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The following message is from MCPS Director of Bands Daniel Beams:

Parents and Guardians of Current 5th Grade Students! 

 As an incoming 6th Grader.  your child finally can do what so many successful students have done before them, Be Part of the Marion County Beginning Band Program!

 We know that for some of you, this will be your first exposure to music education.

Music education is more than just playing an instrument. It is immersing your child in a culture of successful students and teachers who care about education. It challenges each child to use the creative side of his brain while, at the same time, learning a foreign language…MUSIC. 

 All the current data clearly states that students involved in music education academically outperform their non-musical counterparts. But, more importantly, studies are showing that music students are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drugs and alcohol. 

 Every destination starts with a decision to embark on a journey.  Now is the time to start your child in music and Marion County Beginning Band is the place to do it. We can’t promise that every child will be a musical prodigy, but we can promise they will learn, laugh, and grow along the way. 

 Our instrument selection night will be Monday, May 9 from 4:00-7:00 the Marion County Public Library! We would love to see you! 

 If you have any questions, please email Daniel Beams @


 Daniel Beams  

 Director of Bands