Milan Area Schools Bands

  • NOTE: Marshall Music is resuming LIMITED curbside service at their retail outlets. Next week (May 18-22) they will have drop-off times Monday through Friday from 12:00 to 4:00, by appointment only. Currently there is still no service here in Milan. You can call 800-221-1755 for more information on how you can obtain an appointment with them.

    A bit of background history on the Star-Spangled Banner has been added to your enrichment page! Don't forget to use SmartMusic to access the music for your instrument.


    Glad to see so many of you enrolled in SmartMusic! If you haven't done so yet, please use the link below for a brief Screencastify video on how to enter your own account. This week I've added a version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" very similar to the one used at MHS.


    Getting Started in Smart Music

    Middle School Code: NEH74-TNMQP






    Music Enrichment Resources


     Reminder: Mrs. Upton conducts all spring conferences at Milan High School. She will be available following the Wind Ensemble's return to Milan from Band Festival on Thursday evening. If you would like information regarding the progress of your student, please email her at


    Congratulations to our solo and ensemble medalists and our honors band members! We are proud of your accomplishments.


    WINTER BAND CONCERT: DECEMBER 4. Band members should report to the MHS Choir Room at 6:30; the concert starts at 7:00.


    Here are a few reminders that will help us get off to a great start this year. More detailed information can be found in the Milan Music Department Handbook.

    Your instrument should be in your locker or in its assigned spot in the band room. Make sure that it is clearly marked with your name. Each day, you MUST bring your instrument, accessories, a pencil, and your method book to class. A lock on your case, especially for percussionists, is strongly recommended. Percussionists should also make sure that each part of their equipment is marked with your last name. If you are new to band, please make sure that you return the information form for Mr. Cote so you and your family can be included in our fitting appointments. This is a performance based class: you are required to contribute to the group on a DAILY basis, so having your instrument with you (or using a substitute if your instrument is in the shop) will be a regular part of your assessment this year.

    Method book you will need this year:

    6th grade, Tradition of Excellence Book 1 (RED Cover)

    7th grade, Tradition of Excellence Book 2 (BLUE Cover)

    8th grade, Tradition of Excellence Book 3 (GREEN Cover)

    At the start of the year, bring LAST year's book with you to band.

    You can order this book through Collins’ Center in downtown Milan or by calling Marshall Music at 800-221-1755. 6th graders, Mr. Cote will have this book available for you at your fitting appointment later this month.

    Food is NOT permitted in the band room. This includes gum, which is a health hazard in band. You can have a sealed, non-spillable water bottle.

    Grades at MMS:

    All grades are assessed using the state of Michigan instrumental music power standards. Students may continue to reassess throughout the semester by recording prior to the start of first hour (7:30-7:45) or by submitting audio recordings to


    7th and 8th grade students will wear Milan Middle School band polos, available to order in early October. Polos are worn with black pants/skirt, black socks, and black shoes. 6th graders are asked to wear dressy clothing in school colors (black or red).