Percussion Policy Overview
7th Grade Percussion
Students are selected through audition and director approval to be percussionists and must be enrolled in 7th grade.
The following prerequisites will be beneficial for percussion auditions:
· Previous experience on a treble clef instrument (not recorder) and an understanding of basic musical notation (notes and rhythms).
· Ability to maintain high academic and behavioral achievement (can the student be trusted to stand during class without causing disruption).
Teacher recommendation may be obtained from the appropriate elementary music teacher by the band staff. Auditions will take place during the first few days of school in August. Those students wishing to enroll in the summer band program as percussionists may do so, but are NOT guaranteed placement in the percussion section. When purchasing a bell kit for summer band, please check with the music store regarding their return or exchange policy. Generally they are happy to apply the paid credit towards another instrument.
8th Grade Percussion
Students must successfully complete at least one year of percussion study within the Highland West Band Program. Transfer students must provide contact information for the previous band director and complete an audition before placement in the advanced bands and the percussion section. In-district transfers may have this audition waived based upon recommendation from the previous director. Students are not allowed to change to percussion from a wind instrument.