Why You Should Join Band!

AMS band
  • Alexander Middle School Tiger Band!

    As we start getting into the month of February we officially begin the process of introducing new musicians in our band program. This is an important decision for you and your child.  Not only a decision about joining band, but also a decision which will determine, in part, who your child’s friends and associates will be for the next several years. Band is much more than a class to play an instrument.  It is the development of a family of friends that lasts a lifetime and establishment of some rather profound physical and mental influences.  These influences will determine much of your child’s success in all aspects of education, not just music. 

    It is very important to take advantage of band class during the 6th grade year at Alexander Middle School.  There are no beginner classes available for 7th and 8th grade students. We move very quickly here at Alexander Middle School, and you will be amazed at the level of musicianship at the end of the 6th grade year.     

    Please email Mr. Hargrave at hargravej@pearlandisd.org if you would like to schedule an individual appointment to select an instrument!

  • 20 Important Benefits of Music In Our Schools

    Great insightful local article
    by The National Association of Music Education... 

    20 Important Benefits of Music In Our Schools



    Band FAQ's: 

    Do I have to know anything about music to join band?
    Nope! Everything you need to know to play an instrument will be taught in your band class.  Any previous training in music you may have will be very helpful, but not necessary.

    Can I still be in athletics, choir, orchestra & other school groups?
    YES. We encourage our band students to participate in athletics & other school activities. Many of our band students are very successful athletes, terrific singers, as well as ACADEMIC leaders of our school!

    Who will be in band?
    Your friends and fellow classmates will join you in what will be some of the most exciting and fun times of your school experience.  The more friends, the most fun!  With over 420 band students at both Alexander MS and Pearland Junior High East combined, and still growing,
    the band is the largest single organization.  Many of our students are the school leaders and among the most successful students at Pearland JH East!

    What fun things will we do in band?
    The best reward is learning to play an instrument and create music!  You will experience many parties, trips, concerts, contests & performances throughout the school year!

    Asthma?  Braces?  Is it possible?
    ABSOLUTELY!  There are great instrument options for every student who wants to be in band.  We have many students that have braces and/or asthma.  Playing a wind instrument can actually be beneficial for those with asthma as it helps strengthen the lungs.