Welcome to Beginning Band
If you have always wanted to play an instrument, you should join the band! In this class, you will learn one of the following instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, or percussion. We will spend the first two weeks of the school year trying out instruments, so we can discover what the students will enjoy and where they can be the most successful.
If you would like to sign up for this class, please see Mr. Reardon in the band room or talk to the guidance office to help.
Instruments and Supplies
For the class, the students will need an instrument. Instruments may either be purchased/rented from a music store or rented from the school. A band book called Essential Elements 2000 is also required, as are any additional materials needed for your specific instrument.
If you are looking to purchase an instrument from someplace other than a music store, please be careful. There are a lot of poorly made instruments out there. Avoid instruments from department stores. If you are looking on eBay or Amazon, please allow me to advise you on the quality of the instrument prior to purchase. Playing on an instrument that does not work correctly can make band very frustrating. Often the money you save on buying a cheaper instrument is offset by the cost of repairs or replacing the instrument. A couple suggestions when buying online: Avoid strange colored instruments or deals that include bundles (gloves, extra reeds, stands) - these instruments generally will not survive the year.
These are two music stores in Ocala that I would recommend:
923 N. Magnolia Ave.
Ocala, FL 34475
304 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Ocala, FL 34470
Beginning Band Calendar
August 25: Instrument Night for parents and students. 6:30pm in the band room
September 26: Fall Concert, 6:30 @ BMS Cafeteria
December 5: Winter Concert, 6:00 @ BMS Cafeteria
May 8: Spring Concert, 7:15 @ BMS Cafeteria