When students participate in band in sixth grade at one of our four middle schools (CGMS, LMS, OMS and WMS) in District 833, typically students have at least one year of experience on their instrument from participating in the District 833 Fifth Grade Elementary Band Program at their elementary school. Are you going into sixth grade at one of our four middle schools next year and are new to our district and have never played a band instrument before? Or are you signed up for band next year in sixth grade and will have never played a band instrument before? Then YOU NEED to sign up for this summer program. Students will meet with this program’s director, Mr. Utell on an individual basis before the start date to determine what instrument they will play and then once that is determined, you then participate in one of the 2-week sessions offered. We will work on learning the fundamentals of the instrument, basic note and rhythm reading and getting students prepared for their sixth grade band experience. We will also give you strategies on how to practice for the rest of the summer so you can continue getting prepared for sixth grade and we conclude our program with an end of session concert on the last day. It is highly encouraged that if you are signed up for band in sixth grade at one of our middle schools and have never played in band before, that you register for this program.