Below you will find some quick information for new band members and their families to get started this school year. Please take some additional time to familiarize yourself with the rest of our website, especially the Handbook. There will be a brief, yet very important orientation for band families at the end of August (date TBD).
You can sign up online by using the “Join” link to the left. The link is the same for students joining the 4th Grade Band or continuing (or starting up) with 5th Grade Band.
You may rent an instrument from any vendor you like. For your convenience, here are some local options:
Every band member needs some additional materials for rehearsals and home practice:
Band begins the first week of school. Students should come to band every week no matter what - even if they don't have their instrument yet, forgot their materials, have a sore throat, are feeling tired, etc..
4th Grade Band
5th Grade Band
Most years the 4th Grade Bands participate in an Informance concert at the All-Town Band Concert at the end of the school year. 5th Grade Bands will typically have their Informance before February vacation, an Arts Night at their school in May or June and the All-Town Band Concert at the end of the school year.
All dates are available on the Calendar.
YES! Thought they are not required, they are highly recommended! In some cases, it may be necessary to take lessons to catch up with the rest of the ensemble but they are not remedial. Private lessons are often the difference between good and great. More information (including resources and more great reasons to take lessons) is in the Handbook.
Absolutely: read Learning to Play: Tips for Parents of Elementary Musicians and 3 Things Parents Must Tell Their Children When They Begin a Musical Instrument. You can also get involved by “liking” the Concord Bands on Facebook.