BANDS FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS
Beginning, Concert (Intermediate), and Honor (Advanced) Bands
The Beginner Bands:
The Beginner Band focuses on the basics of instrumental music. By December each beginner band student has progressed enough to play their first big concert. At the Christmas & Holiday Concert, band members perform arrangements such as “Jingle Bells”, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”, “Excerpts from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony”, “My Dreydl”, and “The Little Drummer Boy”. In March, the Beginning Band goes on a Spring Tour. By the end of May, students have progressed enough to play full length concerts featuring all types of musical styles including rock and swing. All students will participate in two recording sessions throughout the year.
The Concert Bands:
Once the basics of playing a musical instrument are mastered, students are promoted to the Intermediate Band. This second year of instruction focuses more on theory and quality of playing an instrument. As members of the Intermediate/Advanced Band, students are able to play popular songs such as “Tequila”, “The Incredibles”, and “Pirates of the Caribbean”. The intermediate students also perform a Christmas & Holiday Concert, Spring Tour, and Spring Finale Concerts.
The Honor Bands:
Once a student has been in the band for at least one year, he is eligible to join the Honor Bands. Most advanced Band members play in either the Jazz Ensemble and/or Wind Ensemble (Studio Band). The honor bands are designed to give every student a musical challenge. There are several concert and jazz honor bands that any student may join. Being a member of an honor band requires additional practice time and effort, but the rewards are well worth it. These bands rehearse one night a week and perform many concerts through out the year. From Classical to Jazz from Rock and Roll to Big Band, the honor bands offer a fun learning experience for all young musicians. The honor bands are consistently invited to perform at many area and regional events. They have been invited to play in Las Vegas, NV and Orlando, FL.
Beginning Band members choose their own instrument. the first year of band curriculum focuses on technique, mechanics, and musicality through original exercises, pop music, and classical band literature.
Concert Band members have at least one year experience on their main instrument. Many concert band members rehearse and perform on multiple instruments.