We are SUPER EXCITED to have you join the WMS Wildcat Band Family!!!
INSTRUMENT SELECTION Each year, we host instrumental placement fairs for incoming band students to come select their instrument. This is an opportunity to meet the band directors and see all of the instrument possibilities! No music experience is necessary! All you need is an open mind! Many times, the instrument you come in wanting to play is very different from what we realize will work best. You always want to choose an instrument that will be the easiest for you to play. Most students will know what they are going to play on the day of the selection.
We also take time to visit each of our elementary campuses, including River Oaks Elementary, Northwest Elementary, Copperfield Elementary, and Parmer Lane Elementary.
If you were were unable to attend, or did not have a chance to meet with a band director, have no fear! You can still come see a band director on the first day of school to let us know of your interest to be in band!
INSTRUMENT/MATERIALS FOR THE FALL Students and their families are responsible for supplying the materials listed on their supply sheet (given at instrument selection and linked below). WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Early birds get the greatest deals and have a more varied selection. Students are expected to have all materials by the third day of school. Local music stores are listed on our LINKS PAGE. Please CONTACT US with any questions.
WHY CHOOSE BAND? The National Association of Middle School Principals states that 66% of all college freshman drop out in their first year. In contrast, 96% of band students graduate from higher education.
Music students average 66 points higher on their SAT than their peers who are not involved in music.
The #1 undergraduate major for students applying to medical school is music… second to Pre-Med.
96% of American astronauts studied the fine arts in school, including Neil Armstrong who played the euphonium!
Admission criteria into most major universities recommend participation in an extracurricular activity through senior year of high school.
Beginner Band Member Supply Lists (Click on your instrument name to see list)