Future Band Members

INSTRUMENT SELECTION

Each spring, we host instrumental placement fairs for incoming band students to come select their instrument. This is an opportunity to meet the band directors, some of the private lesson teachers, and see all of the instrument possibilities! No music experience is necessary! All you need is an open mind! Many times, the instrument you come in wanting to play is very different from what we realize will work best. You always want to choose an instrument that will be the easiest for you to play. Most students will know what they are going to play on the day of the selection. Percussion, Saxophone, Oboe, and Bassoon students will be contacted individually IF THEY ARE SELECTED after all students have been tested and placed on another instrument.

INSTRUMENT SELECTION FOR 2016-2017

We have already completed our placements for the 2016-17 school year. We can still take students on flute, clarinet, trumpet, and trombone. If your student would still like to join band and has not been tested, please contact Mrs. Yee at jenna.yee@leanderisd.org. 

All students must be placed on an instrument by a band director before they will be scheduled into a band class.

INSTRUMENT/MATERIALS FOR THE FALL

Students and their families are responsible for supplying the materials listed on their supply sheet (given at instrument selection). WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Early birds get the greatest deals and have a more varied selection. Students are expected to have all materials on the first day of school. Local music stores are listed on our Links page. Please contact us with any questions.

WHY CHOOSE BAND?

The National Association of Middle School Principals states that 66% of all college freshman drop out in their first year. In contrast, 96% of band students graduate from higher education.

Music students average 66 points higher on their SAT than their peers who are not involved in music.

The #1 undergraduate major for students applying to medical school is music… second to Pre Med. 🙂

96% of American astronauts studied the fine arts in school, including Neil Armstrong who played the euphonium!

Admission criteria into most major universities recommend participation in an extracurricular activity through senior year of high school.

What a great activity to choose!