Sixth Grade Band is where students begin the process of learning to play their chosen instrument and all that comes with it! Working sections of like instruments for the first half of the year while learning the basics of notes, sounds, tone and rhythms before they begin full ensemble. Students have the opportunity to play two concerts (February and May), as well as a few concerts for our 5th grade orientation at the end of the year. 6th Grade Band is a wonderful opportunity to explore something new and see if music is a good fit for you!
Seventh Grade Band is a wonderful way to expand on what was learned in 6th grade band, but meets in a full ensemble everyday. Students have the opportunity for not only our Holiday concert, Winter Concert and Spring Concert, they are able to begin performing at District Band Festival, State Band Festival and have the opportunity to do District Solo and Ensemble where they can do a solo or play in a small group. They also begin the basics of marching band in the spring and the common commands associated with this. They also have the opportunity to join our after school jazz band in. These experiences are a great way to expand on their musical knowledge and begin preparing them for more years to come.
Eighth Grade Band is our most experienced ensemble at the middle school. While expanding on all of the fundamentals of music from the grades before, they also begin to prepare for high school. Not only do they have the Holiday Concert and Winter Concert, they get their own Finale Concert in the Spring to really showcase their abilities. The 8th grade students also have the chance to do a “tour” for all of our Elementary Buildings, as well as march in the Allegan Fair Parade and the Memorial Day Parade. Other opportunities include District Band Festival, State Band Festival and District Solo and Ensemble, as well as join our after school jazz band. Again, these are all wonderful opportunities that we offer here at Otsego Middle School!
2023 - 2024
September 11, 2023 (Monday) - Allegan Fair Parade (8th Grade only)- meeting time TBA parade
September 30, 2023 (Saturday) - Otsego Band Invitational (8th Grade only, times TBA)
December 7, 2023 (Thursday) - Holiday Band Concert (7th and 8th Grade with HS Bands)
begins @ 7:00 pm OHS Auditorium
December 15, 2023 (Friday) - Elementary School Tour (8th Grade only), 8am - 12pm
February 4, 2024 (Sunday) - Winter Band Concert (6th, 7th, and 8th Grade)
begins @ 3:00 pm OHS Auditorium
Feb. 27, 28, 29, Mar. 1 2024 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) - DISTRICT 10 BAND
FESTIVAL -- (7th and 8th grades) Time and place TBA - Leave all days open!!
April 20, 2024 (Saturday) - District 10 Solo and Ensemble Festival (7th and 8th Grade)
@ Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian School
April 24 or 25, 2024 (Wednesday and Thursday) - STATE BAND FESTIVAL -- (7th and 8th grades)
OHS Auditorium - Time TBA - Leave both days open!
May 16, 2024 (Thursday) - Finale Concert (8th Grade band), 7 pm @ OHS Auditorium
May 17, 2024 (Friday) - Jazz in the Park (TOP Pavilion Downtown), 7pm, Jazz Band Only, w/HS
May 21, 2024 (Tuesday) - Spring Band Concert (6th and 7th Grade), 7pm @ OHS Auditorium
May 27, 2024 (Monday) - Memorial Day Parade (8th Grade only) meet @ 8:15am