All students at Hillcrest are given the opportunity to participate in band.  The band begins in 4th grade and continues into 5th grade.  There is a beginning band and a concert band. 


    The students choose from flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion.  Each participant receives a small group lesson once a week, and is expected to attend a large ensemble rehearsal once a week. 


    The students perform in 2-4 concerts each year, as well as smaller venue performances.  If a student shows that they are excelling at their instrument, they are given the opportunity to perform a solo for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Solo Festival in the spring.  As a second year player, there may be students who show they are ready to audition for All-County in November. 


    Band members attend 1-2 live performances a year. One performance includes going to NYC to listen to the NY Philharmonic Orchestra. A wonderful opportunity for all students to have an amazing live performance experience by a world renowned orchestra.


    Mrs. Lester's class page


    Mrs. Lester    klester@peekskillcsd.org