The Beginning Band is made up of students receiving their first formal training on a band instrument. This may also include those that have received some training on a band instrument in elementary school. The primary purpose of band classes is to establish two primary skills: music reading/literacy and the performance of an instrument.
Students select instruments at the beginning of the year by participating in instrument fittings, a process by which a student's natural abilities and interests are identified.
Beginning Band students are held to a high standard of musicianship. This group performs at least twice per school year. At home practice is required, and private lessons are strongly encouraged.