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 on either Tuesday or Thursday mornings.
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.
Mr. Baiden has been at Forestdale ES since 2007 and is also the Director of bands at Key Middle School.