First school - Band was in two periods. Clarinets/trumpets together and flutes/low brass together. We moved one clarinet to sax in 6th grade, one trumpet to horn, and one or two baritones for tuba. Percussion also started in 6th grade.
Current school - Band is one period.I start everything except tuba/percussion in 5th. I limit to one sax because Iím at such a small school. Itís very slow going since Iím the only director. It was very overwhelming and stressful at first, but gets easier every year.
Also, first school required band in 5th and 6th grade. Current school is required 5-7th.