Oak Park School District 97 • Instrumental Music Department


Beginning Band/Orchestra Registration - Grades 4 & 5

2016-17 Recruitment Brochure

In order to register your student for beginning band or orchestra lessons, you need to complete the following three steps by Sunday, September 11th, 2016.

1. Choose An Instrument

The instruments that are taught in D97 are:

Orchestra: violin, viola, cello, string bass

Band: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and percussion

On either Tuesday, September 1 or Thursday, September 3 the D97 Band & Orchestra directors will visit every school to do an assembly where we demonstrate all of the instruments above, and answer questions about the registration process. A purple brochure should go home with your child that same evening.

You and your student should discuss their favorite instruments and narrow it down to 3 choices. You may then attend one of two open houses (below). Each student will proceed to the appropriate room for their school, where they can try out up to three different instruments. When you pick the best choice, take into account how it sounds, how it feels, and how it will get to and from school on lesson days!

Open House - Brooks Middle School

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 • 5-8 p.m.

Open House - Julian Middle School

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 • 5-8 p.m.

2. Rent An Instrument

Once you and your student have chosen an instrument, it is the parent's responsibility to get an instrument for your child. Lessons are free, but D97 does not provide instruments. If you already have an instrument from a friend or family member, we highly recommend taking it in for a tune-up to one of our local music shops. If you do not yet have an instrument, we recommend that you rent an instrument.

The following vendors will be at the recruitment nights for your convenience:

Kagan & Gaines (Orchestra) Website/Flyer

Music & Arts Center (Band) Website/Flyer

PING! - (Low cost instruments for students receiving free or reduced lunch)


We also recommend this quality local vendor:

Austin Music Center

6815 W. North Avenue • 708-383-1961

3. Enroll with D97

Please Contact Your Child's Director to enroll.  If you are unsure of the director, please call the school directly.  

If you have any questions about this process, or comments for future development, please contact Tom Kanwischer at t[email protected] or 708-689-9367.