Welcome Back to School!

  • Mrs. Rakoff and Mrs. Sims are so excited to have everyone back in school! We can't wait to see all of the wonderful things our band students accomplish this year. For those of you who are new to Liberty Middle School Bands, you will find helpful information on this page to help you get started with your LMS Band adventure. For those of you who are returning to LMS Bands, please use this page as a reminder of what you need!

Band Textbook Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to bring my instrument to school on the first day?

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    No. Mrs. Rakoff and Mrs. Sims will tell you when to begin bringing your instrument to school. The first few days we will get to know each other and go over our syllabus, handbook, and expectations. 

    We will assign instrument cubbies and school owned instruments before we begin bringing instruments to school.

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  • Do I have to carry my instrument around with me all day?

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    No. Every band member will store their instrument in the band room each morning when they arrive to school and pick their instrument up at the end of the school day before going to car line or bus pick up. We will assign instrument cubbies in the first few days.

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  • What if I have not selected my instrument yet?

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    No worries! In the first few days of Beginner Band Class, your band directors will help you to try out different instruments and to choose the one that suits you!

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  • What if I do not have an instrument yet?

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    Beginners: If you came to an instrument petting zoo in February or March, you should have received some paperwork about how to acquire an instrument. If you did not come to our instrument petting zoo, then Mrs. Rakoff and I will help you pick your instrument assignment in the first week of class. After you have selected what instrument to play, we will give you paperwork to take home that explains where and how to purchase your instrument. 

    School-owned Instruments: If you are one of the students that uses a school-owned instrument (Oboe, Bassoon, French Horn, Baritone/Euphonium, and Tuba players) you also do NOT need to bring your instrument on the first day of school. We will go over procedures for your instruments once you return, and get those assigned to you.

    Note: If you play Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, or Percussion, and you are unable to provide your own instrument due to finances, please let Mrs. Rakoff or Mrs. Sims know as soon as possible by emailing us using the emails provided on our LMS Website. We have a few resources we can reach out to in these instances. We NEVER want finances to be the reason a student can’t participate in band!

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  • What is the best way for our family to receive regular communication about band?

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    In Band, we use a system called CHARMS Office to keep up with fundraising and to email families through our distribution list.

    Returning students: Your CHARMS information has not changed from what it was in previous years. If you have forgotten your password, you will have to email Mrs. Sims for a link to update that password. 

    Beginner students: We will send home your CHARMS information sometime in the first full week of school for you to add a student and parent email address. 

    Parents: Please make plans to attend our first Band Parent Booster Meeting on August 29, 2022. The meeting will be at 7 pm in the LMS Band Room. We will go over how to use your student's CHARMS account to make sure you are receiving communication as well as to teach you other beneficial uses for your CHARMS account.

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  • Am I allowed to be in band with no previous music or band experience?

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    Absolutely! Our only Beginner Woodwind and Beginner Brass Class is meant for people with no experience at all! Mrs. Rakoff and Mrs. Sims will teach you everything you need to know to learn how to play your instrument and read music. As long as you come to our class with excitement about learning music, you are in the right place.

    One note: our Beginner Percussion Class does require students to have 1 year of formal piano lessons.

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