The Different Bands of JH Rose High School
The band program has a number of bands that students can be a part of, all for course credit. A brief description of each band is located below.
Concert Band/Honors Symphonic Band
& Honors Wind Ensemble
Concert Band/Honors Symphonic Band: The Concert Band is open to all interested students who have participated in band during their middle school years. While this ensemble will perform frequently (at least five times), there is an increased focus on development of technique, tone production, and musical sensitivity. This ensemble also provides students a comfortable setting where they can develop skills on a secondary instrument in order to help the instrumentation of the band program. The expectation of individual student growth will be a key factor in determining grades on all playing exercises. Students who demonstrate that they are already at the “Proficient” level of performance will be enrolled in the Honors Symphonic Band section of this course and have more rigorous standards.
Honors Wind Ensemble: The Wind Ensemble is the most advanced performance organization in the J.H. Rose Band Program. Participation in this ensemble is by audition only. All students enrolled in this advanced level course will receive honors credit. This ensemble will work
to refine technical skills, develop a high level of musicality, and study a wide variety of advanced repertoire for the wind band. Aside from these performance goals, students will also be exposed to various concepts of music theory and work to understand music history as it relates to the music studied in class. This ensemble will perform a minimum of five times during the course of the year.
The J.H. Rose Marching Rampants provide entertainment at all home football games and select away games. This ensemble will also work to prepare a show that will be presented at a few competitions during the fall semester. Other performance opportunities will include parades, pep rallies, and select community events. All students that participate in the Marching Rampants take it for class credit, unless an audit waiver is signed. Attendance and participation in rehearsals will be a key factor in grading. The marching band season runs from early August through early December.
Jazz Bands (Blue-Honors & Green):
The J.H. Rose Jazz Bands will provide students with the opportunity to expand their musical training through learning about the jazz idiom. Both Jazz Bands will be offered as yearlong early bird classes (7:30-8:15am). All students in these ensembles will receive class credit unless an audit waiver is signed. These ensembles will have a set instrumentation and members will be selected based on interest, seniority, and playing ability. Students may only participate in this ensemble if they are involved in another ensemble during the school day. (Exceptions will only be made in the case of incomplete instrumentation.) A variety of jazz and popular music styles will be covered in this class. Performance opportunities vary from year to year.