LMS Beginning Band FAQ's
Band Fee is $100.00 a year and due at school registration at the start of school. This fee includes band materials such as, instrument specific instructional book, music, notebook, pencil pouch, two pencils, sheet protectors, band t-shirt, and other band related items.
If you are renting a school owned instrument, it is $75.00 a year for the rental, plus the band fee. You must purchase your own mouthpiece. Prices of mouthpieces vary per instrument.
Your band fee does not include field trips or band items such as reeds and oils.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do is invest in a quality band instrument!!!
There are many rent-to-own programs, rental only programs, and purchase opportunities at local music stores. Please contact me before you buy a used instrument that is not coming from a reputable music store.
Recommended Music Stores:
Gadsden Music Store: (205) 982-3004
Art’s Music Shop: (205) 995-8376
Cole Band Instruments: (205) 339-5539
Bailey Brothers Music Company: (205) 271-7827
Please DO NOT buy instruments off of AMAZON or other sites!! Many are NOT real instruments and will break (and NO ONE will fix them). Your child will not have success with these “instruments”. NO new instrument should cost less than $400.00… if it is, STEER CLEAR.
NO prior experience is necessary!! We start from the VERY beginning!
My hope is that you will communicate with me if you ANY concerns or questions about band, instrument rental/purchases, conflicts, or financial needs. I will do everything I can to help create opportunities for your child.
Band students can participate in ALL sports throughout all of middle school, and most sports in high school. I want you to understand that band at LMS is inclusive and we work with other teachers and coaches to make sure your child can get a complete education at the middle school. We have many star athletes, archery champions, cheerleaders, scholars bowl champions, and most of the members in the Honors Society are band students.
Please feel free to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, (205) 699-4505 ext. 4012