Who may participate in KCYB?

Membership is open to children in grades 5 through 12 who want to play a wind, brass, or percussion instrument. The organization is not able to accommodate string instruments. Although primarily geared toward homeschool students, KCYB welcomes private school students whose school does not offer formal music education. More recently, we have opened membership to public school students who either do not have a formal music education opportunity at their school, or who wish to broaden their music education or level of challenge.

When do the KCYB semesters begin and end?

The KCYB Fall Semester generally begins in mid-August and ends in mid-December. The Spring Semester generally begins in early-January and ends with the Spring Concert in April.

What instrument(s) can I play this year in a KCYB band?

All standard band instruments such as flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba, and percussion are needed in each of our concert bands. Students may be asked to perform on a secondary instrument in which they are proficient, if applicable, to meet a specific concert repertoire requirement.

How much is tuition?

What other expenses should I expect?

What are the participation requirements?

What are the Private Lesson Requirements?

How much should my band student practice at home?

You should expect your child to practice a minimum of four days a week. The length of each practice ranges from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on which band level the student is in. Your child's band director and private instructor will have specific weekly assignments. The student should practice until improvement is made, focusing on the most challenging passages.