Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Final Required 5th Grade Band Meeting Scheduled - May 26th GHS Band Room

Dear Future band members and families,

Hello, and welcome to Beginning Band in the Greenville City Schools! We are excited for you to join us, and want to get you off to a great start. We will be holding several events before the 2016-2017 school year to get your students playing!

We will be holding band instrument “petting zoos” for your students to come to the high school band room and try different instruments before they make their final instrument decision. We will be holding our second scheduled meeting from 7PM-8:30PM on Thursday May 26th. Students and parents will be expected to attend and to sign in and provide accurate summer contact information. Information about instrument procurement and rentals will be forthcoming. If you have an instrument that’s been in the “family” you are also welcome to bring that instrument to either meeting to have it inspected by a staff member or instrument repair technician.

At the May 26th event there will be stations set up for your students to try the instruments they can start on in the 5th grade; flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. There will be high school band members to demonstrate each of the instruments, including assembly and musical demonstrations. To ensure proper instrumentation in our band program, the number of student who want to play percussion, flute, and alto saxophone may be limited depending on interest. We will most likely not have any limits on those interested in clarinet, trumpet, or trombone.

NEW FOR THIS YEAR! We will be holding a required Beginning Band “Boot Camp” in the GHS Band Room August 16-18 from 1PM-3PM. During these sessions we will teach your student to assemble their instrument, proper playing posture, and how to produce sound on their instrument. This “Boot Camp” allows for a smooth transition into our regular school classes and allows the directors to get to know our new band members!

We look forward to getting to know your students through music.

Yours Sincerely,

Erick C. Von Sas, Director of Bands: Greenville High School
Brian McKibben, Director of Bands: Greenville 5-8 Building

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