Beginning Band (5th grade)—Students in the 5th grade make take beginning band to fulfill their music requirement. There are no afterschool band practices in beginning, but 5th grade is the only year you can start band. Beginning Band performs at the Christmas Concert and at the Spring Concert.
6th Grade Band—Students in 6th grade may also take band to fulfill the music requirement. Black and white dress is required starting in the 6th grade when they perform at the Christmas Concert and at the Spring Concert.
7th and 8th grade Band—All 7th and 8th grade band members will be encouraged to pass the five-part playing test to become a member of GA Band which meets after school on Thursdays.
Seventh and eighth grade band students are eligible for participation in the following junior high activities: OMEA, District 14 Junior High Honor Band, Land of Grant Honor Band, Junior High Solo and Ensemble Competition, Large Group Competition, and the Cincinnati Junior Youth Wind Ensemble. Eighth grade students are eligible to audition for music scholarships offered at McNicholas High School.
The 5-Part GA Band Test
Any student from any grade who has completed the first band book is eligible to take the GA Band test. There are 5 parts (songs) to this test, and students usually pass them one at a time. Musicians who pass all 5 parts of this test will be promoted to the GA Band and asked to meet afterschool on Thursdays with the band. If this student is in 5th or 6th grade, he or she will be asked to play with the GA Band and their grade level band in concerts.