Students at Forestdale Elementary are able to join band starting in fifth grade. We have a diverse mix of skill levels, with some students who started learning their instrument in fourth grade. Each band student is part of a small group which meets once a week.
It takes a lot of patience, dedication and hard work to learn an instrument. It is like learning a musical language. Students are expected to practice between each rehearsal for two performances in the school year.
There is a Winter Concert between December and February and a Spring Concert in June. While preparing for performance, a group of selected advance band students are involved in the Greater Springfield Area Band and Solo and Ensemble festival.