Instrumental music is available to fourth through eighth grade students who are invited to select from a variety of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. Participating students receive a group lesson once a week during a PE class. Students who participate in the instrumental program also participate in one of the three performance bands; Concert Band (4th Grade), Wind Ensemble (5th/6th Grade) and Symphonic Band (7th/8th Grade). Each of these bands performs for the school community multiple times throughout the year. Rehearsal is mandatory and takes place mornings before school. Our band program reinforces our character development initiatives by emphasizing responsibility and respect.
Grade 5-8 students are also invited to participate in marching band and continue the school tradition of marching in the Memorial Day parade.
Morning practice times are as follows, please see the descriptions of each group just below:
- Monday: Symphonic Band (7:30-8:15)
- Tuesday: Concert Choir (7:30-8:15) and Wind Ensemble (7:30-8:45)
- Wednesday: Junior Choir (7:30-8:45) and Concert Band (8:00-8:45)
- Thursday: Concert Choir (7:30-8:15) and Wind Ensemble (7:30-8:45)
- Friday: Symphonic Band (7:30-8:15) and Junior Choir (7:30-8:45)
Grade 4 – Concert Band
Students in grade 4 will participate in an instrument demo in early September. Students will have the opportunity to hear and explore band musical instruments in order to help them decide if they want to join band and what instrument they want to play. Students will participate in weekly lessons during one of their PE classes, and the whole group will begin before-school band practices starting in January.
Grade Five and Six – Wind Ensemble
Students in grade 5 & 6 who have one year of band experience will be able to join the Wind Ensemble which will meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting at 7:30 am.
Students who do not have one year of band experience will be able to participate in the instrument demo in early September and will receive small group weekly lessons. They will be eligible to join the Wind Ensemble and morning practices on Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting in January.
Students in grade 7 & 8 who participated in band last year are eligible to participate in Symphonic Band which will meet on Monday and Friday mornings starting at 7:30 am.
The Junior Choir is open to students in Grades 5 & 6 and will meet on Wednesday and Friday mornings starting at 7:30 am. No prior experience is necessary.
The Concert Choir is open to students in Grades 7 & 8 and will meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting at 7:30 am. No prior experience is necessary.