Thumbs bent and elbows out, the fifth grade orchestra students at Bloomfield Hills Middle School demonstrated their progress at a recent Informance, an informational concert performance. Meanwhile, on the other side of the BHMS gym, the fifth grade band students showed how they use their mouths for articulation, playing everything from their first notes to their most recent duet. Students in Bloomfield Hills start instrumental instruction in fifth grade and progress rapidly from first notes to short songs as an ensemble. Fifth grader Jason Wills is excited to be in the band with classmate Ben Guettler. "I like band because it's loud," Jason says.