Dear 6th Grade Band Parents and Guardians,

We are very excited that your child has chosen to be a part of the award-winning Grand Rapids Band program! Here is important information about obtaining an instrument and the summer kick-off camp in August.

Obtaining an Instrument:

If your child is playing: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone or Percussion; they will need to obtain an instrument and lesson book. There are two ways to do this if you need an instrument: 

  1. You can complete your lease on-line with Popplers Music, at On the right-hand side of the website, there is a link for on-line rentals. The phone number is 1-800-437-1755 if you have questions.
  2. You can attend the instrument display Wednesday, August 9, anytime between 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Music store representatives will be there to lease instruments and answer questions.

If your child is playing a school-owned instrument (Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Baritone, French Horn or Tuba); they will need to obtain a lesson book. The school will provide the instrument at the first lesson.

Lesson Books:

Music store leases include a lesson book. You do not have to purchase one separately. 

If you have your own instrument or are using a school instrument, you can purchase your book on-line or at the August 9 display.

All instruments except percussion will use "Making Music Matter" by Frank Ticheli. 

Percussionists will purchase 2 books:  A Fresh Approach to Mallet Percussion, by Mark Wessels, and Alfred's Drum Method Book 1.

School-owned instrument fee: $75 per school year. You may submit payment on the district website, or you can send payment with your child when the school year begins. All checks for this fee should be made out to ISD 318. These fees help pay for upkeep and repairs.

Band Kick Off Camp (FREE!):

We have a two-week beginner camp, starting Monday, August 14. This camp will be held at RJEMS Monday through Thursday, August 14-17, and August 21-24, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am each of those days. Students should meet in the band room the first day.

 All beginning band students are strongly encouraged to attend! We realize there may be some conflicts with vacations, athletic practices, etc. In those cases, we ask that students attend as much of the camp as possible. If your child is not able to attend, they will begin lessons at the start of the school year.

Enjoy your summer; we will see you in August!


Principal, Dan Adams

Band Directors, David Myers, Anissa Grotjohn, Sander Grotjohn