Ensembles

Concert Band
Concert Band is open to freshman students with sufficient instrumental technique and musicianship. The Concert Band studies a variety of band literature and performs a wide range of events during the year. Students receive private lessons and have opportunities to perform in various ensembles and participate in Solo & Ensemble Festivals. The Concert Band will be combined with the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble for some performances, including the homecoming show.

Symphonic Band
Symphonic Band is an instrumental ensemble open to Sophmores, Juniors, and Seniors. Students are required to demonstrate sufficient musical achievement for this group. The Symphonic Band studies a variety of band literature and performs a wide range of events during the year. Students receive private lessons and have opportunities to perform in various ensembles and participate in Solo & Ensemble Festivals. The Symphonic Band will be combined with the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble for some performances, including the homecoming show. Performances and practices outside of the school day and Solo & Ensemble are a graded requirement for this class.

Wind Ensemble
Wind Ensemble is the premier instrumental ensemble at Kimberly High School. Intrumentation is limited and enrollment is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have demonstrated the highest level of achievement on their instrument. (Conductor consent and/or an audition is required.) The Wind Ensemble studies a variety of band literature and performs a wide range of events during the year. Students receive private lessons and have opportunities to perform in various ensembles and participate in Solo & Ensemble Festivals. The Wind Ensemble will be combined with the Concert Band and Symphonic Band for some performances, including the homecoming show. Performances and practices outside of the school day and Solo & Ensemble are a graded requirement for this class.

Jazz Lab Band
Jazz Lab Band is the entry level jazz band and is open to all members of the KHS Band program with the instructor's prior approval. Instrumentation is limited, and members must demonstrate sufficient musicianship to obtain approval. Students enrolling in this class are making a full year commitment to the Jazz Lab Band and its performance expectations. Performances and practices outside of the school day and Solo & Ensemble are graded requirements of this course.

Jazz Band (Jazz I and Jazz II)
Jazz Band is open to members of the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble who have an interest in studying, playing, and performing music in the jazz idiom. Instrumentation is limited, and members must demonstrate sufficient musicianship to obtain approval. Students enrolling in this class are making a full year commitment to the Jazz Band and its performance expectations. Performances and practices outside of the school day and Solo & Ensemble are graded requirements of this course.

Wespenmusikanten (when offered)
The nationally recognized Wespenmusikanten is an ethnic music ensemble open to members of the KHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble with the instructor's prior approval. This ensemble is designed to coincide with the District Solo & Ensemble Festival (first Saturday of March) and give interested students the opportunity to explore authentic arrangements of German, Austrian, and Czech/Bohemian band music. Instrumentation is limited, and members must demonstrate sufficient musicianship to obtain approval. Students enrolling in this group are making a commitment to the performance expectations. Performances and practices outside of the school day and Solo & Ensemble are an expectation of this ensemble. (Literally translated "Wespenmusikanten" means "wasp band" -- "papermaker" doesn't translate well into German, so we went with wasp!)


KHS Music Department Ensemble Rehearsal Schedules