Instrumental Music (Grades 4-12)

Instrumental Music News: The Orchestra program has gotten off to a good start this year.  Our Elementary Orchestra has formed and begun to learn the basics of playing their chosen instruments as a team.

Our Middle School Orchestra gained a few new members and has a solid number of students making it the largest orchestra at the school.

The High School Orchestra continues to improve their skills as an ensemble learning new challenging pieces arranged by Mr. Grandel for this specific group.  

The High School Tri-M music honor society members are providing service to the school by providing their younger counterparts with learning their instruments.Senior Center

The after school music lessons continues to grow gaining new music teachers and students who take private or group lessons which is an essential part of succeeding in learning how to play each musical instrument in the proper fashion.

The FRCS instrumental music program is open to all students following the third grade.  Any student regardless of grade may audition for a position in the orchestra after they have img_1286learned how to play a scale on their chosen orchestral instrument. Sign Up Form   Auditions are set for September and January, or upon entering the school.  It is highly recommended that each student begin taking private or group lessons prior to starting and continue at a minimum until the full musical compliment of their instrument’s range has been learned.

Summer Group Lessons are offered to students after the third grade for a fee for who those would like to begin learning their instrument at the school. Dedicated instrumental students at the intermediate level and above attend the Great East Music Festival/competition in the spring.  Students who are a part of the Middle School Orchestra or the High School Orchestra will be invited to participate in the Great East competition.

Studies have shown that music education improves brain development! Learn more about the benefits of Music Education: Music-Matters-slide-show  or

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Survey Monkey: Instrumental Music Lessons at FRCS

For further information please contact Mr. Michael Grandel at:

Rehearsal Days & Times

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1:38 – 2:40pm  HS Orchestra HS Orchestra HS Orchestra
2:40-3:30 pm MS Orchestra MS Orchestra  HS Orchestra MS Orchestra  HS Orchestra
3:30-4:15 pm ES Orchestra ES Orchestra ES Orchestra

Upcoming Events: (note: students are expected to arrive no later than 20 minutes from the start of any concert event)

Winter Concert Dress Rehearsal Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:30-4:30 pm
ES Winter Concert

MS & HS Winter Concert

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

ES Winter Concert at 6:00 pm in the new ES Gym

ES students should arrive no later than 5:40 pm.

MS & HS 7:00-8:15 pm in the MS/HS Cafetorium

MS & HS Students should arrive no later than 6:40 pm

Senior Center Concert

(HS Orchestra)

Great East Music Festival/Six Flags Field Trip* Friday, May 25, 2018 7:15 am-8 pm

Great East /Six Flags Field Trip

*Great East/Six Flags Field Trip Total Fee (was $84 for students 2016). Initial non refundable Deposit of $50 is DUE on Thursday March 2, 2017, with final payment to be $25 to be DUE on Monday April 10, 2017. ($15 if your child already bought a T-shirt)  Great East, Six Flags Field Trip Permission & Medical Release Forms 2017

~~Instrumental competition is for members of the FRCS Orchestra/Band and/or Chamber Ensemble only.~~

Boston Symphony Orchestra Field Trip- TBD:  HS Orchestra Only

Date: TBD

Visit for more information – Cost: Tickets $10 + $20 recommended for Lunch.

Orchestra Forms: