All in-coming 6th grade students of woodwinds, brass, and percussion will be eligible. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring confidence in sight-reading, and new skills with other instruments of the major families of winds, leading to the production of a well-balanced wind and percussion ensemble.
Intermediate Band 7th and 8th
This course is available to those seventh & eighth grade students who have completed at least one- year of instrumental music instruction at the elementary or private level, or whose performance experience may be otherwise limited. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring confidence in sight- reading, and new skills with other instruments of the major families of winds, leading to the production of a well-balanced wind and percussion ensemble.
This course is available to selected students with at least two or more years of experience with a musical instrument. Major emphasis will be placed on the preparation for frequent performances and competitions through the acquisition of confidence in the most challenging literature at the middle school level. In addition, marching techniques and disciplines will be learned in preparation for parade performances throughout the school year. Uniforms will be provided.
Intermediate orchestra is available to students with at least one or more year's experience with a string instrument. Major emphasis will be placed on acquiring new skills with other members of the violin family, including viola, 'cello, and bass, sight-reading and frequent performances. The orchestra will at times be augmented by a compliment of selected wind and percussion students to provide the full orchestral experience whenever possible.
Jazz band is available as a supplemental course to selected students concurrently enrolled in band or orchestra classes, and includes the standard "Big Band" instrumentation of 4 trumpets, 5 saxes, 4 trombone, 4 rhythm (guitar, bass, drums, piano).
This elite ensemble is a laboratory for the study and performance of swing, rock, fusion, and Latin styles. Improvisation and frequent performances at high profile venues are hallmark of this award-winning group.