These classes are for students who play a string, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument or would like to learn how to play an instrument. In Band class, you have your choice between woodwind, brass or percussion. In Orchestra class, we play string instruments like violin, viola, cello and double bass. We will learn advanced musical skills like rhythm, pitch, tone, balance, instrument technique, and blend to name a few. Students will perform pieces and excerpts from our curriculum throughout the semester in concerts at our district auditorium. Orchestra and Band are different from almost every other class at Manitou Springs Middle School. While in other classes how hard you work (or don’t work) only affects you, how hard you work in Band/Orchestra will affect everyone else as well. Orchestra and Band are like a giant group project involving your whole class, and the concert is like the final presentation of your project. Work and play hard, both at home and in class, and you will make Band and Orchestra great for everyone! Remember, music class is a FAMILY!