Membership in this group is for students who have reached a certain degree of excellence in their instrumental work. New students to the district will need to get permission from the director of bands to enroll. The band performs for football games, parades, marching contests, and two seasonal concerts. Tuesday night rehearsals and weekend performances are required through October. The Fall Marching Band includes all band and flag members in the high school. The student will develop skills necessary to communicate and express feelings through the language of music. These include:
This ensemble is a select group made up of the top performers from the overall band program and meets during 5th hour. You must audition to perform with this group. Auditions will be held in the first nine weeks of each fall semester. This group will rehearse grade 4, 5, and 6 literature and perform three concerts along with competing at the State Large Ensemble Contest. These members will combine with the Freshman Concert Band to play in the 5th hour Viking Pep Band for basketball games and will have the option of participating in a trip every other year. The student will continue developing the following skills:
Symphonic Band is our second competitive ensemble that meets during 7th hour. Entrance in this ensemble is required with an audition for chair placement. All students enrolled in Viking Marching Band in the fall semester are welcome to join. Literature selections will range from grade 3–4 and will explore all styles of music. These members will have three seasonal concerts and will perform as the 7th hour Viking Pep Band for basketball games. Symphonic Band members will also be given the option of participating in the biannual trip. The student will continue to develop the following skills:
All freshman students that were not placed in Wind Ensemble are automatically enrolled in 5th hour Freshman Concert Band. An audition for chair placement is a requirement. Students in this ensemble will perform grade 2–3 literature and will use this class period to further develop their performance skills. The Freshman Concert Band also has the opportunity to participate in the biannual band trip. The student will continue to develop the following skills:
The purpose of Jazz Ensemble I is to expose musicians drawn from the Viking Band to a wide variety of musical styles, techniques, and cultures. Students will learn and perform big band swing, pop-rock, Latin funk, and many other musical styles. Emphasis on improvisation and basic music theory will be included as well. This group will consist of 4-5 trumpets, 4 trombones, 2 altos, 2 tenors, and 1 baritone saxophone. In addition, piano, electric guitar, electric or upright bass, and drum set will make up the group’s rhythm section. Students will be required to audition for placement in Jazz Ensemble I in the spring of the previous year. Students wishing to enroll in the SHS Jazz Ensemble I must be concurrently enrolled in an SHS Concert Band, unless permission to enroll is given by the instructor. The student will continue developing the following skills:
The purpose of Jazz Ensemble II is to expose musicians drawn from the Viking Band to a wide variety of musical styles, techniques, and cultures. Students will learn and perform big band swing, pop-rock, Latin, funk, and many other musical styles. Emphasis on improvisation and basic music theory will be included as well. Enrollment is open for any member of the Viking band that has a desire to play jazz music. Instruments include: trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, bass guitar, piano, and drum set. The student will be able to develop the following skills:
If your student is interested in private lessons, contact Mr. Stahly—older students frequently fund their runs to McDonald’s by tutoring the younger students.