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.
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 2022-2023 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 12)
Watch all the instrument demonstration videos on ZWMSbands.org
Please remember that having a balanced instrumentation for an ensemble is very important; for example, a band with 50 percussionists would not sound right AND we don’t have enough instruments at school to accommodate that many percussionists. Please keep an open mind about what instruments you are interested in playing. We need good musicians on all instruments to sound our best as a group!
Step 2: Complete the ZWMS Band Instrument Selection form (linked below on the website.)
Fill out the “ZWMS Band Instrument Selection Form” linked at the bottom of the website page to indicate your first, second, and third instrument choices. These forms will be used to prepare for the Instrument Selection Appointments.
Step 3: Instrument Selection Appointment (Register on sign-up genius here please complete this step by Tuesday, April 12th)
Appointments will be held on Tuesday, April 19th and Wednesday, April 20th. Please sign-up for an appointment time.
Each incoming band student and parent(s) will report to ZWMS LGI- room 199 (enter through Door 4) to have an opportunity to see different instruments and try mouthpieces to determine which instrument best fits their interests and physical characteristics.
Band directors and representatives from Paige’s Music will be available to answer questions about instrument rentals. You will learn how to obtain an instrument for your child and when you leave the meeting, your child will be officially enrolled in the band!
Step 4: Sign up for summer camp
Some points to consider
Most of our band and orchestra families rent-to-own their children’s instruments through Paige’s Music, and some families decide to look for instruments elsewhere
If you decide to acquire your band musician’s instrument through Paige’s Music, then it will come with their band book, cleaning kit, and other required items
If you plan on acquiring your band musician’s instrument from somewhere other than Paige’s Music, please do not do so without consulting with a band director—this will ensure that your band musician’s instrument will be of good quality and will be worth your investment (when instruments are priced unbelievably low on Amazon or at Wal-Mart, Meijer, Sam’s Club, or Costco—it’s for a reason! These cheap instruments are very poorly made and will break and need to be replaced, and they are a waste of your money!)
If you are unable to attend the summer camp, don’t worry! We will help you get started during the school year.
If you are not able to attend an Instrument Selection Appointment, please contact Mrs. Granlund to learn how to proceed with the selection process
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 below to start deciding what instrument our child.
Candi Granlund, Band Director, ZWMS
Liz Leatherberry, Band Director, ZWMS