Welcome to the website of the HBMS Band! We are thrilled that you are interested in joining our band program. Read on for more information about band, the instruments you can play, and more.
What instruments are available to play in Band? The HBMS Band includes instruments from the brass, woodwind, and percussion families. Students taking Beginning Band can learn to play one of the following instruments:
Woodwinds: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Brass: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Percussion: All percussion students will learn marimba, concert snare drum, and accessory percussion
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Middle School Band FAQ
How do I choose an instrument? On Instrument Selection Day, our staff of expert music teachers will help you try out several instruments as you try to find an instrument that is well suited to your body and personality. Your band director will guide you through the selection process and help you to evaluate your choices as we work together to find an instrument that is a perfect fit for you!
How will I get an instrument? Some instruments, including flute, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone will be rented from a local music store like Strait Music. More expensive instruments like the bassoon, French horn, and tuba will be checked out from the school for a small maintenance fee. Instrument rental information will be available after instrument selections are made.
What type of time commitment is required for Beginning Band? 99% of the Beginning Band experience takes place in class during the school day! We do not have weekly after-school rehearsals in Beginning Band. There will be two full-band rehearsals after school before each concert (November and May). We have Beginning Band students who also participate in club sports, private dance studios, TexArts, and more.
Do you have more questions about joining the band? Email Mr. O'Donoghue or call (512) 533-6433.