Click below to see what brands and supplies Ms. Shepherd recommends for each instrument!
How do I rent?!
Each spring, Elkin Bands host instrumental placement fairs for incoming band students to come select their instrument. You do not need previous musical experience and this also provides the opportunity to meet the director and see all of the possibilities for you in band!
During the placement fair you will try three different instruments to see which one fits you best! Sometimes the instrument you come in wanting to play is very different from the instrument we find works for you best! You always want to choose and instrument that will be easiest for you to play. Most students will know what instrument they will play after attending one instrument placement fair.
After selecting an instrument our amazing company we work with called Music and Arts will have representatives to guide you in obtaining or renting an instrument. Students will start on either flute, clarinet, trombone, or trumpet. Later in the school year they will be given the opportunity to audition to play other instruments such as alto saxophone, french horn, euphonium, tuba, and percussion.
Placements for 5th grade students will begin
May 13th from 5:00pm & 6:00pm at Elkin Elementary in the gym.
The next opportunity will be
August 30th from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Elkin Elementary in the band room.
All students must be placed on an instrument by Ms. Shepherd before they will be scheduled into band class.
If your student would still like to join band and has not been tested, please contact Ms. Shepherd
Why Choose Band?!
The National Association of Middle School Principals states that 66% of all college freshman drop out in their first year. In contrast, 96% of band students graduate from higher education.
Music students average 66 points higher on their SAT than their peers who are not involved in music.
The #1 undergraduate major for students applying to medical school is music… second to Pre Med.
96% of American astronauts studied the fine arts in school, including Neil Armstrong who played the euphonium!
Admission criteria into most major universities recommend participation in an extracurricular activity through senior year of high school.
What a great activity to choose!