Instrument Testing Night
Spring 2020 Dates: TBA
Click here to learn more about each instrument we offer in Band!
Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm
(Drop-in format: Wait time is anywhere between 10 - 45 min depending on length of the line.)
Place: OMS Cafeteria
What to bring: Yourself, a parent/guardian, and an open mind!
You will have the unique opportunity to try out all of the instruments offered in band and it is most fun/accurate when you try everything with an open mind - you never know what you may be great at! You do not need anything else for this event.
Why is instrument testing or "fitting" important? What if I already know what I want to play?
Instrument fitting is an important part of choosing an instrument - you are about to make a significant commitment and it is important to have the opportunity to see which instruments are the best "fit." Finding the best instrument fit is like trying on clothes - some just fit better or feel more comfortable than others! You may come thinking you are destined to play the clarinet, and then find out that you really feel more comfortable making a sound on a brass instrument instead!
Are there really a limited number of spaces for each instrument?
YES. Believe it or not, there are a limited number of spaces for each instrument in our band program. Can you imagine a band of 1 flute, 1 clarinet, 20 saxophones, and 30 percussionists? YIKES! In addition, some instruments (like tuba, euphonium, and bassoon) are school-owned only and we have a limited number of those to offer to students in each grade. That is another reason why coming to instrument testing night is so important.
What if I already have an instrument at home or started band at another school?
It is still a good idea to come and meet the director so that you can be included in the counts for your instrument section. In addition, it is recommended that you still go through the process to be tested on your instrument so that you can receive that instrument recommendation/assignment to play that instrument from the director.
When will I know my instrument assignment?
Once you have completed instrument testing, you will receive a letter from the OMS Band with your instrument assignment. You can usually expect this within 2-3 weeks.
What are my instrument choices?
There are 3 instrument families in band - woodwinds, brass, and percussion.
Woodwind instruments include the flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, alto saxophone, and tenor sax.
Brass instruments include trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium/baritone, and tuba.
Percussionists play mallet instruments (bells, xylophone) and a variety of other auxillary instruments/drums.
Click the link at the top to watch a video which demonstrates all the instruments we offer in Oakbrook Band!