Band and Strings

Students have the opportunity to choose and learn to play an instrument in grades 4-6 at Westgate. 

About the Westgate Band

This year, band will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

5th grade will be from 11:30am - 12:00pm and 6th grade will be from 3:00 - 3:30pm.  

You will not be pulled out of your homeroom classes for band. You will get one 30 minute band class each week.

If you have any questions, please contact me!

Mr. Erickson                       

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Mr. Erickson

For 5th and 6th graders: The music teachers have created a presentation for you to watch to learn about band and strings this year.  This will help you make your choices for this school year.  Students can choose band or strings – you cannot choose both. ALL 5th and 6th grade students MUST fill out the google form in order for us to help prepare our master schedule, even if you don’t want to join any musical groups.  The due date to submit the google form is Friday, September 18th!

Use your Google fcpsschools.net accounts to view these: Google slides presentation Make Your Band/Strings Selection Form 

Students in 5th and 6th grade can sign up for a band instrument and join the Westgate Band!  Instruments that are typically chosen are flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba or percussion, although there are a few others. Students in band perform twice a year – once in the winter and once in the spring.  Concerts are what band students usually look forward to the most.  In addition to our concerts, students have a couple other opportunities outside of school.  First, 6th grade students can join the area band.  This is a group of 6th grade students from all of the surrounding elementary schools that feed the middle schools they go to.  They practice for many weeks, get a t-shirt and perform in a concert along with middle and high school bands.  Another opportunity is the Solo and Ensemble Festival.  5th and 6th grade can sign up for this.  It’s our “miniature American Idol.”  Students can go and perform for a professional music judge and get scored.  If they earn a top score, they earn a medal!  Students who go always enjoy it and usually sign up again the next year.  Band is fun in elementary school, but it’s just a stepping stone to what students can do in the future!