• Dear Parents of 5th/6th grade band students,

    Thank you for encouraging your child to be a part of the Houghtaling band program!  This is an exciting time in the life of every student who chooses to play a musical instrument.  For the parent, the amount of patience needed is sometimes greater than that needed by the student.  Hopefully, the information provided in this handout will help to make this new adjustment go smoothly.

       Please read this, then sign and return the portion that indicates you have done so.  If questions arise throughout the year you may feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding the band program (my contact information is located at the bottom). It is a privilege and I am very excited to make music with the students here at Houghtaling, and with your help I believe the band program here will be a fun and successful endeavor.  



    Jillian Pollock 


    Contact Information

    Phone: (907) 228-2061

    Email: Jillian.Pollock@K21schools.org

    Classroom/Band website:  http://hte.kgbsd.org/Domain/878


    I know many people have had trouble acquiring books at McPherson's Music. As a new teacher to Ketchikan I am working with local and departmental resources to find the best way to get books to every student who needs one. It seems the best approach moving forward is to either order your students book on Amazon, or they may bring the total amount for the book (listed below) to school and I will order what is still needed. These purchased books will be owned by the student and will be theirs TO KEEP. I am working on solutions to get books for the classroom for future classes, however it seems that was not possible this year. Thank you for your patience and understanding! 
    Option 1: If you would like to order online, the book needed is "Tradition of Excellence" by Bruce Pearson and Ryan Nowlin, Book 1. Be sure you choose the correct instrument for your child! Either Flute, Bb Clarinet, Bb Trumpet/Cornet, Trombone, Alto Saxophone, or Percussion. This book is red and black.
    Option 2: Have your student bring $11 (flute, clarinet, trombone, trumpet, saxophone) or $13.50* (Percussion) to school NO LATER THAN FRIDAY OCT. 16th.  I will order the books that are needed and give them directly to the students who ordered them when they arrive. 
    *Percussion books are larger than others as they contain instructions for more than one instrument and are therefor priced accordingly.
    Thanks again! Play on!