Beginning Band


    Beginning band students may choose from the following instruments:

    • FLUTE

    *PERCUSSION students must understand they will be playing a mix of drums and mallet instruments and must be equally proficient in both. Additionally, there is a cap on how many percussionists will be accepted into the program on a first-come-first-serve basis depending on the beginning band survey that is filled out.

    Any students interested in SAXOPHONE must have at least one year of experience on the clarinet in 6th grade band. They will be able to change to saxophone in 7th grade.

    Any students interested in TUBA must start on BARITONE.


    1. Make sure you are signed up for band by checking your PowerSchools. If you are not signed up, please contact your counselor to sign up. PLEASE NOTE: If you are planning on playing flute or clarinet, please make sure you are signed up for the WOODWINDS class during the 2nd quarter. If you are planning on playing, trumpet, trombone, baritone, or percussion, make sure you are signed up for the BRASS class starting in the 1st quarter.

    2. If your student is a fresh beginner with no prior band experience, you will need to fill out the beginning band survey. The survey will take roughly 10-15 minutes, please fill it out in one sitting with your student. Click HERE to access the survey.
      • If your incoming 6th grader already has at least one year of band experience AND is planning on continuing with the same instrument they learned, fill out THIS survey instead.

    3. Check out the Obtaining an Instrument page by clicking HERE.

    4. Brass and percussion students must have your instrument for the second full week of school. This year, that is the week of September 14th. Woodwind students will start in the 2nd quarter and must have their instrument by November 6th.

    5. Contact Mr. Barro if you have any questions!
  • Practice Tips

    Sometimes the hardest part of practicing is taking the instrument home and taking it out of its case. I do not expect everybody to be professionals in my program, but I do expect each individual to work hard every day to become great. Here are some tips on how to practice:

    1. Take out your instrument and assemble it!
    2. Practice fundamentals: when we work on our fundamentals, music gets easier! Fundamentals can be summed up into three basic concepts – Time, Tone and Technique.
    3. Practice your band music: once you have practiced your fundamentals, you can apply those fundamentals to our band music.
    4. Listen to recordings of your instrument: In order to know what your instrument should sound like; we must listen to the professionals play their instrument. Listening to recordings can help a lot, as well as, going to live performances from local colleges and professionals!
    5. PRACTICE SLOWLY: I cannot emphasize enough the importance of practicing your music and your fundamentals slowly. If you can play it slow, you can play it fast!