• Have your parent/guardian call 210-662-2221 to set up an appointment with Metzger MS Band Director.  You may reach Mr. Robertson at jrobertson@judsonisd.org

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    Monday, April 18 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Tuesday, April 19 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Wednesday, April 20 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Thursday, April 21 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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    WHAT EVERY PARENTS NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT STARTING BAND AT METZGER MIDDLE SCHOOL 
     
    • No prior musical training is necessary.
    • Participation in the band program, in many cases, has proven to be a tremendous incentive for maintaining a good academic record.
    • Self-discipline develops with the mastery of a musical instrument.
    • Band is taught every day as part of the regular school day and is considered an academic elective.
    • Sixth grade beginners are taught every day to achieve maximum playing potential as quickly as possible.
    • Private lessons are available, encouraged and highly recommended.
    • Initially we suggest that you rent an instrument for as little as $30 per month rather than purchase one. A limited number of school-owned instruments are available for only $25 per semester ($50 per school year). These instrument include french horn, baritone, tuba, oboe, and bassoon.
     

    WHAT DOES THE BAND DIRECTOR LOOK FOR IN HELPING ME SELECT AN INSTRUMENT?

    We look for a good attitude, a desire to be in the band, and a willingness to work and have FUN!  The directors will personally meet with each student and look at your mouth, teeth, and finger coordination to find the perfect instrument for you.

    WHO WILL BE IN BAND WITH ME?

    · Your friends and fellow classmates will join you in what will be some of the most exciting times of your school life.

    · The Metzger Band is the largest spirit organization with more than 200 band members. Many of our band students are among the leaders in academic achievement, school spirit, and club activities. 

    · We have athletes, choir members, FCCLA students, cheerleaders, TAG students, and PRE-AP students.


    BENEFITS OF JOINING BAND

    Music is a Science.  It is exact, specific, and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor's score is a chart, a graph with indicated frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.

    Music is Mathematical. It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.

    Music is a Foreign Language. Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly no English, but a highly developed kind of short hand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.

    Music is History. Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation - often even the country and/or political feeling.

    Music is Physical Education. It requires fantastic coordination and control of muscles which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.

    Music is Immortal. It has been around since man first discovered he could organize the noise around him and create something which would transcend and uplift the human experience. Music shall live as long as there are ears and minds to listen and appreciate this art.

    Music is Art. It allows a human being to take all these dry, technical, techniques and use them to create emotion. 

     

    Instrument Choices

    Flute

    Flute is the smallest of the beginner instruments. It is a very popular selection each year, but only a small portion of those wishing to play Flute will be selected

    Physical Characteristics: Flute players should have a slight “frown” to the upper lip with NO teardrop shape in the middle. Flute tones are produced by being able to focus and extremely small airstream to an exact location on the tone hole. The teardrop shaped lip will make it difficult to direct the air so precisely. Flute players should also have agile fingers for moving this multi-keyed instrument through a fast musical passage. Students with extreme overbites should avoid choosing Flute as this makes it difficult to produce quality sounds.

    Other Considerations: Students with double-jointed fingers should avoid selecting Flute as double-jointedness can cause a lack of agility in the fingers.

    10% of students will be selected for FLUTE (about 10-12 students).

    FLUTE PERSONALITY: Conscientious

     

    Oboe (Lessons are STRONGLY recommended!)

    The Oboe is similar in appearance to the clarinet, but is played using a “double reed” instead of a single reed and a mouthpiece. Selection of Oboe players is EXTREMELY limited. VERY few students will actually be selected for Oboe.

    Physical Characteristics: Students with profound overbites or underbites would have EXTREME difficulties producing good quality sounds on the Oboe since the embouchure (the position of the mouth used for playing) requires equal pressure on both sides of the reed at the same placement.

    Other Considerations: Because the Oboe is such a difficult instrument to master, only students with high academic performance records will be considered. Students who choose (and are selected) to play the Oboe are asked to take weekly private lessons with the private lesson teacher. Private lessons cost $18 per week and scholarships are available based on financial need and demonstration of diligent work ethic. Students are required to maintain a supply of 3-4 high quality reeds at ALL times. Reeds typically can cost $14-16 each. Students with a history of disciplinary trouble will NOT be considered for Oboe. Students who excel in their academic classes and like to move at their own pace will enjoy this class because of the small size and individual attention they will receive.

    The financial trade-off for having to take lessons and keep a stock of working reeds is that Metzger provides Oboes for students at a cost of a $50 usage fee for the entire school year, which covers the cost of general repairs and routine maintenance.

    4% of students will be selected for OBOE (about 2-3 students).

