Beginning Band and Orchestra Information

Now is the time to discuss the opportunity that all current fifth grade students have to participate in beginning band or orchestra for the 2019-20 school year. While students will not begin to play until sixth grade, we will discuss all of the available instruments, help students choose an appropriate instrument, and have all interested students register for the instrumental music program this spring. We are enthusiastic about our instrumental music program and eagerly look forward to this new crop of budding young artists to begin their musical journey!

Toward the end of January, all fifth grade students will attend an instrument demonstration at their school. We will demonstrate each instrument’s appearance and sound. Here is a list of the available instruments.

ORCHESTRA: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

BAND: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Percussion (Bells AND snare pad)

We know that this process can be overwhelming and confusing and we want to make it as easy as possible for you and your busy family. Please accept this invitation to join us for a short meeting to receive more information about the instrumental program and how to join band or orchestra.

Station – January 31, Orchestra at 6:30pm and Band at 7:30pm

Tharp – February 4. Orchestra and Band at 7:00pm

During this meeting, we will discuss the sixth grade instrumental schedule, as well as provide important information regarding choosing and obtaining an instrument. We will also describe how to sign-up for a 10 minute “fitting” where students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a Hilliard Orchestra/band director to find the best instrument suited for them. These “fittings” will be scheduled February 5-7 after school.

We encourage you to check out our Hilliard Music website and select “5th Grade Orchestra” or “5th Grade Band” for your school (far right tab) for more continuous updates about our instrumental program. At the start of sixth grade is the only time Hilliard students can begin an instrument so we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity now! Please make note of the above-mentioned dates. Feel free to contact either of the directors below if you have any questions or concerns. We eagerly look forward to meeting you and offering further details about our orchestra and band program.