Is your child interested in joining the Laurel Woods Elementary School Band or Orchestra?  GREAT!!!  Playing in the Band or Orchestra can be one of the most rewarding experiences a child can have in school.  And, signing up couldn't be easier!

Your child has seen my presentation in school about signing up for Band or Orchestra.  (Hopefully they mentioned that already.)  In that presentation, I went over the whole process for signing up.  The Permission Forms were handed out to all interested 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in their General Music class.  If a student (3rd, 4th, or 5th grade only) is interested in Band or Strings but did not get a Permission Form or needs another copy, please have them see me as soon as possible.  Extra copies are also available in all pod areas, outside my classroom (upstairs next to the Art Room), and on the Bulletin Board across from the Cafeteria.  When I receive a Permission Form for a student I will bring them a packet of information.  Be sure you and your child read the entire packet carefully.  There is a lot of important information in there.

No child will be allowed to participate in Band or Strings without a SIGNED Permission Form.  On the Permission Form, your child (with your help) should select two instruments he or she would be interested in playing.  Although most students can get their first choice, for several reasons, that may not be possible and in that case I need to know what his or her second choice would be.   (Students who played in the Band or Orchestra last year and are playing the same instrument again this year do not need to make a second instrument choice.)  Any child who played an instrument last year and wishes to switch instruments MUST complete a new Permission Form.

Returning (Intermediate or Advanced) students are automatically placed into lesson groups on the instrument they played last year.  If they do not wish to continue, PLEASE let me know as soon as possible so I can plan accordingly.  Also please complete a new Permission Form if your child wants to switch instruments since they may need to be placed at a Beginner level on that instrument.


Once I have received all Permission Forms, I will give your child a schedule letting them know when their first lesson is.  All Band & Strings students should bring their instrument, books and supplies to their first lesson.  If you are having difficulty acquiring an instrument by the start of lessons, please let me know as soon as possible.

If you have any questions AT ALL on how to sign up for Band or Orchestra, choosing an instrument, or anything else about the program, please call me at the school (410-880-5960) or e-mail me ( at any time.  I hope to get your son or daughter's Permission Form soon.  It's going to be a GREAT year!

Once again, if you need the informational packet with all that helpful information or the Permission Form, just tell your son or daughter to get one in their pod area, outside my classroom (on the second floor next to the Art Room), or from the Bulletin Board across from the Cafeteria.


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