Band students in every division have the chance to develop an appreciation for music and grow their skill as musicians. The school year provides many opportunities for students to share their talents with the school community and the public.
Exposure to band instruments begins in Grade 5. 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 continue 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.