St. Michael Catholic Church and School

Middle Level Band: Mrs. Van Beusekom

Middle Level Band: Mrs. Van Beusekom

Welcome to the StMCS Band!

Hello Merry Music Makers! I can't wait to start another year of band at StMCS. Please contact me if you have any questions and I look forward to another muy fantastico year of music! Here

Mrs. Victoria Van Beusekom

Middle Level Band

are some important details regarding band for the 2018-2019 school year.

New This Year - Music Organization

All students will need a 1 inch 3 ring binder with 20 sheet protectors, with 4 Tabs or Index Dividers. Students will put their sheet music in the sheet protectors and organize music by sections. Students will keep their warm-ups, fingering charts, practice logs, solo music and full ensemble band music in these binders. (My colleagues at MSW and MSE are using this system and are loving it and so will YOU!)

Important Dates for 2018-2019

  • Advanced Band full group rehearsals will begin on September 10 and meet Monday & Wednesday mornings (7:15-8:15 a.m.) in the Historic Church basement.
  • Small group lesson schedules will begin on September 12. Students will receive 1 lesson per 6 day cycle and I will email this schedule.
  • Beginning Band full group rehearsals will begin on November 6 and meet Tuesday & Thursday mornings (7:15-8:15 a.m.) in the Historic Church basement.

Concert Dates - 2018-2019

  • Christmas Concert - December 13th - Advanced Band and K-3 Christmas Concert  - New Church - 6:30 PM
  • Beginning Band Concert - Historic Church - February 5th - 6:30 PM 
  • Early Spring Concert - Advanced Band and Mid-Level Choir - March 12th - 6:30 PM - Historic Church
  • Spring Recital - May 14th - 6:30 PM - Historic Church (Optional and open for all)
  • Spring Concert - Beginning & Advanced Bands and Mid-Level Choir - May 21st - 6:30 PM - Historic Church

Practice Log Due Dates

Students may turn the practice log in to my mailbox in the main office. Please make sure students are practicing 100 minutes a week.

All practice logs for 1st Trimester are due on/before November 30th.

All practice logs for 2nd Trimester are due on/before February 28th.

All practice logs for 3rd Trimester are due on/before May 24th.

What book should I buy?

Standard of Excellence, book 1 by Bruce Pearson, Kjos Publishing will be our primary text for 1st year students.

Standard of Excellence, book 2 by Bruce Pearson, Kjos Publishing will be our primary text for 2nd year students.

Measures of Success, book 2 by Sheldon, Balmages, Loest, FJH Publishing will be our primary text for 3rd year students.

Tradition of Excellence, book 3 by Bruce Pearson, Kjos Publishing will be our primary text for 8th grade students.

To supplement our curriculum, various genres of concert music will be added throughout the school year.


Here a few of my favorite things for music!

Practice Log


Online Metronome

Bandmate Tuner


Contact Information
Victoria Van Beusekom

Big Woods Elementary, St. Michael Elementary

& St. Michael Catholic School 

"All things are difficult before they are easy." - Thomas Fuller

"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is PRACTICE". - Vladimir Horowitz