Questions from 5th Grade Parents & Students

What if I am not sure if I want to do Band in middle school?

Remember when your children wouldn’t eat the food you made for them?  You always said, “Try it before you decide you don’t like it.”  Band is the same way.  You should sign up for Band even if you are unsure.  If at some point you decide that Band is not for you, drop the class.  It is much easier to drop something after trying it, than to join late when you decide you miss it.

What are some fun things we do in Band?

Besides learning how to play awesome songs, we also take a SPRING TRIP to a waterpark, play at pep rallies & football games, and get out of school to perform around town.  This usually includes a trip to McAlister’s Deli or Mr. Gatti’s complete with arcade games.  Most of our students say Band is their favorite class!

How is music different in middle school?

While the actual act of playing your instrument is similar, the social network and safety net that Band provides is very different from elementary.  From day one, your child will be musically and personally mentored by successful older students who have a vested interest in their success.  They will have dozens of new and like-minded friends within weeks and have experiences musical and otherwise that are unlike anything they have experienced in elementary school.

Can I do Band and athletics?

YES!  Most of our students play sports, dance, cheer, and are in AVID, as well as play an instrument.  There might be a rare conflict, but know that our faculty works hard to resolve as many conflicts as possible before they occur and to work collaboratively to solve them when they arise.

How much out of school time is required?

There is little time required outside of the traditional school day.  Some groups require little, while other groups require more substantial commitment.  Generally, the greater the level of commitment, the greater the reward and memories.  Regardless of the group, a year-long calendar will be provided months in advance to help you plan for these events.

What are the costs?

The costs associated with Band depend on your child’s particular instrument.  Some instruments are rented or purchased through a music store: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion.  Other instruments are rented from the school: oboe, bassoon, French horn, euphonium (baritone), and tuba.  We have a very limited supply of music store instruments available to rent from the school.  Each instrument requires accessories and materials in addition to the actual instrument.  We will work to ensure that no student is excluded due to financial constraints.

Do I need to know anything about music to join Band?

While prior knowledge definitely helps, we will teach you everything you need to know from the ground up!

What if I have other questions?

Please know that we are here to answer any and all questions that you may have.  Due to the busy nature of our program, it is difficult to contact us by phone.  The best way for your to reach us is via email at chris.pulley AT bisd.net (replace AT with the @ symbol).  This will allow us to respond to you in a timely manner, whether you are available by phone or not.  More information can also be found on this website at sbmsband.net

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