Band is a very highly regarded fine arts program at Prairie Crossing Charter School. Beginning in 3rd grade, students at PCCS are offered the opportunity to study brass or woodwind instruments twice weekly. Students receive band instruction before school once weekly and once during the school day each week.  Band students perform in various school assemblies and provide music during 8th grade graduation each year.



Instrumental music is offered to all Prairie Crossing Charter School students from grade 3 through 8.  Beginning lessons are held weekly on like instruments during the school day.  In addition, a beginning band will meet weekly on Wednesday before school.  Students who already play an instrument are invited to join as well.  Placement is dependent upon their level of ability.  All wind and percussion musicians are welcomed and needed.  Piano players can play bells.  Everyone participates in two concerts during the school year.  A number of other performance opportunities occur for experienced players.  The cost for the first term through December is $220 for beginners, $270 for returning students, and $80 for the Jazz Band.  Cost for January through May, 2017, is tentatively set at $235 for beginners, $285 for returning students, and $80 for Jazz Band.  Second term fees are subject to change.

In late August, children attend an assembly to introduce them to the band program and the instruments offered.   Students receive instruction on flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, or percussion.  If needed, a limited amount of financial assistance is available.  Some instruments are available for use in lieu of renting.  All requests for financial assistance go through Jim Kasprzyk of Music Tutorial Services, Inc.  Please contact the band teacher, Jim Kasprzyk, at, or call (847)271-4700 for information about the band program.  Email works best.  Lessons begin the first week in September. Playing in band places your child in a worthwhile activity that is stimulating, develops intellectual discipline, and leads to a lifetime interest in the fine arts. Thank you for your interest in this enriching program for your child!