Frequently Asked Questions for New Students!

What instrument choices will I have in band?

Students in their first year of band at PMS will be able to play the following instruments in the fall:  Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone & Percussion (bells and snare drum). After their first year in band, more instrument choices become available, such as the Baritone, Tuba, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Bass Clarinet, and French Horn.

When will I need to have my instrument at school for the first time?

We will begin playing our instruments in class the second week of school.  Make sure your instrument is at school that week!  You do not want to get behind!

Should I bring my instrument to band the 1st week of school?

No, you will have too much going on!   Keep your instrument at home the first week of school

When will I have Band Class?

We split our class into two sections: 

Woodwinds (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Sax) - meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Brass & Percussion (Trumpet, Trombone, & Percussion) - meets on Mondays and Wednesdays

and everyone has band on Fridays

Do I have to practice?

Yes!  Practicing is our homework in band class.  You will be awesome players when you practice your instrument.  Don't worry...you will have time to practice.  You should practice between 20-30 minutes every-other-night!  The more you practice, the better you will be!

Where will I store my instrument when I am not using it?

Students using the in-school support option will keep their instrument at their assigned station in the building.  Once we are in face to face instruction, all students will be assigned a band locker, located in the band room!

Can I participate in sports while in band?

Yes!!!  You will not have conflicts with athletics in middle school.  In the case that something does come up, the coaches and I will work it out!  

Is private instruction available and is it required?

Students who take private lessons improve and grow at a rapid pace!  While we encourage private instruction, it is not required to participate in band.    Lessons range from $10 - $17.00 per half hour lesson.  

When are our concerts this year?

Visit the Calendar for information about band events throughout the year.