• Beginning Band
    Beginning Band
     
    Any entering 7th grader wishing to learn a musical instrument is welcome to join the beginning band program at Brink Junior High.  No prior musical experience is necessary.  Band is a regular class that meets daily and joining band is as simple as indicating your preference on the enrollment form for Brink.
     


    Join Remind 

     
    Interested 6th graders and their parents can receive the latest band information through safe texts on Remind.  Join Brink Band 6th grade by going here: remind.com/join/brnkbnd19 or download the invite: Remind invite
     
     

    Enroll in a Band Class 

     
    It's easy!  On your enrollment form for Brink, select one of the following classes based on the instrument you have chosen to play.  That's all there is to it. 
     
    Beginning Woodwinds
    Flute, Oboe, Bassson, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone 
     
    Beginning Brass 
    Trumpet or Cornet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba
     
    Beginning Percussion 
    Percussion Kit (Bells/Drum Pad) 
     
    See this page for a description of each instrument: Band Instruments.  Recommended brands and models for each of the instruments are listed.
     
    Percussion is the only instrument with an audition.  If you are interested in percussion, you can test at the Band Instrument Fair or contact Steve Smith to schedule a tryout.  Visit Mr. Smith's website for more information. 
     

    Acquire an Instrument

     
    The following instruments must be acquired by the student for band: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet or Cornet, Trombone, and Percussion Kit.
     
    These local music stores offer a rental-purchase plan and a selection of quality new and used instruments.  They are full-service stores which also provide music books, accessories, and quality instrument repair.  
     
    Gilliam Music Company
    2280 West Main, Norman, 321-0080
     
    Larsen Music Company
    4001 NW 63rd St, OKC, 843-1573
     
    Norman Music Center
    317 W. Gray, Norman, 321-8300
     
    Palen Music
    7701 N. Broadway Ext. OKC, 896-8111
     
    The Horn Trader, located at 114 S. Western Ave in downtown OKC, specializes in quality used instruments.  They do not offer a rental-purchase plan but they do have good prices.  Their phone number is 235-3999.
     
    If you acquire an older instrument from a friend, family member, newspaper ad, or pawn shop, be sure to have the instrument checked at a music store and have them make any needed repairs.
     
    The following school-owned instruments can be used by the student with permission from the director: Bassoon, French Horn, Baritone, and Tuba.
     
    See Instrument Buying Guide for more information about acquiring a band instrument:
     

    Summer Band

     

    Summer Band is a great way to start!  Our Summer Band program will be June 3-7 at Westmoore High School.  See the Summer Band page for more information.

     


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    Will Being in Band Affect My Child's Grades?

     

    Yes -- research shows that participation in band will affect your child’s grades for the better. 

    Recent statistics from the College Entrance Examination Board reveal that students with more than four years of music study scored 56 points higher than their peers on the verbal portion of the SAT and 38 points higher on the math portion
     
    Also, 70% of the nation’s major universities report that participation in a musical organization is a higher consideration than standardized test scores for admission decisions.
     
    Find out more here: Music Facts & Quotes
     

    Any Questions?

     
    Please see the Brink Band Handbook for policy and procedures as well as Frequently Asked Questions concerning the band program. 
     
    If your child is going to Brink you may contact Mr. Ortega at 735-4540 or at: martyortega@mooreschools.com