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 incoming 5th grade students.
Band Instrument Selection Process:
Due to current circumstances, the band instrument selection process is occuring differently.
I normally would begin to meet directly with your 4th grade children to invite her/him to participate in our 5th grade band program and to go over possible band instrument choices for 5th grade at the end of May. Since I will not have the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face and have them try different instruments out, instrument assignments will occur without students trying them. 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), Tuba
Category 3: Trombone, Baritone (Euphonium), Flute
Please note that instrument selections are unranked. This is promotes fairness and balance.
Please use the following links to learn more about the insturments:
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:
Barcone's Music (Kingston):(845) 331-6089
Paul Effman Music (Lagrangeville): (516) 921-4543
McKeels Music (Newburgh):(845) 562-5566
D & M Music (Pleasent Valley):(845) 635-1120
Jacob's Music (Highland): (845) 691-2701
Lenape Band 5 Program:
Printable Synopsis: Lenape Band Program
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.
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.
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.