Greetings New Band Parent!

We are looking forward to having your student as part of the 6th Grade Band Program!  This year will be an exciting time in the life of your student.  New thoughts, ideas, and expressions are around every corner.  You can help your student receive the most out of their education experience with your continued support and encouragement of the arts.  Your student’s participation in band has lifelong benefits.  Numerous studies have shown that people who study and learn to play an instrument at an early age typically experience a higher quality of life.  Below, I have listed a few statistics that might interest you:

  • In a 1999 Columbia University study, students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident, and better able to express their ideas. These benefits exist across socioeconomic levels. .
    The Arts Education Partnership, 1999
  • College admissions officers continue to cite participation in music as an important factor in making admissions decisions. They claim that music participation demonstrates time management, creativity, expression, and open-mindedness. .
    Carl Hartman, Arts May Improve Students’ Grades, The Associated Press, October, 1999
  • The U.S. department of education recommends that middle/junior high school students take courses in the arts, stating “Many colleges view participation in the arts and music as a valuable experience that broadens students’ understanding and appreciation of the world around them. It is well known and widely recognized that the arts contribute significantly to children’s intellectual development”.
    Getting ready for College early: A Handbook for Parents of Students in the Middle and Junior High School Years, U.S. Department of Education, 1997

Students who are playing Baritone will be using school-owned instruments that we will provide them with for a usage and repair fee of $75 per year. This cost covers the maintenance and may be paid in divided payments if necessary. Students will need to purchase their own mouthpiece for their baritone. Mouthpieces may be purchased through Kemp ISD for $50, and is theirs to keep.

We are very excited about the upcoming school year.  Kemp has the fastest growing and one of the top band programs in 2A schools with over 300 students enrolled for the 2012-2013 school year.  Along with our most recent UIL successes, the new fine arts facility, and ongoing support of our parents, boosters, school board, and administration, the Kemp band program is now a recognized entity in our region and in our state.

I know this is a lot of information to process and you probably have some questions.  Please feel free to contact the band office at (903)498-1334 or (903)498-9234 and we will help you the best we can.

Changing lives together through the arts!

Marc Christy
Director of Bands

Carlos Saldaña
Asst. Director of Bands

Natali Delgado
Asst. Director of Bands

Denae Lee
Asst. Director of Bands

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