We loved meeting the fourth grade band classes last spring at the Band KHS Mini Pioneer Pride assembly and at instrument evaluation day! We are excited to invite you to be part of the Pioneer Pride Band Program!
All current 5th grade band students are eligible to sign up for beginning band class! Last spring they heard the KHS Mini Pride play in an assembly at their school, met the band teachers and experienced making a sound on all of the instruments.
Now it is time to pick the instrument that you want to learn and sign up!
Open classes include Flute, Trumpet, and Trombone.
If you wish to play bass clarinet, saxophone, oboe or bassoon you will begin with the clarinet. If you wish to play baritone or tuba you will begin with the trombone. Teachers will evaluate possible candidates for bass clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, baritone and tuba at the end of the first year. Recommendations will be made at that time for these instruments. Percussion class size is limited; participation is based on teacher approval.
Here are a few quotes from our 2022 Senior Class when asked what has been the best part of band for you?
"The Connections you get to make with everyone, both teachers and students, It really does feel like a band family." Isabella Knopfel - clarinet
"The feeling you get when you walk into the band room and you can just be yourself" Hattie Lechner - clarinet
"All of the opportunities given by the program. Concert Band, Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra....." Jake Meyer - baritone
"it gave me a "bamily" (band family) that was so supportive of everything I did and helped me to grow into the person I am today." Christopher Plants - oboe
"Being able to grow my leadership skills and meet some amazing people." Mac Key - trumpet
"Having a lot of opportunities to explore music." Ethan Coble - percussion
Families can rent or purchase from any reputable Music Dealer in the area. The Kirkwood School District uses Nottelmann Music for all School owned instrument. They also make deliveries to Kirkwood on a weekly basis and will have an instrument pick up at Kirkwood High School. If you choose to rent new, you may rent via the link below. If you choose to rent gently used or purchase, please call the store directly. Beware of instruments sold at Costco, Sams, Target and Walmart. Although the price is appealing they are often not "real instruments" and are not appropriate for beginning band class. If you are purchasing a used instrument online or from a neighbor or friend make sure to take it in for servicing prior to the start of band class as it may need adjustment or repairs if it has not been played regularly.
Kirkwood school district has a limited number of trumpets and trombone for a reduced rental price. Kirkwood Band Boosters also have scholarships available for instrument rental as well as the Kyle Rieger Scholarship for any North Glendale music student. Please reach out to Mrs. Wright or Mrs. Friesen for more details.
If you have questions please contact Mrs. Wright or Mrs. Friesen for further details.