Beginner Band – Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I choose an instrument?
There will be a Beginner Band Instrument Drive in the spring in the RMS Gym and Lower Commons Area (in front of the cafeteria). This is where the incoming band students and parents are able to try out and choose an instrument. Students will have an Instrument Interview, and a music teacher will guide you through the available instruments and help match the instrument that you can be the most successful playing. You may come in at any time during the Instrument Drive and try out any instrument you would like. The process should take approximately one hour.
2. How will I get an instrument?
Purchasing an instrument is not necessary. There are several options:
- Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, and Trombone rent instruments from a local retailer.
- Oboe, Bassoon, French Horn, Euphonium, and Tuba are rented through the school. School-owned instruments are in limited supply and must be divided among each class for use. What is leftover will be used for home instruments.
- Percussion has a list of specific equipment they have to purchase.
3. How many concerts will I play in my beginning year?
Three. Winter concert, Spring Concert, Festival Contest Concert
4. Are there any before or after school commitments in the beginning orchestra?
Occasionally, beginners attend large after-school rehearsals in preparation for concerts.
5. Can I be in Band AND play sports?
Absolutely! In 6th grade, there are no school sponsored sports, so there are no schedule conflicts. In 7th and 8th grade, many students participate in both band and sports. The directors and coaches work closely together to schedule activities so they interfere as little as possible.
If a student and parent are not able to attend the Beginner Band Instrument Drive, please e-mail a director and we will send an informational e-mail about instrument and rental options.
If cost is a concern, please don't let that stop you from choosing to be in band. Contact a director to speak about possible options.