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Carl Sandburg Sixth Grade Chamber Night website

Carl Sandburg Sixth Grade Chamber Night website


The Carl Sandburg Sixth Grade Chamber Night introduced its first-ever website to showcase students' solo and small ensemble performances during the pandemic. 


In a “normal” school year, the community would have the opportunity to enjoy band concerts in person. Due to COVID-19, the Carl Sandburg Band Department has risen to the challenge and adapted to teaching students in a remote setting. 


Currently, there are 31 students in the band program. Students got the opportunity to create programs, biographies and avatars to show their unique personalities. On the site, visitors will find each student's individual recording that is matched to a play-along track.


As the band has shifted from large concerts to solo and small ensembles, students are able to further develop their confidence and skill set as individual players. 


“Through small ensembles, the students learn that they all need to pull their weight in order to not let their friends down. I think that’s a lesson that goes far beyond the band program -- and that’s the whole point,” said Carol Holck, Carl Sandburg Middle School fifth and sixth-grade band director.  


Visitors can also leave a “shout out” for students. 


I wanted to provide an opportunity for the students to “hear the applause” from their families and friends. This was a way for all the groups to get that encouragement, even though it’s not through a live performing moment,” Holck explained. “We are using music to help these young people learn valuable life lessons -- not simply about playing their instruments -- but about teamwork, following through on commitments to themselves and others, developing plans and adjusting when needed, and more.” 


To view the Carl Sandburg Sixth Grade Chamber Night website, please visit: