Beginning Band FAQ


Mr. Hunter, Mr. Rychecky and Mrs. Tyler are very excited to have you as students next year should you decide to sign up for band! We understand that you probably have many questions before our Beginning Band

Sign-Up Night on Tuesday, May 1st​ at WAUCONDA MIDDLE SCHOOL​. This handout will hopefully answer some of those questions!


When can I sign up for band?

YOU MUST ATTEND our Beginning Band Sign-up Night on Tuesday, May 1st​, at WAUCONDA MIDDLE SCHOOL​. Last names beginning with A-K can attend at 6PM, and L-Z at 7:30. If you cannot attend your session, feel free to attend the other. If you ABSOLUTELY CANNOT ATTEND, please contact Mr. Hunter at ahunter@d118.org, Mr. Rychecky at brychecky@d118.org, or Mrs. Tyler at rtyler@d118.org as soon as possible.

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.

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.

How much money will it cost?

There is a band participation fee of $40, in addition to the price of securing an instrument to play. Quinlan & Fabish Music offers an exceptional rent-to-own program, and their prices can be found at www.qandf.com. You will have an opportunity to rent an instrument from Quinlan & Fabish at our parent night on Tuesday, May 1st​. If you already own an instrument, or find a quality-instrument somewhere else, you are welcome to use that too!

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 folding music stand. Both of these can be purchased at Registration Night, 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 in time for Super Lessons on August 8-9.

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 instrument can be found on the back of this sheet.

What are Super Lessons?

Super Lessons are your child’s first experience with their new instrument. Students will be instructed in how to assemble, disassemble, care for, and make their first sounds on their instrument. Attendance at Super Lessons is invaluable for your child’s success in band! PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING!

August 8 ​- 6:00PM Flutes and Trombones, 7:30PM Percussion and Euphoniums

August 9 -​ 6:00PM Clarinets & Trumpets, Last Names A-K, 7:30PM Clarinets & Trumpets, Last Names L-Z

ALL SUPER LESSONS WILL BE HELD AT WAUCONDA MIDDLE SCHOOL

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 in the evening with a student call time of 6:30PM and a concert start at 7PM. A full calendar will be sent home at the beginning of the year. Concerts are REQUIRED and part of students’ grades. 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.