LEARN ABOUT THE BAND PROGRAM
This ensemble meets after school for practices and for performances. The band attends all football games, marches in parades, attends several contests, and plays at school pep assemblies. Membership in Marching Band REQUIRES membership in one of the concert bands. This is district policy. Membership in the marching band requires strenuous physical exercise and the ability to play the difficult literature encountered in the activity.
The Wind Ensemble consists of students in grades 9-12. Classroom instruction focuses on ensemble fundamentals and expansion of the fundamentals of musicianship. Advanced topics will be discussed and additional writing assignments and projects may be assigned to increase engagement with these topics. Students in the Wind Ensemble are responsible for 3 entries in their individual practice journal each week. Repertoire will consist of some pops music, music from a variety of cultures and genres, and a focus on Wind Band Repertoire standards.
CONCERT BAND and SYMPHONIC BAND
The Concert Band and the Symphonic Band are two concert bands that consist of students in grades 9-11. Classroom instruction focuses on instrument and ensemble fundamentals. Students in the Concert Band and the Symphonic Band are responsible for 2 entries in their individual practice journal per week. Specific goals or practice routines may be assigned for these practice entries. Repertoire will consist of pops music, music from a variety of cultures and genres, and some arrangements of Wind Band Repertoire standards.
The North Jazz Ensemble consists of students in grade 9-12. Classroom instruction focuses on jazz ensemble fundamentals and other advanced topics. Students must have a basic level of skills (HS entry-level) on their instrument in order to participate in this course. Students in the Jazz Ensemble are responsible for 2 entries in their individual practice journals per week. Repertoire will consist of music from a wide variety of "jazz" genres. Improvisation will be discussed.