Course Descriptions

Sound of the Braves Marching Band

The William R. Boone High School Marching Band is an ensemble that is comprised of the combined forces of the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Percussion Ensembles, and Color Guard. The ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school (time TBD each season). In addition, sectionals will be held on Wednesday after school, times TBA, Saturday rehearsals are called as needed. This ensemble represents Boone High School at all varsity football contests, community parades, and marching evaluations. Students are graded for their participation in marching band by their instructor, and that grade is reflected in their respective Concert/Symphonic/Wind/Percussion/Color Guard grade.

 

The following state is reprinted from the Orange County “Marching Band Review Committee” report, and represents the policy for participation in marching band as approved by the Orange County School Board:

 

Band courses in Orange County are co-curricular, not extra-curricular, and music being performed is rehearsed primarily during class time. Students are being assessed on their ability to perform the literature in a satisfactory manner. Department of Education State course descriptions include the following statement:  This course generally requires students to participate in extra rehearsals and performances beyond regular school hours.. In addition, OCPS Course Descriptions for High School Band I through VI state the following” As a co-curricular performance orientate activity, attendance is required for rehearsals and performances beyond regular school hours.”

 

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is the premiere ensemble at William R. Boone High School featuring the most outstanding wind and percussion students. It is a performance orientated full credit class, primarily comprised of upperclassmen. Students in this ensemble will typically pursue private instruction on their instrument. Students will perform with aesthetic understanding and demonstrate the ability to independently prepare music from a variety of styles and genres. As a co-curricular performance activity, attendance is required for rehearsals and performances beyond regular school hours. Members of this ensemble will combine with other classes to form the marching band.

 

Symphonic Band

This is a performance orientated full credit class open to students in any grade who have previous instrumental training. Students will perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music grades 3 – 4. Students will demonstrate musicianship skills in a large ensemble setting relating to balance, blend, intonation, and rhythmic precision. As a co-curricular performance activity, attendance is required for rehearsals and performances beyond regular school hours. Members of this ensemble will combine with other classes to form the marching band.

 

 

Concert Band

This is a performance orientated full credit class open to students in any grade. Students will perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music grades 2 – 3. Students will demonstrate musicianship skills in a large ensemble setting relating to balance, blend, intonation, and rhythmic precision. As a co-curricular performance activity, attendance is required for rehearsals and performances beyond regular school hours. Members of this ensemble will combine with other classes to form the marching band.

 

Jazz Ensemble

This is a performance oriented full credit class open to a select group of musicians determined by audition only. This group will perform and study jazz and pop music of various styles and time periods. Students will develop the ability to improvise over basic chord progressions while becoming familiar with the nomenclatures of various jazz styles. As a co-curricular performance activity, attendance is required for rehearsals and performances beyond regular school hours.

 

Color Guard (Eurhythmics)

This is a performance oriented full credit class with content that includes understanding and demonstrating performance techniques appropriate to various styles of music. This class meets everyday and is open to a select group of performers determined by audition only. The color guard performs with the marching band in the fall, and competes independently as a winter guard in the spring. As a co-curricular performance activity, attendance is required for rehearsals and performances beyond regular school hours. Members of this ensemble will combine with other classes to form the marching band.

Chamber Ensembles

Within the context of the main band courses are smaller chamber groups. These experiences allow student performers to grow and develop substantially as a musician. These ensembles include the following

 

Woodwind Ensemble

Flute Choir

Brass Choir

Percussion Ensemble

Brass Quintet

Woodwind Quintet

Duets, Trios, Quartets, etc.

 

 

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