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Winds & Percussion

Winds & Percussion is the beginning winds class. This class focuses on wind, brass, and percussion instruments.

Any student may take this class, where they can learn to play an instrument. No auditions are required. Winds & Percussion is the training class for Band.

The instruments are:

  • woodwinds: flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, and baritone sax
  • brass: trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, and tuba
  • percussion: snare drum, bells, bass drum, etc.

woodwind instsruments

brass instruments

percussion instruments

Many students start Winds & Percussion before deciding which instrument to play. After learning about each instrument, hearing it demonstrated in class, and trying some themselves, students pick the instrument they are most interested in.

Free instruments are provided to students. Sometimes the choices of instruments are limited by the number of school instruments available or the need to balance the sections.

Winds & Percussion performs at the Winds & Strings Concert in the Spring to show off what they've learned in a daytime assembly for 6th grade students and an evening concert for family members.

Winds & Strings Open House

The Winds & Strings Open House is held during school hours on a day in the Fall semester. Parents of students in Winds & Percussion class are invited to hear their students play.


"I love learning how to play my saxophone."
          – 8th grader Igor G.