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 John Hagan.
Jazz Ensemble is a performance based course intended serve as an introduction to the rich history of American jazz music. Through ensemble rehearsal, individual practice, and a variety of performance opportunities, the student will gain an understanding and appreciation for this great art form. Emphasis will be placed on not just performance technique, but also rudimentary improvisational skills, musicianship, and a sense of personal accountability. The Jazz Ensemble will perform often throughout the school year. This ensemble is under the direction of Matt Taylor and John Hagan.
AP Music Theory
AP Music Theory is intended to prepare students for the annual AP Music Theory Exam and will cover the content of a college freshman theory course. It includes written and aural music theory as well as sight singing and basic music composition. In this course students will become fluent in vocal and instrumental music is construction – primarily music written in the Common Practice Period (c. 1600-c. 1900), as well as material from other style periods.
Honors Music Theory
Students will gain academic proficiency in reading and writing music notation, scales and intervals, basic harmony, basic melody, and form. Successful completion of the course will provide an understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and form, thereby equipping the students to better understand existing music and to compose music using the principles of music theory as a guide. By the end of the course the student will compose a short original composition utilizing four-part chorale texture and score it for a mixed quartet of instruments. This course will provide the students foundations in music theory in preparation for Advanced Placement Music Theory.
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.