Beginning Band Instrument Fittings
In Fenton Schools, we begin band in 6th grade, and fit students to instruments during April of their 5th grade year.* (Because of the unique COVID-19 situation, this year we will be fitting band students for instruments in the Fall of 2020 during the first several weeks of school. The only required action at this time is to sign up for 6th grade band class!) For decades we've been partnering with Marshall Music Company, and their team of experienced professionals facilitates this process. Students will be assessed for musical aptitude and physical readiness, and a recommendation will be made about which instrument will allow them the greatest success. We begin band students by fitting them on one of four instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, and Trombone. While student/parent preference is an important part of the decision, the student's aptitude and physicality, as well as the overall balance of instruments in the ensemble play important roles as well. Together, we will fit your student to an instrument that will be challenging, engaging and fun. Marshall Music will also set your family up with a rent-to-own agreement for the instrument, which includes free comprehensive maintenance, repair, and insurance coverage to guarantee you peace of mind while you rent. Auditions are held at the end of the first semester to advance to Oboe, Alto Saxophone, French Horn, Baritone, and Percussion. Spots for these instruments are limited, and require success on one of the four beginner instruments and an outstanding attitude. Students who successfully audition for these instruments can swap their rental instrument with Marshall Music.