Welcome to the Gates School Band Program! Playing a musical instrument and participating in a musical organization fosters intellectual, creative and personal growth. The study of music teaches responsibility, teamwork, mental discipline, creative problem-solving, listening skills, and flexible ways of thinking. It’s an education for life...that provides a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of music, a sense of personal accomplishment, builds self-confidence and is fun!
Our program provides every grade 5 and 6 student an opportunity to learn to play a school band instrument. These include flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion (bell kit - orchestra bells w/ snare drum practice pad). Lessons are provided in like-instrument groups for beginner and advanced classes. These lessons take place before school for 30 minutes one day per week. Additionally, each school will have a full band rehearsal scheduled weekly in the first hour of the school day. Other instruments are available with special consideration arranged with the program director (ie - French horn, oboe, etc.).
We look forward to working with these young musicians as they begin their journey down this musical path!!
Start up dates:
• 2nd year lessons begin the week of September 12th.
• 1st year lessons begin the week of September 19nd.
• If you need to rent an instrument, we are holding a rental pick up on Friday, September 16th, 4 - 6pm, at the ABRHS caf.
Director of Performing Arts