This new program is in response to a request from the Savannah Chatham County Public School Systems to help increase student interest in middle school orchestra and band programs. Throughout grades K-5, students are taught general music through their schools’ curriculum.  Beginning in 6th grade, however, orchestra and band program are offered.  Due to a recent sharp decline in orchestra and band participation numbers, area schools aim to peak students’ interest prior to transitioning to the 6th grade in the hopes of increasing participation at an early age. The Philharmonic will send an ensemble of 3 to 4 musicians to perform at select elementary schools.  The ensemble of professional musicians will then discuss with the students the immeasurable benefits of music performance and education to encourage them to participate in middle school orchestra and/or band programs when they transition to 6th grade.