Hello 8th Grade Parents,
As you know tomorrow is the high school band auditions for all rising 9th graders. This is a very exciting time for your child as they will be given an opportunity to show off what they have prepared in order to find which concert band class they will fall into.
The high school has three levels of band:
Concert Band, which is primarily made up of 9th and 10th graders.
Symphonic Band, which is primarily made up of 10th, 11th and some 12th graders.
Wind Ensemble, which is primarily 11th and 12th graders.
The bands are seated by score not by grade level however, so if your child performers well tomorrow afternoon they could finish in one of the upper bands.
ALL OF THE STUDENTS REGARDLESS OF WHICH CONCERT BAND THEY ARE IN WILL BE IN THE MARCHING BAND. The students will work a bit on marching band music during the school day in class, but the majority of the marching band work will take place during band camp and after school rehearsals.
ONCE THE PROCESS IS COMPLETED MR. CARR WILL ALERT THE HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULING DEPARTMENT AND YOUR CHILD WILL BE ENROLLED FOR THAT CLASS. ALL PERCUSSIONISTS WILL BE ENROLLED IN PERCUSSION CLASS WITH MR. ROBICHAUX.
COLOR GUARD AUDITIONS ARE ALSO TAKING PLACE THIS WEEK AND MR. CARR WILL SCHEDULE THEM ONCE THAT PROCESS IS COMPLETED. YOUR CHILD SHOULD STILL AUDITION ON THEIR INSTRUMENT FOR CONCERT BAND.
This process can sometimes be a nervous one for rising 9th graders. The entire band staff wants you to know that it will be an extremely supportive environment. We want your child to get the best musical experience possible in high school and this audition helps to tailor the perfect path for them going forward.
Please feel free to stop in to watch and listen, ask questions or fill out paperwork. The Don Hall Band Room at the high school will be open and their will be a buzz of excitement in the air.