We are SO excited to have your son or daughter in the Sixth Grade Band this year!
Here are some important updates as of July 31, 2020:
We are now ready for our official instrument selection sessions! This will give students an opportunity to make an informed decision regarding what instrument to play. All students will need to sign up for one appointment to do so.
Who Needs to Sign Up for an Appointment?
All incoming sixth grade students who are signed up for band.
What Will Happen at this Appointment?
Students will have the opportunity to work with a professional educational representative from the music store on a one-on-one basis to try the different beginning band instruments. Recommendations will be made to which instrument may be best suited for the student.
When Will These Take Place?
Three dates to choose from:
Tuesday, August 11 from 5:00-8:00 pm
Saturday, August 15 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Saturday, August 22 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Each appointment will be 15 minutes.
If you cannot make any of these dates, please contact a band director.
Lancaster High School (Enter through the GAC entrance, near the flag pole)
How Do We Sign Up?
To sign up for a slot, please click here.
Safety will be a Priority!
● All fitting sessions with parents and students will be held in 15 minute intervals and must be pre-scheduled. No walk-ins will be permitted.
● Parents can complete band related paperwork in a contactless manner.
● Information regarding instrument rentals will be provided.
● Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes/solutions be provided on site, visible, and used on a regular basis.
● Social distancing must be maintained. Parents and students should remain in the car until their appointment.
● One student and one parent/guardian only should attend the session. Other family members should remain at home or in the car.
● Masks are required for anyone entering the building and must be left on while in the building.
● Students should choose two instruments to try before coming to the fitting. Options are Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, and Percussion. Baritone and Tuba may be available upon request or recommendation from the music store representative.
● Fittings must be done during these sessions. No individual fittings will be done at the local music store.
● The student and the educational representative will be separated by a clear physical barrier. There will be no physical contact between the educational representative and student. All instruction will be verbal.
● Students will be provided a disinfected mouthpiece for practicing tone production. No instruments will be used. Those wishing to to try percussion instruments will be provided disinfected sticks and mallets.
● Instruments will be on hand for display only.
● Students will make a final decision based on the instrument they like and their success in producing a tone on the mouthpiece. Those interested in percussion will be evaluated on their ability to successfully demonstrate basic percussion skills.
If you’ve already filled out this form, please don’t do it again. If you need to change information, contact a band director via email.
After Signing Up You Need to…
Choose an Instrument!
What Instruments Do I Enjoy?
Who decides what you enjoy? You do! The band director can’t tell you what you like, and neither can your parents. This is all about your favorites.
Learn about all of our options by watching these cool videos. Write down your favorites. These are the ones you will want to try first when we are able to do so. Try to pick a few that you like, because sometimes what you like isn’t always what you would be the best at.
What Instruments Do I Naturally Get a Good Sound On?
How do you know what is a natural fit? A professional tells you after your try them. This is something you or your parents won’t be able to know by yourself. Trust the experts!
At the school instrument assemblies you got a chance to try some instruments. You might already have an idea of what was easy for you to play. That doesn’t mean it’s always going to be easy, but this is a way to give you a great start without a lot of struggling.
Eventually, you’ll be able to try out the instruments you like at one of the “Instrument Selection Days.” We’ll spend more time with you to make sure you are able to produce a sound easily. This was originally going to happen in the spring, but had to be cancelled. Don’t worry – we’ll reschedule them when we can and email you with that information.
What Instruments Does the Band Need?
The only people who have this answer are the band directors. They know how many want to play each instrument and how many of each we need. They are trying to build a great team… so trust them!
The popularity of instruments varies from year to year, but we always need a balanced group. If we get too many of one instrument and not enough of another, the band doesn’t sound as good as it should. If you have two instruments remaining after completing the first two steps above, you want to pick the one that the band needs more of! Be a team player… this makes you a band hero!
If you have any further questions regarding band, please contact your child’s band director.