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   Concert Band
 811
   9-12
    2
   1
    The concert band prepares and presents music for a variety of events which include football games, parades, band festivals, school assemblies and public concerts. Both marching and concert performances are essential elements of this course. Participation in both is required. Demands of the course also include participation in summer and after-school rehearsals, and evening/weekend performances. Music of many styles and types is rehearsed so that the band student is familiar with a large and varied repertoire. To become a member of the band, a student must demonstrate to the band director an acceptable degree of proficiency on a band instrument. The student is expected to continue his musical development either through private study or instrumental instruction at school. Band students of exceptional ability may audition and be recommended for a variety of interscholastic festival ensembles, including PMEA and Alle-Kiski Honors Bands, PMEA District, Regional, and All-State bands and orchestra. Band members are also eligible for Jazz Band, Small Ensembles, Color Guard, Majorettes and Drill Team.
PREREQUISITE: Student must have all of the following: ● Audition
  Symphonic Band
 810
   10-12
    2
   1
    The symphonic band prepares and presents music for a variety of events which include football games, parades, band festivals, school assemblies and public concerts. Both marching and concert performances are essential elements of this course. Participation in both is required. Demands of the course also include participation in summer and after-school rehearsals, and evening/weekend performances. Music of many styles and types is rehearsed so that the band student is familiar with a large and varied repertoire. To become a member of the symphonic band, a student must demonstrate to the band director a high degree of proficiency on a band instrument. The student is expected to continue his musical development, either through private study or instrumental instruction at school. Band students of exceptional ability may audition and be recommended for a variety of interscholastic festival ensembles, including PMEA and Alle-Kiski Honors Bands, PMEA District, Regional, and All-State bands and orchestra. Band members are also eligible for Jazz Band, Small Ensembles, Color Guard, Majorettes and Drill Team
PREREQUISITE: Student must have all of the following: ● Audition
  Honors Band
 830
   12
    2
   1
    Honors Band is open to Grade 12 students registered for Symphonic Band. Students will be scheduled in the same period as they are currently, but have rigorous additional class requirements that justify the honors designation and credit. Additional course requirements include: Summer preparation of one major solo work to be used as an audition piece, first semester audition for, and if accepted, participate in PMEA Honors Band and Alle-Kiski Honors Band; Second semester preparation of a second solo or chamber work for recital performance; both semesters research and publication of program notes for concert.
PREREQUISITE:​ Student must have all following:
● Teacher Recommendation
● Students must currently be enrolled in Symphonic Band.
  Jazz Ensemble I/II
 803/804
   10-12
    2
   1
    Jazz Ensemble will perform at a variety of school and community functions. All styles of jazz music are explored with an emphasis on jazz improvisation (theory and harmony), jazz history and listening. Students playing instruments that are utilized in a standard big band format may participate (saxophones, trombones, trumpets, bass, guitars, piano, drums, and percussion). Students will also explore jazz combo literature. Jazz students of exceptional ability may audition for PMEA District and All-State Jazz Ensembles.
PREREQUISITE: Student must have all of the following:
● Audition and scheduled membership in concert or symphonic bands.
Note: ​Pianists and guitarists are exempt from the band prerequisite.
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