Welcome to Grade 6 Band
The following information will be useful for students as they determine what instrument they would like to select for 6th Grade Band.
What instruments are in the 6th grade band?
Band instrument choices for 6th grade include flute, clarinet, alto saxophone,trumpet, trombone, and baritone and percussion. Additional instrument choices/switch options become available after 6th grade. Percussion (keyboard mallets and drums) may be offered to students who successfully complete a "readiness screening" with a director during the fittings week.
How do we begin to learn about instruments of the band and how to make a smart choice?
Here is a link to some Frequently Asked Questions.
Here is a link to some instrument information. Kids will love to read this and see the pictures and videos!
Testing instruments before choosing:
Fifth Grade students interested in Band will need to choose an instrument before completing their registration. It is VERY advantageous to students to try some instruments before choosing. The fitting process gives students an opportunity to try the instruments, ask questions and determine which instrument appeals to them the most.Band Instrument Fittings
At a “fitting,” students will be able to try several instruments. Students will handle instruments and make a sound with the help of a music specialist. We have found that many students do not actually pick their first choice because they discover something during their fitting that actually responds more easily or is more comfortable to handle. Instructors will NEVER assign an instrument to a student), but we will offer guidance in selecting an instrument that should match the student physically and otherwise. The middle school band portal links provide many details about instruments and making choices.
School Fitting Options:
Mr. Coon and Mr. Falk attend fittings at the Middle School and can provide guidance and answer questions related to the New Albany Band program.
Thursday, March 5 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School room 157.
Monday, March 9 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School room 157.
Wednesday, March 11 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School room 157.
Each fitting appointment is 15 minutes long.
In-Store Fitting Options:
If you can’t make it to school for a fitting, please consider visiting a store that specializes in “Educational Music Sales” such as Rettig Music or Music & Arts for a fitting.
- Rettig Music (Dublin/Sawmill Rd.) in-store fittings will be accommodated on a walk in basis, but appointments are appreciated- call 614-792-2100
- Music & Arts (Westerville/State St.) Appointments are appreciated- call 614-891-9008
- Both stores can help you any time and also offer online shopping.
We have decided to sign up for band! Now what?When you schedule your class choice in PowerSchool, simply select the band option that also lists your choice of instrument.
Here is a link to a printable instrument and accessory list for shopping.