Our band has over 90 members in it this year. In fourth grade, students come up once a week to learn instruments in small groups. In the beginning of the year we assign instruments based on student preference. We have professional musicians teach trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet and flute. In fifth grade, we combine the band and we practice once a week.
We are so lucky to have 80 school instruments in great condition. Every summer they are sent to a repair shop where they are fixed up and cleaned. We do ask for a donation from those in band to help cover our costs of repairs, accessories, music and helpers. We are so lucky to be have one of the biggest elementary bands in Manhattan.
For students to be in band, we require that they practice 20 minutes at home 4 times a week. They take the school instruments home with them for the duration of the year and return them in June.