PS 29 John M. Harrigan School | 425 Henry St | Brooklyn, NY 11201 | (718) 330-9277800-123-456

Band Collaboration with Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the P.S. 29 in-school BAND program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

for the P.S. 29 in-school BAND program.

1. I already filled out and returned the form. Do I need to apply online as well?

YES. Now that your child has been placed in band, you need to:

1. Fill out the google form recently sent out from
2. Rent online, no later than Tuesday, October 9th. The rental process is through our accompanying rental program, Music & Arts. Step-by-step directions are listed below (#6).
***If you were granted a school-owned rental, you do not need to rent online.***

2. What is the difference between renting from Music Arts and getting a school-owned rental?
School-owned instruments are reserved for families using the free-lunch program. School-owned instrument rentals still require an annual $50 PTA Band Program Fee (required before the start of band). Those who rent from Music Arts pay specific annual rental fees and protection plans to Music & Arts in addition to an annual $50 PTA Band Program Fee (required before the start of band).

3. My child did not receive an instrument for band yet, why not?
Did you pay the $50 PTA Band Program Fee, in addition to the Music & Arts rental fee? Or if you were granted a school-owned rental, did you submit the required $50 PTA Band Program Fee? If YES, and you still did not get an instrument, please contact Miss Alicia at 917-721-7686 or

4. I still need to pay the $50 PTA Band Program Fee. To whom do I deliver this payment?
Please drop off the check or cash in an envelope to the office, to be placed in the band mailbox. Please include, on the envelope and on the check subject line, the name of the student. This helps us keep track of who has paid and who has not.

5. I paid the $50 PTA Band Program Fee. Do I still need to pay another fee to rent?
YES, IF you are renting through Music & Arts, you still need to pay Music & Arts separately for your instrument rental and accompanying book. Music & Arts rentals are done online, where as the PTA Band Program Fee can be dropped off in the school office.

6. We tried renting online with Music & Arts, but it didn’t recognize the School Name.
Be sure to do the following:
a. go to
b. click on the RENTALS tab
c. enter the school zip code 11201
e. type in your child’s grade (4 or 5)
f. type PS 29 JOHN M HARRIGAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (if you type “29” in the “refine search” line, it will be easier to find this school to click on)
g. select the school from the drop down menu
h. select the instrument in which your child has been placed (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, or drum kit)
j. buy the SUGGESTED BOOK (required)
k. follow the remaining instructions to complete the rental

7. What are the different annual costs of instrument rental with Music & Arts?
Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, or Drum Kit: $110 RENTAL FEE + $25 LIABILITY DAMAGE WAIVER (LDW) + $11.98 TAX. TOTAL: $146.98
Alto Saxophone: $200 RENTAL FEE + $35 LIABILITY DAMAGE WAIVER (LDW) + $20.86 TAX. TOTAL: $255.86
School-Owned Rentals (reserved for families using the Free Lunch Program): annual $50 PTA program fee due prior to first day of band.
If you own an instrument: annual $50 PTA Band Program Fee is still required for all PS 29 band members.

8. We own an instrument. Do we need a book?
YES, you will need Essential Elements for Band, Book 1. Make sure you purchase the book specific for your child’s instrument: Flute, B-flat Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, B-flat Trumpet, Trombone, or Drum Kit.

9. My child is in Intermediate Band. Do we need to buy a new book?
No, your child will be using the same book as last year: Essential Elements for Band, Book 1. We will move ahead in this book, focusing on more advanced music notation, rhythm, and theory.

10. Where can we buy the book?
Essential Elements for Band, Book 1 is available online. Make sure it’s specific for your child’s instrument, and can be found here:

11. Do we need to buy reeds?
Yes, any student playing saxophone or clarinet needs to buy reeds.

12. What types of reeds should we buy?
Rico or Rico Royal strength 2.0 or 2.5 are best

13. Do we get to take the instrument home after band class?
Yes, we require students to take home the instrument after band class. Instruments need to be taken home the end of the day on band days. The morning of band days, students place instruments outside their homeroom class, to be stored until lunchtime band rehearsal.  For Intermediate Concert Band (Fridays in the auditorium), students are allowed to leave instruments just inside the auditorium door (out of the walkway), before and after band class, to be picked up again on their way out of school at the end of the day.

