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       ATTN: Parents of Incoming Discovery Sixth Grade Students

We will be holding our annual beginning band instrument fitting night for incoming sixth grade students on Tuesday, May 20, arriving anytime between 4pm and 7pm and continuing until the fitting process is finished. Please note, this is very different than the “instrument petting zoo” your child may have experienced recently at their elementary school.


main streetThis is an opportunity for your student to meet with an expert who will take into consideration certain correlating factors such as overall height, arm length, size of hand and length of fingers, facial features, position of teeth, and previous musical experience (if any) to best determine a ‘good fit’ for every child.  By making sounds on an instrument and with proper guidance, the ultimate choice will be a combination of student preference and expert opinion.


Once your child is with the instrumental expert the fitting will last about 10 minutes or less for most students. At this meeting, you will be able to have your child tested for an instrument and learn about the procedures and standards for the award-winning Discovery Band Program.  Students will try out instruments at different stations.  They will select their instrument and be placed in a specific sixth grade class based on this selection.

Please do your best to be at this meeting, as the beginner instrument fitting night is extremely important for your child’s correct placement in scheduling a specific band class and for being the most successful on the best instrument for your child.

Please have in mind three instruments that you would like to try. Three instruments of choice help us all to be flexible and set the students up for success and as we discover the power music has to shape our lives. As an FYI, we are always in need of low brass instruments. When you arrive at the instrument drive, we will have an information sheet to fill out so that we may keep in touch over the summer through email or phone.

If you have any questions before attending the drive date or if you have any conflicts with the date or time, please call me at 416-7960. Calling is the fastest way to reach me, preferrably in the morning. For initial contact, please do not email me as verbal conversation is best for our first communication.


clinicFYI, the Discovery Band recently returned from a band trip Orlando!  We plan on taking more trips in the near future and this can be a life-changing experience for your child. Here is more info about our recent trip: http://goo.gl/270gVj

In the meantime, feel free to peruse our band website at http://www.discoverybands.org.  Also here are a few links that can help with instrument decision making:

Why Join Band?
http://www.bepartoftheband.com (click on “Videos”)

http://discoverybands.org/why-join/ (with video)

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What if the student decides he/she wants to take band but you aleady turned in your schedule or it’s in the middle of summer and change your mind? It’s not too late! A simple call to your guidance counselor at Discovery and a personalized makeup fitting is all it takes! If I can be of further assistance to you, please call or leave a message with Mr. Whitlock at (734) 416-7960, or email me at discoverybandman@gmail.com       I can’t wait to meet you!

IMPORTANT: If you cannot attend this meeting due to previous plans or other conflicts, please contact Mr. Whitlock at your earliest convenience at (734) 416-7960 to discuss an alternate fitting date and on how to enroll your child in band.

New email address: Starting in the late summer/early fall, all faculty and staff for the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools will have a new email address, and mine will be: marc.whitlock@pccsk12.com. Until that time, please continue to use my current address at discoverybandman@gmail.com. I will keep this email address active until after the start of the new school year.

For your FALL calendar
The actual instrument rental and pick-up night this fall will be on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 7pm in the Auditeria at Discovery Middle School.  Please post this date on your calendars now for this important event.  We are looking forward to meeting both you and your child at the Beginning Band Drive on Tuesday, May 20!

Musically yours,

Mr. Marc Whitlock
Director of Bands, Discovery Middle School

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