McAdams Gator Band

Welcome to Mr. Hinojosa's band class!

This is my 25th year to teach students in the Dickinson Independent School District.  I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Music.  I teach all levels of music and students.  Honors Band and Concert Band are the ensembles I will conduct.  I teach beginning brass class at McAdams.  I will also teach beginning percussion classes at Dunbar and Lobit Middle Schools.

John Hinojosa 


Gator Band Bingo Board Please copy, complete, attain signatures, and turn-in when you return to school.  This activity will take at least a few weeks to complete, so work on it throughout our time away.  Prizes for completed boards.:)  

Wednesday, April 1st

From this week on we will be moving our assignments to our new Google Classroom. Here you will find your weekly assignments and announcements.  To join Google Classroom:

1.  Download the Google Classroom app or go to Google Classroom on Chrome.

2.  Set up an account.  Make sure you use your DISD student email which ends in

3.  Once you're signed in, type the class code, which is:    navvcnd

4.  That's it!  You're done.  Check Google Classroom weekly for a graded assignment.

Specific assignments by week


Week of March 30-April 3:

Concert Planning Assignment

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the upper tab that says "Band" and select "Concert"/"Concert & Festival
  3. Select one piece from each of the following categories/genre to write about (categories are found on the left hand column) 
    a.  Concert & Contest   b.  Lyrical Selection  c.  Pop Music 
  4. Grade & Difficulty may be Medium Easy (ME) or Medium (M)      
  5. Most of the pieces on here allow you to listen to them and see the conductor's part (click listen, view, or watch)  Use these to help you make your choices.
  6. Fill out the attached Concert Planner Assignment Form and email your ideas to me.  Have fun!

Concert Planning Form:  

Concert Planner Assignment.docx

Also, continue to play through your daily fundamental drill.  It would also be a great idea to start really perfecting your scales as they will be used to place you in a band next year.

Percussion exercises for 6th - 8th graders

Start at quarter note equals 72 and speed up when appropriate.

Lever I.pdf

Lever II.pdf

More Lever II Exercises.pdf

16th note timing.pdf

If you have any questions as to how to do your assignments, please feel free to email me and I will get back to you ASAP. I will check my email daily. Do not hesitate to let me know how I can help you be successful.



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