Do I have to know anything about music to join band? Nope! Everything you need to know to play an instrument will be taught in your band class. Any previous training in music you may have will be very helpful, but not necessary.
Who will be in band? Your friends and fellow classmates will join you in what will be some of the most exciting and fun times of your school experience! With almost 200 band students at CTMS, and still growing, the band is the largest single organization at CTMS. Many of our students are the school leaders and among the most successful students at CTMS!
Can I still be in athletics, choir, dance & other school groups? YES. We encourage our band students to participate in athletics & other school activities. Many of our band students are very successful athletes, aspire students, terrific dancers, as well as ACADEMIC leaders of our school!
What fun things will we do in band? The best reward is learning to play an instrument and create music! You will experience many parties, trips, concerts, contests, performances throughout the school year and friends for life!
Why join band in 6th grade? It is very important to take advantage of band class during the 6th grade year. If you wait until 7th, your child will be in a class of students a year younger and will have a difficult time catching up to their grade level. You will be amazed at the level of musicianship at the end of the 6th grade year.
Asthma? Braces? Is it possible? ABSOLUTELY! There are great instrument options for every student who wants to be in band. We have many students that have braces and/or asthma. Playing a wind instrument can actually be beneficial for those with asthma as it helps strengthen the lungs.
What instruments do I have to choose from, and how do I choose?
At Cross Timbers Middle School, Beginning Band Students are divided into instrument specific class, which include:
Woodwind Classes: Flute, Oboe/Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone Brass Classes: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium/Tuba Percussion Class: Snare Drum, Keyboard Instruments, and other various instruments
What does the band director look for in helping me select an instrument? We look for a good attitude, a desire to be in the Band and a willingness to work and to have fun! We also consider teeth and mouth formation, finger coordination and the Band's instrumentation needs.
How do I get an instrument? We will guide families through a step by step process on obtaining an instrument. Some instruments are even available through the school. We have a list of specific brand names for each child's chosen instrument. We also work with a reputable music store in order to insure that our families are taken care of after their purchase.
Are used instruments acceptable in band? Yes, per Band Director approval. An inferior quality instrument will only handicap a student's playing abilities and could cost more in repairs than the instrument is worth. Check with a CTMS Band Director before you invest in a used instrument.
What school instruments are available? The larger and more expensive instruments are GCISD owned and are available to rent for an annual fee. These include Tubas, Euphoniums & French Horns.