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Band Camp

Dear 6th Grade Parents:

This information is in regard to the Bismarck Public Schools 6th grade beginner band camp program. After giving your child the opportunity to try some different band instruments and studying his or her physical features, we as a band staff make a recommendation that your child begin study on an instrument. A letter was sent out with a suggestion of what instrument your child should play.

More information regarding 6th grade band and the process of joining are included in the attached downloadable 6th Grade Band Handbook.

Band Handbook (pdf document)
File Size: 418.02 kb

6th Grade Band Starts with Summer Camp

Band classes will start in summer band camp which will be held from July 29 - August 8, 2013 at Solheim Elementary- 325 Munich Drive. This summer school is for students finishing their 5th grade year and who are going to be in band in the 6th grade. There is no charge for the camp.

It is our hope that all band students will start their band experience in the two-week summer school session. There are two ways to register. One is to fill out the registration form provided and give it to your schools' office. The other is to contact the Bismarck Public Schools Fine Arts Department at 323-4082 by June 4th . After the 1st, parents may call 323-4241 and leave a message.

Students must do one of the three things in order to begin band in the fall. The first option is to attend summer band camp. If students are not able to attend the summer camp they have two other options to prepare them for beginning band. They may take private lessons during the summer or attend the make-up camp. It is recommended that at least 6 lessons be taken during the summer months from the private teacher. There will be a make-up camp. The make-up sessions should be a last resort. Private lessons or summer camp provide many more hours of instruction compared to the make-up sessions and are preferred by the band staff.

After completing summer school, private lessons, or the makeup session, students will be prepared to take the regular band class at their school offered 5 times a week during their 6th grade year.

A supply list is listed below for the required items needed to start a band instrument. These will be needed by July 29th, the first day of summer school.

Supply List (pdf document)
File Size: 26.59 kb

List of band camp supplies needed before attending camp.

Saxophone and Percussion

Special note to parents: For many years the Bismarck Public School band program has had a problem with too many students signing up for saxophone and percussion. This has led to students quitting and unbalanced bands. If your son or daughter is unsure of which instrument to choose, please help our program by persuading them to pick an instrument other than saxophone or percussion. We especially need low brass players (trombone and baritone) and clarinets.

In the past, many students started percussion or saxophone because it was a "popular instrument". Many "drummers" think percussion is an easy instrument only to find it is one of the most difficult of all the band instruments. These students end up quitting, whereas if they had started a different instrument, they may have continued. Furthermore, we have found balanced bands improve the sound of the band which benefits all students.

Just like a football or basketball team needs a certain number of particular players, our bands need just the right amount of instruments! We hope this policy will help the individual students as well as the band program as a whole.

BPS Band Staff

2014 Registration

A registration form was sent home with your child. If you need another form, please print this and send it back to school with your child.

2014 6th Grade Band Camp Registration Sheet (pdf document)
File Size: 17.71 kb

Please complete this form and return to your teacher before April 14, 2014.

BAND CAMP 2014 is for students in the 5th grade this year going into the 6th grade next year (2014-2015)

Band Camp will be August 4-14, 2014

Location: Horizon Middle School - 500 Ash Coulee Drive

Morning Session: 9:00am - 11:30am
Afternoon Session: 12:30pm - 3:00pm

If you would like to sign up your child, please sign up here, fill out the form and SUBMIT the form. (bottom of form)

Please do this before April 14th.

2014 6th Grade Online Band Camp Registration

Private Lesson List

This is a list of teachers that offer private lessons to band students.

Private Lesson  (pdf document)
File Size: 39.21 kb

List of Teachers offering private band or orchestra lessons.


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