Join the Band
The Aubrey Independent School District would like to invite your child to take part in the Band Program at Aubrey Middle School. Whether you have a 5th grade student making the choice to join band next year or you have a a 6th/7th/8th grade student wanting to join in on the fun, THERE IS AN INSTRUMENT FOR THEM! The band is comprised of wind instruments and percussion — flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium (baritone), tuba, and percussion (drums). Almost HALF of the entire 6th grade at Aubrey Middle School is in the band; it is very popular!
Ready to sign up?
Please contact Chris Davis, the Head Director of Bands at Aubrey Middle School. firstname.lastname@example.org
Possible Benefits of Becoming a Musician
Fine arts education is not only a creative activity, it is an artistic experience for the child. Benefits of being in band include: responsibility, hard work, dedication, teamwork, confidence, and pride. Band students consistently have SAT scores 200 points higher than the state and national average. A recent study showed that 80% of all physicians in America played a musical instrument!
Advice for Parents
We recommend that parents rent an instrument the first year until the student is confident that they will be committed to learning that instrument. The school provides rental of the more expensive instruments on a very limited basis (tubas, euphoniums, french horns, oboes, bassoons, & some percussion equipment), but playing one of these instruments is based on suitability, not financial need.
Have More Questions?
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of the page.
Annual Beginner Band Instrument Drive
Get Fitted For An Instrument!
All students will get a chance to try various instruments and receive feedback in order to select an instrument for band class placements for the upcoming school year.
Information provided will include, but not limited to:
- Instrument Acquisition
- School-Provided Instrument Options
- Music Store Instrument Rental Options
Interactive Instrument Information
The flute plays the highest notes in the woodwind family and is the only one played by blowing across a hole.
The oboe looks much like the clarinet, but it is played with a double reed instead of a single reed to produce its distinct, melodious sound. Due to the unique nature of these instruments, students playing these instruments are highly recommended to take weekly private lessons.
The bassoon, the lowest sounding member of the woodwind family, is also a double reed instrument. This is one of the most specialized instruments in the band. Due to the unique nature of these instruments, students playing these instruments are highly recommended to take weekly private lessons.
The clarinet is a popular choice for Beginning Band. It has a remarkable range from low to high sounds and from loud to soft.
The saxophone is a very versatile instrument. It is a woodwind instrument, even though it is largely made of brass! Older saxophone students have the opportunity to play tenor or baritone saxophone after their beginning year.
The trumpet, with its high-pitched brilliant tone, is the leader of the brass family. A trumpet player can produce all the notes of the scale by pressing the valves and changing the lip vibration speed. The best trumpet players tend to have smaller sized lips, but this is not a rule. The trumpet also is an important member of the jazz band.
The French Horn is made from 12-16 feet of brass tubing circled around and around. The tone is very mellow. In addition to using the lips and valves to change the pitch, the player places a hand in the bell to sometimes give a muted effect. Instruments are provided by the school, but very limited availability. Must have a good ear for music. Piano experience is helpful.
Due to the unique nature of these instruments, students playing this instrument are highly recommended to take weekly private lessons.
The trombone is a member of the brass family. Like other brass instruments, the trombone produces sound when the player vibrates his or her lips while blowing air into the mouthpiece. However, the trombone is unique as it is the only brass instrument that doesn’t need valves to change the pitch. Instead, trombonists move a slide to get the desired tones.
The trombone is capable of achieving a wide variety of sounds, from mellow to powerful. As a result, it can be found in numerous of ensembles, from wind bands and symphony orchestras to rock and jazz bands. Trombone choirs are also very popular, especially in college music departments.
Like a mini-tuba, the euphonium plays the same notes as the trombone, but has a rounder, more mellow sound. Due to its valves, it can play faster passages of music with more smoothness and ease.
The tuba is the largest and the lowest of the band instruments. Its bass voice gives the deep, low tones that are the foundation of the band. When unwound, a tuba is 16 feet long. Instruments are provided by the school, but very limited availability. We have smaller tubas for beginners.
The percussion section of the band keeps the beat, builds excitement, and adds color. A percussionist does not just play drums; he/she plays bells, xylophone, timpani, cymbals, triangle, and many other instruments (all school owned). Each member of the percussion section must work to create the aural illusion of one giant percussion instrument. A marimba must be rented or purchased from a music company, as well as a Practice Pad, stands for both, sticks and mallets. Enrollment is limited. Due to the unique nature of these instruments, students playing this instrument are highly recommended to take weekly private lessons.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you have a question for us about joining or signing up for band?
A: Please contact Chris Davis, the Head Director of Bands at Aubrey Middle School. email@example.com
More Questions will be posted as we receive them!