Curricular Ensembles

Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble is a year-long, performance-based course, designed to further refine the skills that students learn in Symphonic Band. Students involved will be more experienced instrumentalists. Members are chosen by audition and consent of the Band Director, the spring prior to any given school year. A variety of literature will be studied and performed from different styles and periods of music history, including original band music, orchestral transcriptions and well known and varied standard works for band. Members will be encouraged to participate in district and/or state Solo and Ensemble Festival. The band will also perform in an adjudicated Large Ensemble Festival. Extra-curricular performances will be required. Attendance at rehearsals and performances will be required as a part of the student’s grade.

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band is a year-long, performance-based course, designed to further refine the skills that students learn in Middle School Band. A variety of literature will be studied and performed from different styles and periods of music history, including original band music, orchestral transcriptions and well known and varied standard works for band. Members will be encouraged to participate in district and/or state Solo and Ensemble Festival. The band will also perform in an adjudicated Large Ensemble Festival. Extra-curricular performances will be required. Attendance at these rehearsals and performances will be required as a part of the student’s grade.

Jazz Band

Jazz Band is a year-long, performance-based course, designed to be a highly selective performing group. Membership is by audition only. Students must be co-enrolled in Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble, with the exception of piano, bass, and guitar, at the discretion of the band director. The traditional Jazz Band instrumentation will be used. A variety of jazz styles will be studied and performed. Emphasis will be on listening to the art of jazz improvisation. Extra-curricular performances are required and attendance is part of the students’ grade.