Join Band


Packet of info from the band meeting (PDF)

An informational meeting will be held Monday, May 22nd in the FT Band Room / Media Center.
Letter About Beginning Band Parent Meeting (PDF)
5:00pm Recommended for Last Names A-F
6:00pm Recommended for Last Names G-O
7:00pm Recommended for Last Names P-Z
You are free to attend whichever meeting time listed above that best fits your schedule.
If you are unable to attend please contact Mr. Ladd via email or call the FT Office.

Thanks for your interest in joining the band at Anthony Wayne!

The information below is primarily intended for 4th grade students who are interested in joining 5th grade band in the Fall of 2017 at Fallen Timbers Middle School. Students of any other age should contact one of the band directors directly to discuss joining band.

Overview of the Timeline for Joining Band

May, 5th, Friday: 4th Graders attend daytime concert by the 6th Grade Band @ AWHS Auditorium during school.

May 10th and 11th: Daytime (during school) Instrument Fittings at Waterville Primary

May 12th and 15th: Daytime(during school) Instrument Fittings at Monclova Primary

May 16th and 18th: Daytime(during school) Instrument Fittings at Whitehouse Primary

May 22nd: Evening Parent Meeting for all prospective 5th grade band students and parents.

August 11th, 14th, 15th, 16th: Students meet for Summer Band “Jump-Start” lessons at Fallen Timbers. Students receive their instruments and learn basics.

First Full Week of 2017-18 School year: Band students begin meeting twice per week during “Flex-Time” for band class.

How Instrument Fittings Work

In 5th grade band, students can choose from Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Bells (percussion).

Oboe, Bassoon, F-Horn, Tuba are not started in 5th grade at AW.  Students who are interested in one of these instrument should pick a 5th grade band instrument to start on and then switch in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.

Students will be introduced to each of the 5th grade band instruments during the Concert on May 5th. Students will then select the instruments (no more than 3) that they are most interested in trying. Each student will meet one-on-one with a band director during the instrument fitting days listed above to learn the basics of the instruments they have selected and give them a try. The director will provide each student with detailed notes about which instrument(s) fit them best based on observations made during the fittings. The students take the fitting notes home to discuss their instrument choice with parents.

Once all of the instrument fittings are complete, we will have a parent meeting to discuss the requirements for joining band, how to obtain an instrument, and the expectations for 5th grade band. It is at this meeting that parents and students officially sign-up for 5th Grade Band.

5th Grade Band officially begins in August with a week of practices called Summer Band “Jump-Start.” At these practices, students will receive their instruments (if rented from Rettig Music), learn how to assemble, care for their instrument, create basic sounds, and begin to play. These Summer Band Jump-Start practices are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED but not required for the students grade.

Regular band rehearsals begin once school starts.

Frequently Asked Questions About 5th Grade Band

How do I sign-up for band?

Fill out the registration google form. Obtain an instrument either from Rettig Music or from another source. If your student has not been fitted for an instrument, contact one of the band directors to arrange an instrument fitting.

When does band start?

5th Grade Band starts Friday, August 11th with Summer Band classes that are designed to get students a head start on learning their new instrument. These classes will be held on August 11th, 14th, 15th, and 16th. Regular band classes start during the first full week of the 2017-18 school year.

Is band a class?

Yes, band at Fallen Timbers is a class that meets during flex-time and students receive a letter grade. Grades are based on Daily Participation, Quarterly Playing Tests, and Concert Attendance.

What are the time commitments for 5th grade band?

5th Grade band takes place almost entirely during the school day. 5th grade students will have band twice each week during their “Flex-Time.” There will also be 2-3 after school rehearsals throughout the year to prepare for concert performances.

The 5th grade band performs at 3 concerts outside of the school day throughout the year in December, March, and May. These concerts are a required part of the class. The exact dates of these concerts will be shared at the start of the 2017-18 school year.

How much will I need to practice outside of class?

The amount of practice that each student needs will vary. Each student is unique and will learn at a different pace. The recommended practice time is 1/2 hour, 3 times per week. This time can be spent practicing songs from the method book, learning scales / fundamentals, working on sheet music from band class, playing music from private lessons, or playing other music that the student finds interesting. Practice time is not recorded or graded in 5th grade band at AW, but the most successful students will have a structured practice time that parents will help reinforce.

How do I obtain a new instrument?

Most of our 5th grade band students obtain an instrument from Rettig Music through their rent-to-own program. There are other music stores in the area and online that sell instruments, but only certain brands of instruments are recommended…

Flutes: Gemeinhardt, Pearl, Yamaha; Clarinet: Selmer, LeBlanc, Vito; Saxophone: Selmer, Yamaha; Trumpets and Trombones: Bach, King, Yamaha, Eastman; Baritones: Jupiter, Yamaha; Percussion: Ludwig.

Parents should be especially careful when buying an instrument on-line. There are many brands of LOW QUALITY instruments that are sold cheaply and WILL BREAK during normal use. Cheap instruments are usually not able to be repaired and may result in a total loss.

My family already owns an instrument, can I use a pre-owned instrument?

Yes. The band directors or Rettig Music can inspect a pre-owned instrument to make sure that it will work well for a new 5th grade student. Repairs may be recommended.

If I order an instrument now, when will I receive it and start to play?

Instruments that are ordered through Rettig music will be delivered to Fallen Timbers in the days before our first Summer Band practice in mid August. Students will receive their instrument and book at the first practice on August 11th. Students will be allowed to take their instrument home after the first Summer Band class.

What materials do I need in order to participate in band?

All students will need an instrument and a “Traditions of Excellence” method book. In addition, instruments have their own unique needs…

Flute: Swab, cleaning rod

Clarinet / Sax: Reeds and Swab

Trumpet/Trombone/Baritone: Slide or Valve oil, tuning slide cream

Percussion: Bell Mallets, Snare Sticks

What are private lessons and how do I sign-up?

Students who take private lessons meet privately with an expert on their instrument after school each week for extra help and advanced instruction. This is very similar to tutoring that students may receive for other academic areas. Lessons usually last 1/2 hour and typically cost between $15-$25 per lesson. Information about lessons and a form to sign-up for lessons will be distributed during the first week of the 2017-18 school year in August.

If I sign up for 5th grade band now, am I committing to playing for the full year?

5th grade band is a year-long activity and it takes an entire year for students to get the full experience of playing an instrument in band. The vast majority of students will play all the way through 5th grade and beyond. However, in some special circumstances, after discussion between parents, director, and the FT principal students have withdrawn mid-year.

Can I change instruments mid-year if I change my mind about what I want to play?

The vast majority of students remain on their initial instrument choice for all of 5th grade band and beyond.

However, after careful consideration by the student, parent, AND director instrument changes are difficult, but possible. Instrument changes must be approved by the director ahead of time and the student will be expected to work independently outside of class with a private lesson teacher to get caught up on the new instrument BEFORE the student can begin participating in band class on the new instrument.