PLES 6th Grade Beginning Band

  • The Palmer Lake 6th Grade Band is open to any 6th grader who would like to begin a band instrument (this includes flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba or percussion). All students receive group and small group instruction in full band and sectional classes. Students play their instruments every day in the daily schedule.  

    The band program in Lewis-Palmer School District has been recognized for excellence statewide and nationwide. LPSD bands play often at the Music Educator's National Conference held at the Broadmoor Hotel annually. LPSD bands have also been selected to play at National Band Conferences across the nation. Band instructors at the elementary level are Diane Jensen, Sarah Loyer, and Rose Dunphey. The instructor at the middle school is Lisa Smith and the instructors at the high school level are Butch Eversole and Tom Chapman.

    Elementary band students perform in concerts at their home elementary schools, and they perform 2 All-District Band Concerts where students from all five elementary schools in District 38 are combined to perform the concert.

    The elementary school band program utilizes the Essential Elements band method book by Lautzenheiser et. al. published by Hal Leonard. The free CD or downloadable music tracks that accompany this book can be found on

    Important additional information about band can also be found at other district band director websites:  Elementary: and  Middle School:  High School: and


  • Band students will need to bring their instruments to school on Monday, August 26!

    Please see the documents library for helpful information.

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  • As you prepare for 6th grade band class you will need the following items:  your instrument (see instrument recommendations page and music store information page in Documents), supplies for your instrument, the Essential Elements band book for your instrument, a wire stand for practicing at home and use of free phone apps for metronome and tuning. 

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