INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC


ORCHESTRA

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit each semester
  • Grade 9-12
  • Class can be taken multiple times

Orchestra is for students who have participated in the orchestra programs at Indian Trail Intermediate and Liberty Bell Middle School who play violin, viola, cello, or bass.  Students who have taken private lessons for a minimum of three years or students who transfer from another school that were a member of their orchestra program can also participate. Students will perform four formal concerts per year plus a competition trip each spring.


MARCHING BAND

  • WOODWIND, COLOR GUARD, BRASS CLASS, PERCUSSION
  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Fall Semester
  • Grade 9-12

The Marching Band is the largest and most visible part of our band program. With over 150 performing members, the marching band has represented our school and state in front of over 500 million people on national television. With past performances in the Macy’s, Tournament of Roses, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Hollywood Parades, many marching band championships, and the NBC Today Show, membership in this group has many opportunities to offer each member. Practices are scheduled beginning with band camp and continuing on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons through October. Performances at 12 football games and three marching contests are scheduled each fall in addition to any community parades. Each member of the marching band must be a member of a band class at Science Hill High School (colorgurad members must also register for Marching Band). An exception to the marching band requirement can be considered for those involved in another school activity that conflicts with the marching band schedule. This exemption is at the director’s discretion.


WIND ENSEMBLE

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Spring Semester
  • Grade 9-12

This is premiere musical group of the SHHS band program. This group performs the highest level of wind band music available. Recognized as one of the finest ensembles in the state, past performances include our state music convention and the Grand National Adjudicator’s Invitational. Membership is determined by an audition during the previous spring. Two concerts are scheduled on campus each year with one or two concert festivals off campus. Marching band is required for all members. An exception to the marching band requirement can be considered for those involved in another school activity that conflicts with the marching band schedule. This exemption is at the director’s discretion. Participation in the ETSBOA clinic in February is highly recommended. Students are tested on their mastery of concert music, technical exercises, and common terminology. Private lessons are highly encouraged due to the high level of difficulty of the music performed. Concert attire for ladies is a black conservative dress that must be below the knee when seated; men are provided a tuxedo jacket and pants from the school. Men are to provide a tuxedo shirt, black bowtie, and cummerbund.


SYMPHONIC BAND

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Spring Semester
  • Grade 9-12

This ensemble consists of 9th-12th grade students and assigned by audition the previous spring. This group rehearses marching band music through October and high school concert band literature for the rest of the year. Marching band is required of all members. An exception to the marching band requirement can be considered for those involved in another school activity that conflicts with the marching band schedule. This exemption is at the director’s discretion. Four concerts are scheduled each year along with a concert festival. Opportunities for several band clinics, leadership clinics, and solo and ensemble are offered each year. Students are encouraged to participate in the ETSBOA clinic in February. Students are tested on their mastery of concert music, technical exercises, and common terminology. Private lessons are highly encouraged but not required. Concert attire is black and white: ladies are to wear a white top that conforms to the school dress code and black pants; men are to wear black pants and a white collared shirt, black shoes and black socks.


PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Spring Semester
  • Grade 9-12

These ensembles are for percussionists in our program grades 10-12.  Emphasis is placed on building effective percussion performance techniques through both a large and small ensemble.  Focus in the fall is on marching percussion with a transition to concert percussion in the winter and spring.  Each spring students are split into either the large or small ensemble periods.  Students will audition each spring for placement in next year’s ensembles.  Select members will be chosen to perform with the wind groups when needed to complete instrumentation. 


CHAMBER PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Spring Semester
  • Grade 9-12

Consisting of the top members of the Science Hill High School Percussion section, this group performs at various events each year, with performances including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Tennessee Statewide Day of Percussion, and other events across the Southeast.  Membership is determined by audition the previous Spring.