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!
Our Jr. High Band classes are designed for students in grades 6-8. Students of all skill levels are welcome to participate!
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. Previous experience required, but no auditions.
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 getting experience with a wide range of percussion instruments.
Wind: Flute, clarinet, alto saxophone and tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, trumpet, 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.
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.
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).
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 students may also get the opportunity to join the high school band for some basketball games.
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.
Here’s a brief overview of the difference between our Jr. High and High School band programs:
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.