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MUSIC - All music courses may be repeated

BAND / SYMPHONIC WINDS – (7th and 8th grade woodwind, brass and percussion players: flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophones, bassoon; trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, tuba; Full Year).  Symphonic Winds is our award-winning top level wind ensemble. The class includes development of proper winds technique, focus on the development of tone, rhythm, accuracy, articulation and style through the performance of band literature. Selected winds also have the opportunity to perform with the Symphony Orchestra. The band’s very busy performing schedule includes the Fall Parade season, Disneyland, District Vertical Concert, Concert on the Green, and a Night at the Movies. First semester is our parade season performing as competition marching band.  Second semester focuses on symphonic and popular literature in the Symphonic Band format.  Auxiliary (drill/flag) members may choose this full year elective or just the 2 nd semester.


CHORUS - (7th and 8th grade; 1 semester) 

Chorus is for students interested in singing. No experience is necessary. Class includes developing proper vocal technique, note reading and the performance of vocal repertoire in various styles. Concerts include the Fall Choir Concert, Holiday Concerts, Spring Concert, Concert on the Green, and a Night at the Movies.


DRUMLINE – (7th and 8th grade percussion players; Full Year). 

DrumLine is the percussion compliment to the Symphonic Winds. The class includes development of proper percussion technique; focus on the development of various performance practices, rudiments, rhythm, accuracy, articulation and style through the performance of percussion literature. Selected percussionists have the opportunity to perform with the Symphony Orchestra. The Drum Line combines with the Symphonic Winds to form the symphonic band and marching band. The very busy performing schedule includes the Fall Parade season, Disneyland, District Vertical Concert, Spring Show, May Show, Concert on the Green, and a Night at the Movies. First semester is our parade season performing as a competition marching band.  Second semester focuses on symphonic and popular literature. Drum line also performs separately. Auxiliary (drill/flag) members may choose this full year elective or just the 2 nd semester.


ROCK BAND – (7th and 8th grade; Full Year) 

Open to students interested in learning rock vocals, rock guitar, rock bass, rock keyboards, or rock drum set. No experience is necessary. Class includes developing proper technique, note and tab reading and the performance of standard rock repertoire. Guitar and bass players should plan to provide their own instrument although some school instruments are available on a very limited basis.. Classes will focus on forming and rehearsing a band, issues of sound and balance, and performance of  rock repertoire. Rock Band performs concerts of their own,  A Night At The Movies, and at the end of the year school assembly. Some advanced players are combined into the Symphony Orchestra for performances at a theme park, Orchestra Vertical Concert, and the school assembly.


STRING ORCHESTRA – (7th and 8th grade violin, viola, cello, and bass players; Full Year) 

String Orchestra is our top level performing string ensemble. The class includes development of proper string technique, focus on the development of tone, rhythm, accuracy, articulation and style through the performance of string orchestra and full orchestra literature. String Orchestra performs as a string orchestra, and is joined by winds and percussion to perform as the Symphony Orchestra. The very busy performing schedule includes the Fall String Concert, Holiday Concerts, theme park concert, District Vertical Concert, Concert on the Green, and a Night at the Movies.


ZERO PERIOD MUSIC - (6th, 7th, and 8th grade; Full Year) 

Zero Period Music is a full year elective open to all students though it targets sixth graders. It includes players of all levels, including beginners with a desire to learn an instrument. Classes include a rapid review of instrument performance fundamentals and note reading followed by ensemble playing in preparation for school concerts. No weekend or after school rehearsals are required. The Zero period Band and Orchestra perform at the Holiday Concerts, Spring Concert, and at the Night at the Movies Concert. Classes are held from 7:15 – 8:00 A.M. Mondays & Wednesdays are for all strings (violin, viola, cello, bass). Tuesdays & Thursdays are for Band (flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, drums and percussion). Fridays – may be all students or specific groups based on needs and schedule. School credit is given and this class schedule does not take away an elective choice or the elective wheel as it is before school.