Band musicians and colorguard students enroll in the marching band for the fall term. The marching band consists of students in grades 9-12 and performs at football games, pep rallies, parades, competitions, and other functions of the combined groups. This course typically meets daily during “A” hour.
Marching band requires attendance at out of school rehearsals, performances, and festivals. It may be necessary to rent instruments, purchase cleaning or maintenance supplies, and buy instructional materials. Additional fees are required for extra-curricular activities.
For reasons of instrumental balance, the director may require a student to change instruments.
Students are expected to be in a regularly scheduled ensemble during the school day for the entire school year to be eligible for participation in the marching band.
In a marching band or drum corps, the front ensemble or pit is the stationary percussion ensemble. This ensemble is typically placed in front of the football field, though some groups will work the front ensemble into a tight pod onto the marching field. The main emphasis of the pit in drum corps style groups are the mallet instruments: marimba, vibraphone, bells and xylophone.
Drumlines use the term “battery” to refer to a specific part of the drumline. The battery is the drum section that marches on the field as a group. The battery usually consists of snare drums, bass drums, tenor drums, and cymbals.
Students are required to participate in all out of school events as well as in school activities associated with the marching band. Additional fees are required for extra-curricular activities.
In this course students will learn about dance and body movements and will work with equipment such as flags, rifles and sabers. Students are required to compete in WGAZ/WGI competitions which are held outside of school. Additional fees are required for extra-curricular activities.
This course provides an opportunity for highly skilled band students to perform in a “gigging” band. Students learn improvisation, lead playing, jazz literature, different styles, as well as rhythm and syncopation. Students also demonstrate their skills with concerts (gigs) and competitions throughout the semester.
Attendance, participation, and special concert attire is required at all events. Wind, percussion and brass students must have participated in a fall instrumental ensemble. This course typically meets daily during “A” hour.
Comprised of the best musicians on campus, this course provides an opportunity to work on a higher level of musicality and requires strong discipline and hard work. A wide range of musical forms and styles are played throughout the year.
Attendance, participation, and special concert attire is required at all events. Some combined out of school rehearsals with percussion required.
North Side Winds is an after school marching ensemble that develops marching, playing, and performance techniques for wind players during the spring semester . The ensemble is a combination of wind instrumentalists from both Williams Field High School and Cooley Middle School and rehearses primarily at Cooley Middle School. North Side Winds compete and perform in WGAZ events throughout the spring semester.
Students are required to compete in WGAZ/WGI competitions which are held outside of school.