So you are thinking about being in band, huh? What a GREAT decision!!!! Sometimes making the decision of being in band can be a little intimidating, but we are here to help! This page is to help guide you through the decision making process and help you develop a plan.
- STEP 1 – Sign up for Band as your first elective choice when choosing your courses
This is the most important step and the easiest to make. When you place Band as your first elective choice, this ensures that you will have a spot in the beginning band class. If you didn’t enroll in the beginning band class… No Worries! You can attend a Try-the-instrument event (see step 2) and change your schedule later on. There is no need to decide what instrument you are playing, yet… that comes next.
- STEP 2 – Attend a “Band Instrument Test Drive” Event
Get ready for a fun time!!! This is the time that the student sits down with a band director and is able to try any instrument that they want to. During this session, the assigned band director(s) guide the student through the band instruments and make suggestions based on finger dexterity, face and teeth structure, grades, and experience. By the end of this short session, the student will walk away in most instances knowing what instrument is the best fit for them. If the student is interested in percussion, there will be a separate assessment date due to the large amount of interest.
- STEP 3 – Attend the Beginning Band Parent Night & Instrument Drive
This important event will serve two purposes. The first is to offer information to the parents/guardians of all students signed up for a Rogers Beginning Band Class. We will discuss the schedule, supplies, expectations and what to expect throughout the year (events, concerts, contests, etc.). The second purpose is to provide parents the opportunity to speak with various recommended music store vendors concerning instrument rental and supplies. When working with a recommended vendor, they will have our supply list and be able to offer package deals at competitive prices.
- STEP 4 – Rent/Purchase the instrument and supplies
We highly recommend that parents choose to sign up for a rent-to-own program through our recommended vendors for the first year. This will help ensure that the student is responsible and dedicated to their chosen instrument before an instrument is purchased. Music Stores will also offer instrument repair supplements to cover the costs of any repairs needed while being rented. We highly encourage to take advantage of this during the student’s first year, as they are not only learning how to play the instrument but also how to take care of the instrument. Accidents occur which can be costly!
- STEP 5 – Show up to Band Class
Now the fun REALLY begins! This will be the most rewarding time, full of challenges, experiences and FUN!