The WCA band program begins for most students in the 5th grade. Our band director meets with students near the end of their 4th grade year to introduce students to the possibilities of being in the band program and works with the interested students and parents to assign an instrument that is best suited for the student. Once the students begin in the 5th grade they meet in band class 3 days each week for a little over 30 minutes each day. The 5th grade band only meets during school hours. Students are expected to develop a home practice routine. The beginning band performs in a Christmas concert and a spring concert away from the school as well as a couple of extra performances at the school for grandparent's day and music & arts day. The students even get a chance to compete individually at solo and ensemble.