Objectives of the Band Program:
- To teach music by its actual performance.
- To develop performance skills on the various wind and percussion instruments.
- To provide for the musical needs of the school and the community.
- To provide all students with the opportunity for worthy use of their time, a means for self-expression, and a healthy social experience.
- To develop the ability to function as a responsible member of a group, enhance interaction, and develop esprit de corps.
- To foster leadership skills within each student.
The symphonic band is the most advanced class for wind players. This group performs annually at LGPE, and is comprised of students with the performing ability necessary to play grade 5 literature.
The concert band is our next level ensemble, comprised of mostly freshmen, students maturing from Beginning Band, and students who have chosen to play a secondary instrument. The concert band is made up of students with the performing ability necessary to perform grade 3 and 4 literature.
The Beginning Band is open to any students interested in learning a new instrument, whether or not you have prior experience playing or reading music. Students that complete this class are eligible to move up into the Concert Band or Percussion Ensemble class, and for participation in the IHS Marching Band.
All percussionists in the band program with one or more previous years of experience enroll in the percussion ensemble class. Students learn basic fundamentals on all the percussion instruments and explore many styles and genres. The percussion ensemble class is responsible for all percussion parts for both Symphonic and Concert Band, as well as learning ensemble music written exclusively for percussionists.
Preparations are in place to create a jazz band class for Islands. This group will work on several styles of music as well as improvisation. Depending on class demand, auditions may be necessary to select instrumentation. The jazz band performs for community and other events.
The objective of the Music Theory & Composition course is to allow students to develop practical knowledge and skills to enable them to have a more in-depth understanding and appreciation of music. Music Theory gives students the opportunity to develop their critical reasoning skills and their overall understanding of the structure of music. Students will learn how to analyze a piece of music, and how to apply that knowledge to create their own compositions. Students will develop their ear training and sight-singing, and develop their knowledge of the piano keyboard within the context of understanding music structure. The knowledge they acquire in Music Theory can not only be applied to their performance-based classes, but also help prepare them for success in college coursework.
Marching band is an afterschool activity primarily in the fall. The marching band performs mainly at football games and parades. Membership in the marching band requires physical exercise and the ability to play the music encountered in the activity. All students enrolled in symphonic band, concert band, and percussion ensemble (drumline by audition only) are expected to march unless already involved in another afterschool activity.