Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Rod Williams
I graduated U of I in music education in 1980. My experience includes high school band, private lessons, professional playing, conducting an adult band (New Horizons Band of Kankakee River Valley. ) I also play in 6 professional groups in and around Bradley Bourbonnais.
I have been employed by Bradley Elementary for 17 years, and teach 3rd, 4th and 5th general music. I also do 5th grade band before school and teach 2 instrumental lessons per day.
Greetings and welcome to 5th grade band!!!
Band small group lessons began on Monday, October 7, 2019
A schedule of which day and time each student attends will be sent home the week prior.
30 minute like instrument lessons have begun. They are during the school day.
1. Your child should be playing at home 15 minutes daily or more.
2.Please praise their efforts, and ask questions with any issues.
3.They should be writing their practice time in the front of the book, and totalling it up at each week's end. I ask for that time at each lesson.
****FULL BAND REHEARSALS BEGAN 11/5/2019 7:45 A.M.****
Full Band Meets ALL TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS!
1. Drive to the back of the big parking lot of West.
2. Drop your band student off by the big dumpster.
* They walk on the sidewalk to the back door of Band room.
Our 2018-19 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE!!!
1st -Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. BBCHS Auditorium
2nd - Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. Bradley Central Gym (w/ 6th)
3rd - Friday, May 15, 2020- 2:00 p.m. Bradley West Gym
The public is cordially invited to attend!
Children should wear: black pants or skirts, black socks or tights/leggings, and black shoes or boots. Shoes should be all black. We wear band polos, given by Mr. Williams to all band students.
OUR NICE POLO SHIRTS SHOULD be clean and reserved for concerts. These will be handed back in at the end of our year.
A group lesson schedule is given at school for AFTERNOON BAND LESSONS. Students should bring their instrument to school along with their book and a pencil.
***Monthly schedules will be sent home with all band members to show all FULL BAND rehearsals.
Students should practice at least 15-20 minutes per day. Please check your child's chart in the front of their lesson book. PRACTICE EQUALS IMPROVEMENT. Please help your child decide a time and place to practice each day. Try not to let them miss. Keeping the same time each day will help your child stay on schedule. A parent should total the weeks practice each Sunday evening and sign the book where shown. These totals are recorded by Mr. Williams each week during their afternoon lesson.
PRACTICE TIME DAILY = SUCCESS IN BAND!!!
Please don't attempt to fix an instrument that doesn't work. Bring it to school for the director to evaluate. The same goes for stuck Brass mouthpieces. Basic tools can ruin a mouthpiece. I'm glad to perform basic repairs or pull mouthpieces.
Please call Mr. Williams with all questions/concerns. 815/933-2216, ext. #292
Don't wait until a child is lost in band. Call me right away to get YOUR CHILD back on track.
Once again, DAILY PRACTICE TIME IS ESSENTIAL!!!