Middle School Bands are graded classes that meet on White days.
Your child’s grade in band is based on band rehearsal
attendance, rehearsal preparation, lesson attendance,
Band meets in Room 308 at the top of the center staircase. Students who were in advanced band last year will recognize the band room because this is where they met for after school rehearsals.
Drummers will need a pair of sticks for school and a separate pair for home practice. Drumsticks must be stored in the band room and may not be carried to other classes throughout the day. Clarinet and Sax players should have at least three working reeds in good condition (no chips or cracks) in their case at all times. Trumpet and Trombone players should have valve oil (slide oil for trombone) and tuning slides should move freely.
Your child will not need to bring his or her instrument during the first week of school. At our first band rehearsal, students will be asked to fill out a form that updates our confidential records as to address, phone number, year of graduation, instrument played, etc. At that time, we tell students when to bring instruments to school and where to store them in the band room.
addition to regularly scheduled rehearsals, each child will be offered one small group lesson every two weeks. Lessons will be scheduled on a rotating
basis through the first four periods of the day. At lessons, students will
continue to improve the playing skills needed for full participation in
performing groups. Individual help and assessment of each student progress takes place during lesson time.
Occasionally, a student is unable to attend a lesson because it is
scheduled during a class that he or she cannot miss for an excusable
reason. Examples of excusable reasons for missing lessons are:
1. taking a
test or quiz
When a lesson must be missed, students must turn in a practice journal for that week. (See "Practice journals.")
We accept beginners at the middle school level in all instruments (*except percussion). Beginners will be given one group lesson every two weeks and will be integrated into the band rehearsals as soon as possible. Whenever, possible, we will try to arrange additional tutoring with one of our advanced high school musicians on an after-school basis.
*Students interested in playing drums in Middle school, with no previous instruction will need to take private lessons until such time as they are able pass our minimum performance standards. Private teachers can be found by calling local music stores and asking for beginning drum lessons.
Students are encouraged practice every week for at least an hour, in total. If a student misses their assigned lesson, they must turn in a practice journal signed by a parent, indicating that they practiced for one hour that week. Journal forms can be found by clicking the "Journal" button on the Middle School Band page.
Lockers are provided in the band room for students to store their instrument during the school day. Students are not able to leave instruments in their classroom as they did in elementary school. All instruments should go home for practice at least twice a week. Instruments should NOT be left at school during vacation weeks or during the summer. We cannot be responsible for the security of instruments left in school during vacation time.
Should your child’s instrument need repair, you are free to take it to a repair
shop of your choice.
Junior Jazz Ensemble meets after school, once a week, starting at the end of November. Standard jazz instrumentation includes Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Drums, Bass, Guitar, and Piano. Students are chosen for Junior Jazz during the months of September to November. Selection is based on performance, effort and attitude.
Middle School Bands perform in December and May. Check the calendar on the Bandroom page for dates and other information such as concert venue and concert dress.
year, the Wilmington High School Band loses several seniors at graduation.
Because this leaves us with enormous gaps in our instrumentation, we ask the
Middle School Band to perform with us at Graduation. Fortunately, the quality
of our Middle School Band allows us
The Middle School Band does not participate, as a marching unit, in the Memorial Day Parade. Subfreshmen march with the High School Band. Other Middle School Band members, who wish to participate, can march as “ Coaches” with the Elementary Band. Coaches attend the after-school rehearsal before the parade and help our 4th & 5th graders to cope with the demands of marching and playing. During the parade, they march with their sections so that the elementary kids will have leaders to follow.
your child is active in more than one group, chances are you are overwhelmed
with fundraising projects every year. So as not to add to this burden, we limit
our fundraising efforts to those that are done by the Band Parents
Organization. The only exception is our annual “Yankee Candle Sale”. Because
the high school band occasionally travels to places like Washington, D.C. or Orlando, Florida, we offer students the opportunity to
earn money toward future trips by selling Yankee Candles every fall. Profits
from each child’s sales are held in an account for them. After two or three
years of selling candles, the money accumulated in your child’s account can go
a long way towards minimizing or completely
What is a “Subfreshman”???
Each year, we invite a few
of our most talented and dedicated eighth graders to march with the High School
Band. We call them “Subfreshmen” because they are part of the class immediately
preceding the freshman year. Subfreshmen go to Band Camp with us in August and
perform at football games, the Wilmington Veterans Day ceremony, Memorial Day
Parade and a few out-of –town parades like the Boston Columbus Day Parade and
the Woburn Halloween Parade.
YES!…there is…it’s called High School Band
As they move into high school, Middle School Band members discover that the fun and excitement is just beginning.
the high school, Band is a 5 credit (college prep level) course scheduled
during the day. High school classes are scheduled on a seven-day rotation. Band
meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. (Except on day 6) Band members, who do
not play in the Jazz-Rock Ensemble or Woodwind Ensemble,have a directed study
on Tuesday and Thursday.
We do NOT offer group lessons at
the high school level. Small group instruction is offered only in grades 4-8.
Students seeking additional help in grades 9-12 will need to arrange for
private instruction from qualified outside teachers.
Our classes do not interfere with participation in sports. We encourage our
students to be active members of the school community. Approximately 80% of
high school band members also participate in at least one after-school sports
activity. In order to learn our half-time show, we do schedule 5-6 night rehearsals in
September from 6-9 pm. This time frame makes it possible for most our students
to complete after-school practices or games and rehearse with us as well.
The high school band has performed in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington D.C. and the Main Street Parade at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. We also go on an overnight ski trip to Pats Peak in February whenever possible.