Chelmsford Public Schools Grade 4 Instrument test Drive

Grade 4 ‘Instrument Test Drive’ Set for Saturday, Apr. 29

On behalf of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, we are excited to welcome our incoming fifth graders to our middle school art and music programs.

This spring, students will select the program in which they will participate in grade five. In the meantime, we know that you may have questions about the programs we offer, and one of the biggest ones is ‘Should my child participate in an instrumental ensemble like band or orchestra?’

To help answer this question, we are very excited to offer the opportunity for these children to “test drive” all
of the instruments offered in the 5th grade beginning instrument programs in their ensembles. This event is for ALL current grade 4 students in the Chelmsford Public Schools.

This event will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. at Chelmsford High School, 200 Richardson Road. Please use the main high school entrance (NOT the Carl J. Rondina Performing Arts Center entrance).

We hope this program will help to ease the transition for students entering the 5th grade by helping them decide if they may want to participate in band or orchestra, and which instrument may be most appealing to them. At the Test Drive event, students will be given a brief overview of each instrument, and then will be given a chance to play all instruments offered in grade 5 ensembles:

  • Band instruments offered in grade 5 are flute, clarinet, trumpet, and trombone.
  • Orchestra instruments offered in grade 5 are violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Music teachers from all grades will be there to help facilitate this free event. We will also provide information
about options for instrument rentals at the event. In order to help keep the day moving smoothly, students from our four elementary schools are scheduled at the following times:

  • Byam: 9 a.m.
  • Harrington 9:30 a.m.
  • South Row: 10:15 a.m.
  • Center: 11 a.m.

We are looking forward to working with you to facilitate a successful experience in your child’s middle school
art and music program. If you have any questions about this event, please email