• Welcome To Band!

    Evergreen Forest Elementary School 5th Grade Band



    Google Classroom Code:  uud2azw


    Teacher Information:

    John Theine, Director

    Also teaches at:  River Ridge High School, Seven Oaks Elementary School

    Degrees, BMUS from Western Washington University, MED in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle Pacific University

    Performs with:  Northwest Wind Symphony, Capital City Brass Quintet

    Office Phone:  (360) 412-4820 x42623  (This is my office at RRHS...leave a message and I can access it from other schools)

    Email:  jtheine@nthurston.k12.wa.us  (This is the preferred method of contacting me, even if it is to ask for a phone call from me!)


    Online Class Meeting Times:

    Monday/Wednesday:  2:20 - 2:50 PM, Google Meet class

    Friday:  2:00 - 3:00 PM, Open Google Meet available for both EFES and SOES students to get extra help. (attendance is not required)


    Instruments Offered for the 2020-2021 School Year:






    Students Will Need:

    District Provided

    Band Book (first book is provided by the school district)

    Flash Cards (provided with book)


    Family Provided

    Folding Music Stand


    3-Ring Binder for book and handouts

    Instrument (there are some district instruments available for families in need)

    Care Kit (specific to the instrument...this will have all the greases, oils, cleaning supplies, etc. that your student will need)

    A quiet place to be able to practice.


    Sign Up For Band:  https://www.bepartofthemusic.org/group/index.php?id=3800

    You can visit the link above to find out information about:

    • The impacts of a musical education on a student (lots of good information about academic impacts of music)
    • More about band in general (video link)
    • Video demonstrations on each instrument that we are offering this year in the NTPS!
    • Interviews with parents and students.

    There is also an online tool that can help your student decide which instrument to learn!

    At the bottom, there is a form to fill out that will send me an e-mail letting me know that you are interested in band and asking for registration information!


    There will be an EFES/SOES Parent Info meeting on Tuesday, 9/22/20 at 7:00 PM!!!  It is optional, but you will have a chance to ask questions after the general information is given out.

    Go to:  http://meet.google.com

      (your student might have to be the person logged in to do this due to district lockdowns on Google Meet)

    Join Code:  TheineElementary


    Band Registration:  

    It would be best for you to explore the website above (https://www.bepartofthemusic.org/group/index.php?id=3800) before signing up for band so that your student can make an informed choice about their instrument.  When ready, here are the forms for signing up for band!

    Please email any registration forms back to me at:  jtheine@nthurston.k12.wa.us 

    I will then "invite" you and your student to join the band class in Google Classroom!


    Getting an Instrument:  

    Please make sure that your student has their instrument by Monday, October 5th.  If they have it sooner, we will be able to do some beginning stuff on Friday, October 2, in the optional class time between 2 and 3 PM.

    I STRONGLY recommend getting an instrument at a music store.  There are several advantages to this:

    1. Insurance...most music stores offer this with their rentals.
    2. Repairs...most music stores repair instruments that are rented...usually free of charge!
    3. Quality...most music stores have quality instruments that they rent...they want you to be happy with their service and come back in the future!

    Instruments bought online, whether it is from an auction website or another "sales" website, or bought from non-music stores often do not have those three features and a bad instrument will lead to a bad experience for your student.  I had a family (a long time ago now) who had their student with me in 5th grade.  The child did great and really enjoyed 5th grade year!  The next year, in 6th grade band (back when we had 6th grade in the elementary schools...I told you it was a long time ago!), they swapped out their music-store-rented instrument for a cheaper new instrument from a general merchandise store and asked my opinion of it.  I sent them a note letting them know that I felt that the "new" instrument would be a problem (unknown brand, no insurance, no backing from the "big box" store).  They thanked me for my opinion and decided to go with the "new" instrument.  Within a month, I was putting the instrument back together for the student 2-3 days a week...it was a clarinet...screws backing out, springs popping out of place, etc.  Within another month, the student had reached a point where she was so frustrated with the instrument that she quit band.  I will never forget the lesson learned there...when it comes to instruments, quality matters!  

    If you cannot afford to rent an instrument from a music store and have no other way to provide an instrument for your student, the school district does have some instruments available for student use.  They are limited in number and (unfortunately) older and in less-than-new condition, but the use fee is a lot less and can often be covered by North Thurston Education Foundation money that the schools receive if necessary.  If you really need this help, please contact me directly at jtheine@nthurston.k12.wa.us.


Last Modified on September 18, 2020