Hoover High School
HOOVER BAND - INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR
Welcome to Hoover Band!
Mr. Christopher Mena: Director
Student Handbook 2012-13 (pdf)
(Check back in September for 2013-14 )
To educate in the core curriculum of the Arts; most notably music, through the mastering of basic instrumental technique, fundamental knowledge of music, and the self-expression through performance in music .
To understand and appreciate the cultural, historical, and artistic musical styles, genres, and values of music in our past, present, and future society.
To provide a healthy, nurturing learning environment with numerous opportunities for public performance in order to instill self-discipline, pride, and teamwork within the instrumental music student community.
The Band Year and the Many “Parts” We Play
Football/Marching/Parade Season– Beginning of school year to Thanksgiving
Our band provides spirit to the school and the community during the football season at all home games, pep rallies, Homecoming festivities, community parades, all possible playoff games, etc. Marching for parades will be a part of our future goal of developing a competing marching band in the next 1 – 3 years. Music played during this time will be marching band arrangements of popular and traditional tunes designed to “pump up” our audiences.
Pep Band/Winter Concert Season –Thanksgiving to Winter Break, Pep Band continues to March
At this time, we begin with new holiday concert band music themed for the winter holidays. The Winter Concert usually takes place the week before the school lets out for Winter Break. We also continue our school spirit efforts by supporting our basketball teams at home games. Band members may be assigned into one of two set pep bands which will be assigned different games at which to perform in order to reduce the amount of required performances.
Concert Festival Season –January to April
After Winter Break, we begin work on concert music that will be performed as a part of our competitive festival repertoire. We'll prepare these pieces throughout January and February. In March and April, we will participate in 2 – 3 local, competitive concert festivals. There will also be a concert, usually the week before Spring Break, to showcase our festival repertoire for friends, family, and the Hoover community. We will keep most of our festival repertoire to be used during our band trip.
Pops/Band Trip/Graduation Season –April to the end of the school year
After our final local festival, we will put our repertoire on the back shelf for a while. We will then being work on new, lighter concert music themed from popular music, movies, theatre, or other media. This is known as “pops” music, and our concert featuring this music will take place in late May or early June. After this concert is over, all non-senior members will begin rehearsing for our performance at Hoover's graduation ceremony.