A good source for finding used beginner band instruments is online through shopgoodwill.com. Just go to the website and search for the instrument that you will be playing. It is similar to an eBay auction where you place bids on the items you are interested in. Make sure the item you are bidding on is available for shipping. Some are PICK UP ONLY. Feel free to consult with one of the band directors if you are unsure about any instrument on the website. Here is a list of the instrument brands we recommend:
Woodwind: Pearl, Jupiter, Gemeinhardt, Yamaha, Emerson, Selmer, Armstrong
Brass: Conn, Holton, Blessing, Bach, Yamaha, King, Selmer, Jupiter, Bundy
Dear Band Parent,
As the director of the Vela Band, I’d like to personally thank you for allowing your son/daughter to be a part of the Vela Middle School Band program. The Vela Middle School Band is statewide recognized for its commitment to excellence in Music Education.
As a member of the Beginning Band, your son/daughter is required to have an instrument in order to participate in the band class. If you have not made arrangements to acquire an instrument either through a purchase or a rental, I advise you to do so as soon as possible. The following music stores can assist you in purchasing or renting a quality instrument for your child.
The music companies above will be available at the Vela Middle School Band Hall on Monday, August 26th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. This is a perfect opportunity to purchase or rent an instrument for your child.
If I can be of any assistance, do not hesitate to call the band hall. The band hall phone number is 698-0730.
Director of Bands
When: Monday, August 26
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Vela Band Hall
The Vela Band will be hosting our annual Band Instrument Drive on Monday, August 26th. If you are unable to attend or would like to have other options, here is a list of "Band Director Recommended Instruments" that may be purchased online at a very reasonable price.
The Filemon B. Vela Symphonic Band is the 9th ranked band in the entire State of Texas. Over 200 CC bands submitted recordings to earn the distinction of being named a State Ranked Band and Vela has once again ranked among the elite. This is the 10th time that Vela has ranked, the highest number among middle schools in the Rio Grande Valley. Congratulations to all the students for your incredibly hard work and perseverance! And thank you to all the administrators, faculty, staff and especially the Vela Band parents for your continued support! Let's look forward to another amazing year and continue this Tradition of Excellence and Success!
On April 17th, the Vela Symphonic Band competed at the 2019 UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest where they earned a Sweepstakes Award. All six judges awarded the band a Division 1 rating. Mr. Sarmiento and the other directors could not be prouder of the band for this major accomplishment. Way to keep that Vela Band tradition going! Bravo!
On March 28th, the Vela Concert Band B performed at the BISD Band Evaluation Festival and was awarded Superior and Excellent ratings by the panel of 3 judges. Your band directors are very proud of you! Congratulations to Mr. Cantu and Concert Band B for another great competitive season!
On March 28th, Concert Band A participated in the Pre-UIL Band Festival at the Harlingen CISD Performing Arts Center. The panel of 4 judges awarded the band with Straight Division 1 ratings for their Stage Performance and their Sightreading evaluation. The following week on the 4th of April, the band competed at the 2019 UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest and again earned Straight Division 1 ratings, this time by a panel of 6 distinguished judges. Mr. Garza, Mr. Sarmiento and Mr. Cantu are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of these students. Way to carry on the Vela Band Tradition of Excellence!
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