Beginning band students need appointments for instruments

Gregg Walker, director of bands for USD 410, is asking beginning band students and their parents to make an appointment to try out instruments next week.

The appointments will run from 2 to 5 p.m., Aug. 6-8, in Walker’s office in the high school band room.

Monday, Aug. 6, is reserved only for those students who want to play percussion. Only four to five students will be chosen to play percussion and they must have parental consent.

Those students will be decided at this audition, Walker said, so it is mandatory that interested students and their parents be there unless other arrangements have been made.

Students coming to try out percussion instruments on Monday can also try other instruments, he added.

On the other two days, any instrument-except percussion-can be tried.

“I would like to see everyone take advantage of this opportunity to be in band,” Walker said. “If finances are a problem, some school instruments are available: trombone, baritone, french horn, tuba.”

Walker said parents will be responsible to buy a band book and accessories for the instrument and for any damage that occurs while the instrument is in their child’s possession.

Walker said he wants to inspect any instrument purchased from a source other than a music store to ensure it is durable and of good quality.

Senseney Music will be at the school at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10 for those who wish to purchase an instrument from them.

“There are many advantages to purchasing from them,” Walker said, “not the least of which is the fact that they have a representative call on our school once a week and can provide the best service possible.”

Mouthpieces for instruments must be purchased from a list provided by the school, he said.

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