Prerequisites: Prior instruction on at least one band instrument, ability to demonstrate certain aptitudes on that instrument, a knowledge of musical rudiments, and audition by the director. New interest students should speak with the director – you can join band for the first time and learn an instrument even if you are a senior.Skills: Application, critical thinking, performance, cooperative learning, physical coordination, commitment, responsibility.
Description: The Band is a performing group open to all students in grades 9-12 who play a wind or percussion instrument. During the late summer and fall, the band functions as the marching band. Advance preparation for this is accomplished through practicing in August at band camp. In addition, the band performs the pre-game or half time show at all football games. The band also participates in pep rallies, school assemblies, community events, and local community parades as well as neighboring community parades as the season and the director determines. During the remainder of the year, the group functions as the Symphonic Band presenting two concerts during the school year, one during the winter holiday season, and one during the spring term. Community performances may also be scheduled. Performance literature is drawn from all periods and encompasses every type and style within the competency levels of high school musicians. County Band, PMEA District, Regional, State Band Festivals, and local Honors Band Festivals provide an opportunity to showcase our highly talented students in their pursuit of excellence. An important part of the instrumental music program is a number of small ensembles when talent and schedule permit. Membership in small ensembles is by invitation of the band director. Ensembles included in a given year are determined by availability of students and instrumentation. Examples of groups that may exist are jazz/rock ensemble, clarinet quartets, brass ensembles, woodwind and brass quintets, flute choir and percussion ensemble. Students will be required to attend small group rotational pullout lessons (labs) once every week, attend all rehearsals and performances (including parades), and practice regularly.