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.
The band program is open to students in grades 3 through 8. Group lessons are given during the school day with band rehearsals before school. The bands offered are: Beginning Band, Intermediate Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Combo. Two concerts are presented each year with other performance activities throughout the year.
Although students are accepted in the program at any time, enrollment is usually at the beginning of the school year. All students attend an assembly to introduce them to the program and instruments offered. On the same day students have the opportunity to try the instruments to determine which instrument they would like to play. New students and their parents attend a meeting to learn about the program, obtain equipment and supplies, register and pay fees. All fees apply to late enrollees. Students who enroll three weeks or more after the start of the program must take private lessons, in addition to the program lessons, until playing at class level.