The Concert Band is the first level band where students learn new instruments or further pursue one that they are associated with already.
The Symphonic Band is the second level band and is made up of all grade levels. These students will study and perform music of grade II thru V on the FBA listing. The class meets one period per day, holds after school rehearsals during concert season, performs at the annual FBA Concert Festival, presents public concerts, and participates in other FBA sponsored events. Extra rehearsals and performances beyond the school day are required.
The Wind Ensemble is the highest level ensemble and is the principal concert organization, attending FBA sponsored events. Membership is determined by competitive audition of all band members. The instrumentation of the Wind Ensemble is pre-determined by an ideal standard, and once that instrumentation is filled, no additional members are accepted. Members of the Wind Ensemble are also expected to be active participants of The Sound of Pride Marching Band, and any member who fails to maintain a consistently high level of musicianship may be rescheduled to another band class. Extra rehearsals and performances, beyond the school day are required.
Auditions will be held at the end of each year for placement in the bands for the upcoming year. Everyone except graduating seniors must go through this process. Even if you qualify to exempt the exam, or do not plan to return for the upcoming year, this process is a course requirement. Incoming freshmen and new transfers will be placed in the appropriate ensemble in the second semester for appropriate evaluation time by the band director.