Meetings set for fifth graders who want to be in RISD band program

Current Rockdale fifth graders who would like to participate in the Rockdale ISD band program next fall should plan to attend meetings May 10-13, according to RISD director of bands Joe Ray.

Parents are asked to bring their child to the junior high band hall between 4 and 7 p.m. according to the following schedule: May 10, last names A-D; May 11, last names E-K; May 12, last names L-R; May 13, last names S-Z.

“At this time, we will make recommendations based on an instrument audition, physical characteristics and instrumentation needs of the Rockdale band program,” Ray said. “Please, do not obtain an instrument on your own until your child has gone through their process. We will also let you know the best places to obtain your child’s instrument after the selection process is finished.”

Ray also said that if the child and parents could not attend the meeting on their prescribed day to please call the band hall at 430-6160 and arrange another day during that week.

Band is one of two electives that are available for sixth grade students at Rockdale. Recently the students were given a music survey that included testing them on the ability to distinguish between different notes and rhythms, Ray said. That information plus an audition on the band instruments will help find the best instrument for each student.

“Participation in band can provide an important means of positive, creative personal expression for your child,” Ray said. “The child will develop greater selfconfi dence and responsibility and will come to a better understanding of rewards of group effort. It can also serve as an opportunity for a unique type of social interaction.”

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