Description and Objectives
The Upper School Wind Ensemble meets daily during seventh period. Our English classes read great and classic writers, and likewise, our Wind Ensemble musicians engage with great American Band composers. Composers like Percy Grainger, Frank Tichelli, Gustav Holst and Claude T. Smith have a full command of the timbres specific to Symphonic Band Music and their beautiful and original melodies wrestle with and imitate a whole host of emotions, stories, ideas and concepts. Training in technique, articulation, scales, tone production, intonation, style, interpretation, dynamic contrast, melodic contour, harmonic content and music theory are also provided.
We will perform a variety of grade 3,4 and 5 music that will be kept in a black folder. Each student should have a copy of Technique and Musicianship from which he will study scales and etudes.
The following performances are a mandatory and graded part of the curriculum. The dates for each concert are posted on the website calendar.
- Fall Band Concert: 8:00 pm; Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring, MC, Tacoma Park / Silver Spring Campus. 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
- Christmas Concert: 8:00 pm; Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NOVA, Alexandria Campus. 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311
- Spring Band Concert: 8:00 pm; Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring, MC, Tacoma Park / Silver Spring Campus. 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
- Other Performances: TBD
Home Routine (25 minutes individual practice each day required)
- Scale Studies
- Etudes: Essential Techniques, book 3
- Repertoire: Band pieces for particular concert
- Practice efficiently
- Practice consistently
- Work on difficult parts first and longest
- Listen well in class not only to his instructor but also to his musical colleagues