The Symphonic Band is made up of
approximately 60 members and is established through auditions at the end
of the marching season. This band serves as a feeder group for the
Wind Ensemble. A high level of band literature is performed. The
Symphonic Band presents several concerts each year and takes a trip each
spring to participate in national competitions. The Symphonic Band is
under the direction of Matt Taylor.
There are two Jazz Bands at Houston High.
One is comprised of about 20 members and the other around 30 students.
This is a separate class from the other bands. Students must be involved
in a regular band class to participate. The Jazz Bands play for school
functions, at band concerts and travel with the band on the spring trip
each year. The Jazz Bands are under the direction of Jim Smith and Matt Taylor.
This course functions as part of both the marching and concert band programs. Percussionists will focus on playing the snare, tenor, and bass drums or cymbals.
This course functions as part of both the marching and concert band program. Percussionists will focus on playing the xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, bells, and timpani.
General Music is a comprehensive study of music from an academic standpoint. It includes theory, history, technology, composing, and arranging various types of music. Students will study a wide range of genres including classical, jazz, opera, as well as current music. Curriculum will follow the state standards and objectives for general music.