There is a place for EVERYONE in the Heritage MS Band. Take a moment to review a few of the items below and if you have any questions, please contact the directors here. Typically a letter goes home to parents in April about signing up for instrument placements. If you missed the letter, or it's later in the year DON'T WORRY, we can take students into band ANYTIME, even in August. Just let us know!
Instruments in the band
A video about all of the instruments
"Why should my child do band?"
What is Band About?
What if I am not sure if I want my child to do band?
Remember when your children wouldn't eat the food you made for them? You always said, “Try it before you decide you don’t like it.” Band is the same way. Your child should sign up for band even if you or they are unsure. If at some point you decide that band is not for you, drop the class. It is much easier to drop something after trying it, than to join late when everyone else has already started.
What if I don’t know anything about music?
That’s ok! We will teach your child everything they need to know, step by step. From how to assemble and care for the instrument to reading notes and rhythms, we will guide your child through the process. All that is needed from you is an enthusiastic attitude and patient ears when your child comes home and makes their first sound.
How much out of school time is required?
Band is no different than any other curricular area. In fact it's not actually "extra-curricular", although we do occasionally do things outside of school hours. We are considered by the Texas State Legislature as "co-curricular", meaning we are a class just like all the others. Even better than that, we are a class that SUPPORTS all the others! We ask that your child spend some time with their instrument each and every week. Think of it as musical homework, but much more fun.
What instrument should my child play?
The answer depends on a variety of things, but in the end, it is most important that the play something that they enjoy. I encourage you to view the video above, watch the instrument video with your child, and discuss the different options. I will also help guide your child based on his/her musical interests, physical make-up, and instrument availability. Your child knows what she wants, you know your child, and I know music. Together we will find the instrument that she will not only enjoy but will give her the best chance of musical success.
What are the costs?
The costs associated with band depend on which instrument your child chooses. We wish funds were available for us to provide every child with an instrument, however, this is simply not possible. The school may have certain instruments available for at school use. If not, you can rent a quality instrument from a local music store at a very reasonable price. If financial constraints prevents you from being able to do this, please contact me and allow me to help. We will not let instrument availability or financial constraints keep your child from participating.
How do I procure an instrument?
The school provides many of the larger and more expensive instruments. We encourage students playing smaller, less expensive instruments to either rent or purchase their own instrument. Once we decide upon an instrument for your child, the music stores will come out to the school and I will help you pick out an instrument For maximum student success, please don't purchase an instrument that is not one of the approved FISD brands. We will help you pick out an instrument when the time comes.
My child wants to take multimedia first. How will that effect their band choice later in middle school?
TAKE BAND FIRST! All middle school students in Texas are required to complete one year of fine art credit. Classes like band and choir require a sequential order of years to become proficient at an instrument. It is not impossible to learn an instrument later but starting in 6th grade gives your child the best chance for success.
What if I have other questions?
Please know that I am here to answer any and all questions that you may have. Due to the busy nature of our program and schools in general, it is sometimes difficult to contact me by phone. The best way for you to reach me is electronically here. This will allow me to respond to your query, whether you are available by phone or not.