Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join band? Put band in your elective selection form and come to mouthpiece testing.

Where do we go? Bus Loop entrance (back left corner as you're looking at the front of the school). We will put out signs to follow!

What is mouthpiece testing? Students get to spend some time trying every instrument in the band with a professional and picking the instrument that's right for them.

How long does a mouthpiece testing take? Depending on how much time your child wants to spend on each instrument, around 1-1.5 hours.

Does everyone need to come to mouthpiece testing? Every student will need to complete mouthpiece testing prior to the start of school next year. Only one parent needs to be present.

Why is this so early? At HMS, we set up beginning band classes based on what instrument group they play. Guidance counselors need to know what instrument they will play so they can set their schedule.

My child hasn't played an instrument before and can't read music. Is that okay? Absolutely! We start beginning band assuming no prior musical knowledge. Piano experience is preferred for students wishing to play percussion, but not required.

Does it matter which session we attend? Nope! We go through the same process in each mouthpiece testing session. Some instruments sections do "fill up" early, so the earlier the better.

What if I cannot attend any of the mouthpiece testing sessions? If you're unable to attend any of the sessions, please send us an email ASAP.  We will work something out. Don't worry...any child that wants to join band will be able to!

How do I get in contact with you with questions? Email Mr. Ray at jrray@greenville.k12.sc.us or Mr. Scott at cgscott@greenville.k12.sc.us 

We look forward to meeting you!

Mr. Scott and Mr. Ray's Daily Schedule

1st Period: Open Practice - 8:30am - 8:57am

2nd Period: 8th Grade Percussion and Woodwinds - 9:00am-9:47am

3rd Period: 8th Grade Brass - 9:50am-10:37am

4th Period: 7th Grade Woodwinds and Brass - 11:37am-12:24pm

5th Period: 7th Grade Percussion and Beginning Band - 12:27pm-1:14pm

6th Period: 6th Grade Percussion/Reeds - 1:37pm-2:24pm

7th Period: 6th Grade Brass/Flute - 2:27pm-3:15pm