Dear Potential Band Students and Parents,
music program at Challenger Middle School
consists of Beginning, Jazz and Concert bands. The beginning band class is
designed for students with little or no background in the area of reading music
and/or playing an instrument. This
class will concentrate on music fundamentals such as note reading, basic
rhythmic patterns and instrumental technique. Each student will learn to
perform with a good tone quality on the instrument selected.
an instrument band is your obligation (except for
the bigger brass and/or woodwind instrument) and this can be accomplished in
number of different ways. The best instruments (and best values) are available
at your local music stores (Wal-Mart instruments should not be purchased). This
is because the instruments they rent are new (or almost) and insurance is
offered to pay for repairs, if needed. Used instruments can, of course, be
used, but they can break and repairs are costly. To protect your investment, if you are considering purchasing
a used instrument, let me inspect it and approve it first. We will choose specific
the fall based on each trying a number of instruments. I will make sure that
each student picks an instrument based on their desires, physical requirements
and the overall needs of our band program.
I urgently request
you not to go out and rent any instrument
for your son/daughter until after we try out the
instruments. Students will receive information
on what they need and forms from music stores for you to select from. Although
some students have had previous musical background, waiting to rent will allow
all students to start from the beginning. Many students who rent early are
found to lose interest through a lack of professional guidance. It is essential
for our program and the musical future of your son/daughter that we all begin
at the same time.
join band, I will need you to fill out the application,
and return it to CMS ASAP.
Thank you for your interest in our
band program at CMS. We are looking forward to meeting you.
___Yes. I want to be a member of the beginning band program
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