The Wind Ensemble is the advanced performance group at Aviara Oaks Middle School. Students are selected with the permission of the instructor, or by audition. This group stresses the continued development of technique, musicianship and advanced performance practices. The Wind Ensemble represents the Instrumental Music Program at school and community functions. Students are expected to display a high degree of responsibility in all of their class work in order to participate in these special activities. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is required.
In Wind Ensemble students may also explore the world of Solo and Ensemble music where students not only increase their musical abilities and confidence level, but they really have fun and thrive while working on music that really becomes “their own”.
The groups will attend at least one festival, typically two. One is hosted by CMEA--the California Music Educator's Association; the other includes travel. After we perform at these festivals we often enjoy a fun activity as a reward such as visiting KNOTTS BERRY FARM or our biennial trip to SAN FRANCISCO.
The students are expected to “pass off” their music to gain the privilege of attending any concert or festival. Students are graded on their effort and ability as recorded in their homework assignments on SMART MUSIC.