Yes! It is never too late to take on a new challenge or pick up where you left off.
Yes. About 40% of our band, including many of our best performers, is in the IB and GT magnet programs. We even offer an IB Music class, available to juniors and seniors, which counts toward your IB diploma.
Usually, yes. Band rehearsal takes place after most sports practices so that our members are not excluded from any activities. We've had band members play baseball, lacrosse, basketball, softball, JV football, water polo, soccer, track, and more. The band directors are happy to work with you on any schedule conflicts as long as you are proactive and try to get them solved in advance.
Yes, but it's worth it! If you are anxious, talk to some people who have done it. Challenge yourself to try it out for one season. I promise, all these people who keep coming back year after year are not crazy.
Believe it or not, the marching band only rehearses for eight hours in a typical week. On top of that, if you come to the band room after school, you'll see many students studying and doing homework. There is plenty of time: the key is to manage it.
Like any after school program, band does cost money. The amount will vary depending on a number of factors, but a typical marching band season costs between $335 and $495 per student.
You can find the full list of band fees on the Parent Page. Fundraisers take place throughout the year to help you. Every year, we have some students fundraise the entire amount! The band directors can also work with families individually if there are exceptional circumstances.
Yes, you will! The schedule can definitely look overwhelming at first, and the students will be with us a lot, but they will be home a lot, too. Keep in mind that some parents don't know where their kids are after school... you will know that yours are with a great group of people, doing something positive together, building character and developing themselves artistically, athletically, and socially.
Of course, one of the best ways to say involved with your kids is to volunteer! Check out the Parents Page for more information.
The University Band has something for everyone! Check out our Course List to see what is available. A band director can help find the right class for you.
Yes. Our application is being processed, and we should be an "Academy" for the 2018-2019 year. This means we can offer magnet classes and start enrolling students who are already zoned for University High School. We should then become a full "Magnet" for the 2019-2020 school year, able to draw students from any zone in Orange County.