Jefferson BANDS

concert bands

Concert Band

Beginning Concert Band

Directors: Chris Paulson and Bruce Knepper

Semesters: 2 (Fall and Spring)

Prerequisite: Audition and permission of Director of Bands

The Concert Band is open to all qualified band students at Jefferson. The skill level of the players in this band has a minimum performance expectation. The Director of Bands will listen to interested students entering the Lafayette School Corporation and grant permission for enrollment in the band.

The band stresses the basic skills of tone production, technical development, intonation, and rhythmic reading plus attention to balance, blend, interpretive markings, and response to conducting nuance.

The Concert band presents a variety of concerts each year and enters the ISSMA District Contest. Students in this ensemble are encouraged to participate in ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contest.

Symphonic Band

Intermediate Concert Band

Directors: Bruce Knepper and Chris Paulson

Semesters: 2 (Fall and Spring)

Prerequisite: Demonstration of basic skills proficiency, audition, and permission of Director of Bands

The Jefferson Symphonic Band is open to all students who choose to continue playing their musical instruments and who continue to demonstrate basic performance skills on their musical instruments. Students who take this class will be exposed to music which continues the development started in Beginning Concert Band.

The members will be exposed to solo and ensemble activities which will develop many musical elements including improved tone production, more advanced technical skills (such as more advanced key signature demands, more complex rhythmic notation), increased listening requirements (mainly harmonic in nature), and further study of the style of the music studied. Music selected will be developmentally appropriate to support these advancements. Students will evaluate and analyze their practices and performances.

The Symphonic band presents a variety of concerts each year and enters the ISSMA District Contest. Students in this ensemble are encouraged to participate in ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contest.

Wind ensemble

Advanced Concert Band

Directors: Chris Paulson and Bruce Knepper

Semesters: 2 (Fall and Spring)

Prerequisite: Demonstration of advanced skills proficiency, audition, and permission of Director of Bands

The Jefferson Wind Ensemble is the premier wind and percussion performance ensemble at Jefferson High School. Enrollment is limited to students selected by audition or promoted by the Director of Bands from successful completion of Concert and/or Symphonic Band. Students are required to take private lessons. Scholarship money for lessons will be available to students selected for this ensemble who have a financial need.

Through the selection of appropriate advanced concert band literature, members will be exposed to advanced concepts such as: advanced technical skills, refinement in tone production, increased awareness of balance and blend, and increased demands to the performer due to the construction of the musical texturing. Students will be exposed to literature commensurate with the expectation of the most advanced musical techniques applicable to the high school setting. The musical literature will primarily be on the difficulty level found on the Group I Indiana State School Music Association music list.

The Wind Ensemble presents several concerts and enters the ISSMA State Qualifications contest each spring. Students in this ensemble are encouraged to audition for various honor ensembles throughout the year and to participate in ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contest.