Beginning Band FAQ

When can I sign up for band if I missed Registration Night?

If you were unable to attend one of our beginning band information nights, please contact Mr. Hunter at ahunter@d118.org as soon as possible AND complete the registration at mmsbands.d118.org or wmsbands.d118.org


Can I participate in sports and clubs if I am in band?

ABSOLUTELY! In fact, most of the students in band at WMS and MMS participate in some form of after-school activity, sport or club. Band occurs entirely during the school day, with the exception of the four concerts we give in the evening throughout the school year, and a few other special events.


Will I still have a study hall if I am in band?

YES! 6th Grade Band members will have a study hall. Band will be scheduled as the exploratory class for the year. Students wishing to participate in Art or Drama will have extra-curricular club opportunities once the year begins. Band students will participate in exploratory classes such as art and health throughout 7th and 8th grade.

How much money will it cost?

There is a school activity fee of $40, in addition to the price of securing an instrument to play. Quinlan & Fabish Music offers an exceptional rent-to-own program. Their prices can be found at www.qandf.com. If you already own an instrument, or find a quality-instrument somewhere else, you are welcome to use that too! If you are unsure, please contact your band director before making a purchase on your own.


What additional supplies will need to be purchased?

Every student will need a copy of Tradition of Excellence Book 1 for their instrument, published by Kjos. Students should also have a folding music stand to use at home. Both of these can be purchased at www.qandf.com or at any music store.


When do I get my instrument?

All instruments rented from Quinlan and Fabish will be delivered to school at the beginning of the school year. Students will receive their instruments at Super Lessons August 24th and 25th.


I found an instrument super-cheap at the grocery store, should I get it?

Musical instruments are finely-crafted mechanisms, requiring extensive knowledge, skill and quality control on behalf of the manufacturer. A quality instrument purchased from a reputable music store has the potential to last a lifetime. Remember, you pay for what you get! Common, high-quality brands of instruments can be found later in this packet.


How much time will I need to practice?

Your lesson and band class take place during the school day, so you will already be playing quite a bit during the week. Typically, a beginning band student will need to practice 15-30 minutes a day in order to “keep up” with the pace of the class. You will find however, that as your skill grows, practicing will be a break from your other homework and you will likely practice even more, just for fun!


When are concerts? What do I wear?

Concerts are generally on a weekday evening with a student call time of 6:30PM and a concert start of 7:00PM. A full calendar will be sent home at the beginning of the year. The concert uniform is black pants, black socks, black shoes, and a band t-shirt. Order forms for the band uniform shirt will be sent home once the school year begins.