Did you know? 

Facts about the Hickory Middle School Band:


More students take band than any other elective class at HMS! 

In 6th grade band you can play flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone or percussion.

In 7th grade, some students will be able to change instruments to oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet, french horn, baritone, or tuba.

There are NO  tryouts to be in the 6th grade beginning band...anyone who wants to participate is welcome to join!

ALL students can be successful starting band in sixth grade.  We have very successful students who join with no previous musical experience as well as many students who were in strings in 5th grade.

Students who play in the band can also participate in sports...in fact, there are band students involved in every sport in the school as well as many other clubs that are offered at HMS!

The band at HMS is one of the largest middle school bands in the entire state of Virginia.

In addition to band class, students in 7th and 8th grade are also eligible to participate in the extra-curricular jazz band and woodwind choir.

Many students from the HMS band continue into the Hickory or Grassfield High School Bands, where they perform at many of the football games and several competitions around the state and country.


How do I pick an Instrument?

Once you sign up for band, we will send home information about selecting an instrument.  We meet with each family individually over the summer to discuss each of the instrument choices and help with the instrument selection process.  Once we find the perfect fit for your child, we can also give you information about renting an instrument.  

If you are currently renting an instrument for 5th grade strings, and you are considering taking band, it is possible to apply your rental credit towards a band instrument.  Check with the store you are renting from to see if you are able to apply your old credit towards your new instrument when you switch instruments!



 Click on the links below for information about each of the beginning band instruments:



Alto Saxophone




Please feel free to call 421-0468 or e-mail us at anytime if you have questions or concerns about your child joining the band.


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