Band 1 (4 credits): This class provides beginning and intermediate instruction on all wind and percussion band instruments. Beginning students will have the opportunity to play on several instruments at the beginning of the school year to see which instrument suits them best. No previous experience is required. This band performs 4 evening concerts, one at the end of each term. FULL YEAR, Eligibility: 7th–9th Grades.
Band 2 and 3 (2 credits): Students learn refinement of musical skills—higher levels of performance, aesthetic judgment, and music appreciation are emphasized at this level. Ensemble performances, musical styles, and creative development are a priority. Students will perform several term concerts and assemblies throughout the year. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Band 1. FULL YEAR, Eligibility: 8th–9th Grades.
Jazz Band (2 credits): This is an extension of the larger ensemble experience. The jazz ensemble reflects traditional Big Band instrumentation (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm section). Through listening to recordings, critiquing, analyzing, discussion, and application, students will learn a variety of jazz, funk, and rock styles found within this genre. The class will help students understand the history of jazz and be able to associate specific musicians to distinct types of jazz. This is a performance class; therefore, students are expected to attend all rehearsals, sectionals, and performances. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Band
1. FULL YEAR, Eligibility: 8th–9th Grades.