What is beginning band?Beginning band is made up of first-year players. This means that these students have not played a band instrument before. They spend the first couple weeks of beginning band learning the fundamentals of music (reading notes, counting, and vocabulary) and after they have a firm foundation, they will begin playing their instruments.
Does beginning band take up a lot of time outside of school?Absolutely not! The only time we need to meet after school is to practice as a full band prior to our concerts. These rehearsals are required and are for a grade. You will be given plenty of time to prepare your schedule for these rehearsals.
How many performances does the beginning band participate in?The beginning band has two or three concerts a year and a solo/ensemble contest in the spring. All performances are a major grade and are mandatory. You will be given plenty of time to prepare your schedule for these rehearsals.
What is expected from my student in beginning band?Your student will be learning how to play their instrument and read music. This requires DAILY practice at home.
Eligibility applies to band just like any other extra-curricular activity. Your student must remain eligible by passing ALL their classes.Instruments sometimes need maintenance or new supplies. Your student is to have enough supplies to keep their instrument in working condition. Should the instrument need to go to the repair shop, a note must be sent with the student to excuse their participation.