Orchestra open house & instrument try-outs

Orch1718RecruitBrochureIncoming 6th graders for the 2018-19 school year are welcome (encouraged, even!) to join us on Saturday, February 24, between 10 AM and 1 PM to play on all of the orchestra instruments and consider joining orchestra as an elective next year.

Future Orchestra Members page.

Tuesday, March 24 Appointment Scheduler.

Saturday, March 31 Appointment Scheduler.

Fall Concert: Passport to Russia

1718FallConcertPosterponyOur fall concert featuring arrangements of Russian music is Wednesday, October 18, in the KMS cafeteria.


Stage crew will stay after school.  Please bring your concert clothes to change before your call.

Beginners’ call is 6:15, in uniform, with instrument (uncased in the orchestra room) and iPad on stage for a short rehearsal.

All other musicians’ call is 6:40 in the orchestra room, in uniform, to tune and report with instrument and music to the cafeteria to sit and wait for your turn to perform.

The music begins at 7:00.



2017-2018 Handbook

Behind this link is the handbook for the ’17-’18 school year.  Orchestra students: please read it with your parents.  This outlines, with charts and rubrics, how we operate and what I expect from you this year.

Please print the last three pages, fill them out appropriately, and return them to me by Sept. 8.

Note the different due dates on the orchestra fees.  The $20 to come with us to Amazing Jakes (an optional trip that I hope you’ll join us for) is due this Friday, Sep 1.  The orchestra class fee ($65 for beginners, $90 for all others) is due the following week.  Our trips to Hawaiian Falls and to Studio Movie Grill are not due until next semester.  You may pay some or all of the fees at once.

The private lesson form is required in order to be taken out of orchestra class once a week for a 25-minute private lesson from one of our private teachers.  Please give this strong consideration– it is a powerful enhancement to class instruction.  We provide the service of time, place, and matching with a teacher.  You must provide the fee ($20 weekly) and the practice.

Howdy Morning- Sat, Aug26, 8AM, free

1718 Howdy Breakfast Invite2Greeting to our new KMS orchestra students and parents!  Our first event this year for you is a breakfast in the orchestra room this Saturday, at 8 AM.  This activity is for orchestra members and families who are new to Killian or to the KMS orchestra.  This meal is free, and will include pancakes, waffles, fruit, juice, and coffee.  Please RSVP to Mr. Hood, hoode@lisd.net, so that we can make sure we have food enough for all.

At the breakfast we’re going to get to know each other a little, and get oriented for the beginning of orchestra.  We’ll discuss lessons, instruments, fees, what we learn in class, concerts and our spring trip, and volunteering.  I, the booster club officers, and orchestra student officers, will be on hand to answer questions.

Beginning Orchestra Information

[this is last year’s beginning orchestra info post.  Please sign up for a 2018  appointment in the post near the top of this page.]

Thanks for your interest in joining the KMS orchestra family.

Please find our information sheet for fifth graders and parents here.

Please choose a time using the Google form below to come try out instruments and choose the correct one, and bring any questions to me.