Join the Band!

Why should my child participate?

Music is a uniquely human activity that has been shown to be linked to intelligence. All people possess some degree of musical intelligence, and fostering musical development is a way to stimulate mental growth. Furthermore, music has foundations in culture and society. Learning about music helps people learn important skills such as teamwork, work ethic, and problem-solving skills. Instrumental music is an excellent way to develop fine motor skills and reading abilities. Of course, to children, the greatest reason to be in the band is because it is fun!

Band is available to your child through the 12th grade. Your child will be able to take advantage of music performances with bands at the middle school and senior high school levels. The opportunities for playing a band instrument after high school are abundant, with many colleges and universities offering scholarships for band participation. 

Bands at the middle school level get to march in parades and perform at contests. The high school band has been on longer trips such as New York City, San Francisco, and Walt Disney World. Being a member of the band provides your child with many opportunities such as these.

For an interesting article that discusses research-based reasons for participation in band, see this URL:  http://goo.gl/KjOj5


What Instrument should my child play?

Beginners may start on the flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion. During the month of May, presentations were made in each of the schools where students were allowed to see the different instruments. This was to help them choose what instrument they may be interested in starting to play. None of the instruments is necessarily more difficult than another with the exception of the percussion. Students who wish to play percussion should have 3 years of piano lessons because percussionists do not just play the drums. They also play xylophone, bells, timpani, triangle, tambourine, etc., and a strong rhythmic and music reading background is often necessary for success. Students wishing to play the saxophone should begin on the clarinet until they complete the first book. This is done for a number of reasons. The clarinet is cheaper to rent, easier to carry to school, and students play the saxophone more readily after playing the clarinet.


Where can I get an instrument?

There are many places to get an instrument. The most common are listed below.

  1. Music stores. There are several music stores in the area that have instruments that can be rented/purchased. Often, these come with a trial period. After the trial period, you may purchase or rent-to-own the instrument. This is the most popular and recommended way to get an instrument as it involves little starter investment, and you get a quality instrument. 
  2. Family-owned instrument. If you already have access to an instrument, this may be a great situation for you. Be sure to have a qualified person examine the instrument to make sure it is ready to play (a band director can do this for you).
  3. Pawn shops, garage sales, want ads. You may find a good instrument this way, but you may also find something that is of poor quality. A thorough knowledge of brands and repair issues is really needed in order to make an educated choice.
  4. Internet. There are countless places to get an instrument on the internet. Several websites specialize in the sale of band instruments. It is advised you contact Jill Stara or Steve Steager for specific recommendations should you be interested in this route. 
  5. School-owned instruments. The school does own some instruments. These are usually limited to tuba, baritone, French horn, oboe, and bassoon. If you are interested in renting a school-owned instrument, please contact either Jill Stara or Steve Steager for more information.


What are the costs involved?

During the school year, band instruction is provided by the school district to all students for no additional charge. Obtaining an instrument is the only expense required. Summer band does have a $20 registration fee. 

Occasionally, your child may need supplies such as reeds, oil, or a book. These materials are usually only a few dollars when needed. If you have any financial concerns please contact Jill Stara or Steve Steager about assistance.