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Meet Mr. Whaylen and the Instruments


This link will take you to a video of Mr. Whaylen's introduction, and a short playing demonstration of each instrument we offer in band and orchestra.

Once you have decided whether you would like to join please find our "Instrument Selection Guide for 2020" in the DOWNLOADS tab. This document contains useful information for instrument selection and obtainment. There is a survey link for class enrollment at the bottom of the document.


Welcome to Columbine Area Band and Orchestra

Hello parents, guardians, and fifth grade students! My name is Mr. Eric Whaylen, and I am the band and orchestra teacher for the Columbine Area Elementary Schools. It is a year of questions and uncertainty in what our schools will look like, but I can give you one piece of information with certainty: band and orchestra will be available as electives for your students this year. Much is still unknown, but your fifth grader has the option of studying a band or orchestra instrument and learning the skills needed for instrumental performance and ensemble playing.

The first step in your instrumental music journey will be to select an instrument from the band or orchestra and figuring out how to get it. Watch the following videos with your student and discuss what they think looks like the most fun.

Instrument Video Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-z03i1qJr9q6wdZyl_Z8k7uOXM5wkkHc

Please note that not all of the instruments in this playlist are offered to beginners, but are available to transfer to later. The instruments we offer to beginners in band are flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. Instruments of the orchestra are violin, viola, and cello.

Keep your eyes open for more information once remote classes commence. An electronic enrollment survey will be made available soon, and lots of great information can be found on our Columbine Area Music website www.columbineareamusic.us

Please contact me with any questions you may have at eric.whaylen@jeffco.k12.co.us

Fundraising Night at Chili's - Thursday September 26
Come join the Columbine Area Instrumental Music community at Chili's near Southwest Plaza Mall.
From 11am to 8pm 15% of sales will be donated to our music program when you mention this fundraiser. 

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year

All fifth grade students have had the opportunity to test instruments at our try out days. They were given an interest form which should be completed and returned to the school by Friday August 23. Late forms will be accepted, but on time enrollment will help with balance in our music groups. You can find a copy of this document in the "DOWNLOADS" tab. Listed as "2019 Beg of year letter testing form." 

5th grade students in Mrs. Story's class testing instruments. 

The next step in your student signing up for band and orchestra is to attend our Instrument Rental Night. This event will be held in Columbine High School Auditorium. You will receive a lot of important information about the program, and you will have the opportunity to meet with local music stores or Mr. Whaylen to secure an instrument. 

Instrument Rental Night – 
Monday August 26th
Columbine High School Auditorium – 6201 S. Pierce St.
Time: 6:00PM

Final Concert of the Year!

Thursday May 9
Columbine High School Gymnasium
Arrive at 5:30pm, perform at 6:00pm

Students should wear their Columbine Area Music T-Shirt, black pants/skirt, and all black shoes. They should bring their instrument, music, extra materials, and a folding music stand if you own one.

Extra Concert Practice - Not Mandatory

On Monday April 29 there will be an additional concert practice to help our instrumental music students prepare for our concert.

The rehearsal will be held at Columbine HS in the music room.
Advanced Band 4:00-4:45
Advanced Orchestra 4:45-5:30
Beginning Band 5:30-6:15
Beginning Orchestra 6:15-7:00

I look forward to seeing your young musicians there!

Concert Fast Approaching!

Extra rehearsal:

On Tuesday November 6th, I’ll be holding an extra rehearsal in the Columbine High School band room to prepare for the concert the following week. Please make every effort to have your child attend Here is the schedule for that:

4:00 – 4:45 Beginning Band

4:45 – 5:30 Beginning Orchestra

5:30 – 6:15 Advanced Band

6:15 – 7:00 Advanced Orchestra

Music Links:

follow the links below to listen to recordings of the advanced band and orchestra concert songs. It will help in your practice!


