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FRESHMAN CONCERT BAND/MARCHING BAND           
Full Year                    
Grade 9                                                                                      

Freshman Concert Band/Marching Band is a co-curricular course that includes marching band and concert band opportunities.  This course serves as a transitional year in the student's musical development from middle school ensembles to the more advanced high school ensembles in grades 10 through 12.  An emphasis will be placed on technical training, musicianship, music theory and rehearsal etiquette.  Repertoire selected for this ensemble will fluctuate between the medium and medium-advanced level of difficulty.  Students will be exposed to musical genres to include pieces from the classical, romantic, 20th century, and contemporary periods of the band repertoire.  Students will also be exposed to marches, rock, jazz, Broadway, and/or movie repertoire.  Students are expected to practice daily.  This course meets on a daily basis with opportunities for students to apply and audition for PMEA and AV Honor Bands.  Students who play jazz instruments will also have the opportunity to audition for a 9th Grade Jazz Band, which will be pulled out of the concert band rehearsal one day per week.  Students must attend Freshman Mini-Camp in June, Band Camp in August, two after school rehearsals the first two weeks of school and one after school rehearsal the remainder of the football season.  Attendance at all public performances is required, including concerts, adjudications, band festivals, parades, and football games.  All performances will be graded.  Students participating in another HTSD fall activity which forces the student to miss 33% or more of the marching band performances will be exempt from the marching component of this co-curricular course. 

SYMPHONIC BAND/MARCHING BAND                           
Full Year
Grades 10, 11, 12                   

Symphonic/Marching Band is a co-curricular course that includes marching band and concert band opportunities.  This class provides the students an opportunity to continue their musical development in a non-competitive and safe environment.  An emphasis will be placed on technical training, musicianship, and rehearsal etiquette.  Repertoire selected for this ensemble will be at the medium-advanced level of difficulty.  Students will be exposed to musical genres to include pieces from the classical, romantic, 20th century, and contemporary periods of the band repertoire.  Students will also be exposed to marches, rock, jazz, Broadway, and/or movie repertoire.  Students are expected to practice daily.  This course meets on a daily basis with the opportunity for students to audition for AV Honors Band.  Students must attend Band Camp in August, two after school rehearsals the first two weeks of school and one after school rehearsal the remainder of the football season.  Attendance at all public performances is required, including concerts, adjudications, band festivals, parades, and football games.  All performances will be graded.  Students participating in another HTSD fall activity which forces the student to miss 33% or more of the marching band performances will be exempt from the marching component of this co-curricular course.

JAZZ BAND                                                   
Full Year
Grades 10, 11, 12                                                                 

The High School Jazz Band is a course designed to give musicians advanced experience in jazz style.  This course meets two days per week with additional rehearsals when necessary.  Music from the Big Band Era to contemporary jazz will be discussed, practiced, and performed.  Music will be difficult.  Students will be exposed to improvisation.  Students are expected to practice.  All performances will be graded.  Attendance at all performances is a course requirement. 

WIND ENSEMBLE/MARCHING BAND HONORS                                                    
Full Year                                                                                                        
Grades 10, 11, 12                                                                                    

Honors Wind Ensemble/Marching Band is a co-curricular course intended for the advanced and serious musician that includes marching band and concert band opportunities.  This course provides the students with an intense, serious, and competitive ensemble experience.  Students must possess advanced technical and musical abilities.  An emphasis will be placed on technical training, musicianship, music theory and rehearsal etiquette.  Repertoire selected for this ensemble will be at the advanced - very advanced level of difficulty (college level).  Students will be exposed to major works from the band repertoire, including selections from the classical, romantic, 20th century, and contemporary periods.  Students will also be exposed to marches, rock, jazz, Broadway, and/or movie repertoire during the marching component of this course.  Students must practice daily.  This course meets on a daily basis with the opportunity for students to audition and apply for PMEA and AV Honor Bands.  Students must attend Band Camp in August, two after school rehearsals the first two weeks of school and one after school rehearsal the remainder of the football season.  Attendance at all public performances is required, including concerts, adjudications, band festivals, parades, and football games.  All performances will be graded.  Students participating in another HTSD fall activity which forces the student to miss 33% or more of the marching band performances will be exempt from the marching component of this co-curricular course.

FRESHMEN STRING ORCHESTRA                                  
Full Year
Grades 9                                                                                       

The Freshman String Orchestra is a performance-oriented course that aims to develop a varied repertoire of classical and popular orchestral works for performance both in and outside of the district, with emphasis on intermediate-advanced individual and ensemble playing techniques. This course serves as a transitional opportunity between middle school orchestra and the high school orchestra and reinforces techniques necessary to perform more advanced high school level music.  The course will also develop student understanding of basic music theory and music history as it relates to the repertoire.  This course meets on a daily basis with opportunities for individuals to audition for various honors ensembles throughout the area.  Attendance at all public performances is required.

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA                                               
Full Year                                       
Grades 10, 11, 12                                                                     

The Symphony Orchestra is a performance-oriented course that aims to develop a varied repertoire of classical and popular orchestral works for performance both in and outside of the district, with emphasis on advanced individual and ensemble playing techniques.  Repertoire will include pieces suitable for full symphony orchestra, as well as strings-only selections.  The course will also develop student understanding of basic music theory and music history as it relates to the repertoire. This course meets on a daily basis with opportunities for individuals to audition for various honors ensembles throughout the area.  Attendance at all public performances is required.  Students will be assessed on daily performance in the classroom, individual development of technique, and written and aural analysis of music.

HONORS ORCHESTRA                             
Full Year                                                                                   
Grades 10, 11, 12                                                                   

Honors Orchestra is a course that runs concurrently with Symphony Orchestra. Honors Orchestra is a performance-oriented course that aims to develop a varied repertoire of classical and popular orchestral works for performance both in and outside of the district, with emphasis on advanced individual and ensemble playing techniques.  Repertoire will include pieces suitable for full symphony orchestra, as well as strings-only selections, and opportunities to develop chamber music skills in small groups.  The course will also develop student understanding of basic music theory and music history as it relates to the repertoire. In addition, Honors Orchestra students are required to submit four projects per semester. These projects emphasize public performance in both large and chamber groups, as well as develop a more in depth understanding of the history behind the orchestra's repertoire. This course meets on a daily basis with opportunities for individuals to audition for various honors ensembles throughout the area. Students will be assessed on daily performance in the classroom, individual development of technique, and written and aural analysis of music, as well as completion of the four projects using a rubric for criteria.

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