Welcome Band Students and Parents!   

Contact Info:

John Blasko
Band Director | Harding Middle School
Beginning Band Director | Grant, Hayes, Horace Mann, and Lincoln Elementary Schools
Assistant Director | Lakewood Ranger Marching Band
216-227-5701 ext. 18409


Please click on the following links to the HMS Band website as well as our social media accounts:


2017-18 HANDBOOK

Follow this link to read the 2017-18 Lakewood Middle School Band Handbook. This handbook should answer most questions you might have about our schedule, classroom procedures, grading, and many other aspects of our program. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Blasko.



This year, we will be introducing a new, online management system that will allow band directors to communicate more effectively with parents and students. You can access this system via the Charms website or a free app available for your smartphone or tablet. Although the website has more features, the app is a convenient place to find the most important information about the band.

To receive all updates, complete the following actions with your student to register for Charms:

  • Visit http://www.charmsoffice.com (link also available on your Band Director’s teacher web page)
  • Click “Enter/Login”
    • Enter the school code “LakewoodCSBand” under the “Parents/Students/Members” area
    • Enter your student’s SCHOOL ID NUMBER as their password
  • Click “Change Password”
    • Change the password for your student’s account to something you will both remember
      • You will be asked to enter your “Old Password,” which is your student’s ID number
    • You will use this new password to login to Charms in the future
  • Click “Update Info” to complete your student’s profile
    • Make corrections to the address, if necessary
    • Enter a home phone number under “Phone”
    • Enter your student’s cell phone number (if applicable) and carrier
      • This will allow your student to receive text reminders – students will never be called unless there is an emergency situation
    • Enter an email address for your student to receive updates
      • This should be an email address they check regularly or a school email address
    • You may enter your personal instrument information, which will allow us to identify lost instruments
    • Double check any remaining information
  • After completing your student’s profile, click on “Add New Adult” at the top of the page
    • Fill in as much information as you feel comfortable
    • Enter a cell phone number and carrier to receive important text alerts
    • You can add as many adults as you would like (i.e., guardian, grandparent)
  • Explore the remaining features of the site
    • Calendar: a personalized calendar of your student’s events
    • Forms Collected: view (and print) all forms your student has turned in or still needs to return
    • Recording Studio: includes play-along tracks of the music we are performing
    • Absences: keep track of your student’s attendance
    • Inventory: keep track of any instruments assigned
    • Finances & Online Store: keep track of finances related to fundraising, trips, etc.


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