5th Grade Percussion Ensemble

The Sunset Ridge 5th Grade Percussion Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble of approximately 20 fifth graders that rehearse on Thursday mornings from 7:30 to 8:25.  


Students are taught the audition music during their regular music classes, and auditions take place in late September,

also during music class.


In order to qualify for this ensemble, students must:

  • Demonstrate superior mallet skills

  • Be able to play difficult music accurately

  • Be able to learn parts quickly

  • Be reliable and attend all scheduled rehearsals and performances


Uniform: Students will need to purchase a “Sunset Ridge Musicians” T-shirt (also worn by the choir), as well as black pants for the performances.


Yes – your 5th grader may participate in BOTH choir and percussion.


Please note: The Percussion Ensemble is a select group and therefore, not everyone will make it in, but students are still encouraged to try out. Taking risks (and auditioning is a risk) is good for all of us.  Disappointment is part of taking risks (otherwise, it wouldn't be a risk at all).  Please remember that all 5th graders will still be playing percussion instruments in class and in the 5th grade musical.  


Mark your calendar:

November 7: perform on the 3rd-grade program 7:00 PM

November 9 (Ms. Tironi at Convention) No rehearsal

November 14: Field trip to perform at UMKC

November 21 (Week of Thanksgiving) No Rehearsal


January 16 (Teacher professional development) No Rehearsal

February 8 (P/T Conference) No Rehearsal

February 20 (Teacher Professional Development) No Rehearsal

March 1  Perform on the 4th-grade program

April 10 "For the Children" benefit concert for Operation Breakthrough.  Visitation Catholic Church, 5141 Main, KCMO. Afternoon rehearsal and 7:30 PM performance




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