I don’t know if I should join band? You absolutely should! You will be a part of one of the most successful organizations on campus. You will perform for thousands of people each year! You will learn the responsibility and self-discipline that it takes to succeed in all aspects of your adult life. You will make lots of new friends and go into the first day of high school already knowing your way around campus. Being a part of the band program is the most unique opportunity there is in high school! Plus, colleges look for involvement in an activity when going through applications, and participation in band helps you stand out! Most importantly, you will have lots of fun!
“What band class should I sign up for?” All incoming freshmen will be placed in the Concert Band Class, and have the option of being in our Jazz Band! You must participate in Concert Band in order to participate in Jazz Band, and all members participate in marching band in the fall. Please reach out with any questions you may have about this! “I don’t have a ride home, so I can’t come to practice.” No worries! You should definitely come. We can always find a ride home for you. Not having a ride is never an excuse. We can always find a way for you to get home if you can not be picked up. Even if you do not have a ride here, we can find a way!
“What about Summer Band Camp? Do I have to be at Summer Band Camp?” Yes Band camp is Mandatory! The only exceptions are by prior Director’s Approval. Marching band is co-curricular with our band classes (not extracurricular!) so attendance is a grade! Please communicate with the directors about any emergency absences. "I don't think i'll have time for band with all my advanced classes!" Students in the band program have some of the highest GPA’s in the school. A very large portion of our students are in AP and Honors Classes. Most have 3.5 GPA’s and higher! Band students are regarded throughout the school by the teachers as some of the best students in their class! What you learn in band is Time Management. This is the skill that you will learn that will help be successful in your classes and in life after high school. We have had valedictorians in our program, and many of our students get accepted to ivy league colleges! “I don’t think I can play the music, or memorize it, or learn where I am going in Marching Band!” Yes you will be able to play the music. The band program is designed with you in mind! We have everything set up to teach you how to play the music, teach you how to memorize it, and teach how to move around in Marching Band. We have a highly trained staff of teachers that are here to help you and teach you from the beginning.