Recruitment Letter

  • The Gates Chili School District offers instrumental lessons free of charge. They are held during the school day on a rotating basis. Lessons will begin the week of September 24th, 2018.


    Students are responsible for:

    home practice – 20 minutes at least 4 times a week

    following the lesson schedules and remembering their instrument and materials

    attendance at all lessons, rehearsals and concerts

    excellent behavior at all Band functions

    any classwork missed during their lesson time


    The family is responsible for:

    providing an instrument and  supplies

    providing transportation for morning Band rehearsals

    providing a home practice space free from distractions.

    making the Band concerts a priority on the family calendar.


    If your child is interested in playing the flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, bells or snare drum, families must rent or purchase them elsewhere; the school does not provide them.  

    Here is a link to Atlas Music (1764 Empire Blvd. in Webster, 671-2020) offers new and like-new instruments for rental and/or purchase.  Atlas delivers to school on Fridays, and offer repairs right in the store.  They have monthly rental plans with an option to buy, or outright purchase. Here is a link for Atlas:

    If you surf the net look for the brands listed on my web page.  Do not buy another brand from a department store, wholesale club, catalogue, media store or a non-music store. These instruments are unacceptable – they are sub-standard and problematic. These stores offer no service and the repair shops cannot get parts for these brands. Buy a used school recommended brand instead.  Otherwise you are wasting your money! Don't get burned!

    Some parents have family instruments that they wish to use, or they shop around for used instruments through the newspaper, etc.  Sometimes these instruments are fine, and sometimes they are headaches.  I ask that any instrument that is not from a music dealer be brought to me for inspection.  Usually they pass it. 

    If your child is interested in playing the trombone, french horn, euphonium or tuba, you may rent them from school. 


    Band rehearsals will be twice a week; there will be one large combined band at Disney. Participation in Band is required of all instrumental students. Rehearsals will be:

    Tuesday mornings from 8:00 – 8:50 

    Tuesday AND on Thursday mornings from 8:00 – 8:50  

     Parents must commit to providing transportation for their child to school on those days.

    Please discuss the responsibilities and expectations of playing an instrument with your child. I will be sending a separate letter asking for your permission to put your child on the lesson schedule.

    Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.   I look forward to teaching your child in Band!