5th Grade Band

Welcome 5th graders (and parents) to the start of an exciting journey for you!!  We are hoping to get started with small group lessons by the second week of October.  By now, you've tried out an instrument and selected which one you'd like to play.  If your parents were unable to attend the Parent Meeting on September 10th, I've included information below as far as what was discussed and what you or your parents will need to do in order to get an instrument.

Meeting Agenda:

  1. I discussed how we fitted kids for instruments

  2. I talked about committing to the band/orchestra program for at least one year (our hope is 8 years through High School)

  3. How and where to get an instrument. We had a representative from Heid Music at the meeting and in the folder was information on how to rent an instrument through them.  You can find that flyer HERE.  As a parent, you can rent or purchase an instrument from whomever you choose but we had Heid there for parents who were ready to rent that night.  You can still rent through them.  Visit their website below and you can find information on how to rent an instrument and what the cost will be.  You can also visit my "Links" page to find other music stores - however we do highly recommend Heid Music:   Heid Music Website

  4. Parents were to sign and return a "Pink Form" which I have attached below.  You can turn that into Ms. Groelle or Mr. Wagner by Monday, October 1st.  Please note, under the "Check One" area, the last selection should only be checked if you cannot afford an instrument or you have an instrument that is only rented through the MPSD Music Department (Baritones, tubas, basses, ect.)

  5. We will be starting band lessons by Monday October 8th   or Wednesday October 10th (depending on which day your student is scheduled for ).  As a result you will need to locate an instrument by that time.  You will also need to purchase the lesson book we will be using for the next two years:  Essential Elements for Band Book 1 for your instrument and preferably a “wire” music stand to help you practice at home (these items can be ordered during rental through Heid Music).

I hope that helps to explain what we discussed and when your son/daughter needs an instrument by.  If I can be of further assistance at this point, please let me know by email or phone.



I’m excited to get your son/daughter on board with band!

Mr. Smith