Band Classes

The wind bands at Uni are separated into three different classes that take place during the school day. Concert Band is for our beginning level students, Symphonic Band for our developing intermediate level students, and the Wind Ensemble for our advanced members. The Wind Symphony is the flagship ensemble of the UHS Instrumental Music Department. Although auditions are not required to join concert band, students may choose to audition for possible placement in symphonic band, Wind Ensemble or the Wind Symphony. Students who begin in the Concert Band has every possibilty to prove themselves and progress all the way to the Wind Ensemble during their 4 years at Uni. Each ensemble has its unique character and flair every year.

The marching band, known as the UHS Marching Trojan Regiment, is comprised of members from all three wind bands and rehearses after school during first semester.  In order to be in the marching band you must be enrolled in one of the wind bands during the school day, unless you are enrolled in an orchestra class. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for students who wish to join marching band and are enrolled in an orchestra class.  The Marching Trojan Regiment (MTR) starts rehearsals in the middle of August for what we call “band camp." For the 2018-2019 school year (Summer of 2018), Band Camp will take place at Uni from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM, from August 6 - 10 and 13 - 17.  During this period, students learn music basics, marching basics, and our competitive field show.  We perform this field show at home football games and at various competitions that take place around Southern California.  The marching season coincides with football season, and there are usually three to four Saturday competitions a year.

The MTR rehearses during zero period and one afternoon a week. Since this is a team activity, attendance is of paramount importance.  If a member is missing on the field, it makes it difficult for the members who are present to find their location on the field.  For this reason, attendance is crucial.

The color guard is a group of visual musicians that use dance, flag, rifle, and sabre to interpret the music of the marching band.  They are a key component of the MTR and perform in the field show with the band.  When the marching season is over, the color guard begins indoor performance known as winterguard.  In this activity the color guard is the main focus and performs in a gymnasium to pre-recorded music.  Each year the theme, costume, and music are different.  The color guard competes with other color guards from around Southern California.  This group receives P.E. credit and rehearses entirely after school.

When the marching band season is over, students may continue their involvement with UHSMTR is one of four ways. Students may decide to join one of the jazz ensembles; Jazz I requires an audition process, and only accepts the traditional jazz band instruments (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, piano, or drums), while Jazz II and Freshmen Jazz are open for enrollment and may accept all instruments. In order to be eligible for Concert Jazz Ensemble you must be enrolled in one of the wind bands that take place during the day (the only exceptions are guitar, bass, and piano players). Students may also decide to join Parade Band, and learn more about marching in parade blocks and gain experience. Students can also join winter drumline and become familiar with a variety of percussion instruments, or join winter guard.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Concert Band (Beginning - Intermediate)

Credit: 5 units per semester
Grade Level: 9-12
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Appropriate skill level determined by teacher.

Concert Band is designed for beginning to intermediate wind players and percussionists. This course is intended to build basic instrumental techniques. Students will reinforce basic performance skills through regular scale work and technical exercises. They will also learn basic musicianship skills, a historical background of music, and basic music theory.  Performances will include concerts and festivals. Credit for this class is awarded on the basis of participation at rehearsals, concerts, and festivals in addition to the instructor’s evaluation of each student’s performance ability.    

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate playing ability of all major
  • Develop an intermediate level of playing ability on their major
  • Develop knowledge of music theory at a level appropriate to intermediate
  • Participate in public performances.

 

Symphonic Band (Intermediate)

Credit: 5 units per semester
Grade Level: 9-12
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Audition

Symphonic Band is designed for intermediate wind players and percussionists. Students will reinforce intermediate performance skills through regular scale work and technical exercises.  They will also learn musicianship skills, a historical background of music, and basic music theory.   Performances will include concerts and festivals. Credit for this class is awarded on the basis of participation at rehearsals, concerts, and festivals in addition to the instructor’s evaluation of each student’s performance ability.  

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate playing ability of all major scales
  • Develop an intermediate to advance level of playing ability on their major instrument
  • Demonstrate knowledge of music theory at a level appropriate to intermediate musicianship
  • Participate in public performances.