14. When does the band program start?
♣ Beginning Band Sectionals start Tuesday, October 23rd. Class is every Tuesday during lunch recess.
♣ Intermediate Band Sectionals start Thursday, October 25th. Class is every Thursday during lunch recess.
♣ Intermediate Concert Band starts Friday, November 2nd. Class is every Friday during lunch recess.

15. Where does band take place?
Band Sectionals take place in designated classrooms on the 4th and 5th floor; Beginning Sectionals on Tuesdays and Intermediate Sectionals on Thursdays. Intermediate Concert Band takes place on Fridays in the auditorium.

16. What time is band?
Band is 12:05 – 1:05 in place of lunch-recess. Band kids stay on the 5th floor and immediately have their sack or school lunch as a group. After lunch, they have Band Sectionals until 1:05pm. The same applies to Fridays for Intermediate Concert Band, except students have lunch in the auditorium before rehearsal.

17. Should my child bring a sack lunch on band days?
Yes, students should bring their lunch on band days, to be eaten on the 5th floor at the start of band time. Students using school lunch or the free lunch program are allowed to quickly go to the lunchroom to get their lunch at the start of band lunch.

18. We rented over the summer at the end of band last year. What do we do now?
Keep your rental and be sure you’ve renewed for this year. Intermediate Band will be using the same book as Beginning Band, (but moving ahead in the book). So Intermediate Band students do NOT need to purchase a new book.

19. When do we hand in our instruments in the spring?
♣ Beginning Band (4th graders) must hand in their instruments the night of the spring concert Tuesday, May 21st. If you have rented from Music Arts, be SURE to call Music Arts in May to receive an authorization number (RA#) for pickup.
♣ Intermediate Band (5th graders) will wait until graduation day to hand in their instruments, after Intermediate Band performs at graduation.

20. How much does it cost for a repair?
Repair costs vary, depending on specific repairs, damages, and Liability Damage Waiver (or lack thereof).  General repairs are under $100, and can be as low as $40. We do arrange for pick up and an estimate (no charge) before authorizing a repair, if you’d like to find out the cost of repair first.

21. My child has a middle school tour on a band day. Is this okay?
Yes, this counts as an excused absence. Additionally, missing because of sickness or a doctor’s appointment or family travel is excused.  Skipping to go to recess on a sunny day or because the student forgot his/her instrument in unacceptable.  Students must attend class every week even if he/she forgot the instrument that day.

22. When is the Parent Meet & Greet scheduled? Is this mandatory? Can I bring my entire family?
Our Parent Meet & Greet takes place on Tuesday, October 30th, at 6pm in the school auditorium. It will last less than one hour. It is not mandatory, but it is highly encouraged, especially for Beginning Band students and their parents, to attend. It is okay if you bring other siblings along as well. You will meet the instructors of each instrument and spend a bit of time with your instrument section to learn about the basics of your child’s instrument.

23. When does band perform throughout the year?

Beginning Band:
• The Winter Band Concert is Tuesday, January 29th, 6:30pm, in the school auditorium.
• The Spring Band & Chorus Concert is Tuesday, May 21st, 6:30pm, in the school auditorium.

Intermediate Band Performances:
• The Winter Band Concert is Tuesday, January 29th, 6:30pm, in the school auditorium.
• Eat Pie & Shop! (featuring the Intermediate Band)! Date is tbd.
• The Brooklyn Conservatory Music Partners Festival (which includes Intermediate Band performance) is Saturday, March 23rd. Exact time & location TBD.
• The Spring Band & Chorus Concert is Tuesday, May 21st, 6:30pm, in the school auditorium.
• The 5th grade graduation ceremony, date tbd.

24. What are band students supposed to wear for the concert?
We ask students in band to wear white (or light-colored) tops and black (or dark-colored) pants/skirts. There’s no need to buy something new just for the concert, so something nice along these guidelines is fine.