5th Grade Band

5th Grade Band is where the roots of our band program take shape.  Students are taught to read and count music as well as how to play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments.  Students may choose between playing flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone,  tenor saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and percussion.   Music theory, improvisation and history are introduced and students are given the opportunity to participate in chamber music and private lessons in addition to their full band activities.

Welcome to Band-2023-2024 letter

Please read through the letter below to learn more about the instrument selection process.  You have a few steps to complete to finalize your enrollment. 

Dear parents:  

We have some exciting news! We are now approved to host an instrument selection night for current 4th grade students who are registered for our 2023-2024 beginning band class.

This message will outline the ZWMS Band instrument selection process, as well as give a timeline for when each step should be completed.


Step 1: Student Evaluation (Please Complete the form at the bottom of the website by Tuesday, April 11) 

Step 2: Complete the ZWMS Band Instrument Selection form (linked on Step 2 on the website.)

Step 3: Instrument Selection Appointment (Register on sign-up genius here please complete this step by Tuesday, April 11th) 


Step 4: Sign up for summer camp

Some points to consider

Now for the fun part! With your help, you get to be the “Sorting Hat” and figure out if your son or daughter is going to be in Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin...but with instruments!

Put on your sorting hat and start completing Step 1 by watching the videos.


Kind regards-

Candi Granlund, Band Director, ZWMS

Liz Leatherberry, Band Director, ZWMS

Step 1-Watch the Instrument Demonstration Videos

Please watch the videos below  to help select an instrument to play.  Please watch all of the videos-even those for instruments you are not as familiar with!  We need a balance of all instruments in the band to sound good.  After you have watched the videos, please fill out the form linked below.




Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone-larger version of the saxophone which sounds lower than the alto





Percussion-Please note that ZWMS percussionists will be required to learn all percussion instruments, not just "drums".  Students will begin with a semester on mallets before testing to move on to learn snare.  

Step 2-Instrument Selection form

Complete the form to indicate your preferences for an instrument.  

Step 3-Selection appointments

Step 4-Register for summer camp

Step 5-Obtain an instrument

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