4th Grade Lenape Band Recruitment

    Welcome to the Lenape band Recruitment Homepage. I hope you find the following information useful. Participation is open to all 4th grade students.


    Band Instrument Selection Process:


    I will be providing your child the opportunity to learn about the band program and listen to the instruments during their in-person music class. It is important that I take into account 2 aspects of the selection process: your child’s interest and the need for a balanced band. You and your child will select one instrument from each of three categories. I will select one of those three instruments to assign to your child. For your reference, here are the categories:

    Category 1: Clarinet, Trumpet, French Horn

    Category 2: Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Percussion (Bells & Drums)

    Category 3: Trombone, Baritone (Euphonium), Flute

    Please note that instrument selections are unranked. This promotes fairness and balance.


    Please use the following links to learn more about the instruments:

    Band Instrument Introductory Lessons

    Dallas Symphony Orchestra

    Instrument Rental/Purchase:

    Once your child is notified of which instrument he/she is assigned, it is important obtain an instrument as soon as possible. The quality of a student's instrument is extremely important to the success of a student's performance. A poor instrument will result in your child feeling frustrated. We recommend several different brands of instruments that can be rented/purchased at area music stores. We do have instruments available for people with financial difficulty or additional reasons. If your child is using a used instrument I recommend that it get serviced at a local instrument repair shop.


    The following are a list of local music stores that offer rentals and sales of instruments. You have no obligation to use any of these stores:

    D & M Music (Poughkeepsie) 635-1120 (John Keal Music affiliate) https://dandmmusic.com/


    Paul Effman Music (Lagrangeville) 452-8528, www.pemusic.com


    MeKeel’s Music Shop (Newburgh) 562-5566, www.nemc.com/mekeels-music-shop


    Planet Woodstock Music (Kingston) 336-5599, planetwoodstock.net


    Jacobs Music Center (Highland) 691-2701, jacobsmusiccenter.com


    Alto Music (Middletown) 692-6922, www.altomusic.com


    Lenape Band 5 Program:

    Printable Synopsis: Lenape Band Program

    Instrumental Lessons:

        Instrumental students have one lesson a week in small group sessions with similar instruments. These lessons are rotated each week so students do not miss the same subject weekly. Students are responsible for being on time for their lesson, remembering their lesson and having all materials for their lesson.

    Band Rehearsals:

        Once students have a basic foundation on their instrument, all students will assemble together starting in January. Students will rehearse concert band music to perform in a spring concert.

    Practice Expectations:

        Because true success begins with consistent practice at home, we require students to practice at least 20 minutes a day 5 days a week for the beginning of the year then extend their practice time to 30 minutes a day 5 days a week by the 2nd half of the year. Students will have a practice log and it is to be signed by a parent/Guardian every week. These are responsibilities of the student and requirements of the band program.

Last Modified on October 11, 2023