From the band standpoint, we have made all scheduling adjustments, gotten our instrumentation set, assigned lockers and folders, and sight read through most of the music for our Fall Concert. We are very proud of the fact that, unlike most of the high school bands around the country, we are working on symohonic music from day one. We do not have "marching band class", nor do we practice the marching routines and music every day during school. This puts a significant extra burden on the students who march, because they have to spend more time outside the school day keeping their music skills up to speed. But since we do not require marching band, and we believe that the symphonic bands are the core of our activity, we choose to do things a bit differently than most. We do have "Fun Music Friday" each week, in which we play more popular music that will be included in pep rallys, community performances, parades, and in the stands on Fridays. All students can participate along with these tunes, since they will likely play in some type of school or community event during the year.
Our goal is to offer the most comprehensive instrumental music program possible. To that end, we offer symphonic, marching, and jazz bands, chamber ensembles for all instruments, and honors organization opportunities through numerous community groups. We have students who choose minimum participation (come to class every day, play on the required concerts, and not much else) all the way to those who play in class, do marching and jazz bands, perform in a chamber group, take private lessons, AND belong to a community ensemble. We also have every level in between. Please understand that the students who are the most engaged typically make the greatest improvement and have the best experiences. They develop stronger bonds with their peers and create more positive memories through their involvement. Occasionally, we hear about those who say that we "put all of our attention on marching band" or that we "ignore the kids who only play in class" or something to that effect. Nothing is further from the truth, however, we will not downplay those who go the extra mile. We will continue to encourage ALL students to do more than the minimum (as they should in all of their school endeavors), and we will continue to provide a wide array of opportunities. From time to time, the primary emphasis will need to be on a particular performing group...the symphonic bands during their state evaluation, the jazz band at Jazz Festival, or the marching band during football season, but rest assured that there will be a chance for all groups to be showcased.
Come out, support ALL of our performing groups, see what the students have worked hard to achieve, and be supportive of the efforts of our boosters as they work to provide the financial and physical support necessary to maintain a high quality, comprehensive band program for YOUR student!