Beginner band

Information for students and families

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Welcome to Sequoyah! Our music department has established a wonderful tradition of excellence, and I am excited to have you and your child be a part of it! At over 200 student-musicians strong, being a part of our music program means that your child has a “home base” at Sequoyah. A place where they are engaged at the highest levels and surrounded by many of Sequoyah’s finest scholars; a place where they will be supported and challenged physically, mentally, and musically; a place that teaches character, commitment, and cooperation; a place where excellence is encouraged, expected, and attained! 

Please scroll down to view information regarding the 2020-2021 school year.
This page will be updated regularly.



Instrument Information

Every student enrolled in beginner band will need an instrument. Follow these 4 steps to obtain an instrument for your child!

Step 1: Complete the instrument interest survey

Click here to complete the online instrument interest survey. Official instrument assignments will be announced on September 18th and 21st. Instrument assignments are final. 

Step 2: Determine how your family will obtain an instrument

Once instrument assignments have been announced, it's time to get an instrument! Families have the following three options when obtaining an instrument for their child.
Option 1: Rent an instrument from a local music store
For first year band students, this is the best option for a number of reasons. Music stores rent out instruments at a reasonable monthly cost, and will typically offer protection to families if the instrument is damaged, lost, or stolen.  Prices vary by instrument. Click on the buttons below to view prices at each of our local music stores (be sure to compare prices at each store!). Students will need their rental instruments by Monday, September 28th if possible!
Option 2: Purchase an instrument.
If purchasing an instrument for your child, please contact Mr. Leslie before you buy. There are a lot of great, affordable options for beginner musicians. Unfortunately, there are many more "not-so-great" options as well. Feel free to send me a link via email of the instrument you are wanting to purchase for your child. Otherwise, I encourage you to visit our local music stores, Ted Brown Music and Music and Arts when purchasing an instrument. 
Option 3: Check out an instrument from Sequoyah.
To ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in music, if you are able to rent an instrument, please do so. Sequoyah instruments will be distributed first to those who exhibit financial need, and no cost to families. Sequoyah instruments will be distributed on Monday, September 28th (details to come). 
Step 3: Confirm your plans with Mr. Leslie
Please click here to communicate which of the three options (above) you have selected.
Step 4: Pick up your instrument 
Students checking out an instrument from Sequoyah will need to pick up their instrument on Monday, September 28 from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm. More details to come!

Frequently Asked Questions

This section will be populated as questions arise.

Virtual band? How is this going to work?

Through large and small group instruction, and with the help of an innovative program called SmartMusic, the plan is to teach this class as would be taught any other year. Students will walk away from this semester being able to read music and play an instrument. The semester will conclude with a concert (likely virtual) where students will showcase their hard work.

How can I support my child in music?

Learning an instrument, like any skill, requires an immense amount of practice. Families can support their child's musical endeavors by creating a safe space in the home to do just that, practice. Students will be expected to practice at least 20 minutes per day. 

Families can also help by ensuring that your child has a space in the home to participate in virtual learning that is free from as many distractions as possible. Students will be expected to sit in a firm chair each day, and will be expected to have their cameras on. Given the physical nature of learning to play an instrument, I cannot provide feedback if I am unable to see your child. 

What do percussionists need for class?

Percussionists have the option of renting a snare drum kit from a local music store (this is completely optional and is not required). If students do not have a snare drum at home, they must have a drum pad and drum sticks. Recommended drum pad and sticks are listed below. If a family is unable to provide a drum pad or sticks, students may check out this equipment from Sequoyah.

Drum Sticks: Vic Firth American Classic 5a 

Drum Pad: Evans Realfeel 12 inch practice pad (or any 12 inch practice pad)

What type of saxophone does my child need for class?

Beginner band students will need an alto saxophone for beginner band.

What type of reeds do I need (clarinet and saxophone)

Clarinet and saxophone both require reeds. Through carful maintaince of the reeds, 1 box of 10 reeds should last for an entire semester. Reccomended reeds are listed below and may be purchased online, or at our local music stores (Music and Arts or Ted Brown Music).

B-Flat Clarinet: Rico Royal Size 3 | Vandoren Blue Box Size 2.5

Alto Saxophone: Rico Royal Size 2.5 | Vandoren Blue Box Size 2.5

Will there be band next semester?

Given the limitations of our four period schedule, we are unable to offer band in the Spring this school year. There will, however, be an after-school band club that will meet twice weekly from 2:30-3:30. This club will be a continuation of our Fall band class. 

Band and COVID-19

All Sequoyah instruments are sanitized before being distributed to families.


Should we transition into a hybrid or full time in-person model, we will be following the recommendations listed in the Colorado State University study: Reducing Bioaerosol Emissions and Exposures in the Performing Arts, and any guidance from our school district and local health department.


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