After School Band Program — Registration
Important Notice about Funding!
There has been a huge increase in the demand for more seats and more weeks. Conversely, due to ongoing economic challenges, community and parent donations for this program have decreased. The After School Band, serving each of our 27 elementary schools will help approximately 1,200 children this year. However, the ASB program is not paid by your tax dollar! It is funded entirely by community member donations. Each year, FEF must raise $160,000 to sustain this program, and your support is greatly appreciated. Make your donation today and help keep music in our schools!
About our Online Registration System
Registration for the 2012-2013 School Year is closed. Registration for the 2013-2014 school year will open in August 2013. Please check our website in August for more information..
In general, classes begin in October and end in May. Dates & times of band sessions vary depending on school site; however, most begin 10 minutes after school dismissal. Click to download a PDF of the schedule.
Advanced Band Classes
FEF is proud to offer one Advanced Level Band Class in each Attendance Area, at a designated school site. These classes are for 6th graders with two years of band experience AND instructor approval. If accepted, you are responsible for your student’s transportation to the designated school site. Students can also choose to attend both the Intermediate Band class at their school site and the Advanced class at its designated location. Locations for these Advanced Band Classes will be posted later this summer.
You may enroll your student for the Advanced Level Band class. However, if the instructor finds that your student does not qualify, he or she will be registered in the Intermediate class on his or her regular school site.
Instruments: Students will wait until the first day of class to sign up for an instrument to play. Students are responsible for obtaining their own instrument and purchasing an instruction book. Some instruments may have prerequisites. Parents, please rent or purchase instruments from a music store only (buying from Big Box stores or online can be inexpensive, but the instruments are low-quality and cause problems for the students). If you are unable to rent or purchase the instrument your student needs, please call (510) 659-2561 or email our After School Band Coordinator at email@example.com
Note to Returning Students: Students continuing in the program from last year MUST re-register to participate this year. Please bring your instrument and book to the first day of class. Be prepared to audition for a spot in the Intermediate or Advanced class. If you would like to switch to a different instrument, or play a second one, sign up for the Beginning band class to start the year and the Band instructor will work with you to decide which class is the best fit.
ASB Class Policy
Parents and students must read, sign and turn in the After School Band 2012 Policies form to their band instructor on the first day of band class. Download After-School Band Class Policies
To ensure the continued success of the ASB program, FEF relies on its ASB Parent Volunteers. There are many ways that you can help. You will be able to indicate areas of interest when you register and our volunteer coordinator will contact you at the appropriate time.
Please call (510) 659-2561 or email our After School Band Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org