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.

Winter Concert- Wednesday, Dec 7

Join us Wednesday, December 7, at 7 PM for our holiday concert.

Beginners, please uncase in the ensemble room and be on stage to rehearse at 6PM.

1617-winter-qrCamerata and Chamber orchestra students: please uncase in the orchestra room and report to the cafeteria quietly by 6:30.  Your seating charts will be available in the cafeteria.

The concert program is available here and also through the QR code below:

Our booster club is providing light refreshments following the music.

Fall Concert – Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 PM

Don’t miss the Killian Orchestras’ fall concert, Wednesday, October 12, in the KMS cafeteria.

concert program

Beginner orchestra plays at 7:00 PM, followed by Camerata orchestra, and then Chamber orchestra.

All orchestra students should report to the 1600 hall, dressed in concert black, by 6:30 PM.

Beginner orchestra students: please un-case in the ensemble room by 6:30 and take your instrument, bow, and iPad to the theater room for tuning and warmup.  After your performance, you will go as a class back to the ensemble room, case your instruments, and then return as a class to the cafeteria for the remainder of the concert.

Camerata orchestra students: please un-case in the band hall, tune, and wait to be taken as a class to the theater room at 7:00 when the Beginner Orchestra goes on stage.  After your performance, you will go as a class back to the band hall, case your instruments, and then return as a class to the cafeteria for the remainder of the concert.

Chamber orchestra students: please un-case in the orchestra room, tune, and wait to be taken as a class to the theater room at about 7:15 when the Camerata Orchestra goes on stage.  After your performance, the concert will be over and you may return to the orchestra hall to case your instruments.



[updated link] Handbook: 2016-17 school year

[note: you no longer need credentials to access the KMS orchestra handbook]

Here’s our handbook for the coming year.   I’ve made lots of changes as we traverse the transition from Mr. Cautivar to me.  (How’s that for some $5 vocabulary?)

Print it out; read it.  We’ll be using barcodes to collect the return papers for your orchestra fee, media release, and private lesson forms.    (More on that when class starts!)

They call me Mr. Hood

I am happy to introduce myself to all of the orchestra family at Killian Middle School.  My name is Ezra Hood, and LISD has has hired to join the LISD music family and lead the string orchestras at KMS.

I’m a teacher, husband, and dad of four (two of my kids walk with me in the photo above).  Music has been a close companion for all of my life.  I first played piano as a child, adding violin in the fifth grade.  I played, sang, and wrote my way to a music composition degree from TCU first violin and vocal scholarships.  In the last decade I’ve frequently played organ at church.

After a detour to law school and a few years’ law practice, I returned to music full-time in Dallas, starting an orchestra program at Alex Sanger elementary and middle schools.  I am thrilled to join the Killian team, and work with the students, staff, and parents to grow the program in close cooperation with the growing program at Hebron High School.

Mr. Cautivar will be stopping in now and then, and I hope all of you will grow your passion for string music with me, and then join Mr. Cautivar’s string orchestras at Hebron High in due time.

Join my classroom; I’ll soon have this year’s all-region scales and excerpts posted there, as well as some of our first musical assignments.


The KMS Orchestra is thrilled to present THE concert event of the year, CLUB KILLIAN. No amount of hype can prepare you for this concert, so bring your self, bring your family, bring your friends, bring your neighbors and get ready to dance!

There are a thousand moving parts at this concert so please help us have a fantastic concert by helping if you can, and observing the following guidelines.

Hebron HS Auditorium
Friday, May 27, 2016

After Party to follow in the lobby.

5:45 – Chamber Orchestra – uncase in cafeteria and report to stage immediately
6:00-6:30 – Chamber Orchestra – sound check on stage
6:00 – Camerata and Beginners – Arrive and uncase in cafeteria
6:15 – Camerata – Warm-Up in Choir Room
6:30 – Beginners report to stage for sound check
6:45 – Orchestras take seats in auditorium. Line up cellos and basses behind stage.
7:00 – Concert Begins

Concert Attire

One of the most iconic elements of this concert is the unique costuming. We have several options for concert attire:

A. Dress as your favorite (school appropriate) pop star.
B. Dress in popular fashion trends of Disco/Funk, 80s, 90s, and early 00s.
C. Dress in your favorite party outfit.

NO concert black. We want this concert to be as colorful as possible. There will be photo op areas in the lobby and “paparazzi” capturing the evening’s festivities. Audience members are highly encouraged to dress up too! A list of ideas is included at the end of this email. The more obvious the better. The more tacky the better! Start digging for those fashion treasures up in the attic.

Equipment Transportation

We are lucky to have been granted so much musical equipment, however this presents a challenge in transporting all of it for the concert. Please let me know if you are available to help transport equipment from KMS to Hebron between 4:00 and 6:00 on concert day, and then back to KMS. Thank you in advance if you can help!

Active Monitoring

Parents, we all know there is a fine line between excitement and chaos. Please help us have a safe concert by monitoring the event areas before the concert and during performance breaks. We need help monitoring the cafeteria, warm up rooms, and lobby. Thank you!

This concert event has quickly become legendary throughout the state. Several outside orchestra students and directors will be joining us for the concert. Let’s welcome our guests and show them how we do it at Killian and have an exciting, safe concert. Thank you everyone and get ready to party!!!

Concert Attire Ideas:

Platform Shoes
Polyester Suits
Wild Sunglasses
Fanny Packs
Male Ponytails
Ski Preppy
Four Finger Rings
Smiley Faces
Huge Earrings
Shoulder Pads
Silk Shirts
Sweaters Tied Around the Neck
Parachute Pants
Animal Print
Washed Jean Jackets
Side Ponytails
Miami Vice Style
New Wave
Lace Accessories
Keyboard Neckties
LA Gear
Bucket Hats
Sneakers With No Laces
Power Suits
Highwater Pants
Big Hair
Mickey Mouse Clothing
Michael Jackson Style
Carrying Around a Boombox
High Top Fades
Flat Tops
Members Only Jackets
Overalls with one strap down
Mood Rings
Rollerblades (not on!)
Bleached Hair
Pelle Pelle
Vertically Striped Shirts
Ripped Jeans
Solid tees under blazers
A Pager clipped on your pants
Parting your hair down the middle
LA Lites
Frosted Tips
Sweaters tied around the waist
Backward Caps
Starter Jackets
Slap Bracelets