About the Teacher



Degrees and Certifications:

Al DeMent

I hold degrees from Birmingham-Southern College (B.A.-Music) and Jacksonville State University (M.M.E.).

I have been teaching Band and Music since 1998.

I joined the Ragland faculty in 2007, and I am the longest serving Band Director in the history of the Ragland Band program.


  • Beginning Band: Breathing exercises.  Bb Scale and Knuckle Buster.  Tradition of Excellence book 1 numbers 74-85.  Also, practice concert music.


    7th Band: Warm-Up 2.0 (long tones, lip slurs, tonguing exercises, scales).  Spend time on measure 88 (Db Concert Scale) and measure 96 (F Concert Scale).  Check the key signature carefully.  Practice concert music.


    8-12 Band: Warm-up 2.0 (long tones, lip slurs, tonguing exercises, scales).  Take a look at your All-State Scales.  The Scale Challenge is still on!  Practice concert music. 

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