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 Ensemble 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 or the Wind Ensemble. 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.  The Marching Trojan Regiment (MTR) starts rehearsals in the middle of August for what we call “band camp." This year, Band Camp will take place at Uni during the day between August 8th - 12th and 15th to 19th.  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 every day, both during 6th period and a little bit after (scroll to the bottom of this page). 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.



CONCERT BAND (UC-approved)

Credit: 5 units per semester – Prerequisites: appropriate skill level – Grade Level: 9-12 – Length: 1 year

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.

 

SYMPHONIC BAND (UC-approved)

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

This course is intended to build intermediate instrumental techniques. 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.

 

WIND ENSEMBLE (UC-approved)

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

Wind Ensemble is designed for the advanced wind player and percussionist. This group will learn advanced 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. Students will work to increase their level of musicianship and increase their knowledge of music history and theory. 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.

 

MARCHING BAND

Credit: 5 units per semester – Prerequisites: Appropriate skill level and must also be enrolled in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, or Wind Ensemble. Student must attend summer rehearsals at UHS to participate. – Grade Level: 9-12 – Length: Fall Semester

The students in this class will perform at an intermediate to advanced level. They will develop the ability to play standard marches, concert selections, pep songs, and field music. They 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, concerts, field show performances, and parades in addition to the instructor’s evaluation of each student’s performance ability.

 

JAZZ ENSEMBLE I/II

Credit: 5 units per semester – Prerequisites: audition – Grade Level: 10-12 – Length: Spring Semester

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

Auditions for both jazz ensembles occur after the end of marching season.

 

PARADE BAND

Credit: 5 unites per semester – Prerequisites: None – Grade Level: 9-12 – Lenght: Spring Semester 

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