Welcome to may web site. I am excited to have the opportunity to share great music in Frenchtown!  Frenchtown bands have earned a reputation of excellence and it is an honor to be part of a great tradition!
    Name: John Nelson
    Phone: (406) 626-2670

    Distance Learning!

    ALL BAND STUDENTS, GRADES 6-12...PICK UP YOUR INSTRUMENTS, FRIDAY, March 20!!!! This is required!!!!!


    All class codes for Google Classroom will be posted below in Purple. Both high school bands are to use "Symphonic Band."

    Concert and Symphonic Band   b7wk3or

    6th Grade Band  pelei4j

    7th and 8th Grade Bands  xbdj6sb

    Beginning Percussion   ww5myq7

    Music Appreciation  u7lijtk


    During the school closure, my office hours will be from 8:30-11:30 am on all scheduled school days. I will be working from home, in the afternoon. Check this page daily, for updates.


    First, and foremost, I hope that you are all helathy and ready to get back into a routine!


    Band students: It is crucial that you pick up your instrument on Friday, March 20. I will be available, in the bandroom, from 7:30-9:00 and 3:30-5:00. Assignments will be posted on Google Classroom. Assignments will be recorded and submitted for a grade, as a quiz. Check daily, for updates and tips. I will have detailed directions on how to record and submit your playing quizzes on Tuesday or Wednesday. Recordings must be suibmittedby 3:30 on the Friday March 27.

    Beginning Percussion students, rhythm assignments will be posted each Friday. Sticks and drums will not be required. Exercises may be performed on your knee, as we often rerhears in class. Recorded quizzes must be submitted the following Friday, no later than 3:30. Stay tuned for directions on how to submit your recording.

    Music appreciation students, asignments will be posted on Friday, March 20. Due date will be Friday, March 27, 3:30 pm.


    All out-of-district travel is cancelled until further notice. The high school trip to Seattle has been canceled by by WorldStrides. I will attempt to call all Seattle trip parents in the next fewdays to touch base. We will not participate in District or State Music Festival, this year.




    I am a Helena native.  I have taught in Helena, Polson and Frenchtown.  I earned a bachelors degree in music education from the University of Montana and a masters of music in conducting from Southern Oregon University.
    Class Description(s)
    5th Grade Band........Develop fundamental skills on a wind or percussion instrument.
    6th Grade Band........Continue development of musical skills on a bandinstrument.
    7th Grade Band..Edit Image Properties......Continue development of musical skills on a band instrument.
    8th Grade Band........Continue development of musical skills on a band instrument. 
    Concert Band..........This high school band is open to any high school band student with previous band experience.
    Symphonic Band....This select high school band is open to students through audition.
    Music Appreciation....An overview of Classical music, musical theater, jazz and pop music.