In the 8th grade, Double peak students have the option of different electives other than music. However, if your student has at least a year experience on a musical instrument, then they may join Concert band, or Symphonic Winds. If your student does not have any experience on an instrument but would like to explore the world of music, then we offer Beginning Band as well to 8th graders.
It is my experience that 8th graders who join Beginning Band, often learn at an accelerated rate and are able to join one of the other Bands, Concert or Symphonic Winds during the second semester!
This means that these students often will join the higher bands in time to attend the Music Festivals, including our annual Festival at Knotts Berry Farm!
Finally, and most importantly, 8th graders will be heading to the High School next year and being a part of the band offers a great deal of camaraderie between the students who are graduating, as well as, with the upperclassmen at the High School who are in the Band.
Bottom line is that Band kids are the Best Kids!!