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Walton Verona Middle School started their beginning band class off with a big bang! Mrs. Hedges, Director of Bands at Walton Verona Middle School, knows how to get her students and their parents involved and excited about making music.

walton verona beginning band meeting

Right before Christmas break, students and parents were invited to a hands-on meeting where students had the chance to actually make a sound on several instruments. Parents loved watching as Mrs. Hedges helped each child choose an instrument that best fits them.

walton verona beginning band meeting

Some crazy sounds were heard on that day. Mrs. Shana Gatewood, (yes, she is the wife of band director A.J. Gatewood from Twenhofel Middle School and … a great trumpet player/teacher that also helps Willis Music out with many parent meetings and student demonstrations), had students making great sounds! Trumpet was a big choice for several students. Shana did a great job fitting the students! She ROCKS!

walton verona beginning band meeting

We all know how important making music is in our kids lives. We all also know music education improves recall and retention of verbal information, advances math achievement and boosts reading and English skills. And of course… we all know it increases average SAT scores. With all that we know it’s the band director of your child’s school and the directors of beginning bands all over the world that have the most influence on students and can help change their lives through music. Amber Hedges is one of the best and she knows how to get things done in her school!

Walton Verona’s Beginning Band Meeting

Students Make Some Great Choices

walton verona beginning band meeting

“Willis Music was invited to Walton Verona’s beginning band meeting by Mrs. Hedges, Director of bands, where new students found themselves making sounds on many different instruments, all while trying to select the one that best fits them. Shana Gatewood, (a Gateway College Music Teacher) was instructing ‘soon-to-be trumpet players’ while Colleen and Michele (from Willis Music) made lots of noise instructing clarinet and trombone. Parents were happy and some great choices were made.”

walton verona beginning band meeting

“Mrs. Hedges starts her students after Christmas break on January 8th. Also new in 2015, she will give birth to her fourth child the around the first of February. Don’t worry, she will have a great substitute and will be greatly involved even after the baby is born. Our congratulations goes out to her and her husband Chris Hedges (Director of bands at Williamstown) and we wish them a happy, healthy baby next year.”

walton verona beginning band meeting

From the desk of Cindy Hicks, Willis Music