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Steve Cotten

Steve Cotten

Teacher - Band

Douglas Koleszar

Douglas Koleszar

Teacher - Band

Harrison Militia Band members in uniform

The mission of the Harrison Band Program is to provide students a high quality Performing Arts experience based on recognized standards for Music Education while practicing important workplace skills in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment.

Welcome to the Harrison Bands website!



On behalf of the Harrison Department of Bands, I would like to welcome you to the 2019-20 school year.  The Harrison Band Department is a thriving musical venture involving nearly 300 students. The heart of our program is the concert band exemplified by our seven-time ISSMA Concert Band State Finalists the Harrison Chamber Winds (2004, 07, 08, 10, 11, 14, 19) Concert Band class provides the students with the opportunity to learn historic band literature as well as numerous contemporary works.  The Jazz bands, both curricular and extra-curricular, provide the students with instruction in America’s contribution to the musical arts. The Harrison Jazz Band became an ISSMA State Finalist (top 8) for the first time in 2017 repeating in 2019. The extra-curricular Marching, Pep, and Musical Pit bands provide enjoyment for the student, support for the athletic teams, and entertainment for the community.

None of this could happen without the hard work of the students and the support and encouragement of their parents.  The music faculty counts it a privilege to work in a school community that supports our endeavors. Even greater is the satisfaction of knowing that we have supportive parents who go the extra mile to provide instruments, lessons, summer camps, and other outside of school musical activities for their children.  Thank you for the opportunity to work with your kids. We hope to teach them not just about notes and rhythms, but also life skills that will transfer into every area of their futures. Working collectively towards a common goal, striving for excellence, analyzing a problem and planning the solution are all skills we practice in band every day.  We hope you enjoy the results.

Steve Cotten, Doug Koleszar                                                                                                                                           Harrison Instrumental Music Faculty

Communication Assignment: Students will assist parents in completing this Google Form that demonstrates the various methods of communication employed by the Band Dept. This will take parents to our Website, Handbook, Grading Policy, Facebook Page and more!

The Band Gear order form linked below was distributed in class 8/16.  It includes the required Harrison Band Polo Shirt which is worn with Khaki (Tan) pants and dress shoes for all Concert Band and Jazz concerts.  It is also worn for Basketball Pep Band worn with jeans and tennis shoes.   Optional items on page 2 of the form may be ordered if desired. Orders are Due by 8/30!

Band Gear Order Form

Weekly After-School Band Schedule

Weekly Schedule of after-school, evening and weekend activities


Tue  MB 2:45-4

Wed MB 6-8


Fri  MB 2:45-4



2019-20 Performance Schedule-All Bands

2019-2020 Performance Schedule

Please note, dates are tentative and may be updated as the year goes on.  Check back frequently for updates.


Band Notes Newsletter

Band Notes to the address you have listed in the school database approximately every other month. If you do not receive your copy, please send us an email so we can correct your address.

August 'Back to School' Band Notes Newsletter







Student Handbook

Grading Policy


Although there are some standards all students must meet, it is our policy that students are graded on their improvement rather than a rigid set of standards. This mastery learning approach allows students of all talent and ability levels to be judged fairly, and according to their own efforts. As students’ progress through the various levels of the Band program, more effort is expected of them. Student grades in Band will be based on several different modes of assessment:

  • Concert/Contest Performance is both required and graded.
  • Playing Tests covering instrumental technique over assigned musical passages.
  • Tests/Quizzes/Assignments over music theory, history and general musical knowledge.
  • Attitude/Participation will be evaluated by instructors on a weekly basis.
  • Concert Review of a College or Professional level instrumental performance each semester.

Bonus Points will be awarded toward Attitude/Participation grade in the following areas:

  • Extra-Curricular Participation (Marching, Pep, Jazz, Musical Pit)
  • Private Lessons (confirmation required)
  • Solo & Ensemble (additional entries beyond required)
  • Honor Bands/Camps/Clinics (confirmation required)
  • Outside Performances (confirmation required)
  • Concert Reviews (beyond 1 required)

Quarterly Grades will be computed based on total points earned in these areas:

  • Concert Performance
  • Playing Test(s)
  • Scales/Quizes/Assignments
  • Attitude and Participation
  • A=90% B=80% C=70% D=60% F= 50% or less

Exam Grades

  • A 100 point written exam will be administered during the Final Exam period each semester.
  • Semester Grades will be based on total points using the same scale as quarterly grade.


In any group of people there are rules in place that help to maintain order. We have a few simple rules that will help us to accomplish everything we need to do in band classes.

  • Follow directions the first time asked.
  • Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.
  • No insults, name-calling or profanity.
  • Touch only equipment to which you are assigned.
  • Have all necessary equipment ready for rehearsal.
  • No food, drinks, candy or gum in the band room.

Positive Consequences- Research has shown that it is much better to reward positive behavior when possible in order to bring about learning. We will use a number of positive consequences including: Praise, Positive Parent Contacts, and Opportunity to Participate in Extra-Curricular Bands, Opportunity to Participate in Band Trips, Awards.

