Beginning Band

The Beginning Band is open to any student interested in music, grades 6 through 8, even if you've never touched an instrument.

Each student in Beginning Band must purchase the Essential Elements book for their instrument. These books are available at most music stores in San Marcos and Escondido.


6th grade Beginning Band students have band class (instead of PE), every other day depending on their schedule track of even or odd days.  There will be times when there are 2 even or 2 odd days in a row due to school holidays or when there are 31 days in a month. 

7th & 8th grade Beginning Band students have band class every day.  

Sign your Beginning Band Agreement!

Download it here!

Beginning Band Attire

  • Band T-shirt
  • Dark Pants
  • Black Socks
  • Black Shoes

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Instrument Information

It is not necessary for your student to know what instrument they would like to play before starting Beginning Band. During the first few weeks of school your student will have the opportunity to try different instruments in the classroom. Ms. Kossler, Mrs. McInnis and the Beginning Band Coaches will work with your student to help them to determine which instrument they would like to play.

Recommended Instruments for Beginning Band Students:

Trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, baritone or tuba.

Percussion & Bass Guitar

Due to the unique aspects of percussion instruments and the bass guitar, these instruments have certain restrictions. Please see separate sheet enclosed in your First Day Packet. Also, please note: bass guitar players are only allowed in Beginning, Concert Band, and Golden Eagle Band. The Wind Symphony (our top band) does not have electric bass guitar players.

Required Music Book

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS 2000 Book #1 (for their instrument). Students might also want to purchase a music stand for practicing at home.

Instrument Rentals:

GOOD NEWS! It is not necessary to purchase an instrument immediately. Rather, you may rent instruments from local music stores. The cost for rentals is approximately $20 to $35 per month for flutes, clarinets, trombones and trumpets and $40 to $65 for Saxophones. Percussionists will need to purchase mallets or sticks (size 2A or 5B) and a practice pad. Some stores also offer rent to own options.

It is important that you rent the highest quality instrument possible.

If you are looking to buy a new or used instrument, note the brand and feel free to ask Ms. Kossler or Mrs. McInnis.  We want to ensure that your student is set up for success!