It is an exciting time for the boys as they contemplate the new opportunities available to them this year. One of these exciting offerings is the chance to be a part of the Band here at PDS!
The program is designed to give our boys the opportunity to experience making music and to begin a lifelong love of instrumental music. Much has been written about the connection between music and brain development, success in school, and success in life. Learning to play an instrument will be a wonderful extension of what they have already learned in their music classes here at school.
Students in the Band program meet two times each week in the following settings:
*Small Group Lesson: Students are placed in a small group with no more than four students. Students will learn basic techniques of the instrument, how to read music, and how to create a beautiful sound. These lessons take place during the school day on a rotating basis.
*Large Group/Full Band Rehearsal: Beginning Band meets from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays. There will be no conflicts for any boys who participate in PDS athletics - including our Crusader teams. The large group meeting is designed to help the boys learn to follow a conductor, play in a large group, and to learn some exciting music.
Last week, all 5th graders attended a presentation to introduce them to the various woodwind, brass and percussion instruments that will be offered in Beginning Band, and about how the program will be structured.
As a follow-up to the introductory presentation, all boys are being given the opportunity to try several instruments with Mrs. Hancock. This process is taking place August 16-23. At the conclusion of the Instrument Discovery process, additional information will be sent home that will aid you in your decision as to whether your son will join the band at PDS, and also about which instrument(s) seem to be the best fit for him.
Registration for band will take place ONLINE August 27-September 3.
Plan to attend the Band Parent Information Meeting on Parent Night, August 29. (right after the grade level meeting) While this meeting is not mandatory, it will help us to start the band year smoothly and address any questions that you may have. It will last about 20 minutes—I encourage you to attend.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information or clarification. I am already looking forward to the wonderful music that we will make together this year!
Welcome to the new school year! Please check below for information about the start-up of the band program for this year.
Crusader Band (6th grade)
Crusader Band will begin the week of August 26. The first full band morning rehearsal will be Thursday, August 29 at 7:45 AM.
All band students will receive a lesson schedule prior to leaving for the Victory Ranch trip.
Beginning Band (5th grade)
5th Graders have the opportunity to begin learning an instrument this year!
While this is an optional opportunity, we hope many boys will be a part of our band.
Mrs. Hancock will help each boy discover the best instrument for him over the next two weeks. Official registration will take place online later in August.
Beginning Band Timeline:
- Thursday, August 15 Band Instrument Demonstration/Information Session for 5th grade boys
- Friday, August 16 - Friday August 22 Band Instrument Discovery
- (Brief Individual Meetings with Mrs. Hancock to try instruments)
- Tuesday, August 27 - Tuesday, September 3 Band Registration ONLINE
- Thursday, August 29 Elementary Parent Night & Band Parent Information Meeting
- Week of September 9 Lessons Begin!
- Week of September 16 Lesson #2
- Thursday, September 19 First Full Band Rehearsal: 3:15 - 4:00 PM