Overview

“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” Plato

BAND CLASSES OFFERED

9th grade **ZZ192 Band

10th grade **ZZ211 Band II

11th grade **ZZ212 Band III

12th grade **ZZ213 Band IV

**Placement audition required.

PERCUSSION CLASSES OFFERED

9th grade **ZZ143 Band Percussion

10th grade **ZZ214 Band Percussion II

11th grade **ZZ215 Band Percussion III

12th grade **ZZ216 Band Percussion IV

**Placement audition required. 

COLOR GUARD CLASSES OFFERED

9th grade **6471 Color Guard I

10th grade **6472 Color Guard II

11th grade **6473 Color Guard III

12th grade **6474 Color Guard Dance IV

** Approval Required

BAND

Following auditions, band students will be placed into the following classes. This is ability based, so there will be a mixture of all grades in all groups;

Marching Season:

  • Varsity I Concert band I, II, III, IV
  • Varsity II Concert band I, II, III, IV 
  • Concert band I, II, III, IV

Concert Season:

  • Wind Ensemble I, II, III, IV 
  • Symphonic I, II, III, IV  
  • Concert band I, II, III, IV

PERCUSSION

Following auditions, percussion students will be placed into the following classes. Freshmen will audition for pit (front ensemble) positions ONLY. ONLY upperclassmen may audition for battery positions;

Marching Season:

  • Percussion Pit I, II, III, IV
  • Percussion Battery I, II, III, IV

Concert Season:

  • Wind Ensemble I, II, III, IV 
  • Symphonic I, II, III, IV  
  • Concert band I, II, III, IV

COLOR GUARD

Following a successful audition, students are placed into the color guard class that corresponds to their grade.

Marching Season:

  • All students will be in the same period during the first semester. Grade or level in the class doesn’t impact the period.

Winterguard Season:

  • Depending on how many color guards there are in the winter, the classes will be split up to reflect the number of ensembles. Varsity and Junior Varsity guards will be in 2 separate classes. Students in Junior Varsity will have a schedule change from the first semester to the second semester.

CLASSES & SEASONS

From summer to the end of football season (November), band, percussion and guard students join forces for the duration of “Marching Season”. (We do not have a specific class for twirling, but we do have feature twirlers in our marching band. Feature Twirlers should select Color Guard electives). From the end of November to the end of the school year, band and percussion students transition into Concert Season, and guard students move into Winter Guard Season.

CREDITS

Band, percussion and guard students earn the following credits;

  • 1 credit for Physical Education in Freshman year
  • 1 credit for Fine Arts in Sophomore year

UIL REGULATIONS – TO NOTE

  • UIL no pass/no play applies to all band and guard students. (Determined after the first 6 weeks, and otherwise every 9 weeks), all classes must have a 70 or above.
  • If there is a failing grade in the first 6 weeks, eligibility can be regained by passing ALL subjects at the 9 week mark.
  • No refunds on trips is a district policy.

For more detailed information, please read our current handbook.

MUSIC ELECTIVES

We also offer other music classes. (These are completely separate music electives to marching season related activities);

  • 5501 Music Theory I
  • *5521 AP Music Theory (10th-12th Grade only)
  • Instrumental Ensemble (Non performing. Approval required – speak to Director)

*Advanced Course Agreement required

WE WILL ALWAYS STRIVE TO BE BETTER TODAY THAN WE WERE YESTERDAY

MOTIVATE, ENCOURAGE, INSPIRE…