Incoming Band Students (5th grade)

Briscoe Band Instrument Tryouts on Zoom

Hello! The band department is excited to meet with any 5th grader who has an interest in playing a band instrument. We are so excited to meet all incoming elementary students! So, here is the process to try-out for band instruments: 

  • Elective Choice – Sign up for Band as your first Elective choice!  🙂
  • Appointments – We are asking you sign up for a 15-20 minute appointment via SignUpGenius.  Please note that we have limited time slots.  Zoom link is on SignUpGenius and a reminder email will be sent 1 day prior to your appointment. Here are the tryout days:

Thursday, Jan 21st – 4pm – 6:30pm

Wednesday, Jan 27th – 2pm – 3:15pm

  • Tryout Kits – We are asking that students/parents pick up a “Band Tryout Kit” from the Briscoe Front office from 8am – 4:15pm. The tryout kit has 3D printed mouthpieces that students will use during the tryout.   You get to keep them! 🙂 See them featured on NISD TV.
  • The Day of Tryout –  Our Tryout Night is Monday, Jan 11th.  We ask students to pick at least 3 instruments that they are interested in and to keep an open mind.  There are several instruments from which to choose (please see flyer).

Note: Percussion has limited positions.  Students will need to select a 2nd choice the day of the tryout.  Students who are selected for the percussion section will be notified by email.

Band is the largest student organization at Briscoe & we look forward to all the exciting new firsts (first band concert and all the fun social events we’ll do like Casablanca Lock-In, spring fling, movie parties etc) We know next year will be an excellent & exciting! Hope to see you on Zoom!!

Drive-In Concert !

We are excited for our 1st ever Drive-In Concert Performance

Digital Program

Live Link ! Please join us live at 5:30pm CST for our performance.

F.A.Q’s for Beginning Band members

Will we need an Instrument this year? – Yes! Regardless of parents choosing Virtual or In Person Learning, all students will get instruction on their particular instrument this year.  Regardless of the platform, we look forward to teaching your child their instrument and music! 🙂 

My child has not selected an instrument or had a tryout for an instrument? – We will test out instruments for students who have not tried out instruments during class the first 2 weeks of school.

What does my child need the 1st week of school in Beginning Band? –  Students do not need instruments the first week of school.  Students will only need their 1 1/2 inch band binder and a pencil.  We will cover music theory and finalize all student placements.   We will also be covering band rules & assigning band lockers.

What does my child need the 2nd week of school in Band? –  Students will need their instruments the second week of school.  We will give advance notice to students on the exact date.

Is there a Beginning Band Summer Camp? – There is no before school band event scheduled for beginners.  We will start together the first day of school!

Does my child need a lock for their band locker? –  Students do not need to purchase a lock.  A lock will be provided by the band.

Are there any band fees? –  Yes, band fees have been lowered to $60.  This covers a polo shirt, spirit shirt, masterclass and other educational expenses.   They are due the 2nd week of school.  Fees can be paid in full or in installments.  We are working on Paypal integration.

I already have a shirt from my sister/brother etc  –  We keep the same style of shirts every year to keep costs down.  If you own a Band spirit shirt ($10) or a Band polo shirt ($20), you can subtract that amount from the band fee.

Is this used instrument a good deal?   –  If you are purchasing a used instrument from a private seller, it is always a good idea to have it looked at by a professional before purchase.  We recommend High School Music in Alamo Ranch.

How do you communicate with parents?   –  We send out handouts with students, email parents a PDF copy and put a copy on this website.  We currently are configuring our database (called Charms).

Where are the area music stores?  –  Area stores can be found here.

Is there a calendar of events?   –  Yes there is but dates have not been finalized.  You will be able to find them on the Calendar (to the right) on the first day of school.

Can I chaperone for events?   –  We’d love for you to chaperone!  In fact, some events can not be done without parental volunteers.  The link can be found hereNote: If you work for Northside ISD, you already have your background check completed.  

End of Summer Newsletter for Intermediate & Advanced band students!!  

Greetings Bengal Band parents and students! We hope you have been able to have some fun this summer and are looking forward to new adventures this fall! We are beginning our new adventures with our virtual band camp, Aug. 10-13. This is for free for all Intermediate & Advanced Band students and participation is encouraged but it is not mandatory.  Please see the schedule below for details! 

 Monday, Aug 10th and Wednesday, Aug 12th:  

10:00am-11:00am 7th grade woodwinds   

11:00am-Noon 7th grade brass / percussion 

Tuesday, Aug 11th and Thursday, Aug 13th:  

10:00am-11:00am 8th grade woodwinds    

11:00am-Noon 8th grade brass / percussion 

Need a school-owned instrument?  please contact Ms. Hirota  and we can set up a time for curbside pick up this Friday morning.  

Need technology? If you need an electronic device, please contact me (Ms. Hirota) by Wednesday, Aug 5th 

Zoom Meeting Info All Zoom Meeting links will be posted on our website here by this weekend.   

Camp Flyer

We look forward to seeing you next week and are so excited to navigate these uncharted waters with you, this year!