The St. Charles Tiger Band!!!

Thank you for inquiring about the St. Charles Tiger Band! My name is Joe Murphy and I am so excited to continue building another great band program in San Carlos! I have taught 5th-8th grade band for 14 years at Tierra Linda and I have been working at St. Charles as the Youth Choir Director for a few years now. My wife, Sara, and I started this enrichment business to bring more music to students through afterschool programs and summer camps. So far, we’ve served hundreds of kids in San Carlos and our surrounding cities and we’re excited to continue serving St. Charles!


The Tiger Band is open to 4th-8th grade students. This is a beginning band and we will start from square one. We will go over everything from setting up the instrument to playing techniques and sheet music reading. We will work from a book to learn the basic skills needed to play an instrument. We will teach the instrument “from scratch.” Kids will have their choice of 7 different instruments to start. We will offer Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium (Baritone) and Percussion. We will not start kids on the Oboe, Bassoon, French Horn or Tuba. Those are instruments we can probably have kids transition to after some time if they’d like.


Instruments will need to be rented from a local music store like Clocktower or Hornucopia (it’s advised not to purchase until you know your child wants to continue on that instrument). Murphy Music Camps and St. Charles are working to secure a space, storage for the instruments on rehearsal days, music stands and a concert venue in the winter.


We will have a Parent Meeting and “Instrument Selection ” from 6:00-7:30pm in the Upper Hall on Wednesday, September 4th. This will give the kids a chance to try out different instruments and should pique their interest in joining while I meet with the parents to go over some details about the band. We will have helpers on hand to help the kids to make a sound a play a few notes. THIS IS NOT A TRYOUT. It is simply a chance to try the instruments. You are not bound to join band if you attend. And it’s not mandatory that you attend but if you’re considering joining the band, it’s HIGHLY recommended.


The band will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:25pm. We will start with 25 sessions, ending with a concert in December. Attendance is key to having a successful band so kids who sign up will really need to commit to being at rehearsals with all of their materials. Also, we have worked really hard to steer clear of booking at the same time as most of the after school activities but we realize there will be some overlap with other programs and sports. We will work with everyone!


Here are the exact session dates:

Sept: 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30   Oct: 2, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30   Nov: 4, 6, 13, 18, 20, 25   Dec: 2, 4, 9, 11

Cost: $500 ($20 per session x 25)

Registration will open on Wednesday Sept. 4th and will stay open through Sept. 18th. The first class will take place on Sept. 9th. Our concert will be at the Advent Sing on December 12th.


To register, CLICK HERE or call Joe Murphy at 650-773-8389.