We are delighted and honored that you are considering the opportunities available in the award-winning Bradley Middle School Band Program. The Bradley Band program consists of multiple beginning band classes, three concert band classes, and two jazz band classes. Learn more about the Band Directors, explore the various band classes, and read comments from other band students about why you, too, should join the Bradley Middle School Band!
Participating in the band will teach you discipline, commitment and responsibility; it builds confidence; you become part of a larger community; and all while having fun, being creative, and making new, often lifelong friends. As you advance in music through consistent work, you will most likely find your other academic classes becoming easier. This is because music classes involve thinking, reading, counting, math, creativity, dedication, patience, planning, and working to achieve goals. These are all life-long skills that can be applied to other aspects of your life.
There has been a lot of attention lately on the importance of learning 21st century skills, which have been identified as being required for success in 21st century society. Joining and working diligently in the Bradley Band Program will help develop many of these identified skills, such as creative thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication, collaboration, flexibility and adaptability, initiative and self-direction, productivity and accountability, and leadership and responsibility.
The first step to joining the Bradley Middle School Band is to sign up in fifth grade for Band as a sixth-grade elective. Once the Band Directors receive a list of all of the fifth-grade students who have signed up, Beginner Interviews are scheduled typically in April. Please do not be worried about the “interviews.” You do not need prior experience to be in the band program. The interviews simply allow band directors to meet you and guide you to an appropriate instrument to help you achieve success. It is important that you and your parent(s) attend a scheduled interview so that you can be placed in the correct beginner class when school starts.
Another benefit of being in a band program in Middle School, High School, and even College is that often there will be a band camp or other opportunity for the band students to meet before school starts. This allows you to make friends and become familiar with the facilities before the start of school.
Below are recent posts concerning the Incoming Sixth Grade Student Interviews.