Dear Prospective Band Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for taking the time to consider your child’s membership in our band program. We know all parents are interested in providing the most advantageous opportunity for the welfare of their children. Please take a moment to allow us to present this information concerning our beginning band programs.

We are very excited about our instrumental music program and eagerly look forward to this new crop of budding young artists who will join this year's class of talented musicians. Soon you will begin making decisions about the possibility of your child becoming a member of our 6th grade band in District #118. At this time you may not know a lot about our band program. However, I hope this letter will answer some of the questions you may have.

First, band is made up of students just like yours. The basic instruments our beginner band students learn to play are flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone/euphonium and percussion. Most of them have never played a band instrument before or can read music. Many see band as a class on learning to play an instrument, but we know it is much more than that. It is the development of a family of friends that will last a lifetime. It is also the establishment of some rather profound environmental influences which will determine much of your child's success in all aspects of education, not just band.

We know that band students represent the top of the academic scale in our schools. We know they are averaging 62 points higher on SAT tests, which would indicate they are stronger in verbal and math scores than other members of the student body. We also know band students are the ones who enjoy a successful high school career, go on to college, and become the leaders in our society. There is a definite link between the top achiever academically and the band student. They are one and the same.

One of the most positive experiences you can offer your child is the chance to learn self-discipline at the highest level via participation in band. Their social skills, communication skills, self-concepts, cooperative talents and creative mind will all be nurtured through their study of music. These life-skills will serve as an important foundation as they take on various responsibilities in their future.

There are always questions about the band program. If you still have questions or concerns please contact the band director of the school of which our child will be attending. We look forward to getting to know you and hope that you will encourage your child to become part of an outstanding organization of young musicians.

Musically Yours,

Matthews MS - Mr. Rychecky – brychecky@d118.org – 847-526-6210 x 2628

Wauconda MS – Mr. Hunter – ahunter@d118.org – 847-526-2122 x 2121

WMS & MMS - Mrs. Tyler - rtyler@d118.org - 847-526-6210 x 2628 or 847-526-2122 x 2121