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Amy Johnston

Work Phone: Band Room - Ext.2365 Work Phone: Band Office - Ext.2326 Website: Sayre bands

Biographical Info

Junior High Concert Band (7-8): This course is designed for students able to play a musical instrument. Emphasis is on ensemble performance and individual improvement and facility on a musical instrument. This course also develops aesthetic sensitivity, basic musicianship, and an appreciation of various musical styles. Students will perform in the concert band and have the option to join marching band, jazz band, and/or chamber ensembles. Students will complete written and played assessments related to the concert band literature. Literature will be chosen from a range of styles, historical periods and cultures. Two public performances are mandatory: winter and spring concerts. Students are required to attend all assigned group or private lessons and held accountable for the condition of all music, instruments, and equipment. Previous instrumental experience is required or permission of director.

Senior High Concert Band (9-12): This course is designed for students in grades 9-12 able to play a musical instrument. Emphasis is on ensemble performance and individual improvement and facility on a musical instrument. This course also develops aesthetic sensitivity, basic musicianship, and an appreciation of various musical styles. Students will perform in the concert band and have the option to join the marching band, jazz ensemble, and/or chamber ensembles. Students will complete written and played assessments related to the concert band literature. Literature will be chosen from a range of styles, historical periods, and cultures. Three public performances are mandatory (winter and spring concerts and the HS graduation ceremony). Students are required to attend one group/private lesson each week and held accountable for the condition of all music, instruments, and equipment. Previous instrumental experience required or permission of director.

Extra-curricular Band Activities:

Marching Redskins (7-12): The Marching Redskins are an all-volunteer marching band whose mission is to promote school spirit through music performance. Members learn to use teamwork to problem-solve and create an artistic experience to share with the community. The band performs their field show at home and away Varsity football games in the fall, as well as at the County Cavalcade of Bands event in September. Throughout the year, the Marching Redskins can also be seen marching in parades and performing at events throughout the Valley. The band is comprised of three important parts. The Colorguard provides color to the band’s performances through use of dance, flags, batons, and other equipment; students must audition to be a part of Colorguard. The Drumline is the heartbeat of the band and provides the distinctive cadence for the band to march to; students must audition for placement in the Drumline. The Winds are the members who perform on wind instruments; prospective wind players must have at least one year of prior instruction on their instrument before joining the band. All members must attend summer rehearsals, including band camp to prepare for the fall season. The Marching Redskins rehearse twice weekly during the fall semester and as needed throughout the rest of the year.

Jazz Band (9-12): The Jazz Band is an ensemble dedicated to the performance of traditional and contemporary jazz, rock, and pop music. Winter Jazz Band begins rehearsals at the end of football season and performs in the Winter Band Concert as well as on the annual Christmas Tour of the Valley. The Spring Jazz Band is an advanced ensemble that begins rehearsals in February each year and performs in the annual Jazz Etc. concert each spring. Only advanced performers may participate in the Spring Jazz Band.

Small Ensembles (7-12): These include Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, Percussion Ensemble as well as duets and trios in any instrument combination. Any student who plays a band instrument may participate in these ensembles. All small ensembles are student-driven with emphasis on learning leadership skills and improving musicianship.

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