Dear Current 4th & 5th Grade Band Parents:

Congratulations on your child becoming a member of Perry Middle School! This letter is intended to provide information for your child’s decision to join 5th & 6th grade band.

One factor to consider when scheduling your child for band is their enjoyment for listening to and performing music. Involvement in the first year of band is a major accomplishment and many students start the year knowing little about music and nothing about their instrument. By May, your child will grow as a musician and learn many of the skills that will help them thrive in band. Band is a great way to be artistic and become involved in a school activity with friends!

Instrumental music in Perry offers your child many benefits:

  • Builds Self-Confidence

  • Increases Sense of Accomplishment

  • Cultivates Creativity

  • Develops Coordination

  • Fosters Responsibility and Self-Discipline

  • Develops Social Skills and Ability to Work with Others

  • Improves Communication Skills

  • Creates a Lifelong Appreciation for Music

There are SO MANY cool instruments for you and your student to choose from - to find out about them, please visit Be Part of the Band. There are many ways to find an instrument to use for band, to learn more about them, please visit the Instrument Rentals tab on our band website. We will select our instruments in the first week and have an instrument rental night the second week of school - no need to worry about getting your instrument just yet, but be thinking about what instrument you'd like to be playing!

If continued at the high school level, it will also fulfill the Fine Arts Credit required for high school graduation, and marching band involvement fulfills the requirement for gym. We are positive this is the beginning of a musical and educational path that will enrich your child’s life in many ways for years to come. For more information about the high school and middle school programs visit us on the web at

Another aspect to consider when your child is scheduling for 5th & 6th grade is music education’s positive impact on your child’s development, especially in the critical years of middle school. Band is a successive class from year to year. Band is a nurturing environment in which their creative mind can flourish. A recent Harris Poll declared musically trained students have a higher salary, achieve higher GPA’s, and perform better on standardized tests than non-music students. Signing up for band in 5th & 6th grade is the first step to a lifelong appreciation of the arts and personal fulfillment which is unmatched in any other subject.

As with all things worthwhile, learning to play a musical instrument requires dedication, patience, and persistence similar to learning to play athletics, learning to read, and learning another language. As your child progresses in the Perry Instrumental Music Program, you will be hard-pressed to find an activity that offers a more rewarding return than your child’s musical involvement. Likewise, if your student is someone who is involved in other sports or activities, they can ABSOLUTELY do both!

Your child deserves the best, most well-rounded education that this school district can offer! Please feel free to ask your band teacher any questions you may have regarding your child scheduling band at the 5th & 6th grade level. Mr. Arnold is also valuable resources to answer any questions about scheduling. When your child signs up for band, they are continuing participation in one of the most consistently successful organizations in the Perry Schools. Band begins in 5th & 6th grade, but music lasts a lifetime!

In the best interest of your child,

Mr. Arnold

Director of Bands, Perry High School & Perry Middle School

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