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Tue, Wagner Ranch

Wed, Glorietta

Thu, Del Rey

Fri, Sleepy Hollow

efo logoThank you to Educational Foundation of Orinda for their continued support of OUSD's music and art programs.

Instrumental Music / Band

The Instrumental Music Program is open to fourth and fifth grade students at Orinda's four elementary schools. There are currently 200 students playing in Band or Orchestra.

The instruments that are taught include clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet/cornet, trombone and percussion. If a child has experience on another band instrument such as oboe, french horn, etc., he/she is welcome to join band. The majority of students start on one of the above instruments without having any prior experience. Violinists or cellists, however, are required to have some previous experience.

Instrumental Music is a pull-out program that takes place during the regular school day. Classes are 35-40 minutes long, once a week. Students are expected to practice 80 minutes a week. In order to play in the music program at OIS, a student must have either two years of elementary music, one year of private lessons or the consent of the instructors.

Early in the school year there is an Introduction to Band assembly at which I demonstrate the various instruments to fourth and fifth graders. A sign-up sheet goes home to all fourth and fifth graders with further information about instrument rentals, method books, etc.

Playing an instrument does take responsibility and discipline. Having enough time to practice while also completing schoolwork is a key consideration.

During the school year the Band and Orchestra perform at a Spring assembly in the Multi and often at an off-site concert as well.


Wagner Ranch Band Concert
tbd (March 2017)

District-wide Concert
at Miramonte High School Gym

tbd (March 2017)

Dress for the evening is black and white. Because of a lack of space, a limited number of students from the four elementary schools have been invited. If you have a music stand, please bring it.