Elementary Band Info.

Hello 5th grade families!


Student playing tromboneGreetings from the Olympia School District Music staff! The Olympia School District is excited to begin registering students for our 5th grade instrumental music for the 2023-24 school year! We are thrilled to be back to teaching and learning music in-person this fall and can't wait to hear those "beautiful" first notes from enthusiastic new musicians!


Band opportunities

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


5th-grade students interested in Beginning Band can choose to start on the following band instruments- Trombone, Trumpet, Clarinet, or Flute. Registration is taking place during the first few weeks of September and can be done through this online 5th-Grade Band Registration Form 


If you were unable to attend out information night on September 13, much of that information can be found in this slide presentation.



As you discuss this fantastic opportunity with your future musician, 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 district instrument.
  • In-person Band classes have been scheduled to fit into the regular school day.
  • Our band teachers will be following the latest CDC and Washington DOH guidelines to provide a safe environment for making music.
  • 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 individual elementary schools during the first 2 weeks of school, but if you have any immediate concerns or questions, please feel free to contact your band teacher:



updated: 9/15/23