The Marching and Concert Bands are open to any student (grades 9-12) with previous instrumental music experience. Students in these classes in Fall will form the Tiger Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band. Winter and Spring, our focus turns to preparing for Concert Band performances and festivals.
During the fall, the band will learn music and drill to a competitive, yet entertaining, show to be presented at football halftime, as well as local and regional competitions. The band rehearses twice per week after school during competition season. These rehearsals are mandatory. During Concert season, a wide variety of music for winds and percussion will be studied and performed throughout the year, from pop, jazz, and rock, to movie music to symphonic. In addition, students will have individual opportunities to participate in optional events like Solo and Ensemble Contest, Treasure Valley Honor Band (By Audition) and OMEA All-State Honor Band. Attending all full band performances is a course requirement. Beginner students will be accepted based on their ability / desire to work hard to grasp musical concepts quickly. Honors Credit is available , but requires approval from the instructor and meeting additional expectations . Students can participate in athletics and still be a part of the band program at OHS.
1) A higher-level musical experience for those who excel at playing their instruments in Marching and Concert Band.
2) Learn and perform “commercial” styles of music, including (but not limited to) Swing, Blues, Rock, and Straight-ahead Jazz in a full ensemble setting. Emphasis will be placed on playing in styles appropriate to the literature being studied.
3) Students will develop listening skills toward hearing chord changes, and how to IMPROVISE melodies on-the-spot to accompanied harmonic backgrounds.
4) Performances outside of the school day at festivals and other events are a large part of this, and any other Performing Arts class. These events, once added to the performance schedule, are mandatory.
5) Traditional Jazz Band instrumentation include saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone, plus doubling on other woodwind instruments), trumpets, trombones, and rhythm section instruments (piano, drums, auxiliary percussion, guitar and upright or electric bass). Students who do not play a Jazz Band instrument, but would still like to play in the Jazz Band, are encouraged to learn a secondary instrument.
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