This course is open to freshman wind players and percussionists only. Students taking this course are provided with a balanced comprehensive study of music through the concert band, which develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Instruction is designed to enable students to connect, examine, imagine, define, try, extend, refine and integrate music study into other subject areas. Ensemble and solo activites are designed to develop elements of musicianship including, but not limited to: (1) tone production, (2) technical skills, (3) intonation, (4) music reading skills, (5) listening skills, (6) analyzing music, and (7) studying historically significant styles of literature. Experience includes, but are not limited to, improvising, conducting, playing by ear, and sight-reading. Students are given oportunties to develop the ability to understnd and convey the composer’s intent in order to connect the performer with the audience.
Students also have the opportunity to experience live performances by professionals during and outside of the school day. Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for dress rehearsal and performance. A limited number of publc performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities, outside of the school day, that support and extend learning in the classroom.
Students are also required to participate in pep band periodically. Pep bands perform at varsity girls and boys home basketball games. They are not required to pay admission to the games. Pep band schedules will be distributed in concert band class.
Activity Fee: There is a $55 activity fee for all students enrolled in a concert band. The money is used for contest entry fees, guest conductors and artists, music rental, etc. The fee is due at the beginning of the school year.
Performance Attire: All members of the concert bands will be responsbile for the purchase or rental of performing attire for the school year. Uniforms for these groups are selected at the beginning of each year by the directors and students.
Please refer to the Concert Band Calendar and Pep Band Calendar (in season) for scheduled performances.