    OBOE PERSONALITY: Studious

     

    Clarinet

    Unlike the oboe, the Clarinet uses a “single reed” and a mouthpiece to produce the sound. Willingness to purchase or rent a director-recommended Clarinet is a MUST! Unfortunately there are some clarinets on the market whose poor design and craftsmanship will make it next to impossible for your student to succeed. We can help you avoid that pitfall. Some clarinet students may be chosen to play Bass Clarinet during the school year.

    Physical Characteristics: One necessity of Clarinet tone production is the ability to make the chin flat. Orthodontia is okay, but if a student has an extremely rounded bottom row of teeth, the mouthpiece will be hard to place in the proper position for tone production.

    Other Considerations: Instruction in Clarinet can be meticulous. Students who are able to focus on and perform a detailed series of instructions could do well on Clarinet. Clarinet players are also responsible for maintaining a working stock of 4-6 quality reeds. A box of 10 reeds costs $24.00 and can last (with proper care) up to 4 months.

    20% of students will be selected for CLARINET (about 20-24 students).

    CLARINET PERSONALITY: Focused

     

    Bassoon (Lessons are STRONGLY recommended!)

    The Bassoon is to the oboe what the bass clarinet is to the clarinet. It is the larger, lower sounding version of the double reeds instruments. However, Bassoon students will not play oboe before switching, instead they will begin on the Bassoon itself. VERY few students will be selected to play Bassoon.

    Physical Characteristics: A slight overbite is okay for students wishing to play Bassoon, however, a student with an underbite should avoid Bassoon. Agile thumbs is a necessity for playing Bassoon proficiently as well as a medium or greater hand span.

    Other Considerations: Like the oboe, the Bassoon is such a difficult instrument to master, only students with high academic performance records will be considered. Students who choose (and are selected) to play Bassoon are asked to take weekly private lessons with the private lesson teacher at Metzger.  Private lessons cost $18 per week and scholarships are available based on financial need and demonstration of diligent work ethic. Students are required to maintain a supply of 3-4 high quality reeds at ALL times. Reeds typically can cost $11-17 each. Students with a history of disciplinary trouble will NOT be considered for Bassoon. Students who excel in their academic classes and like to move at their own pace will enjoy this class because of the small size and individual attention they will receive.

    Again, the financial trade-off for having to take lessons and keep a stock of working reeds is that Metzger provides Bassoons for students at a cost of a $50 usage fee for the entire school year, which covers the cost of general repairs and routine maintenance.

    4% of students will be selected for BASSOON (about 1-2 students).

    BASSOON PERSONALITY: Unique

     

    Saxophone

    The Alto Saxophone gives them impression of being both a brass AND woodwind instrument, however it is indeed considered a woodwind instrument. The Alto Saxophone (which uses a single reed like the clarinet) is a very popular instrument like flute and only a few students will be chosen to play it.

    Physical Characteristics: Since the balance of the Saxophone is maintained by the use of a neck strap, it is extremely important that students be able to sit up completely straight when asked to.

    Other Considerations: Saxophone players are responsible for maintaining a working stock of 4-6 reeds. A box of 10 reeds costs about $23 and can last (with proper care) up to 4 months. Alto Saxophone students will have the opportunity during the year to audition for Tenor Sax or Baritone Sax (based on their proven musical and behavioral abilities while in alto saxophone class).

    8% of students will selected for SAXOPHONE (about 8-10 students).

    SAXOPHONE PERSONALITY: Mellow

     

    Trumpet

    The Trumpet is the smallest member of the brass family. The sound on Trumpet is produced by buzzing into a small mouthpiece. The Trumpet generally plays the melody and is considered one of the most vital components of the band.

    Physical Characteristics: While orthodontia is somewhat troublesome to a Trumpet player, it is not impossible to make good sounds with braces. A slight overbite is okay , but an underbite can severely hinder progress on the trumpet. Trumpet players come in all shapes and sizes.

    Other Considerations: Trumpet parts usually have the melody (recognizable) part, therefore students who choose (and are selected) for the Trumpet should exhibit a confident demeanor, strong personality, and demonstrate a high level of self-motivation.

    14% of students will be selected for TRUMPET (about 14-16 students).

    TRUMPET PERSONALITY: Confident

     

    French Horn (Lessons STRONGLY recommended!)

    The French Horn is also a member of the brass family. Its sound is produced by buzzing into a small mouthpiece similar to a trumpet. Students with good musical ears should consider French Horn.

    Physical Considerations: While orthodontia is somewhat troublesome to a French Horn player, it is not impossible to make good sounds with braces. A slight overbite is okay, but an underbite can severely hinder progress on French Horn. Because the bell of the French Horn rests on the knee of the player while playing, it is imperative that a student’s upper torso be long enough to accommodate the size of the French Horn to make good sounds. Players should be able to demonstrate sitting straight up when asked to do so. The French Horn’s keys are manipulated with the LEFT hand.

