Andrew Tralle, Music
2017 Spring Concert
Photo by Dan Miles

Beginning Band Sign-Up (It's not too late!)


Dear Marcy Families,

I'm thrilled to be starting another school year at Marcy!  For those of you who don't know me, here is a little about me.

This is my 11th year teaching.  After graduating with my B.A. in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Minnesota-Morris, I taught in Summit, South Dakota for one year.  Then I moved to Minneapolis and taught classroom music at Fraser Academy (now Spero Academy) for two and a half years.  I started working at Marcy Open School in January, 2012 and have been here ever since.  In my career, I've taught band, choir, orchestra, drumline, guitar, rock band, general music, and everything in between.  

I have two kids of my own, Harriet (three years old) and Thaddeus (seven months old).  My wife, Claire, is an attorney in Northeast Minneapolis.  As a family, we like to play games, make music together, and spend time in nature.  In addition to playing and teaching music, I tend to gravitate toward hobbies that revolve around making or fixing things.  I like to work with my hands (ask about my basement renovation if you want me to talk your ear off).

This year is in music is going to be awesome!  Middle school students will have band every other day on an A-B rotation.  Not only is that 2.5 times more rehearsal time, they're also not being pulled from another class at that time!  I'm still in the process of ironing out a lesson schedule, but priority will go toward making sure younger band students and students just joining band all have small-group lessons once per week.  Mike Mello will be teaching 4th grade small-group lessons, I'll be teaching 5th grade small-group lessons, and we'll both teach middle school small-group lessons.

There are three performances each year for Middle School Band.  The Winter Concert, Northeast Band Festival, and the Spring Concert.  This year we are adding a fourth performance.  Copper Street Brass will be coming to Marcy on January 31!  The performance will be during the school-day and I will send home more information when it's available.

This year I'll be teaching 1st and 3rd grade general music.  I'm excited to revisit some of my favorite lessons and introduce some new songs, games, and activities.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you again!



Beginning Band 

I recently sent home information to 3rd grade students about what instrument they will be playing next year in band.  I've included some information below about how to obtain an instrument for next year.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY THIS SPRING!

Obtaining an Instrument

1.     Bring an instrument you already have at home.

If you have an instrument at home you’d like to use for band, but you’re not sure it’s in playable condition, bring it to the band room and I will take a look at it and let you know. 

2.     Rent an instrument from a music store.

This is a very good option.  Many music stores, including Schmitt  Music (Brooklyn Center, Edina, Roseville), Groth Music (Bloomington), and Bud’s Music Center (Hopkins), have great Rent to Own programs.  If you rent from Bud’s Music Center they will give you a month of lessons at half-price.

3.     Buy an instrument.

Any of the music stores above sell high quality new and used instruments you can buy outright.  Another very good resource for used instruments is Music-Go-Round (Burnsville, Roseville, St. Paul, Woodbury).  They have quality used instruments at a reasonable price and a great website with their whole inventory online.   If you find a good deal online, please email me a link first.  There has been a flood of extremely low quality instruments showing up online recently.  These break quickly, often aren’t repairable, and are very difficult to play.  

4.     Rent from the school. $35 a year.

Most students choose to rent instruments from the school for the year.  I work very hard to make sure every student who wants to play in band has an instrument available to him or her.  If you decide to rent, I will send home a rental sheet in the fall with the instrument information on it.  When your child brings it back I will send home the instrument.

School-owned instruments are generally in between 10 and 60 years old.  They are all in playable condition, but may have cosmetic damage. 


Click here to see a gallery of band concert photos.


  Hey Jude   --  The Careers in Music Options Class performing the end of Hey Jude. Recorded at the Terrarium Recording Studio March 26th 2015.


Resources for Songwriting Options Day


In our composition unit, we will be using programs such as Finale Notepad to write our own music.

Music Theory

Music theory lessons for the Cadets Music Theory Books.