The Symphonic Band is an intermediate/advanced level group and is for those 7th and 8th grade students who have mastered their first method book or beyond. Students enrolled in this class have either been auditioned or met the requirements from previous enrollment based on teacher recommendation. This ensemble travels for local music festivals and receives consistent high marks in festival performance, having received Unanimous Superior and Excellent ratings the past two years. The goal of this class is high school preparation, honing ensemble performance skills, and continued development of individual instrumental technique and musical knowledge. The ensemble performs in two concerts a year in addition to performing at many school functions, including: Spirit Rallies, Elementary Visits, School Carnival, and more. Students are expected to engage in outreach and mentorship with our feeder elementary bands and community. Students in this ensemble may also wish to audition for California All-State and regional Honor groups.
The Concert Band is a beginning/intermediate level group, though no prior experience is necessary. New members join this band on a yearly basis with recent or no experience and leave seasoned and ready for the more advanced Symphonic Band. Membership is for 7th and 8th graders with a strong interest in learning a wind instrument, growing their performance skills, and learning more about music through the band curriculum. Students learn how to read music, play an instrument to an intermediate level, and perform in several concerts throughout the year. Students gain the performing ability necessary to play music at a level difficult enough for preparation and performance in school concerts and to audition into the Symphonic Band. The ensemble performs in our two big concerts, the big Elementary Concert in May, and other special events throughout the year.
Chorus - 7th Grade (Spring), 8th Grade (Fall)
The Chorus is a vocal performing ensemble that is open to all students, regardless of their previous musical background and vocal experience. Students with no experience are encouraged to join! A strong desire to learn vocal music of all kinds, learning to read music, and a positive attitude are essential requirements for this class. Students gain a strong foundation in music fundamentals, as well as vocal technique, and progress to full ensemble performances by the end of each semester. Students can expect to sing in small and large groups, perform in public, engage in new music listening, dance, and learn to sing melodies and up to three part harmony.
Visit Mr. Ortega's Music page for more information.