    Can-Can: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_QwBP6KQ9g

    Sword Dance: https://www.alfred.com/sword-dance/p/00-20570/

    Medieval Kings: https://www.jwpepper.com/10091953.item#/submit 


    Marching On: https://www.jwpepper.com/Marching-on/10279761.item#/submit

    Imperium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1kw449XVL8


to the 2018-19 school year for the Columbine Articulation Area Band and Orchestra. We have a great group of new 5th grade students in our beginning groups, and our returning advanced players have already impressed their new director with their maturity and musical ability. 

Rehearsals have commenced, so be sure to double check our weekly schedule and get those instruments to and from school. 

Also check out our calendar tab to get this year's concert dates on the family planner. More dates and information will be made available soon. Double check that your student has all the materials they need by heading to the downloads tab and clicking on IMHandbook18 to verify they will be successful in this new school year. 

Recent Announcements

  • End of Year Dates
    Hi Columbine Area Elementary Band/Orchestra guardians!

    It's time to start marking your calendars for end of year events!


    May 2nd (Wednesday) – Advanced band/orchestra tour through elementary schools. 

    On this day, the advanced band and orchestra will tour though all 5 Columbine elementary schools and play a concert for each one. Students will need to bring a sack lunch and arrange for transportation to Columbine Hills at 8:15 and from Leawood at 2:50.

    May 8th (Tuesday) - After school rehearsal at Columbine High School (band room)

    This will be the first time all of the kids get together to work on the music as a large ensemble. Please arrive 10 minutes early to get your instrument out. All you need is your instrument and music. Stands will be provided.

    Beginning orchestra 5:00 – 5:45

    Beginning Band 5:45 – 6:30


    May 14th (Monday) - Concert at Columbine High School (Gym)

    The concert will be from 5:30 – 6:30 in the gym at Columbine High School. Please be there by 5:00. This concert includes band AND orchestra! Attire is the same as the previous 2 concerts (black pants, black shirt, black shoes). Please come prepared with a music stand. 

    Posted Apr 23, 2018, 12:30 PM by Gregory Gates
  • Listening Links
    All students find it easier to play music when they know what it's supposed to sound like. Here are some recordings of the music we are currently working on:

    Beginning Band:
    The Fat Enchilada <-You'll have to Youtube this one

    Beginning Orchestra:

    Advanced Band:

    Advanced Orchestra:
    Posted Feb 12, 2018, 12:14 PM by Gregory Gates
  • Fall activities

                Happy Halloween! I am writing this letter to keep you informed about things that are going on soon in band/orchestra land.

    Practice cards – For every month, there is a corresponding practice card. You can print them out from the practice card tab above and your child gets music money for turning them in. They are a great way to keep track of where we should be at throughout the year so we don’t fall behind.

    Playing tests – On the week of October 30th, there will be playing tests for everyone. Here is what your child is expected to know:                   You have a lot of time to prepare, please don’t wait until the last minute.

    Beginning Band - #27 Good King Wenceslas

    Beginning Orchestra – #43 Mozart Melody

    Advanced Band – #83. (Concert Bb Major) Scale, Arpeggio and Chords

    Advanced Orchestra – #92. Can-Can – A (melody) line

    Concerts – Our fall concert is just around the corner! Both band and orchestra will have a concert on the 7th of November at Columbine High School in the gym at 7:00PM.

    Concert schedule:

    Beginning students arrive at 6:15 in the band room – Leave cases and coats in the band room – bring instrument, stand, music to gym.

    Advanced students arrive at 6:30  in the back of the gym (behind curtain) – Leave cases and coats in back of gym, Bring instrument, stand, and music to the front of the gym.

    6:45 – String tuning

    7:00  – Concert


    Item checklist for concert:

    __Instrument / Music    __Music stand     __Band/Orchestra t-shirt (or black shirt if you don’t have one) and black pants or skirt.


    Extra rehearsal:

    On Wednesday November 1st, I’ll be holding an extra rehearsal in the Columbine High School band room to prepare for the concert the following week. Here is the schedule for that:

    4:00 – 4:45 Beginning Band

    4:45 – 5:30 Beginning Orchestra

    5:30 – 6:15 Advanced Band

    6:15 – 7:00 Advanced Orchestra

    Posted Oct 18, 2017, 9:15 AM by Gregory Gates
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