Instrumental Music

Curricular Performance Ensembles

SYMPHONIC BAND

ENROLLMENT:  All wind and percussion performers (9th-12th grade) are encouraged to participate regardless of experience.

DESCRIPTION:  Performance, development of ensemble and Individual performance skills, and standard grade II-IV band literature.

CLASS MEETS daily with some “after school/class” rehearsals required.

PERFORMANCES:  4 concerts, 4-5 Pep Band Events, and 1-2 local festivals.  Participation in Marching Band is highly encouraged.

STRING ENSEMBLE

ENROLLMENT: Open to all orchestral stringed instrument performers (violin, viola, cello, bass, harp)

DESCRIPTION: Performance, development of string performance skills, and string orchestra literature from multiple time periods.

CLASS MEETS daily with some “after school/class” rehearsals which include weekly sectionals and several Tuesday evening rehearsals at 6:30-8:30 p.m. with our String Specialist.

PERFORMANCES:  4 Concerts, 2-3 festivals, and additional school performances

WIND ENSEMBLE

ENROLLMENT:  Wind and percussion musicians by audition and/or director approval (10th-12th Grade)

DESCRIPTION:  Performance, development of advanced ensemble and individual performance skills, Grade III-V Band literature from standard repertoire, new compositions.

CLASS MEETS  daily with “after school/class” rehearsals required.

PERFORMANCES: 4-5 concerts, 2-3 festivals, 4-5 Pep Band events, and additional school performances.

SOLO and ENSEMBLE

ENROLLMENT: All students enrolled in curricular ensembles will participate in a small ensemble or solo performance experience.

DESCRIPTION: Small group and individual performance skill development, Music literature for small group and/or solo performance

REHEARSALS: The students will meet together in 30-45 minute rehearsals, once a week from November through February. The exact day and time will be determined by group/individual and director.

PERFORMANCES: District Solo and Ensemble Festival (February), Class performance, family performance, and/or concert appearance.


Co-Curricular Performance Ensembles

JAZZ BAND

ENROLLMENT:  Open to Wind, Percussion, Piano, and String players by permission of director.  Incoming 9th graders are welcome to participate.  Concurrent enrollment in the appropriate curricular Band or Orchestra class is expected.

DESCRIPTION:  Performance oriented instruction, development of “Jazz” styles from multiple periods, Focus on improvisation.

CLASS MEETS daily at 6:45 a.m. (“0” hour).  Some “after school/class” rehearsals are required.

PERFORMANCES: 2 concerts, 1 Jazz/Dinner performance, 2-3 trips/festivals, additional school performances possible.

MARCHING BAND (.5 Arts Credit during Fall/Winter Semester)

ENROLLMENT:  Open to All musicians and color guard/dance performers. Concurrrent enrollment in the appropriate band or orchestra class is highly encouraged.

DESCRIPTION:  Performance of high quality half-time shows and in-stands performances at all varsity home football games.

CLASS MEETS:  Rehearsals begin in early August for “Band Camps” then Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:30 – 8:45 pm and some Saturdays.

PERFORMANCES: 4-5 home football games including post-season, and 3 festival/competitions.  Season goes from August through early November.

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (.5 Arts Credit during Winter/Spring Semester)

ENROLLMENT: Wind, percussion, piano, harp (by permission of director); and all string players. Concurrent enrollment in String Ensemble/Wind Ensemble is required.

DESCRIPTION: Performance of standard full symphony orchestra literature.

CLASS MEETS Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. from early November through June.

PERFORMANCES:3-4 concerts, 2 trips/festivals, additional school performances.