Portland Information

Portland is NEXT Wednesday!!

Arrive KMS at regular school start time. We’ll load buses and depart shortly after 8. Estimated return time is 9:30 p.m. Students will notify parents when we reach Silverdale for pick up at KMS.

This Friday Shauna will be at KMS collecting student lunch orders. If you’re student is absent that day please email their lunch order to Shauna or Sheila ASAP! We will be placing the order this weekend. 

After the parade when the student has packed their instruments onto the buses and turned in their beret, Subway sandwiches will be ready for them. Options for sandwiches are: Turkey, Ham or Veggie.

NOTE: there will be NO STOP at fast food. Subway is replacing this stop. We are expecting heavy traffic leaving Portland and in hopes of arriving to KMS at our estimated time, we have switched to Subway.

Please pack 2 lunches/meals for Portland. Everyone will eat one from home lunch on the way down before the parade. Following the parade will be Subway. Then the second from home lunch on the way back.

Boosters will be providing snacks and water before and after the parade.

Portland Trip Cost is $30. If you attended Victoria, this is already paid. If this is your first trip, please send payment to:
KMS Band Boosters
PO BOX 1312
Kingston, WA 98346


make other arrangements with Shauna.

Skyward Access to Monitor Your Student at KMS

family_access_logoAll North Kitsap School District students, parents and guardians have been provided access to Skyward to receive information about the student.

Skyward is a software company specializing in K–12 administrative software packages used in schools to manage and store information pertaining to Student Management, Human Resources, Financial Management, Food Service and Special Education.

Go to Skyward Information Page for NKSD

Class Practice Sheets



Each student is required to invest an appropriate amount of time outside of class to be a contributing member of this ensemble. A recommended amount of time is 25 minutes per day, for some this may be enough time while others may spend an hour.

Practice sheets are used to record time spent learning music at home and is 15% of total grade. To earn full credit, students will need to practice 25 minutes per day. This form will be signed by the student and parents on the honor system. Be sure to fill out forms completely: Student name, band period, dates, times and PARENT signature are required to give full credit for practice times. Practice sheets can be printed by clicking on this link:

Melinda Enache has a great suggestion for storing band practice sheets: Tape a legal size envelope on the inside cover of the Band Music book. Cut up a supply of practice slips and put inside. This keeps them together and the signed slip can go back in the envelope. This may help your student to remember to turn in their signed sheets!


Be sure that your instrument is in good working order. Check important functions daily, i.e. reeds, valves, pads, slides, water keys, etc.

Warm Up. Like an athlete, a musician should begin each musical workout with a a slow warm up. Focus on beautiful tone quality.

PRACTICE DAILY. Twenty five minutes of careful daily practice is much better than two one hour sessions per week. Set a regular time, tell your family when it is, and stick to it.

Practice: Assigned music, Personal Technical problems areas (articulation, finger dexterity, tone, etc.), Sight reading, Theory sheets, Fun music – always end on a happy note so that you will look forward to the next practice session.

Difficult Passages. Slow down, get it right the first time and it will be easier at a faster tempo. Sub-divide, count rhythms out loud, clap your difficult rhythms.