Open to all band and orchestra instrumentalists from absolute beginners to those with several years of experience, the instrumental music program seeks to teach the value of discipline, dedication and teamwork through musical rehearsal and performance, always striving for the highest levels of excellence! The instrumental music program at Wangenheim Middle School has been recognized for its excellence at several California Music Educators Association festivals as well as the Heritage Music Festivals where they have been awarded Best in Festival. Students study musical styles, interpretation and technical performance while at the same time working towards mastery of their chosen instrument. In turn students benefit from enhanced cognitive and development benefits instrumental music has been shown to produce. These benefits cross all lines of the core curriculum and help students grow into well rounded and emotionally mature young adults. All the students need do to achieve all these things is to have fun making the best music possible!