Being in 5th Grade Band is a great place to be. 5th Grade is where the beginning steps of a solid musical life can begin. YOU can be a member of the LGS Beginning band. There are no requirements to be in band except for percussion. They must have 2 years of piano.

We also limit our numbers of saxophones and oboes in the band. So if music interests you at all, you need to give beginning band a try


6th Grade Band is a continuance of 5th Grade Band. At the 6th Grade level, you are able to do many more things. You can participate in solo and ensemble contest, marching band and jazz band. 




To help your child prepare for Beginning Band, the following explains our various
instruments and guidelines we have for our band program. 
If you have questions, I look forward to talking with you.

Flute – a cylindrical metal tube that you hold sideways to play. You create the sound by blowing the air across the mouthpiece, similar to blowing across a pop bottle. It plays the higher notes in band. Flutes
are always needed in the band and are not limited.


Oboe – a cylindrical wooden body that uses a double reed (2 small reeds wrapped around a small metal tube) that you gently blow into to make the reeds vibrate. It plays the higher notes also, but not as high
as the flute. The oboe is limited to 3 from the entire grade level.
 

Clarinet – a cylindrical wooden or plastic body, a flared bell, and a mouthpiece that resembles a beak. Attached to the mouthpiece is a single cane reed that vibrates to help create the sound. It has more mellow sound than the flute but it also plays the higher notes in and. 
Clarinets are needed and are not limited.
 

Saxophones – a woodwind instrument that uses a single cane reed like the clarinet. It is the loudest instrument in the woodwind family and is limited because of that fact. The alto saxophone is smaller 
than the tenor saxophone. The alto plays more of the middle sounding notes in the band while the tenor tends to play the lower notes. Alto Saxophone is limited to 6 from the entire grade level, and Tenor 
Saxophone is limited to 3 from the entire grade level.

Limited to 6 from the entire grade level. From research and years of teaching, we have discovered that those students with a piano background have a better success rate with percussion than those that do not have piano. The reason for this is percussionists must learn many instruments, such as snare drum, bass drum, timpani, bells, and more. Piano experience helps a student not only with rhythm but also with playing any bell music since bells are set up like a piano keyboard. Therefore, students wanting to play percussion must have at least 2 years of piano lessons. 


All brass instruments require a mouthpiece that you “buzz” into to create the sound. The buzzing, along with air pressure, shape of lips (embouchure) and valves, help to produce the different pitches or notes. All the brass instruments are not limited.

Trumpet – the highest sounding of the brass family. It is a narrow cylindrical tube that eventually widens into a small bell. Trumpets have a bright, brassy sound. 

French Horn – a brass instrument that wraps around and ends in a wide flared bell. A very mellow sound and is very important to any band. It plays the middle to lower notes in the band. 

Baritone – also called baby tuba or euphonium. It also has a very rich mellow sound and is very important to any band. It plays the lower notes in the band.

Tuba – the largest of the brass family and plays the lowest notes in the band. It is also very important to the band. If your child is interested in learning tuba, they would need to start on baritone since it is smaller 
and easier to handle for a 5th grader to physically handle. Then, in 6th grade, they would switch to tuba. This is an easy switch since both are in Bass clef and the fingerings are the same.