 

Wind Ensemble (Intermediate - Advanced)

Credit: 5 units per semester
Grade Level: 9-12
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Audition

Wind Ensemble is designed for the intermediate - advanced wind players and percussionists.  This group will learn and perform advanced high school wind literature and perform in concerts and festivals. The Wind Ensemble performs concerts as well as special music for the school and community.  Credit for this course is awarded on the basis of participation at rehearsals, concerts, and festivals in addition to the instructor’s evaluation of each student’s performance ability.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to play all major scales and arpeggios
  • Develop an advanced level of playing ability on their major 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of music theory at a level appropriate to advanced
  • Participate in festivals and concerts

 

Wind Symphony (Advanced)

Credit: 5 units per semester
Grade Level: 9-12
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Audition

Wind Symphony is designed for the advanced wind players and percussionists.  This group will learn and perform high-level high school wind literature and perform in concerts and festivals. The most advanced players in this ensemble will be asked by the instructor to perform with the Symphony Orchestra when appropriate. The Wind Symphony performs concerts as well as special music for the school and community.  Credit for this course is awarded on the basis of participation at rehearsals, concerts, and festivals in addition to the instructor’s evaluation of each student’s performance ability.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to play all major scales and
  • Develop an advanced level of playing ability on their major
  • Demonstrate knowledge of music theory at a level appropriate to advanced
  • Participate in festivals and concerts

 

Marching Band

Credit: 5 units per semester
Grade Level: 9-12
Length: 1 year (Offered both Fall and Spring Semesters)
Units may count towards P.E. Credit; Physical Fitness Test: All students, including students enrolled in marching band, are required to take the California Physical Fitness Test and pass five out of the six fitness areas.
Prerequisites: Appropriate skill level and concurrently in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble or Wind Symphony. Exceptions can be made for orchestra students.
Student must attend summer rehearsals at UHS to participate.

All levels of ability are encouraged to participate.  Students will develop the ability to play standard marches, pep songs, and field music. Students will also learn proper marching and maneuvering techniques. During the first semester, the group will work as a marching unit and perform at football games and field shows.  Credit for this class is awarded on the basis of participation at rehearsals, field show performances, and parades in addition to the instructor’s evaluation of each student’s performance ability.  

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Coordinate marching and playing
  • Execute precision marching routines by
  • Participate in parades, field shows, football games, and public
  • Perform all music necessary for public performances by memory.

 

Color Guard

Credit: 5 units per semester
Grade Level: 9-12
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Audition
Units may count towards P.E. Credit. All students are required pass the California Physical Fitness Test.

Students will learn intricate and skilled body maneuvers, improving personal coordination and artistry by rehearsing daily to different styles of music.  Students will work with short and tall flags, as well as other equipment.  In the first quarter, the Color guard will perform with the Marching Band at football games and field show competitions.  For the duration of the school year, the Color guard will develop and perform a show in the Winter guard circuit.  Credit for this class is awarded on the basis of participation at rehearsals and performances in addition to the instructor’s evaluation of each student’s performance ability.  

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Spin flags and other equipment
  • Demonstrate dance and movement techniques
  • Perform using all the above techniques.

 

Jazz Ensemble 1

Credit: 5 units per semester
Grade Level: 9-12
Length: 1 semester (spring semester)
Prerequisites: Audition

This course concentrates on the study and performance of jazz styles which include swing, blues, Latin, jazz, rock, and big band.   The student will be introduced to the art of jazz improvisation.  This class will be taught at an intermediate to advanced level.  This ensemble performs concerts as well as special music for the school and community.   Credit for this class is awarded on the basis of participation at rehearsals, concerts, and festivals, in addition to the instructor's evaluation of the student's performance ability.  

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Perform music in swing, blues, Latin, jazz, rock, and big band at an advanced
  • Demonstrate jazz solo
  • Learn special ensemble techniques required in the performance of jazz styles
  • Demonstrate knowledge of jazz history and aural traditions through listening skills.

 

Jazz Ensemble 2

Credit: 5 units per semester
Grade Level: 9-12 Length: 1 semester (spring semester)
Prerequisites: Audition

This course concentrates on the study and performance of jazz styles which include swing, blues, Latin, jazz, rock, and big band.   The student will be introduced to the art of jazz improvisation.  This class will be taught at a beginner to intermediate level.  This ensemble performs concerts as well as special music for the school and community.   Credit for this class is awarded on the basis of participation at rehearsals, concerts, and festivals, in addition to the instructor's evaluation of the student's performance ability.  

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Perform music in swing, blues, Latin, jazz, rock, and big band at an advanced level
  • Demonstrate jazz solo skills
  • Learn special ensemble techniques required in the performance of jazz styles
  • Demonstrate knowledge of jazz history and aural traditions through listening skills.

 

AP Music Theory

Credit: 5 units per semester
Grade level: 10-12
Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: Advanced experience on Primary instrument and teacher recommendations.

This course is designed for music students with advanced music skills and a strong interest in music.  This course will prepare students for the Advanced Placement Music Theory Exam.  This course integrates aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, music history and style, and performance practices.  

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Compose a 32 measure musical composition in a chosen style
  • Demonstrate developing speed and fluency in working with musical notation
  • Exhibit advanced skills in melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation
  • Perform sight-singing in 4 to 8 measure melodies in major and minor tonalities.

 


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