Middle School Band
All middle school students are involved in the Middle School Band Program. This year, due to learning remotely, there will be some changes in the type of instruction we do and our overall goals for the year. Unfortunately, we will note be performing together as an ensemble in the near future, so goals are going to be based more around individual musicianship.
Each class will have one 45 minute session with me per week. In addition, I will be offering lesson time slots where they can sign up for a 10-20 minute session where I help them with music they’re working on, any problems they’re having, instrument issues, etc. Last year, these individual lessons went really well and I am looking to expand them this year to try to help more students.
*If we go back to live instruction later this school year, HCS has the following instrumental ensembles:
5th/6th Grade Band: All 5th/6th graders meet together during a scheduled class period once a week to perform on concert repertoire and work on ensemble building skills. Our goals are to learn to play together as a group, prepare for concerts, and for competitions.
7th/8th Grade Band: All 7th/8th graders meet together during a scheduled class period once a week to perform on concert repertoire and work on ensemble building skills. Our goals are to learn to play together as a group, prepare for concerts, and for competitions.
Jazz Band: Membership is open to all middle school students. Jazz band will meet on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:30. Auditions may be necessary depending on instrument.
Graduation Band: Mainly consists of 6th and 7th grade students. Rehearsals are during the regular school day. Rehearsals start in May and performance is during graduation.
Chamber Ensembles: Students who wish may decide to play in small chamber groups that will meet before school. These groups will be decided based on student interest.
Early morning practice: All beginner and middle school students are welcome to come before school to practice on their own or if they need help.
Sectionals: Sectionals will be scheduled around one or two times per month from 11:30AM-12:00PM. Some sectionals will be led by the director and others will be student led.