We have three bands at East Chapel Hill High School:

Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band

Concert Band and Symphonic Band:

Concert Band consists of freshman and sophomores performing grade IV and V literature while the Symphonic Band perform grades V and VI literature. in a large band setting. The primary goal of these courses is to teach students authentic, performance-based musical skills. Ensemble and chamber activities are designed to develop elements of musicianship including, but not limited to, (1) tone production, (2) technical skills, (3) intonation, (4) music reading skills, (5) listening skills, (6) analyzing music, and (7) studying historically significant styles of band literature.

Ensemble Requirements at a Glance:

Concert Band: One Concert Per Quarter and Performance at Graduation (Graduation consists as the course final exam)

Symphonic Band: One Concert Per Quarter and Participation in the Fall Pep Band for the Home Football Games

Jazz Band:

This course is a combo course in which students create and design their own jazz charts from a lead sheet. Throughout the course of the year, students will study and perform music from major jazz genres including swing, blues, bop and contemporary.

The jazz combo course will provide the following:

  1. At least one concert per quarter

  2. Performance in the community

  3. Written listening assessments of jazz greats

  4. Informal and formal self-evaluations of rehearsals and concerts

  5. Potential participation in Central NC Jazz MPA clinics

  6. Development of personal musical and improvisation skills

  7. Development of ensemble skills

  8. A study of the history of jazz and major artists

  9. Creating arrangements of standard tunes

  10. Using music technology as a practical tool