Elementary Band Info.

Elementary band

Hello 5th grade families!


Greetings from the Olympia School District Music staff! We know lots of emails have been flooding your inboxes over the last few months, but we wanted to send a short and important message to help 5th grade students be prepared for some fantastic musical opportunities in the Fall.


The big message is that the Olympia School District will still be offering 5th grade instrumental music for the 2020-21 school year! We are confident and excited that we can create an excellent learning experience this year whether we are working online, in-person, or anything in between!





Band opportunities

5th grade students not involved in strings can choose to start on the following band instruments- flute, clarinet, trumpet, or trombone.


We encourage students who started a string instrument in 4th grade to continue with the orchestra program!


Registration will take place in September. See below for Webinar links for parent information meetings and an online registration form.


Here are some pieces of information for you to consider:


  • Our band classes are for everyone- no previous experience is required!
  • Instrumental music instruction is free.
  • Families in difficult financial situations can request the use of a school instrument.
  • Band classes will be scheduled to fit into your regular school day.


The online model of instruction will allow our beginning band teachers to team teach. Students will benefit from working with experts on each instrument!


Numerous studies have shown that the challenge of learning an instrument is one of the very best things you can do for your brain and will lead to greater success in school!


Our award-winning bands at our middle schools and high schools are filled with students that started in our elementary schools.


5th-grade band is your chance to begin this incredible journey and join these fantastic groups.


Most of all, making music is fun!

We are excited to be able to provide these great opportunities for our 5th grade students. More specific information will be shared at the beginning of the school year, but if you have any immediate concerns or questions, please feel free to contact your band teacher:


  • Maggie Curley - Flute - Garfield, LP Brown, ORLA - mcurley@osd.wednet.edu
  • Jessica Ewing - Flute/Trombone - Hansen, McLane, Boston Harbor, Roosevelt - jewing@osd.wednet.edu
  • Keith Holder - Trumpet - Centennial, McKenny, Pioneer, Madison - kholder@osd.wednet.edu
  • Tony Nguyen - Clarinet - Lincoln - annguyen@osd.wednet.edu