SYMPHONC & CONCERT BAND

CURRICULAR BAND PROGRAMS

The purpose of the Green Hope High School Band Program is to educate young people through music performance.  Time together will not be limited to purely learning about music, although that is the primary purpose.  By involvement in this organization, students will mature as a musician, student, and as a person.  The curriculum is cyclical in nature; while there is similarity from year to year, the comprehensive program encompasses four years of study.  Individual development of character, esteem, teamwork, and group accomplishment can be additional rewards of the program.

CONCERT BAND

Concert Band is designed to strengthen the student’s individual musicianship through the study of basic music concepts and vocabulary as well as scales and technical studies.  It is also designed to strengthen ensemble musicianship through the rehearsal and performance of intermediate to advanced band literature.  Students must demonstrate intermediate ability through performance of major and chromatic scales, intermediate-level solo literature, intermediate-level band literature, and sight-reading.

SYMPHONIC BAND

Symphonic Band is designed for the more serious music student in mind.  It builds on the fundamentals gained through prior band experience.  More advanced musical concepts of harmony, rhythm, and individual technique are studied through this course.  It is also designed to strengthen ensemble musicianship through rehearsal and performance of advanced band literature.  Students must demonstrate advanced ability through performance of major, minor, and chromatic scales, higher-level solo literature, higher-level band literature, and sight-reading.

NEXT PERFORMANCE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017
7PM
GREEN HOPE HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS

  • Students will continually develop individual musical advancement by practicing every day. Students are also encouraged to seek a private instructor.
  • Students will operate and perform as a group of disciplined young adults. Students will learn to become actively involved in all aspects of rehearsal.  This means that no other work should be done during rehearsal.
  • Students will establish and focus on cooperation.
  • Students will be held accountable for taking care of personal and school-related instruments and equipment, including chairs, stands, and sheet music. Students will not touch instruments that do not belong to them.
  • Students will consistently demonstrate group excellence with all performances.
  • Students will enjoy each other’s company.
  • The band program will involve parents in the activities of their children.
  • Members will make themselves available for rehearsals and performances held outside the school day.
  • Members will attend performances of other Green Hope fine arts programs in and out of the school day.
  • Members of this group will represent Green Hope High School to the community with professionalism.

ESSENTIAL STANDARDS

  1. Apply the elements of music and musical techniques in order to sing and play music with accuracy and expression.
  2. Interpret the sound and symbol systems of music.
  3. Create music using a variety of sound and notational sources.
  4. Understand the interacting elements to respond to music and music performances.
  5. Understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with music

ALL-DISTRICT BAND

All-District Band auditions are in January. This is a great way for students to showcase their individual talent and hard work through a competitive audition and selection process. Students are also representing the GHHS Band Program. As such, proper preparation and director’s approval is required. Students must complete the following requirements:

  • All 8 major scales + chromatic scale checked off with Mr. Myers
  • An ‘A’ on Playing Tests 3 and 4 (based on the All-District solo)
  • Play entire solo for Mr. Myers
  • Perform at least once for class

Students who do not complete the above requirements are not permitted to audition.

Honors Band Clinics are available to students by audition. The director will distribute information as he is made aware of the events.

PRACTICE HINTS & TIPS

QUIET

Find a quiet place without distractions. Turn off the television and silence your cell phone.

ROUTINE

Follow a routine. Play etude, solo, or melody from music or warm-ups. Practice solo piece or parts from music. End with your favorite thing to play!

LEARN

Use the internet to research the pieces you are playing, your instrument for pitch tendencies, alternate fingerings, tips on improving tone quality and intonation, etc.

TEMPO

Count yourself off in the tempo of the piece before you play.

PERFORM

Practice exactly like you want to perform. Envision an audience listening while you play.

TRY IT

Don’t spend all of your time on music that you know. Try something new. Even advanced musicians were once beginners!

TIME

Spread out your practice time throughout the week. Spend at least 15 minutes at each time practicing.

PERSEVERE

Avoid playing the whole pieces from start to finish. Isolate your problem areas then run the whole piece or section.

TOOLS

Make sure you have a tuner and metronome.

LISTEN

Record your practice and listen to yourself often.

SIGHTREAD

Sightread something… borrow a book from the library.

WATCH

Use a mirror to be sure that there are no superfluous movements in your embouchure.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

All equipment and instruments are expected to be of good quality and in excellent condition.  It is the responsibility of the student to take care of his/her own equipment so that it remains in good playing condition.  Students are responsible for providing their own mouthpieces and ligatures.  Following is a list of mouthpieces that are recommended:

Clarinet……….Vandoren 5RV Lyre
Bass Clarinet……….CM 344
Saxophone……….Rousseau
French Horn……….Holton Farkas MDC (medium-deep cup) or Yamaha 30C4
Trumpet……….Bach 5c or 3c
Euphonium……….Schilke 51d—check shank size
Trombone……….Bach 6 ½ AL or 5G (Advanced)—check shank size
Tuba……….Schilke 66

Students who play a reed instrument should purchase quality reeds and always have three playable reeds that they rotate daily.  Reeds should be put in a reed case between rehearsals.  This extends the life of the reed.  Vandoren reeds are recommended.  Rico reeds are not acceptable. Percussionists are responsible for providing:

  • Stick bag
  • Snare sticks (Vic Firth SD1 Generals)
  • Yarn mallets (Mike Balter, rattan shaft preferred)
  • Hard plastic bell mallets (Balter)
  • Timpani mallets (Vic Firth T1 Generals) *optional