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Is Your Young Student Interested in Participating in Band?

Malletts Bay School and music educator Sheila Clark will host Instrument Take-Home Night on September 26 from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. for fifth graders to pick up the instruments that they will use in the MBS band.


The band, which is open to any fifth-grade student, officially starts during the first week of October, running weekly lessons, divided up by instrument, from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. Prior to its commencement, Ms. Clark introduces students to the instruments that are available—flute, clarinet, trumpet, alto saxophone, and trombone—so that they may gauge their interest in them. In addition, fourth-grade music students participate in the Recorder Karate program, which introduces students to reading and playing music.


Those interested in participating can rent instruments from Ellis Music Company (MBS also has a small collection of instruments that can be loaned to students, and Friends of Colchester Music can also offer financial support), and students can pick the instruments up at the September 26 Instrument Take-Home Night.


The MBS performs three concerts per year, including a concert in February and one in May as well as the district-wide band concert in March.


Parents of Union Memorial School, Porters Point School, and younger Malletts Bay School students, please take note! This program is an opportunity for your children when they reach fifth grade!

As we have discussed before, because of the vast and growing number of documented benefits associated with it, music education’s well-deserved support in schools continues to increase. Seemingly countless studies have credited music education programs with contributing to enhanced standardized testing scores across an array of subject areas. It has also been credited with decreasing disruptive behaviors; increasing focus, abstract reasoning, and spatial-temporal skills; improving self-discipline, cognitive development, and communication skills, and enhancing students’ creativity and intellectual curiosity. Music participants have also been found to receive more academic honors and awards than non-music students. And that just scratches the surface of what current research indicates are some of the benefits of music education. It truly is a worthy pursuit, and we are proud of the exceptional talent found right here at CSD.

For more information about MBS band, visit the band’s blog, or call MBS at (802) 264-5900. You may also e-mail Sheila Clark at


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