Band Program at Providence Hall Jr High School

Our Instructor – Melissa Rankin

As a lifelong musician, Ms. Rankin brings over 20 years of experience to Providence Hall Charter School’s Jr. High Band program. Her primary instrument of choice is the trumpet, but she plays many other instruments too—including the trombone, flute, clarinet, banjo, piano, and percussion. Her passion for music and teaching shows through the positive impact she has had on our students!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Which Grades Can Participate?

Our Jr. High Band classes are designed for students in grades 6-8. Students of all skill levels are welcome to participate!

What are the Different Classes?

In our Jr. High band program, students can do either wind or percussion instruments. During these earlier years, it’s important for students to have exposure to both types as they build their musical foundation.

Band 1: Students will learn to become comfortable holding their chosen instruments and learn how to play music. No auditions required.

Band 2: Students will move into more sheet music, band literature, film music and pep tunes. No auditions required.

By the time students get to high school, they’ll have enough experience to be able to choose their musical path in terms of wind ensemble or percussion emphasises.

Which Instruments Can Students Choose to Play?

Wind: Flute, clarinet, alto saxophone and tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and horn in F.

Percussion: Drum sets, marching percussion, marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, crash symbols, wind chimes, and a variety of other instruments.

If there’s a particular instrument you’re interested in playing, please talk to the teacher.

What Should Students Expect Regarding Performances?

Traditionally, we do one performance per quarter. These are great opportunities for students to showcase their musical talents to their peers and family members. Due to COVID-19, the first two performances of the 2020-2021 school year will be recordings. All other performances will depend on the state of the pandemic and guidance given by the local government.

What are the Fees?

The class fee is $25 and covers the cost of the book, which students can keep. Other fees may pertain to instrument rentals and field trips (see below).

Are There Field Trips?

Yes! Our band traditionally goes to Lagoon for Music in the Park. This event is optional and does require a fee (normally $80) that covers entrance to the park, transportation, and festival fees. When allowed, we also take a trip to the Utah Symphony for their rehearsal. Our Band 2 class will also travel to play at games.

Where Can Students Get Instruments From?

Due to limited resources, students are required to rent their own instruments. Most of our students will usually rent through Summerhays Music Center. Monthly fees are typically between $25 and $50 depending on the instrument.

Ready to Join the Band?

Students, we’d love to have you in our program! Even if you are just picking up your very first instrument or are already exercising your musical abilities, we have a place for you. Please talk to your parent or guardian as well as your school counselor about participating in the program. Ms. Rankin is also available to answer any questions you may have.

Providence Hall Elementary

4795 West Patriot Ridge Drive
Herriman, UT 84096
p: (801) 727-8260 f: (801) 727-8282

Providence Hall Junior High

4558 West Patriot Ridge Drive
Herriman, UT 84096
p: (801) 727-8260 f: (801)-432-8496

Providence Hall High School

4557 West Patriot Ridge Drive
Herriman, UT 84096
p: (801) 727-8260 f: (801) 253-4997