Beginner Band

What is Band?

Band is an elective class, not an after-school activity, in which you learn how to read music and play an instrument of your choice. New Heights band members perform Winter and Spring concerts each year, along with various other school and organized community events.  Band class meets every day, all year long.

Don't know how to play an instrument? That's normal! Most students start playing their 6th or 7th grade years with no prior experience. Don't worry: we'll teach you everything right from the beginning. All you need to do is listen carefully to your Band Director, follow directions, and practice your instrument every day.

The New Heights Middle School band program currently consists of two groups—our 8th Grade Ensemble and our Beginner Band. Students can join Beginner Band at the beginning of their 7th Grade year. Unfortunately, this is the only opportunity we are able to provide for you to join The Sound of Central without musical experience. If you wish to join after the 7th grade, you'd need to seek private lessons first in order to catch up to the level of your peers.

All this to say, if you're even the littlest bit interested, now's your chance to try! It could very well end up being a passion that sticks with you for life. 

Beginner Band Frequently Asked Questions

What instruments can I play in Band?​

For your first year, you may choose to learn one of the following instruments:

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, or Percussion (xylophone)

What do I need for Band class?​

A Workbook and an Instrument.

You'll use "Standard of Excellence Book 1" for your type of instrument.

These books can be ordered from Pecknel when you rent your instrument -OR- you can order one in class for $11.

How do I find an instrument?

There are three options:

Registration for 7th Grade Beginner Band for the 2024-2025 school year is now open!