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6th Grade Band

Hello 6th grade parents and students! Below you can find information and documents relating to band at Cuthbertson Middle School for next year.

Beginning Band Information

  • Everything you need to know in order to read music and play an instrument will be taught in the band class. If you have any previous training in music it will be VERY helpful but it is NOT mandatory. The only prerequisites for joining band are a great attitude, a desire to be in the band, a willingness to work hard, and a readiness to have FUN!

  • The middle school related arts schedule is divided into two sections. For the 6th grade year, students who choose not to take band will participate in a 6 week wheel rotation. Band class is not on this rotation and meets every day. Band students will still have the opportunity to take PE, health, and computers and still be in band! Foreign language clubs are available for interested students after school. Only students who choose band on the registration card will be scheduled for the band class. We have 2 different 6th grade band classes which are divided up by instruments the students choose

  • Each band student receives a numerical grade based on performance, technical progress, written work (including practice records) and daily participation. Students should practice at least 30 minutes daily to ensure progress on the instrument. Band students should review music covered that day in class as well as additional music literature (including “fun” music).

  • Definitely! Many band members play on school and club athletic teams. Students are also active in clubs and many other school organizations. Sixth grade band members have only two required concerts and no after school commitments. Additionally, many students across the nation who study music find that their grades and test scores are often much higher than that of their classmates.

  • The sixth grade band will participate in the Winter and Spring Concerts with the other CMS Bands. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the state Solo and Ensemble Festival in April. As a seventh and eighth grade band member, your band will have the opportunity to perform both in North Carolina and out of the state. Advanced students will have the opportunity to audition for All County, All District, and All State Bands. We also offer Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Percussion Ensembles.

  • The following instruments are available for sixth grade band members. Woodwinds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Alto Saxophone. Brass: French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, and Tuba.

  • You will have the chance to try the different instruments to decide which instrument is best suited for you. Keep in mind what instruments you like and which one you try out the best on. This will make you very successful!

  • A rental night will be held where you and your parents can make arrangements to rent or purchase an instrument and obtain your materials. This will be the best opportunity to rent an instrument because we will have several instruments here to look at and many qualified people to help you make the best selection. Also, students who have not been previously been evaluated for an instrument can be tested at this time.

  • The main cost to be in band is your instrument. Absolutely NO student will be turned away from the band due to an inability to pay for an instrument.

Band Information

How do I join band? – Registration Process

    1. Students must be evaluated to see which instrument will be the best for them. They will come home with a blue sheet recommending the instrument that will be the best fit for them. This will take place during the school day. Any student who is absent can be evaluated on BAND REGISTRATION DAY.
    2. 6TH GRADE BAND REGISTRATION DAY- Saturday May 11th.  Stop by at any session either 10AM, 11AM, or Noon and reserve a premium instrument!
    3. Please visit for more information regarding band classes – including frequently asked questions and important information. In addition, interested band families can pre-register for 6th grade band classes and indicate their instrument choice – this will help us in providing a faster enrollment process during BAND REGISTRATION DAY.
    4. On the PURPLE Related Arts card in the 6th grade packet – select Band!
      • Woodwind instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone.
      • Brassinstruments include: Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Baritone and Tuba.

Cuthbertson Middle School Band

This year’s beginning band class is now being organized. The Cuthbertson Middle School Band Program is looking for talented, excited, and hard-working individuals to join our 6th grade Beginning Band. Students are not required to have any prior musical knowledge or training to join band; they will learn to read music and play one of the band instruments.

It is hoped that you will allow your child to participate in this unique educational opportunity! Band is a regularly scheduled class in the school day and is free of charge. It does not conflict with extra-curricular activities such as sports. The 6th grade year is when students are allowed to be in band and experience is not required. Last year at Cuthbertson, over 1/3 of all 6th grade students took band!

Students, you will be evaluated on and have a chance to try out several different instruments. This procedure is very important to determine which instrument is best suited for the student. Students, make sure to keep in mind what instruments you like and which one you try out the best on…this will make you very successful! An instrument recommendation sheet will be sent home. Please do not purchase or rent an instrument until you see this recommendation! BAND REGISTRATION DAY will be held at Cuthbertson Middle School on Saturday May 11th where you and your parents can drop in at any of the session beginning at 10am, 11am, or 12pm and make arrangements to rent or purchase the instrument you were recommended for. We include the following instruments in our 6th grade band program:

Woodwind instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone.

Brass instruments include: Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, and Baritone.

Note: Percussion instruments are not taught until later in the school year so that attention can be focused on learning the discipline of music. During the first three months, aspiring percussionists should begin their musical experience on a wind instrument so that music reading skills and discipline can be taught effectively. Later in the year students wishing to play percussion will be evaluated for suitability, and a small number of qualified students will be selected to join the percussion section.

We hope that you will consider taking band next year. We have a great time making music and offer many opportunities for students to be successful!

Musically yours,

Katie Ebert / Todd Ebert / Dylan Sims

Band Directors