Hillcrest Elementary Band Program

Dear Soon-To-Be Band Students and Parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to share in one of the musical experiences provided by the Boise Schools. Band provides the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument and to explore their artistic heritage and history through the pathways that music provides.  The arts are among the six “basic academic subjects.”  The arts are “valuable” in all areas of study because they “engage in the imagination, foster flexible ways of thinking, develop disciplined effort and build self-confidence.”


 Does instruction for band cost anything?  There is no instructional fee.  Instrumental music instruction is an integral part of the Boise Schools’ curriculum.  You will be responsible for the cost of renting an instrument from a local music store, purchasing a book and the necessary accessories for your instrument. These music stores have monthly rental policies to accommodate most income levels.

 What expectations are placed on my young musician?  Practicing is essential to the success of every musician. Practice time is the weekly homework for band. Band members will be expected to practice at home, participate in daily rehearsals with all materials (i.e. instrument, book, & pencil), and always give 100%. Band meets every day for 30 minutes.


If my child signs up for band, can he/she quit?  It is important to stay in the band program for one full year in order to allow the best opportunity for success. As parents your continuing support, interest, and encouragement are the key to your child’s musical success as in any other school activity or extracurricular activity. The great thing is that a strong foundation on a musical instrument can  likely result in college scholarships.


What instrument should I choose?

I will be showing the various instrument options over the next few days.  I will discuss with them and help them to select an instrument on which he or she is most likely to succeed. By no means does this exclude them from the opportunity to choose a different instrument, however it is my job to establish good instrumentation within our group to assure the students a complete band experience and one they are best suited to play. Please see the instrumentation guideline on the reverse side of this paper and think of it this way…how successful would a football team be if were only made up of quarterbacks?  If you already own an instrument please make sure it is in good working condition. Once the selection process has concluded, I will send a letter home containing information on how to acquire the instrument and related items.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.


Kevin Sullivan, Hillcrest Elementary Bands, Director of Bands- Borah High, Music Department head- Borah High

Office: 854-4457; [email protected]