Bands

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Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band is designed for fifth through eighth graders who have played their wind and percussion instrument for 1–3 years. No previous band experience is required. This ensemble emphasizes band fundamentals, instrumental technique, and ensemble skills.

Duration
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 4–5 pm and Saturdays, 12–1:30 pm
Sectionals: Thursdays, 5–6 pm
 

Concert Band

The Concert Band is an ensemble designed for middle and high school wind and percussion students who demonstrate playing ability at the intermediate level. No previous band experience is required. This ensemble emphasizes music reading and ensemble skills.

Duration
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 5–6:30 pm and Saturdays, 2–3:30 pm
Sectionals: Saturdays, 4–5 pm
 

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is intended for high school intermediate through advanced level wind and percussion students. Repertoire includes original and arranged works for winds. This ensemble emphasizes music reading and ensemble skills, as well.

Duration
Rehearsals: Mondays, 6–9 pm
 

All ensembles meet for 16 weeks each semester. If you have any questions, please contact the Community School office at 213-621-4548.
 

Audition Information

Auditions for the spring 2020 semester will be held on December 4 from 5-7 pm only. Students interested in auditioning for the band program should fill out the inquiry form.

Minimum Age Requirements

Symphonic Band: 5th grade (some age exceptions made)
Concert Band: 6th grade (some age exceptions made)
Wind Ensemble: 9th grade (some age exceptions made)
 

Audition Requirements

Symphonic Band

Be prepared to demonstrate:

  • Play one Symphonic Band etude with rhythmic and melodic accuracy
  • Perform from memory a one-octave scale in the following concert pitched keys: C, F, B-flat, and E-flat
  • Sight-reading excerpt

Select your instrument below to download the appropriate excerpts for your audition.

Alto Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bassoon
Clarinet
Euphonium
Flute
Horn
Percussion
Trombone
Trumpet

 
Concert Band

Be prepared to demonstrate:

  • Play one Concert Band etude with rhythmic and melodic accuracy.
  • Perform from memory a two-octave scale in the following concert pitched keys: G, C, F, B-flat, E-flat, A-flat, D-flat, and a one-octave chromatic scale.
  • Sight-reading excerpt

Select your instrument below to download the appropriate excerpts for your audition.

Alto Saxophone
Bass Clarinet
Baritone Saxophone
Bassoon
Clarinet
Euphonium
Flute
Horn
Oboe
Percussion
Tenor Saxophone
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba

 
Wind Ensemble

Be prepared to demonstrate:

  • Play one Wind Ensemble etude with rhythmic and melodic accuracy.
  • Perform from memory a two-octave scale in the following concert pitched keys: C, F, B-flat, E-flat, A-flat, D-flat, G, D, A, E, B, G-flat/F-sharp and a full range chromatic scale
  • Sight-reading excerpt

Select your instrument below to download the appropriate excerpts for your audition.

Alto Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bassoon
Clarinet
Euphonium
Flute
Horn
Oboe
Percussion
Tenor Saxophone
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba