At Colonial Elementary School’s Instrument Open House, third graders and their families were introduced to the fourth grade band and orchestra program. 

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PWHS ninth grader Alexis Peng (center) shows Kayla Pinkney (left) how to pluck the bass.

“I’m here to see all the musical instruments that are going to be at the 4-5 school,” said third grader Kayla Pinkney, who was leaning toward choosing either the flute or the string bass. “I like to play music.” 

Student volunteers from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School demonstrated most of the instruments, which included violin, viola, cello, and bass for the orchestra and flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, and percussion for the band. CES Band Director Eric Wilson showed the children the trombone. 

“I love getting a chance to talk with the third grade students one-on-one and seeing their excitement about holding the different instruments,” said Mr. Wilson. 

“It’s really cool to watch the kids’ faces,” added PWHS senior Chloe Balcer, who plans to major in music education at West Chester University in the fall. “It’s exciting to see them get inspired to play an instrument.” 

2022 Beginner Instrument Registration 

To help CES’s instrumental music program prepare for next school year, third grade families are encouraged to register their child and the instrument of their choice. Children who are undecided should consider clarinet, French horn, trombone, or cello, which may not be chosen as often as some of the other instruments. 

Click here for the registration form.

The form will stay open until mid-September. CES will host an information night about the program and renting instruments in the fall. Free thirty-minute small group lessons are held during the school day and begin in October. The band rehearses before school on Wednesdays and the orchestra before school on Thursdays, starting in December. 

For more information, click here to email CES Band Director Eric Wilson or click here to email CES Orchestra Director Elise Derewitz.

Chloe Balcer talking to a young boy holding a French horn

PWHS musician Chloe Balcer taking to a student about the French horn.