Band (Marching Band/Concert Bands)

Band (Marching Band/Concert Bands)

Marching Band
This class is available to all students in grades 9-12.  Members must be involved in the band program.  Exceptions are for students wishing to participate in the colorguard, which holds auditions in the previous spring semester.  Students involved in the marching band will be required to attend the organization’s band camp held before the start of the school year.  Rehearsals through the quarter begin at 7:30 .am. and continue through 1st period.

Students are reminded that this is an activity which places high musical skills as well as high physical demands on the student.  The marching band performs at all home football games and travels to four competitions throughout the quarter.  The marching band’s focus through the quarter is to work on a competitive marching band show which demonstrates a high degree of artistry and musicality.

Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble
The Symphonic Winds/Wind Ensemble will work on all facets of music, from the basic ideas through the very complex, technical skills and how to incorporate them into our performance.  We will also emphasize performance etiquette, self-discipline, and the development of aesthetic values for the art of music performance.  The symphonic winds will perform at three concerts throughout the school year.  Opportunities for solo and small ensemble work are also available and encouraged.

Wind Ensemble is a select/auditioned group. Auditions and chair placements for both Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble are held at the beginning of 2nd quarter and the beginning of 2nd semester. Challenges are available between groups during 2nd semester until February 1. 

The purpose of the NHS Marching Band:

  1. provide halftime entertainment at football games

  2. participate in ceremonial functions

  3. serves as a musical/physical outlet for those seeking such activity

  4. contribute greatly to the high morale and spirit found at NHS

  5. compete at a high level of excellence in regional competitions

The purpose of the Symphonic Wind/Wind Ensemble program is to:

1. serve as a core foundation for all instrumental musical activities at Norris High School

2. provide an environment in which to explore the true art of expressions through musical instruments

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