Beginning Band

This class is for students with limited or no previous experience on a Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion instrument. Instruction is geared to provide students with basic rhythmic skills, note reading competency, fingerings and characteristic tone production. It is open to all grade levels and is a year-long class. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is required.

Don't forget to turn in your Beginning Band Member Agreement!

Instrument Information

It is not necessary for your student to know what instrument they would like to play before starting Beginning Band. During the first few weeks of school your student will have the opportunity to try different instruments in the classroom. Mrs. Browne and our Coaches will work with your student to help them determine which instrument they would like to play.


Trombone, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba, or Percussion*.

*due to the unique aspects of percussion instruments, these instruments have certain restrictions.


BLUE SOUND INNOVATIONS Book #1 (for their instrument). Students might also want to purchase a music stand for practicing at home.


GOOD NEWS! It is not necessary to purchase an instrument immediately. Rather, you may rent instruments from local music stores. The cost for rentals is approximately $20 to $35 per month for flutes, clarinets, trombones and trumpets and $40 to $65 for saxophones. Percussionists will need to purchase mallets or sticks (size 2A or 5B) and a practice pad. Some stores also offer rent to own options.

It is important that you rent the highest quality instrument possible.

If you are looking to buy a new or used instrument, note the brand and feel free to ask Mrs. Browne. We want to ensure that your student is set up for success! Check out the Parent Resources Page for even more information!

There is also a limited inventory of school-owned instruments for students in need.