Wellcome Middle School offers a great opportunity to our scholars who are interested
in learning a musical instrument. We offer both band and orchestra, so there is a place for
In band, students can choose woodwind instruments such as the flute, clarinet, and alto
saxophone. They can also choose a brass instrument such as the trumpet, trombone,
euphonium, tuba and horn. Percussion instruments such as the snare drum, xylophone,
marimba, glockenspiel and bass drum are also available.
In orchestra, students can only play string instruments. These instruments include violin,
viola, cello and double bass.
Both ensembles are offered starting in the 6th grade. 6th grade band and orchestra are
considered to be “beginner” ensembles. In the 6th grade, the students will gain the knowledge
necessary to properly hold, play, and maintain their instruments. They will also learn the basics
of music theory such as notes, rhythms, symbols and terminology. After completing 6th grade
band or orchestra, students will have the tools necessary to advance to the 7th and 8th grade
The band and orchestra students in all three grade levels will showcase their skills and
musicianship by performing at least two concerts per school year. Students enrolled in the 7th
and 8th grade ensembles will also have the opportunity to participate in the All-County Band
or Orchestra. This event allows students from all of the middle schools in Pitt County to share
the stage and make music. The students will spend several days working with a top-notch
clinician in rehearsals and sectionals, and then finish off the clinic with a performance.
Our band and orchestra programs offer a perfect opportunity for our students to
express themselves creatively while also learning a universal language, discipline, teamwork,
and accountability. These are skills that will help them succeed not only in the classroom, but in
For any questions about our music program please contact Mr. Leontiev.