Okay I'll try attempting these questions...
Most freshmen take 5 classes as a they come in (I have never actually met one that did more)...And no, I don't believe you have to be in that class to be a part of a band. If you have any questions about band related stuff, email Mr. Mark Kross at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Also, Yes you are allowed to take more than 5 courses as you get older. However, you need approval of your advisor and the dean of academic affairs.
ask mr. riz for help with your schedule, he'll help (see if you can get him for your advisor too maybe?)...Just don't overload yourself. Honors Physics and AP US could be a challenge if you do them both together, and they're gonna be harder bc your still adjusting to the school and middlesex's writing program.
Middlesex is what you make it to be - what clubs you get into, etc. I personally believe there is more emphasis on athletics than arts. Yes, students can do both athletics and the play at the same time. However, you sacrifice your study hours if you plan to get in to the play. If you're really into the arts, and you are attending middlesex, there is ample opportunities for you to get involved in whatever way you like.