Negative Consequences- Some behaviors are so detrimental to the class that they need to be addressed with negative consequences. These consequences are applied only when a student chooses not to follow the rules. The more the student makes negative choices, the higher the consequences. Some behaviors are so disruptive that they will lead to immediate removal from class with a discipline referral.

Curricular Concert Bands (Freshman, Intermediate, Advanced)

Announcements, assignments and grading for these courses will be posted using the Canvas classroom management system.

Freshman (Beginning) Concert Band is open to all 9th grade band students. The Freshman band meets in three section (Brass, woodwind, percussion) in order to facilitate student growth and transition to the High School level of performance. This band performs standard group III literature and competes in the ISSMA district Concert Band Festival.

Intermediate Concert Band is open to all band students grade 10-12 and to second semester 9th grade students based on selection and instrumentation needs. Wind Orchestra performs standard group II literature and competes in the ISSMA district Concert Band Festival.

Advanced Concert Band (Wind Ensemble) is by selection/audition based on ability, attitude, participation, and instrumentation needs. Chamber Winds competes in the ISSMA State Qualifications Festival and performs standard ISSMA group I literature. Private lessons and access to a professional quality instrument are recommended for this ensemble. Chamber Winds performs at several additional concerts/contests throughout the year.

Concert Review Assignment

Concert Review- Students are required to attend and review a College or Professional level includes their instrument each semester. Many free concerts are provided by PU Bands each semester. Review Form may be completed online.

Stay informed of our schedule and make sure students are present for all rehearsals and performances!



Private Lessons

Members of the Harrison Band program are highly encouraged to seek private instruction on their individual instrument. This is truly the best method for rapid advancement on any instrument. Students wishing to advance to the Chamber Winds should be studying their instrument at this level. Also, those students wishing to audition for All-State Band, or take Solos to contest at the Group 1 level should be taking lessons. Private lessons are available at a reasonable cost through a number of local teachers.

This list is not comprehensive. Please let us know of others we should add.


*Celeste Edwards 448-9808

Keilah Bailey 490-2250

Amanda Welter (765) 357-4235


*Jan Applegate ob 463-4337

Janet Priest ob 765/296-4102

Michelle Hardaway bsn 438-2985

Samantha Wagner bsn (765) 269-6449


*Kaitlin Wright 421-7306

Amanda Goodspeed 490-9558

*Stephanie Mauer 412-2449

Beth Purkhiser 427-1355

Danny Weiss  404-0919


Beth Purkhiser 427-1355

*Stephanie Mauer 412-2449

Danny Weiss  404-0919

Ned Boyd 412-4918 (Jazz Improv)


Dr. Paul Geraci   765.490.9349

Chris Moser mosertrumpet@gmail.com

Marilyn Renner 532-8613

Dr. Mo Trout 494-3952 (PU Faculty- adv students only)


Rachel Amick 765 714 0486

*Jim Wells jwellshorn@hotmail.com

Laura Sommer 347/524-6018

Low Brass

*Lynn Colwell 430-2171 (TB-E-TU-Jazz Bass)

Michael Ritchie 765-426-9159

Bill Kissinger 497-1340 (TB/E)

Ryan Burnette rburnette@tsc.k12.in.us (E-TU)

Don Issacs 474-6778 (E)

Mike Plake 414-3816 (TU, E, Bass Tb)


*Jason Caudill 426-2059

Larry Guentert 572-2940

Dr. Pam Nave 494-3952 (PU adv only)

*denotes HHS Sectional Instructors


Militia Band (Marching)- Q1

The Harrison Militia Band (Marching Band) is open to all currently enrolled band members who wish to join and meet the Director’s standards concerning attitude and participation. Call-out occurs in May for the following season. The Marching Band rehearses and performs outside of school August through mid-October.

Fall 2019 Militia Band info and Schedule

2019 Militia Band Handbook



Extra Curricular Jazz Band - Q2/Q3 Schedule

Extra Curricular Jazz Band is a beginning/intermediate level Jazz Band that is open to all currently enrolled band members who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass or drums and meet the Director’s standards concerning attitude and participation. The band rehearses once a week during 2nd and 3rd quarter and performs two concerts a year.  Watch this space for more info in Mid October.




Raider Pep Band (Basketball)- Q2-Q3 Schedule

Raider Pep Band (Basketball Band) is open to all currently enrolled band members who wish to join, and meet the Director’s standards concerning attitude and participation. The Pep Band rehearses and performs outside of school late-October through February

Instrumentation: Pep Band is open to all wind instruments. Elec. Bass is needed. Drum Set is by audition and will be assigned in teams to alternating games.

Sign-up: Online sign-up will be completed in mid-October.


Band Booster Info

Harrison Band Craft Show

2018-19 Band Booster Officers/Committee Chairs

Did you know that your United Way contribution can benefit the Harrison Band Boosters? Since the Band Boosters are now designated a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, you may designate them on your election by the following:

William Henry Harrison Band Boosters, Inc.

5701 N. CR 50 W.

West Lafayette, IN 47906 USA

Parent Volunteer FormFriends of HHS Bands Sponsorship Form

2018-19 Harrison Band Memory Book