Frequently asked Questions
I don't know how music works yet, how much do I need to know about music to join band?
We will teach you everything you need in order to be successful in the band. Anything you already know about music when you come in the door will be very helpful, but it is not required.
What kinds of instruments can I play in band?
We have 11 instruments for you to choose from and find what fits the best. We start out playing the following instruments: flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba and percussion.
I don't know what instrument I should play. Will someone help me?
We will meet with you and your parents during an instrument selection night. We'll get to know you a little bit and help you select the instrument that is the best fit for you by having you make sounds on the instruments. Depending on your physical characteristics, some instruments may work better than others and will allow you to learn faster and have a better experience in band.
How much money will this cost?
Fortunately, not much... The main cost is your instrument. Every student in the band program needs a reliable and quality instrument. Trying to play on a poor quality instrument will quickly lead to frustration and difficulty. Other fees cover the cost of your band t-shirts, supplies, etc. In order to supplement cost, we offer fundraising opportunities to our students through out the year as well.
I want to join band! How do I get an instrument?
Quality new and used instruments are available through our music stores: H&H Music and Music and Arts. Most students rent an instrument on a monthly basis with a rental/purchase plan. We have provided the music stores and will give you and your parents a list of instrument brands and models we recommend. Representatives from the music stores will be at the instrument selection night to help you get an instrument. Spring ISD provides the more expensive instruments to students for a yearly maintenance fee. Please wait to meet with a band director before getting an instrument.
Does band take up a lot of time?
During your first year in band, we will only meet as outside of class to practice as a full group before a concert. This usually only happens 2-3 times throughout the whole year. Learning to play an instrument is just like learning any new skill; you must practice it regularly to see yourself getting better at it. Just like in any other class, band has homework. Your assignment is to practice at home for 30 minutes a day. However, remember that practicing 30 minutes a day is better than practicing two hours a day; twice a week.
Can I be in the band at the same time as athletics, theater, art, choir or other activities?
Absolutely! We want everybody to participate in the organizations that interested them most! We work very closely with the coaches, theater, art, and choir directors, and other sponsors to make sure everybody can participate in what they want to without having conflicts. Students in the CMS Band participate in nearly every other extracurricular activity offered at Claughton!
Who is in the band at Claughton?
Some of the best and brightest students call the Claughton Band home. Out of our 350+ students in the band program, you will find the highest academic achievers in the school. Most students in the band consider it their "second family" and look at the band hall as their "home away from home." Your friends and fellow classmates will join you in a journey that will prove to change your life! The most important thing to know is that the Claughton Band has a place for YOU!!!
What fun things will I do in band?
The most rewarding thing we do in band is learn how to plan an instrument! We also enjoy rewarding our students for all their hard work and dedication by throwing parties and special trips. Here are some of the fun things we have done in the past: Concert Band Festivals, Lock-Ins, Westfield HS and Dekaney HS football games, and trips throughout the Houston area, San Antonio and Dallas.
When will I get to perform for others?
As a beginner, you will perform at the Winter Concert, Spring Concert and possibly a Band Festival. You will also have the opportunity to earn awards by performing at the Solo and Ensemble Festivals. Our 7th and 8th grade bands compete at the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest, Solo and Chamber Music Festival, and All-Region Competitions in addition to other concerts. The band is a big source of school spirit at all the pep rallies and other athletic events.
How can I get more information about the Claughton Band?
If you still have questions, we would love to hear from you! Please contact the band directors:
Chase Giddings, Brass/Woodwinds - firstname.lastname@example.org
Leonard Castleberry, Brass - email@example.com
Christine Flannery, Woodwinds - firstname.lastname@example.org
John Maldonado, Percussion- email@example.com