sign-up to meet Mr. Nelson and to register your child for band.  Watch for more information about the actual dates and times for these events.

Our groups take the entire school year to develop skills and create music together.  Band activities will include:

  • Performing in December and May for the entire school.
  • Being a part of the school programs as the band shares its talents with everyone.
  • Performing mini-concerts for lower grade classes.
  • Joining with all Rockford Catholic schools to perform three concerts at Boylan High School and Sinnissippi Park Band Shell.
  • Going on a “World Band Tour”- our advanced group tour to play concerts at other Rockford Catholic schools.
  • Advanced band performs the National Anthem at a Rockford Ice Hogs game.
  • Exciting social events such as pizza, donut, and skating parties.

Here are more details about the program:

  • No experience is necessary as the entire band learns how to read music and the specific techniques to play their instrument.
  • The band meets two times per week:  Once after school and during the last period..
  • Instruments can be rented or you may provide your own.  Look in the newspaper or internet for used instruments or a relative may have one not being used.  Included are flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion (snare/bells).
  • Students gain confidence, learn group cooperation, and learn how to express themselves through music.
  • I look forward to meeting your child and giving him/her the chance to discover the talent that is within them.  Any questions, please do not hesitate to call Mr. Nelson anytime at (815)979-3087 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Also, visit the web page at Music Education Services.


2018-2019 Band Schedule


2:30-3:10 Beginners (4th Gr.)



3:15-4:00 Advanced (6th, 7th, 8th Gr.)
Wednesdays 2:30-3:10 Beginners (4th Gr.)



3:15-4:00 Beginners/Intermediates (5th Gr.)
Thrusdays 2:30-3:10 Beginners/Intermediates (5th Gr.)



3:30-4:30 Advanced Band









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