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CASTLE VIEW HIGH SCHOOL BANDS

 

INTERESTED IN BAND?

Click the link below to see a full list of all the classes that CVHS offers in a flowchart format - showing you the path to getting the most out of your time in band.

 
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MARCHING BAND

Students will develop technique in movement and sound production to create a field ensemble that will perform in local and state competitions and at all home football games.  Students and staff will work together to develop and perform challenging and relevant musical repertoire while learning proper performance etiquette. This class will require after school and weekend rehearsal time. Participation in all performances is required.  Instrument Rental ($50.00 optional) and trip fees.

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WIND ENSEMBLE

This ensemble is designed to develop musical skills through traditional band instruments for the highest-level instrumentalists. Emphasis will be on exposure to the most classic and challenging of wind band literature. Students will be required to participate in pep band performances during football and basketball.


Percussionists are required to pay a $60 usage fee for school-owned percussion equipment. Some wind instruments are available to rent from the school.  Out-of-school performances will be required and are part of the course grade.  The wind ensemble is dedicated to the study and performance of advanced wind ensemble literature. Participation in all performances is required. Instrumental Rental ($50.00 optional) and trip fees.

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SYMPHONIC BAND

This ensemble is designed to develop musical skills through traditional band instruments for higher-level instrumentalists. Emphasis will be on continued technical and musical development on an instrument through a variety of quality band literature. In addition, you may be required to participate in pep band performances during football and basketball.


Percussionists are required to pay a $60 usage fee for school-owned percussion equipment. Some wind instruments are available to rent from the school. Out-of-school performances will be required and are part of the course grade. Participation in all performances is required. Instrumental Rental ($50.00 optional) and trip fees.

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CONCERT BAND

Concert Band students will be actively involved in the development of overall musicianship and technique. This class is specifically designed to allow students to develop their skills. Any students who have dropped band in the past or were not able to take band previously and now wish to, should take this class. It will be fast-paced, but it will start from the beginning.


After completing this class, students will be able to advance into the other band classes including Symphonic Band and Marching Band. Students will study all types of music. This band is a performance-based class and all concerts are REQUIRED. It will be expected that the students provide their own instrument and accessories unless they have made arrangements with the band teacher prior to enrolling in the class.  Percussionists are required to pay a $60 usage fee for school-owned percussion equipment. The school’s rental instruments are limited. Participation in all performances is required.

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JAZZ ENSEMBLE I

Wind and percussion players MUST be in Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble or Percussion tech. This is the most advanced jazz ensemble at CVHS. This ensemble contains a traditional jazz big-band instrumentation (5 saxes, 5 trombones, 5 trumpets, piano, guitar, bass and drums).


Emphasis is on performance of high quality jazz literature, and developing skill in jazz improvisation. Members of this ensemble must also register for one of the following bands:  Percussion Tech, Wind Ensemble, or Symphonic Band.  Exceptions are made for piano, guitar and bass players or at the director’s discretion. You must be able to read music for your instrument to participate in this group. Participation in all performances is required.Instrument Rental (optional), suggested supplementary materials, percussion fee, uniform fee and trip fees.

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JAZZ ENSEMBLE II

Wind and percussion players MUST be in Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble or Percussion tech.  This is an introductory level jazz ensemble. This ensemble contains a traditional jazz instrumentation (5 saxes, 5 trombones, 5 trumpets, piano, guitar, bass and drums).

Emphasis is on developing the skills to grow into Jazz I. Members of this ensemble must also register for one of the following bands: Percussion Tech, Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band. Exceptions are made for piano, guitar and bass players or at the director’s discretion. This is an introductory level jazz experience for instrumentalists. Participation in all performances is required.  Instrument rental (optional), suggested supplementary materials, percussion fee, uniform fee and trip fees.

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PERCUSSION TECH

This class is designed to teach percussionists a full range of percussion techniques from simple snare drum to mallet keyboard studies. The class will focus on specific techniques in playing all percussion instruments, perform a variety of percussion ensemble literature and work on band literature.


Performance opportunities include 2-3 scheduled percussion ensemble concert performances and performances with the Castle View Band or Orchestra. All percussionists wishing to continue their skill development should sign up for this class.  Participation in all performances is required.

 
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MUSIC APPRECIATION/THEORY CLASSES