Band begins for all students the summer before fifth grade. Save $15 if you register before April 20. Elementary Band Directors will meet with each interested fourth grade student in March, to help them select an appropriate instrument. Please do not sign up until your child brings home the Instrument Selection Form after meeting with the band director.TWO STEPS1. Sign up for LessonsSummer lessons consist of eight (8) group lessons (most are 45 minutes in length), over two consecutive weeks (Monday-Thursday, no Friday's) Lesson locations will be clustered for summer of 2017 at the following sites: Glacier Hills (GH), Cedar Park (CP), Highland (HL) or Rosemount Elementary (RE). Please choose lesson location with the dates and times most convenient for you. There are no make-ups for missed classes, nor refunds after June 1. There may be minor adjustments to these schedules based on student response. If adjustments are necessary, you will be notified. Fee includes summer lessons, lesson book and instrument supplies.2. Obtain an instrumentUnless you already own an instrument, you will need to rent or purchase an instrument prior to the start of summer lessons. Elementary Band Directors will meet with each interested fourth grade student in March, to help them select an appropriate instrument. School owned instruments include: French Horn, Baritone or Tuba ($100 annual rental fee). All other instruments (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion) are available for rent/purchase from a local music store. Listed below are online links to three music stores. These three music stores will also be at band open house night on Monday, May 8 and Tuesday, May 9 from 4:00-6:45 p.m. at Highland Elementary and Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11 at Deerwood Elementary from 4:00-6:45 p.m. if you would like to rent your instrument at that time. If you have completed Steps 1 and 2 you do not need to attend Band Open House. Click below to acquire your instrument (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion)http://www.grothmusic.com/aerntschoolselect.aspxhttps://www.schmittmusic.com/district196http://www.eckroth.com/For district owned instruments (French Horn, Baritone, Tuba, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone) Click Here to log in to School View Fee Pay, find 16-17 Elementary District Instrument Rental $100 to sign contract and pay.BAND FOR ALL Students who have prior approval from their band director to obtain a Band for All instrument Click Here to log in to School View Fee Pay, find 16-17 Band for All Maintenance Fee-ISD 196 at Valley Middle School $20 to sign contract and pay.You should register for lessons before arranging for an instrument. The store will ask you which session you have registered for. We highly recommend each student has a folding music stand for use at home. If you are obtaining an instrument through a store, please purchase your folding music stand through the store. Other great sources for music stands: a friend or relative's retired music stand or a spring garage sale. Students renting a school instrument will be able to purchase a stand when they come to their first summer band lesson for $15.