Odessa Middle School Band Program

Instrument Step-Up Night

Dear Band Parents,

On October 30, 2006 Meyer Music will once again be coming to the Odessa Middle School band room for the instrument step-up night. The program is designed to offer better quality instruments for your son or daughter. The instrument step-up night will take place Monday October 30 from 5:30-7:00 pm.

The instruments offered by Meyer Music in 6th Grade are good quality beginning instruments. For many students however, the instruments are becoming too basic. Usually when a student moves from a beginner instrument to an intermediate or professional instrument they are required to pay for the new instrument in full. There is not usually a rent to own program. Meyer Music has, however, designed a program that will allow several payments to be made on an intermediate model instrument. They will also take a Meyer Music instrument on a trade in. If you have not rented from Meyer Music and would like to trade in an instrument it will be done on a case-by-case manner. This is a very good program because it will allow the buyer better options for payment and it will put higher quality instruments into the hands of eager to learn students.

Why does my son or daughter need a different instrument? This is a question that most parents have we this program was brought to their attention. The very first answer is that the instruments offered in this program by Meyer Music are higher quality than the original instruments rented from Meyer Music. For example, the beginning clarinet is made of composite plastic, where as the intermediate clarinet is made of real wood. This will create a warmer, richer sound. The intermediate model instruments will also be very helpful to anyone wanting to play in college. With the intermediate instrument most students will never have to own another instrument. The only reason for a different instrument is if the student wanted to major in music, or needed a professional line instrument.

We highly recommend this program. It has been beneficial to everyone who has already stepped-up instruments. We know the entire band will benefit from even a small few students purchasing an intermediate instrument. We feel that the higher quality instruments will help on college scholarship auditions and will last a lifetime for the student.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 633-1500. We hope to see you Monday October 30 from 5:30-7:00 pm.

Respectfully,

Ken Hansen
Director of Bands

Kirby Spayde
Assistant Director of Bands


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