General Information


There are many opportunities within the HCS Band Program.   Here is some information to understand how the different ensembles work and when they meet. 

Beginner Band

Starting in September, all 4th graders choose an instrument and learn to play by taking lessons once a week.  The lessons are based on the following schedule:

Mondays – Flutes and percussion

Tuesdays – Saxophones

Wednesdays – clarinets

Thursdays – Brass

These lesson groups can change from time to time, but generally this is how it will be. 

Starting in January, Beginner Band will meet as a full ensemble on Friday mornings from 8:30AM – 9:20 AM.  They will still have their normal lesson as well, so at this point they will be bringing their band instrument to school two times a week. 

 Middle School Band

All middle school students are involved in the Middle School Band Program.  Each student will have the opportunity to have two classes a week based on the following schedule:

        5th Grade Lessons – Meets on Mondays from 1:35 – 2:25

6th Grade Lessons – Meets on Tuesdays from 1:35 – 2:25

7th Grade Lessons  - Meets on Wednesdays from 1:35 – 2:25

8th Grade Lessons – Meets on Thursdays from 1:35 – 2:25


5th/6th Grade Band Rehearsal- Meets on Fridays from 1:35 – 2:25

7th/8th Grade Band Rehearsal – Meets on Fridays from 12:45 – 1:35.

Lessons, which are on Monday-Thursdays, are meant to work on technique, fix problems, and learn new concepts. 

Band rehearsals, which are on Fridays, are meant to study and rehearse music in a large ensemble setting.  This is also the time that we will prepare music for concerts, festivals, graduation, etc.  Band rehearsals are mixed grade with the 5th and 6th grade combined, and the 7th and 8th grade combined.

In addition to the HCS Band Program that meets during the school day, there are more options to further your involvement if you wish:

Jazz Band: Membership is open to all middle school students.  Jazz band will meet on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:30.  Auditions may be necessary depending on instrument.

Graduation Band: Mainly consists of 6th and 7th grade students.  Rehearsals are during the regular school day.  Rehearsals start in May and performance is obviously during graduation. 

Chamber Ensembles:  Students who wish may decide to play in small chamber groups that will meet before school.  These groups will be decided based on student interest. 

Early morning practice: All beginner and middle school students are welcome to come before school starting at 7:45AM to practice on their own or if they need help. 

Independent Reading Sectionals: Section leaders for each band will be allowed to schedule two sectional rehearsals per trimester.