Who We Are
The purpose of the Green Hope High School Band Programs is to educate young people through music performance. Students are motivated through teamwork and performance objectives and evaluation to mature as a musician, as a student, and as a person. The curriculum is varied and cyclical in nature. The comprehensive program encompasses four years of high school study. Individual development of character, esteem, teamwork, and group accomplishment can be additional rewards of the program.
The local and nationally recognized band program at Green Hope High School consists of the Concert Band and Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Winter Color Guard, Winter Indoor Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, our Jazz Band and several excellent, ongoing ensembles and solo opportunities. Over 200 students participate in these programs every year, performing for community concerts, regional and national competitions, school sports and arts events, local, regional and national competitions. Our newsletter regularly reaches over 700 people. Green Hope High School band students consistently graduate to world class music programs nationwide, providing outstanding young musicians and citizens, many of whom pursue careers featuring part time and full time music performance.
The GHHS Marching Band Performed in 2011, 2013 and 2015 at Band of America’s Grand National competition in Indianapolis. The Marching Band also received the Sweepstakes Award for performing at the 2009 Gator Bowl. Green Hope High School Concert and Symphonic bands regularly place 30 or more students in the NC Central District Band and several in the NC All State Band, consistently vying for the most students so placed by any high school program in the state of North Carolina and beyond. Our Indoor Percussion Ensemble was promoted to Open Class and places in the top 25 at WGI World Championships.
Composer Philip Sparke conducted our Symphonic Band in the world premiere of his piece ‘Neapolitan’ at Meymandi Hall in May of 2009. Martin Ellerby composed “Roman Trilogy,” for its world premier in spring 2014 at Meymandi Hall. The bands are regularly invited to perform for the Cary and Raleigh community in venues such as Koka Booth Theater, Cary’s Lazy Days, and in an increasing number of significant events in the region and nationally, in collaboration with other top high school band programs.