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Courses

There are fourteen classes and dozens of musical opportunities for you in the University Band! Below are descriptions of each class, so you can find the course that's right for you.

Wind Ensemble*

This is our advanced ensemble for woodwind and brass players, by audition. The class meets during fifth period. The Wind Ensemble performs several times throughout the year and generally works on Grade IV-VI literature. Membership in the marching band is required for this class. Auditions take place on the last day of Mini-Camp. This is considered a primary band class.

Symphonic Band*

This is our intermediate ensemble for woodwind and brass players, by audition. The class meets during third period. The Wind Ensemble performs several times throughout the year and generally works on Grade III-IV literature. Membership in the marching band is required for this class. Auditions take place on the last day of Mini-Camp. This is considered a primary band class.

Concert Band*

This ensemble for woodwind and brass players is open to all University students, regardless of experience. The class meets during seventh period, and no audition is required! Membership in the marching band is optional (but encouraged) for true beginners. This is considered a primary band class.

Percussion Ensemble*

There are three levels of Percussion Ensemble: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. The intermediate and advanced courses are by audition only. Membership in the Marching Band is required for all these classes. All of our percussion groups perform several times throughout the year. Auditions take place on the last day of Mini-Camp. This is considered a primary band class.

Eurhythmics

This is a color guard class and meets during fourth period. Students will learn the fundamentals of rhythm, dance, flag and sabre/rifle spinning, as well as routine design and choreography. Membership in the marching band is required for students in this class, and membership in the Winter Guard is strongly encouraged. This is considered a primary band class.

Big Band

This is our advanced jazz ensemble, by audition only. The group performs several times throughout the year and is often used for special engagements. Membership in a primary band class is required. Auditions take place on the last day of Mini-Camp.

Jazz Ensemble

This jazz group is open to all University students interested in learning about the history, style, and performance of jazz music. Membership in a primary band class is required.

Blue Steel

This is our steel drum band, a traditional ensemble from Trinidad and Tobago that performs a variety of Caribbean styles. Membership in a primary band class is required.

IB Music

This is a Group 6 elective for juniors and seniors in the International Baccalaureate Program. The course covers music history, theory, style, world music cultures, composition/arrangement, and performance. This is a two-year course; sign up takes place at the end of sophomore year.

The History and Theory of Music

This is a class for sophomores in our Performing & Fine Arts Magnet giving an overview of music history and an introduction to music theory.

Music Theory Honors / AP Music Theory

Juniors and seniors in our Performing & Fine Arts Magnet will take comprehensive music theory courses culminating with the Advanced Placement music theory exam for college credit.