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Spring Branch ISD

SBMS Band - Salem Brackett

Welcome to virtual open house! Please click on your student's band class below to watch a brief video about their class.


1st period - Beginning Flute

2nd period - Jazz Band

3rd period - Beginning Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone

6th period - Concert Band

7th period - Beginning Clarinet


I am the Assistant Band Director at SBMS. Together, Mrs. Engelmann and I teach 3 levels of Band Classes.  Students are placed in these levels based on their knowledge and skill in playing their instrument. 


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Beginning Band is made up of students with little or no playing experience.  The main goal in these classes is to learn the basics of playing an instrument and learn  to read music.    

  • Students are divided into like instrument classes which meet every day as a regular class. 

  • The classes will perform 5 times this year: the Fall Concert, the Winter Concert, the Beginning Band Spotlight, Spring Concert and festival. 

  • In preparation for each of these performances, members of the Beginning Band will meet two or three times during or outside of the school day to rehearse together.

Intermediate Band is for students with at leasy one year of playing experience. These are primarily 7th grade students. 

  • The focus of this class is on playing fundamentals, technical development, and music reading.
  • Students will participate in Solo and Ensemble contest and concerts throughout the school year. 

Concert Band is for students with one or more years of playing experience.  These are typically 7th graders (students in their 2nd year of study) with some 8th graders mixed in. 

  • Continued development of fundamentals, technique, and musicality are emphasized.  In addition, ensemble skills will be developed through the rehearsal and performance of full band music. 

  • Students will have the option of participating in District and Region Band Auditions. 

  • Concert Band members are required to participate in Solo and Ensemble Contest, UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest as well as all scheduled Concerts and Contests throughout the school year. 

  • In order to prepare for performances and competitions, Concert Band members are required to participate in one 45 minute section rehearsal each week. (see the Band Handbook for more information).

Symphonic Band consists of students with one or more years of playing experience who have achieved above average playing skills on their instrument.  These are typically 8th graders (students in their 3rd year of study) with some advanced 7th graders mixed in.

  • Symphonic Band is the Varsity group and membership carries increased responsibilities and expectations. 

  • Emphasis is placed on the continued development of fundamentals, technique, musicality and ensemble skills. 

  • Students in the Symphonic Band are required to participate in the District/Region Band process, Solo and Ensemble Contest, UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest and all Concerts and Contests scheduled throughout the school year. 

  • Students are required to attend one 55 minute section rehearsal each week as well as an occasional full band rehearsal. 

Jazz Band

  • An additional advanced band class for students who are in Concert or Symphonic band. 
  • Students are admitted by audition due to limited instrumentation.
  • Emphasis is placed on music theory, aural skills, and jazz history, as well as developing students' musical fundamentals.
  • There will be required concerts and performances scheduled throughout the year.


You can find all forms and documents in the ItsLearning course. Click on the "Resources" tab and find the "important documents" folder.



Band Google Calendar

Charms - Charms is the easiest way for us to communicate with you. Follow these instructions when to login: 

  • Select “ENTER/LOGIN” from the menu on top.

  • Select “Parent/Student Login” from the dropdown menu.

  • Enter the School Code – SpringBranchMSB

  • Enter your student’s ID number (this is your password unless you have changed it. Passwords can be re-set to the student’s ID number by the band directors upon request).

  • This will bring up the main page with a number of icons which you can click on to get the calendar, finances, forms or documents, etc.

  • If you click on the profile icon you can update email, phone and other vital information. Be sure to click on the “UPDATE” button in the upper right and corner of the screen to save your changes.

  • You can reach documents, handouts and permission slips by clicking on the handouts and files icon.

  • By clicking on the calendar icon you will be taken to our live Google Calendar.


SBMS Band is also on Facebook and Instagram. "Like" us at Spring Branch Middle School Band and follow us @springbranchmsband to stay updated and informed! 


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