The basic band course is designed to give the student musician a strong foundation in performance on a brass or woodwind instrument. Each student will be given very detailed daily instruction on sound production, articulation, tone, tuning, and playing in tune. The goal of the course is to prepare the student for participation in the Concert Band. Membership is extended to all students who wish to play in brass or woodwind instrument, and have no experience playing in a method book.
Concert (Intermediate) Band
The concert band course is designed to reinforce the foundational elements of creating music through the wind instruments, as introduced in the basic band course, or in elementary or middle school band. Membership is extended to all students who have successfully completed book one of a standard band method book. Members of this ensemble comprise many of the musicians in the Panthers Marching Band.
Symphonic (Advanced) Band
The symphonic band course offers a brass or woodwind musician the opportunity to play literature at a very high level. Membership is extended to all students who have successfully completed book two of a standard band method book. Symphonic band students are expected to know all twelve major scales and the chromatic scale from memory. Students should also be able to use readily use varying articulations and alternate fingerings, as applicable, in performance. Members of this ensemble comprise many of the musicians in the Panthers Marching Band and Symphony Orchestra.