I am proud of our band program at All Saints and well aware that your student could one day be in the advanced band. A successful first year is the key to ultimate success and I will do everything possible to make it a great experience. The essential elements are desire and a little discipline. All too often the newness of playing an instrument wears off quickly, so the right instrument and parent support is essential.
We offer the following instruments to beginners in the 4th grade:
- Alto Sax
- Additionally, the drum kit provides a small drum and a set of bells, but we are accepting only a smaller number of drum students next year. Special considerations go to older students from the 5th – 8th grade. As beginners in fourth grade, I know students usually want to be with their friends.
5th – 8th Grade Students
Every effort is made to put your son or daughter on the right instrument and get them ready as soon as possible for advanced band. Students in 5th – 8th grade can choose from the instruments listed above. In addition, we also offer special instruments to 5th thru 8th grade students, such as bass clarinet, tenor sax, baritone and even tuba, for those willing to play these needed instruments.
The Garwood Whaley Music Program works closely with the Arlington Diocese to provide instrumental programs in all Diocesan schools. All Saints Catholic School has had a long track record, over 40 years of successful concerts, festivals, and individual achievements. As a parent you look for two things ln a program, and they are teacher quality and a proven track record. Also, be sure to think ahead to high school and activities available at that level.
Music and Arts Stores located all around the Northern Virginia area assist us with instrument rental programs for all instruments, and are made available to parents at registration on Band Parents’ (Registration Night) . Check your school calendar for dates, location and time in Fall of 2020. I will be introducing the instruments to all students in the first weeks of school with some send along information as well.
All Saints Band Director