Beginning band classes will be grouped according to the type of instrument, i.e. High Woodwind, Low brass. All students in these classes have been or will be tested to determine which instrument they will play. Instruments will be assigned primarily according to the desires of the student, physical attributes of the student and then the needs of the band program. Students and parents will be assisted in all matters pertaining to instrument procurement and materials for class. These classes are combined at various times through the year to prepare for concerts. These practices may be during or after school. Students who have transportation problems with rehearsals or concerts should discuss the problem with their parents and band directors early so that a solution can be found. There are two required concerts during the year, one during the holiday season, and a spring concert in May. Beginning band students will have the opportunity to compete infull band and solo type contests.