Band and Strings

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

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!