Please reach out to your band director if you cannot find an answer to your question.
No experience necessary! In fact, very few students have any musical experience when they join band. The class is set up to teach each student how to read music and how to play the instrument!
Band is a class during the school day (that will be part of your schedule) with minimal after school requirements for beginning band students. Your band director will give you the specifics.
The majority of the instruments will need to be acquired by the parent and most opt for a Rent-to-Own program from a reputable, local music store. This gives plenty of flexibility and options for you and your student. Some of the larger instruments (like tuba) are rented from the school. Your band director can provide more specific information.
Instruments are typically on a first-come, first-served basis. As with any team, there has to be balance. Not everyone can be a pitcher, but there is always room on the team for you! Similarly, the band director has to balance out the instrumentation so there is a complete, characteristic, band sound.
Standard instruments offered in beginning band are flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion. Instruments may vary by school. Check out the Instruments of the Band page (found at the top of the website) for demonstrations and descriptions!