Dear Band Students and Parents,

Congratulations on the completion of another year of band.  All of you played wonderfully at our concert!  Your musical career is off to a great start.  I hope that you all learned a lot of great things about responsibility, your instruments, and most importantly, music.

As the year draws to a close, I would like to give you and your parents some information about continuing your instrumental music education.  Next year, you will (hopefully!) continue performing in the band at the Reed Middle School.  Once again, you will have the opportunity to rent an instrument from the school district.  However, wouldn’t it be great if you had your own instrument—and didn’t have to rent one from the school?

If you feel that you are ready to make a long-term commitment to studying your instrument, you may decide to purchase a better quality instrument.  This instrument will be yours and it will last for the rest of your school music career—and beyond.  If you decide to rent or purchase an instrument, here are some suggested brands (and in some cases, model numbers).  These are good quality instruments, and most are relatively affordable to rent or purchase.  Many of these instruments can also be purchased used, saving a significant amount of money.  There is nothing wrong with a used instrument, as long as it is good quality.

Flute:   Gemeinhardt 2SP, Yamaha, Armstrong 105.  Eventually, around the time of high school, students will need an “Open-Hole Intermediate Flute”.  These intermediate flutes will have better sound and have greater longevity.

Clarinet: Selmer, Yamaha, Buffet, Vito.  Vandoren B-45 Mouthpiece (or equivalent)

Rico 2½ reeds.

Saxophone: Yamaha, Vito, Armstrong.  Padded neck-strap, Selmer C* mouthpiece, Rico 2½


Trumpet: Bach TR300, Yamaha YTR-2320, Bach or King.  Bach 7C mouthpiece.

French Horn: Holton, Yamaha, Conn, Bach, Selmer.  Bach 11 mouthpiece.

Trombone: Bach TB300, King, Yamaha, Selmer.

Baritone Horn: Yamaha, King, Bach, Selmer.

Percussion: Yamaha kit (includes snare with practice pad and 2½ octave bell kit)

An important note about other brands: While there are other brands and models that are suitable, please be cautious when selecting an instrument.  There are instruments available at extremely low prices on the market today that are, in some cases, made poorly.  Poorly-made instruments have a negative effect on your child’s success.  These instruments often have zero re-sale value, do not play in tune, and repair facilities sometimes refuse to service or repair them.  These instruments will not save you money.  A shiny instrument is not always the best instrument.  Also, please be careful when dealing with E-Bay—refer to the recommended brands.

Some local music stores include Family Melody in Patchogue, Munro Music in East Northport, Music and Arts in St. James, and Sam Ash in Huntington.

If you have questions about an instrument’s suitability for our program, please ask any music store dealer.  You can also feel free to contact me via my email,

It has been a pleasure being your band teacher this year.

Musically Yours,

Mr. Hait

Mulligan Middle School 6th Grade Band
Memorial Day Parade Information

Date:          Monday, May 28, 2018

Time:          9:30am near Moloney’s Funeral Home, 130 Carleton Avenue (Corner of Irving Street and Carleton)

Clothing:    Shorts or Pants.  IF you have a Mulligan OR Central Islip OR CI Music – Purple OR Gold OR Black shirt, wear that.  Otherwise, please wear a nice shirt.  Please tuck the shirt in to your pants or shorts.  Wear comfortable shoes.

Important: Please register for remind, just in case we have to cancel due to weather!  Send a TEXT to 81010   with the word @mull6band

Pickup:       The parade starts at 10am.  After the parade, please pick students up at Alfano (50 Wheeler Road).  Please plan to pick your child up somewhere between 10:45am and 11:00am.

Mulligan Middle School 6th Grade Band
Spring Concert Information

Date:          Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Time:          Students arrive 6:30pm at Central Islip High School – Enter near the tennis courts

Clothing:    Formal Black and White concert attire.

Congratulations on all of your hard work this year.  It was not easy!  I am so proud of each and every one of you!

May 10, 2018

Hello 6th Grade Band Students and Parents,

I’d like to thank all of the students for all of their hard work on their ‘Level 2’ music this year!  We’ve certainly come a long way!


There are three upcoming performances that our band will be performing in.  All of these performances are mandatory.  While the May 21st concert was not on our original commitment form, Dr. Hudson asked our band if we could play, thus adding it to our calendar of performances.  If this performance creates a hardship for any particular student of family, please send a note to Mr. Hait before Friday, May 18th.


  • Tuesday, May 15 – NYSSMA Majors – Field Trip leaves mulligan 11:30am. Returns 1:30pm
  • Monday, May 21, 2018 7pm – 8pm – Mulligan Anti-Bullying Concert and Community Resource Fair (At Mulligan)
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018 7pm (Students arrive 6:30pm) – Spring Concert (At CIHS)

The attire for all performances is Formal Concert Attire (White Top, Black Pants / Skirt / Dress)

NYSSMA Majors is an opportunity for the band to perform for two New York State certified adjudicators.  The information that we learn from this performance will help us to improve individually and as a group.  This is a required performance as outlined in the beginning of the year.

May 15, 2018.  We leave school at 11:30am and return at 1:30pm.

NYSSMA Majors Permission Slip – Due May 4th.

Our concert is on Wednesday, May 30th, 7pm at the Central Islip High School.  Students should arrive at the high school at 6:30pm.

Parents, Please send in this permission slip for the trip to the High School as soon as possible.  It is due on Friday, 12/15.  Students received it on Friday, Dec 8th.

Winter Rehearsal Permission Slip 2017

On Monday Morning (Dec 18th), all music groups will go on a Field Trip to our High School for one last rehearsal before our concert.

On Monday Evening (Dec 18th), all music students will perform in the Winter Concert.  Students are expected to arrive to the High School at 6:30pm.  The concert starts at 7:00pm.  Students are expected to wear formal (black and white) concert attire.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  631-348-5100 ext 4538 – Or, use the ‘Contact Mr. Hait’ button above!

6th Grade Band Seating Audition and Playing Test

December 4 – December 8

At the seating audition, students will be expected to play the following to the best of their ability:

  • Concert Bb Scale – Memorized
  • Toy Soldiers 25 to the End – Tempo = 92
  • Magma – Measures 48 to end – Tempo = 144
  • Windermere – Measures 29 to 61 – Tempo = 120

Students will be graded based on correct:

  • Rhythms (Counting)
  • Notes (Singing)
  • Dynamics (Volume)
  • Articulation (Tonguing, Staccato, Legato)
  • Phrasing (Playing 2 or 4 measures in one breath)
  • Tempo (Use a metronome, metronome app, or


6th Grade Band Winter Concert
Monday, December 18th 7PM at Central Islip High School


6th Grade Band Seating Audition Challenges

If a student is not happy with his or her new seat assignment, the student may challenge the person sitting one seat ahead of them.  The two students will be able to retake the playing test with an added sight reading requirement.  It is possible that new songs will be added to the repertoire by then.  All challenges will take place after we return to school in January.