The University High School Music Department consists of students in all grade levels and with varying levels of skill. The department offers four levels of wind band, four levels of orchestra, three levels of jazz band, marching band (the Marching Trojan Regiment), color guard, and AP Music Theory. The ensembles present concerts throughout the year and participate in music festivals in the spring. The University High School Music Department is also the host of the annual Irvine Unified School District Band and Orchestra Festival. The music department provides entertainment and spirit for school sports and assemblies; and makes up the pit orchestra in the spring musical.
More than 20% of the students at Uni participate in one or more of the music ensembles, with about 175 students between the three bands. Lasting friendships develop in the music department and flourish in the band room, where you will find many of our students spending their time on breaks or after school. Many of our music students also have very demanding academic schedules. These students often exceed a 4.0 GPA and are committed to being a well-rounded individual through music and the high standards that the music department demands.
The music department is committed to excellence in musical performance, ensemble teamwork, and developing students into effective and hard-working individuals. Many of our members are accomplished musicians on and off the campus. These students have represented Uni at the local, state, and national level of honor bands and orchestras, as well as prestigious local youth ensembles such as the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble and the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Our ensembles have traveled to San Francisco, Florida and the Bahamas, and Hawaii, where they have had the opportunity to share their music with schools from around the country at music festivals.
The University High School Instrumental Music Department is proud of its history and is continually pushing towards the future. Every year the students show more commitment, more acts of selflessness for the department, and work more diligently to raise the standards of performance.
The Future of our department
We look forward to your arrival at Uni! We want to help you make a smooth transition from middle school to high school.
If you are an eighth grader interested in joining the band program and have not yet auditioned, please tell your counselor that you would like to sign up for Concert Band. This sign-up will serve as a place holder until we have selected the proper ensemble for you. An audition is not mandatory but is encouraged to make sure you are in the correct ensemble. If you are planning on being a part of this year’s program, you MUST complete the google form HERE. All skill levels are welcome. There is a place for everyone! Audition music is posted in our downloads section HERE. Please check with your middle school director for the date that Mr. Heddon will be visiting to hear your audition. If you are a transfer student, contact Mr. Heddon for band audition information.
Please check our Future Members page for more information.