The process to join the band begins in the spring of 5th-grade. Some time in February, the 6th-grade band will perform for the 5th-grade students. The 6th-grade band students will demonstrate each instrument so that the 5th-grade students can see and hear all of the different options they have when choosing an instrument. At the end of the presentation the 5th-grade students will be asked to write down which three band instruments interest them most.
Mr. Dorn and Mrs. Stone will be talking individually with students who may be interested in band, about choosing a band instrument. Students will play on the mouthpieces for the instruments for which they indicated an interest. (They also may try additional mouthpieces if they wish.) The students will be given basic instruction in producing a good sound on the mouthpieces and then will have time to try them out. Students interested in percussion will be asked to clap simple rhythms. Mr. Dorn and Mrs. Stone will give the students feedback on their ability to make a sound on the mouthpieces that they selected, and then the students will review their top three instrument choices and can make changes based on their experience with the mouthpieces.
After speaking with all students and having them try instrument mouthpieces, Mr. Dorn and Mrs. Stone will make the final recommendations for each child’s instrument. Instrument selection decisions are based upon the best mouthpiece fit for each student, the student's choices, and the overall band instrumentation. While every effort is made to assign students their first choice instrument, this is not always possible. However, students will be assigned one of their three instrument choices.