Band Program Description

 

We are the Pride of the Tribe.

We are Seminoles.

We believe in motivation, dedication, discipline.

The Bands of Seminole High School are …

Concert Band
The CONCERT BAND is a performing ensemble for all 9th graders open to wind and percussion students. The group will perform several concerts during the year and will emphasize the study of basic musicianship skills and improvement of fundamentals. The CONCERT BAND class meets every school day (for credit). Opportunities for playing in small groups and solos will also be available. After school rehearsals are required one day every each week in the Spring semester. Students in this ensemble are REQUIRED to attend all major events, such as (but not limited to): FBA Concert MPAs (District) etc.

Symphonic Band
The SYMPHONIC BAND is open to wind and percussion instrumentalists who have achieved a specific level of playing ability. Admittance into this class is based on auditions and demands the highest commitment to a performing ensemble. In addition to the performance of modern wind literature and transcriptions, the fundamentals of wind performance such as breathing skills, embouchure strength and flexibility, finger strength and speed, and articulation ability will be emphasized. The SYMPHONIC BAND is a class that meets (for credit) every school day and performs several concerts and festivals each year. After school rehearsals are required one day every each week in the Spring semester. Students in this ensemble are REQUIRED to attend all major events, such as (but not limited to): FBA Concert MPAs (District & State), Invitational Performances, etc.

Wind Ensemble
The WIND ENSEMBLE is the top performing ensemble at Seminole High School. Admittance into this class is based on auditions and demands the highest commitment to a performing ensemble. Private study is highly recommended. In addition to the performance of difficult modern wind literature and transcriptions, the fundamentals of wind performance such as breathing skills, embouchure strength and flexibility, finger strength and speed, and articulation ability will be emphasized. The Wind Ensemble is a class that meets (for credit) every school day and performs several concerts and festivals each year. After school sectionals (brass, percussion, and woodwind) are required one day every other week. Sectionals will begin February through March. Students will also be required to perform in smaller chamber groups for the first semester. After school rehearsals are required one day every each week in the Spring semester. Students in this ensemble are REQUIRED to attend all major events, such as (but not limited to): FBA Concert MPAs (District & State), Invitational Performances, etc.

Jazz Chiefs
The JAZZ CHIEFS will study Jazz and other related literature. The JAZZ CHIEFS is a class that meets (for credit) every school day and performs at several school and civic events each year. Membership in this group is based on level of experience and by audition only. Students in this ensemble are REQUIRED to attend all major events, such as (but not limited to): FBA Jazz MPAs (District & State), Invitational Performances, etc.

Jazz Combo
The JAZZ COMBO is open to students who wish to study Jazz. This class will focus on the fundamentals of Jazz performance as well as learn Jazz Theory and History. Students in JAZZ II will perform in both the Big Band setting as well as combos incorporating the practice of improving. The JAZZ COMBO class meets (for credit) every school day and performs at several school and civic events each year.

Percussion Class
The PERCUSSION CLASS is open to students who wish to study percussion instruments in the band department. The class meets every school day (for credit). Students will learn basic fundamentals to advance playing skills on a variety of percussion instruments. During the Fall semester all students work in the marching portion of the band. In the Spring semester students will focus on percussion ensemble literature and many students will transfer into one of the band classes. Students in this ensemble are REQUIRED to attend all major events, such as (but not limited to): FBA Concert MPAs (District & State), Invitational Performances, Drum Line Performances, etc.

The Pride of the Tribe
The “The Pride of the Tribe” is the combined forces of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Percussion Class and Color Guard. The purpose of this organization is to provide entertainment for football games, pep rallies, band festivals, parades, and concerts. It is an integral part of the instrumental music education curriculum at Seminole High School. All members are expected to devote TOTAL DEDICATION and MAXIMUM EFFORT and INVOLVEMENT in all aspects of marching, playing, and performance.

Seminole High School has more musical opportunities than any other school in Seminole County. Other music opportunities include: general music theory, A.P. music theory, I.B. music theory, show choirs and orchestra.