The beginning band program in the North Allegheny School District is designed for 1st and 2nd year players, in grades 4 and 5. Students may try band instruments at the end of 3rd or 4th grade, to choose an instrument to study in the following school year. Instruction is offered on flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone and percussion. Parents may rent or purchase an instrument for their child.
There are two components in beginning band instruction; students meet in a small group 30-minute lesson each week, and a 45-minute large full-band rehearsal each week. Throughout lessons and band rehearsals, students are
expected to perform with a sense of tone, breath support, intonation, rhythm, harmony and articulation.
The bands perform two in-school assemblies and two evening concerts per school year.