Performing Ensembles

  • The Hickory Ridge Band program is made up of many performing ensembles.  The goal is to provide a varied, comprehensive approach to music education, and allow students multiple performance opportunities through curricular and extra-curricular ensembles.
     
     
     

    Blue Regiment Marching Band

     

    The Blue Regiment is one of the most active and visible organizations in our school.  This ensemble performs for all home football games, select away games, competitions, parades, school functions, and other special events each fall.  Membership in the marching band program requires the ability to play appropriate literature for the activity while also meeting the physical demands of playing while moving.  The ensemble is designed for all band students with an emphasis on presenting a dignified and appropriate approach to music and movement.  All marching band students are strongly encouraged to participate in a concert ensemble during both the first and second semester in order to continue the development of musical skills.  Members attend a mandatory band camp (prior to the start of school) and are required to be at all after school rehearsals and performances, as well as adhere to the behavior guidelines.  

     

    Wind Ensemble

     

    This is the premiere performing ensemble of Hickory Ridge High School. The ensemble meets during the spring semester, receives Honors Credit and is designed for the advanced band student.  Students focus on advanced aspects of individual and group performance. It will also strive to develop each member’s skills and use of music theory, music history, and ear training. The Wind Ensemble is designed to offer music students the opportunity to study and play music in a wide variety of performance venues, and will play primarily Level V and VI music. This elite ensemble will be made up of the most advanced players, and will perform several concerts during the semester, as well as participate in South Central District Bandmasters Association Concert Band Musical Performance Adjudication (MPA). In addition, it may travel and compete during the spring of each year. Membership into the Wind Ensemble is through audition only. Members will be expected to know all major scales, the chromatic scale to a proficient range on the instrument, plus general proficiency in sight-reading. Each member will be responsible for purchasing his or her own formal concert attire.

     

    Symphonic Band

     
    The Symphonic Band meets during the fall semester and is designed for the students with the performance ability necessary to play and perform Level IV and V music. It will build upon the knowledge of music theory, music history, and ear training. This ensemble may be taken for Honors Credit and serves as an intermediate level between Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.  Students will perform several concerts during the semester. Membership into the Symphonic Band is through audition only. Members will be expected to know major scales, the chromatic scale to a proficient range on the instrument, plus general proficiency in sight-reading. Each member will be responsible for purchasing his or her own formal concert attire.

     

    Concert Band

     

    The Concert Band is designed for the students with the performance ability necessary to play and perform Level III and IV music.  The ensemble is offered during both the fall and spring semesters, and will strive to introduce basic knowledge and use of music theory, music history, and ear training. This ensemble will perform several concerts during the semester, and will participate in South Central District Bandmasters Association Concert Band Musical Performance Adjudication (MPA). In addition, it may travel and compete during the spring of each year. Membership into the Concert Band is through audition only. Members will be expected to know major scales, the chromatic scale to a proficient range on the instrument, plus general proficiency in sight-reading. Each member will be responsible for purchasing his or her own formal concert attire.

     

     Chamber Ensembles

     

    Small ensembles may be formed after school during the fall and spring semester. All band members are encouraged to participate. Possible groups are brass quintet, woodwind quartet or quintet, flute choir, saxophone quartet, tuba/euphonium ensemble, etc. These groups may be featured on concerts, may have a dedicated concert for their performances, and may perform for the Solo and Ensemble Festival held each spring.

      

    Jazz Ensemble

     

    Jazz Ensemble is open to saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion, and bass players.  Auditions are be held at the beginning of the season.  Students rehearse weekly and participate in several on-campus concerts, as well as off-campus jazz clinics and festivals in the spring.  

Last Modified on September 6, 2018