Under the direction of band teacher Janet MacKay- Galbraith, students have every opportunity to develop an appreciation for music and to grow their skill as musicians. Mrs. Galbraith is a performing artist - she is a former member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and plays the flute.
Exposure to band instruments begins in the fifth grade. Students not already involved in the strings program, take the nine-week exploratory band course. Students are introduced to different instruments such as the saxophone, clarinet, flute, drums, trumpet, trombone and tuba. The class helps inspire many students to play an instrument.
Students then may elect to become members of the fifth grade band for the second semester of school and continue on as members of the Middle School Band for grades 6-8.
At the High School level students continue on to the Concert Band (an elective course), which is a performance-based instrumental ensemble that stresses the development of skills, technique, musicianship and ensemble awareness through a variety of music literature. Students may also elect to take Concert Band as an Honors course, which is weighted more heavily toward their GPA. The Honors course has additional requirements regarding extra performances, competitions and evaluations of community band concerts.
Additionally, Middle and High School students are invited to play in the Pep Band for school assemblies and varsity basketball games.