The purpose of this website to inform parents, students, and the general community about the band program here at Wamego USD 320. This site includes information about upcoming performances, course requirements and expectations, and highlights the many opportunities that exist for students involved in instrumental music here in Wamego, Kansas.
NEW! This website has recently been revised to include many more resources for parents of students in instrumental music as well as for the students themselves. Please explore this site! Our goal is to provide the most complete music education possible for band students here in Wamego—the resources on this site supplement and reinforce what we do in the rehearsal hall.
Sign up for ordering pillows made from our old marching band uniforms is now up and running! Click here for more information!
Photo courtesy of The Wamego Times,
Beth Day photographer
More photos available online at wamegotimes.com
The fastest way to find out what you are wanting to know about expectations, performance dates, concert attire, instrument rental, or other information about the band program here in Wamego is to check out the band handbook for the grade your child is in. Click the links below to open the listed handbook:
West 5th Grade Band Handbook
Middle School Bands Handbook
5th GRADE BAND BEGINNING OF THE YEAR INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Click here for information about starting your child in 5th Grade Band this year.
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The Wamego Music Boosters provide financial support to all aspects of the USD 320 Music programs (elementary to high school) in the forms of material support for equipment, food purchases on trips, and scholarships toward music camps and senior scholarships.
The Music Boosters provide physical support through fundraising events, chaperoning music trips, and help at concert events.Without the physical support that Boosters provide, many events we do (from the Feast of Carols chili supper to the Middle School Band Festival) would be impossible.
The Music Boosters are our voice in the community when it relates to music matters in the schools. Spreading the word of the benefits of music education is a major function of a Booster organization--specifically voicing your support for the music program and offerings here in Wamego is crucial.
If you are wondering how to get your child started in band, you’re on the right page. We start band in the 5th Grade here in Wamego. We also offer beginning band group or individual summer lessons the summer before 5th grade. Check out the information and the related links if you want to know more about starting your child in beginning band.
How Do I Know What Instrument My Child Should Play?
In late April, we try out every 4th grader individually on every instrument that is used in 5th grade band. We then make a recommendation to you, the parent, as to what your child should play based on their aptitude. To ensure that your child has a better chance at success from the start, we want them to start on an instrument that they can get a good sound on right away. Click on the link below for more information.
What Will I Need When School Starts?
If you are getting your instrument at the start of the school year or have just moved to town and want to know what your child needs to start the year off right in 5th grade band, click the link below.
How Do I Get an Instrument...?
In mid-May, we host an instrument display night at West Elementary. At this meeting, we explain the beginning band program here in Wamego, go over the details of the summer lesson program, and you will also hear from a representative of Glenn’s Music in Manhattan about their instrument rental program and you have the option to rent an instrument that night. For more information about getting an instrument, click the link below.
My Child Has an Instrument...Now What?
Congratulations! You have just taken the first step into the band program here in Wamego. If you are purchasing your instrument in mid-May and are planning to have your child participate in summer lessons, check out the next section. Click the link below to find out what you can do to help your child be successful in a school instrumental music program.
Wamego USD 320 offers summer beginning band lessons as well as group lessons for those students going from 5th grade to 6th grade as well as private lessons in the afternoons for students wanting more of a challenge. The cost of these lessons is minimal. To take advantage of this opportunity and find out how to sign up for summer lessons, click the link below.
Click the links below to open a pdf copy of the listed concert program:
Middle School Fall Concert— October 18, 2016
High school trumpets at Spring Spectacular—February 24th, 2014. (Photo courtesy of The Smoke Signal)
For any questions about upcoming stuff, please call
(785) 456-2214 ext. 5035 or fill out the following form