Joining the Tucker Creek Mustang Band
Middle school opens up the opportunity to be a part of many wonderful clubs, sports, and musical activities. Here at TCMS we offer all of those things for all of our students. Those of us that are part of the #MightyMustangBand feel like the BEST decision any student will make is deciding to JOIN THE BAND!
The information on this website will help you make the best decision for your student and your family about being a part of the band program at Tucker Creek. The Mustang Band is large family, and we hope you will make the decision to let your student be a part of our family as they learn to love, make, and create music. This is a journey that starts in the sixth grade but it will impact them for a lifetime.
Ready to Sign-Up?
Please complete this google form and you will receive an email from Mrs. Dyal to set up your student's placement in the band and confirm their instrument choice!
FULL INSTRUMENTS: PERCUSSION IS CAPPED FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR
Trying to decide what instrument is best for your student?
Making Music is a Skill for Life
Great Websites and Videos about Joining Band
Stay in Music: Middle School Long term benefits of being in the band
Be Part of the Band: Learn about the instruments and why band is a great choice! (scroll down to get to the instrument videos)United States Army Field Band Intrument Demonstrations for Beginning Band
Tim Lautzenheiser Speaks on the Benefits of Music
Off to a Great Start! video by Yamaha for students
Norwood School: Tips for Picking out an Instrument
Mrs. Dyal's Youtube Playlist of Instrumental Covers of Pop Songs
A Day in the Life...
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can my student still play sports and be in the band?
A: Absolutely! The band director works closely with the athletic department to ensure we keep conflicts to a minimum and when there are concerns we work together to solve them. Students are taught to make the best decisions for their team(s) including both their sport team and their band.
Q: Is being in band expensive?
A: The average rental cost for an instrument is $34.00/month for a new instrument. If you choose to rent a certified used instrument the cost is even less! There is a cost for the uniform and book and some instruments have supplies like reeds to purchase. However, if a student needs help with obtaining an instrument or supplies we have resources available to support them!
Q: What if my student decides band is not for him/her?
A: We ask that if you commit to the program that you commit for a full year. Many times the first few months are tough but they end up falling in love towards the end when they start feeling successful. Encouraging daily practice and offering encouragement even when it sounds....unpleasant...will go a long way!
Q: Can my student join the band after sixth grade?
A: Like any sport or core class band builds its skills in a "spiraling" fashion. Subsequently, students that start late often struggle to catch up to the rest of their team. It is important that they learn the skills they need in sixth grade so they are successful in the rest of their musical career.