Serving Audubon, Ben Rush, Ben Franklin, Mark Twain and Rose Hill Elementary Schools
Directors: Mrs. Laulainen & Mr. Chapin
The Lake Washington School District provides group instrumental music instruction for all 4th and 5th graders. The goals of this program are to introduce the student to performing music on an instrument, working within a group of other musicians, and help them progress to performing groups at the Middle School and Senior High level. The Lake Washington Region instrumental music program has been very successful for several years, and we hope you and your child will choose to take part in this exciting and beneficial program.
All band classes meet from 7:35—8:20 AM. The director will announce the schedule in September.
The elementary band classes meet in the band room at Rose Hill Middle School.
Students have three options to get to Rose Hill Middle School:
1) If they are within walking distance, they may do that
2) if a Middle School bus serves their neighborhood, they may take that to school but only if there is space available on that bus
3) many band student families form carpools to get them to the Middle School.
Students should get to their school fairly close to the start of the school day and should miss none or very minimal instructional time in their class. Teachers are supportive of the band program.
Yes, we usually have two or three performances each year, one in early December, and another at the end of the year in May, and we sometimes take part in the Lake Washington Region Concert in March.
Band is a fantastic opportunity for you and your family. We know how busy students and families are and we are always proud to have accomplished athletes, dancers, actors, hobbyists, and other interesting people sign up for band. We try to schedule our rehearsals and concerts as sensitively as possible so students can still pursue their homework and outside interests. Band is yet another way to become a well-rounded person.Students involved in patrol at their elementary may make arrangements with the band teacher when conflicts arise.
Although there are many instruments in the Rose Hill bands, some are not suitable for beginners. Several of these are intended to be switched TO after one or two years on a similar instrument. Beginners may choose from the following band instruments (brass, and especially LOW brass are suggested for those who are undecided. All band directors LOVE to have more low brass players).
Trombone (Low Brass)Baritone B.C. (Low Brass) Bells (Percussion)
Students who wish to play saxophone should all start on clarinet and will eventually be auditioned and then may double on saxophone. Starting on the clarinet develops a better tonal concept and quality of sound in the individual player.Students who begin on clarinet and later double on saxophone also benefit from the ability to play more than one instrument. Once a clarinet player learns up to a certain level of notes and physical control of the instrument, saxophone is an EASY double.
Each student will need an instrument, the required accessories, a book, and a pencil. Please have a folder in which to put the book, sheet music, and any informational letters.
Flute: cleaning rod and a handkerchief or soft cloth for cleaning
Clarinet: cork grease, a drop through style cleaning cloth, and a minimum of five #2 clarinet reeds.
Trumpet: valve oil, and a soft cleaning cloth.
Trombone: slide oil and a soft cleaning cloth
Baritone B.C.: valve oil, and a soft cleaning cloth
Mallet Percussion:Bell Mallets
Most students rent band instruments from a local music store. If you already own an instrument in the family for your child to play, please have it checked out by a repair technician or one of the band directors to make sure it is playable. Please use a nametag on ALL cases. To find a quality instrument, we recommend inquiring at an established local music store.
YES! We can wait for your instrument or book to show up but there's information you need from the very first rehearsal. Please show up even if you're empty-handed.
Instrument Preference __________________________