Shabonee News

Band & Orchestra Information for Current 3rd Graders

It's an exciting time for the 3rd graders who are interested in learning more about band and orchestra for next school year. The following are important dates regarding instrument selection:

On Tuesday, April 30, we will have an information night for parents about the band and orchestra instrument selection process. The meeting will last less than an hour and take place in the Shabonee gym beginning at 7:00 PM. Information about instrument selection appointment scheduling will be shared at the meeting.

The selection appointments will take place on:

  • Tuesday, May 7th between 9:30 am - 7:45 pm
  • Thursday, May 9th between 9:30 am - 7:45 pm

At the instrument selection appointment, students will try out three instruments of their choice, and learn to produce their first sounds. The appointment will finish with the student selecting the instrument they would like to play in 4th grade. In addition, parents will be assisted in arranging for their child's instrument.

Learning a band or orchestra instrument can bring lifelong enjoyment with many benefits for your child and District 27 has a strong commitment to music education. On Tuesday, April 30, we will meet with all 3rd graders during the day to talk about and demonstrate the instruments. Students will complete a questionnaire designed to have them think about the instruments they like and why.  We encourage you to discuss instrument choices with your child and contact us if you have any questions.  

Parents who are unable to attend the information night will receive information by email on Wednesday morning, 5/1. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and we look forward to welcoming your child to the band or orchestra!


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