    Other Considerations: Because of the difficult nature of French Horn notes, students should exhibit GREAT ability to match sung or played pitches by humming or singing. This is a good instrument choice for students who have participated in piano lessons or honor choir groups. Students with a history of academic or behavioral problems will NOT be selected for French Horn. provides French Horns for students at a cost of a $50 usage fee for an entire school year. Students who choose (and are selected) to play French Horn are asked to take weekly private lessons with the applied lesson teacher at Metzger. Private lessons cost $18 per week and scholarships are available based on financial need and demonstration of diligent work ethic.

    8% of students will be selected for FRENCH HORN (about 8-10 students).

    FRENCH HORN PERSONALITY: Academic

     

    Trombone

    Like the french horn, Trombone players should have good “musical ears”. The Trombone is played like the other brass instruments (buzzing into a cup-shaped mouthpiece), but uses a slide instead of valves. The slide is not marked or notched and players rely on their memory and hearing to tell if they are in the EXACT proper location. Students with good musical ears should consider Trombone.

    Physical Characteristics: While some might think that Trombone players must have long arms, the truth is there are numerous accommodations that make it possible for students of all shapes and sizes to play. A slight overbite is acceptable, while an extreme underbite would hinder success. Trombone players should have slightly fuller lips.

    Other Considerations: Great Trombone playing takes good concentration and study. Many quiet academicians have excelled at Trombone.

    10% of students will be selected for TROMBONE (about 10-12 students).

    TROMBONE PERSONALITY: Analytical

     

    Euphonium

    The Euphonium (you-PHONE-knee-yum) is sometimes known as the baritone. It is a member of the brass family and looks like a small version of the tuba. Its sounds is similar to that of a trombone, but it uses valves like a trumpet instead of a slide like a trombone.

    Physical Characteristics: Euphonium players should have moderately full lips. A slight overbite is okay, but an underbite would hinder a good sound. The Euphonium requires a medium-sized hand span to reach the valves and students should have an above average lung capacity.

    Other Considerations: Students with an above-average amount of orthodontia will find the mouthpiece of the Euphonium a bit more comfortable than trumpet or french horn. Metzger provides Euphoniums for students at a cost of a $50 usage fee for an entire school year, however students are required to purchase their own mouthpiece.

    6% of students will be selected for EUPHONIUM (about 6-7 students).

    EUPHONIUM PERSONALITY: Artistic

     

    Tuba

    While many believe the Tuba is the largest instrument in the band and would be hard to physically manage, the Tubas we use for beginners are 3/4 size and easy to handle. The Tuba is the foundation of the band and is extremely vital to the success of any group.

    Physical Characteristics: Tuba players need to have full lips and a large lung capacity. While the size of the student doesn’t matter too much (and yes, many girls do play!), a long torso (upper body) helps a student reach the mouthpiece of the Tuba while resting the bottom portion of the Tuba on the edge of their chair or across the thighs.

    Other Considerations: The Tuba provides the musical foundation for the band and requires players that are self-motivated and over-achievers. Students with a history of academic or behavioral problems should not consider Tuba as we rely heavily on the ability of the Tuba players to be consistently UIL eligible. Metzger provides Tubas for students at a cost of a $50 usage fee for an entire school year, however students are required to purchase their own mouthpieces.

    6% of students are selected for TUBA (about 4-5 students).

    TUBA PERSONALITY: Motivated

     

    Percussion (Lessons are STRONGLY recommended!)

    Percussion is a family of thousands of instruments with origins from all over the world that exist in all styles of music. The Percussion section is the most select, hand-picked section of the band. Careful consideration is given to each students’ grades, behavior motor skills, and prior background in music(i.e. piano lessons choir, etc.).

    Physical Characteristics: Students should exhibit a great deal of coordination in gross and fine motor skills. Just because a student is always tapping on things does not mean they are a natural Percussionist. They should be able to listen to and follow a complex set of directions. Students should also be able to organize their equipment and belongings in an orderly fashion.

    Other Considerations: Students must be able to develop a very high-level of physical coordination to progress on the many Percussion instruments at the same time. We do not select drummers, but rather Percussionists. This means Percussion students will study many more things than just drums such as bells, xylophone, marimba, triangle, tambourine and timpani, among many other instruments. Percussion is also among the most expensive instrument choices as there are many upfront costs and a yearly expansion of a students’ stick and mallet collection. Students interested in Percussion should consider their outside schedule and activities as Percussion students are asked to practice twice as much as other instruments (1 hour/day) in order to properly learn both drum and mallet instruments at the same time. Students busy in multiple after-school sports and activities on multiple days of the week will not likely have the time to properly develop on Percussion.

    10% of students will be selected for PERCUSSION (about 10-12 students).

    PERCUSSION PERSONALITY: Coordinated & Organized