Sign up for Kent steel band classes...

NOTE: The 6th grade band still has open slots, but the 7th - 12th grade band is now FULL. No more registrations will be accepted for 7th grades and higher. Given the demand, however, please register again in January, when we will most likely be adding a third band!!!


Registration
Registration for our 12-week Fall steel bands for 6th graders and 7th through 12th graders is now open. If your child is currently enrolled at Sunrise Elementary School, Meridian Middle School, or if they are a former Sunrise Elementary student now attending other middle or high schools in the Kent School District, please complete the registration by September 20th! After this date, enrollment will be open to any other students in the district. ENROLLMENT DEADLINE FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS is Monday, SEPT. 25th.

Currently, each class is limited to 18 participants. The first crack at enrollment goes to the students from the schools who are helping make this happen by providing the instruments and space. Initial priority is given to students currently enrolled at Sunrise Elementary School (for the 6th grade group), students attending Meridian Middle School, and former Sunrise Elementary students now attending other middle or high schools in the Kent School District. We will loosen these restrictions as the program grows. For this first session, we will allow others to enroll on Thursday, Sept. 21st if the classes are not yet full of priority students.

Schedule/Calendar
The schedule is:
6th grade – Tuesday and Thursday, 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. (4:30 p.m. doors open, final pick-up/doors closed by 6:00 p.m.)
7th through 12th grades – Tuesday
and Thursday, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. (doors open at 3:15 p.m., pick-up time no later than 4:45 pm.)

Classes begin Tuesday, September 26th, and (tentatively) will conclude on Thursday, December 14th with an evening concert. The bands will continue in January with a semester-long session (with two concerts), and additional groups may be added at that time. With the addition of new groups, a tiered advancement system will emerge, eventually with the top group by audition or invitation only.

Our bands follow a calendar of one 12-week fall session, and one semester-long session in winter and spring (with two concerts). Sessions are synchronized with the Kent School District calendar (the same holiday schedule), with adjustments for early release days at our host school (Meridian Middle School).
We have a google calendar containing all the dates you need to know about. (The adjusted dates on that calendar currently are tentative, as we get final information from Meridian M.S.) Just click on "Schedule" in the menu of the SMN – Kent Home Page.

Location
The location for our classes is Meridian Middle School, 23480 - 120th Ave SE, Kent, in Portable #3.

In our youth program, Sliding Scale/Tuition Assistance, and Full Waiver is available for qualifying families with lesser ability to pay. If you qualify for the reduced-price or free lunch program, you qualify for tuition assistance with us! We want to reduce or eliminate financial barriers to participation in our youth program as much as we possibly can. Click HERE to inquire about our sliding scale.

For parents of new youth participants, we provide a small packet of informational documents, releases, etc. The information is important and useful, and we do need the release forms returned in a timely manner. Thank you for addressing this need.

Click HERE to go to the registration page.