Band

With Mr. Wise

A message from Mr. Wise!

The 2019-2020 school year is an exciting time for West Sedona School. It is the first time in decades that we will have a band program! Be a part of something amazing!

Below is a FAQ list that will help answer any questions you may have about band. If this website does not answer your question, please email Mr. Wise at cwise@sedonak12.org.

A picture of West Sedona's first band, back in the 1970's! Courtesy of Sedona Heritage Museum, Sedona, Arizona

What will 2019's brand new band look like??

How do I Join Band?

Sign up with Mr. Wise at back to school night.! No Experience Necessary. You will write down your top 2 choices and, based on our total numbers, Mr. Wise will assign instruments for each group. You will most likely start off on your top choice, but a balanced band is a happy band so we may need to go with your second choice.

We are looking for as many interested 4th, 5th, and 6th graders as possible to join our first year of band!

Pass the word along to all your friends - this year will be BandTastic!!

Back to School Night is August 5th , 3:30-5:30 PM

Mr. Wise will also have your class come to the music room during the first week of school to learn about band as well. You will have until Monday, August 12th to sign up for band.

We don't want ANYONE to miss out on being part of the band!

See what students say about band!

Why Join Band?

  1. It's Fun!!
  2. It Builds Confidence!
  3. You will make LOTS of friends!
  4. Learning an Instrument Makes you Smarter!
  5. Anyone can Play an Instrument!
  6. Did I Mention It's Fun??

See what parents say about band!

What Instruments can I Play?

    • All students will start on Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, or Percussion for a solid foundation. Percussion includes mallet instruments such as xylophone, snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, and small hand percussion instruments.
        • 4th graders can see if Alto Sax or French Horn would be a good fit in May.
        • 5th graders can see if Alto Sax, or French Horn would be a good fit in December.
        • 6th graders can see if Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, French Horn, Euphonium, or Tuba would be a good fit in December.
        • Percussionists may also try out for a different instrument at these times as well, if they desire.
        • Strong woodwind players may eventually explore "double reed" instruments in the years to come, such as oboe and bassoon as well as lower reed instruments like baritone saxophone and bass clarinet.

Be Part of the Band!

Learn about all of the instruments by watching this video!

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What do I need for Band Class?

  • An Instrument - We will try our best to provide you with one of our new instruments. We also recommend renting a quality instrument from Arizona Pro Music in Flagstaff, AZ here. They will be our go-to for instrument rentals and maintenance. All of your payments can be put directly towards the purchase of an instrument! If you cannot afford to rent, we may be able to help. Just email Mr. Wise
  • A Music Book
    • You will need the first book of Jump Right In: The Instrumental Series for your instrument. If you need help getting this book, please e-mail Mr. Wise.
  • A Music Stand
    • For practicing at home.
  • A Pencil
    • Always be prepared!

When is Band Class?

We will have 2 bands! A combo of 4th &5th grade in one band and a combo of 5th & 6th in another. Each band will have a full rehearsal on Mondays and Fridays and sectionals on Tuesdays and Thursdays for more individual attention.

Don't forget your instrument on the following days :-)

    • Monday - Everyone!
    • Tuesday - All Brass + Percussion
    • Thursday - All Woodwinds
    • Friday - Everyone!

Do I get to show off?

Of course! We will have performance opportunities at the school to show off what you have learned for friends and family. As our band program develops, we will include special opportunities for star students like the following:

  • Northern Arizona Honor Band Festival
  • Elementary/Jr. High All-State Band Festivals
  • Elementary/Jr. High Solo and Ensemble Contest


Just a Reminder:

Back to School Night is August 5th , 3:30-5:30 PM

Mr. Wise will also have your class come to the music room during the first week of school to learn about band as well. You will have until Monday, August 12th to sign up for band.

We don't want ANYONE to miss out on being part of the band!