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Concert Band provides the opportunity to support individual progress and extended education in common rhythms and basic instrumental technique, with the intention of preparing students for membership in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, or Percussion Ensemble. Concert Band members are strongly encouraged to take private lessons and are welcome to participate in the spring trip. Although Concert Band members are highly encouraged to join the Marching Band, participation is not mandatory for this ensemble.
SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE
Symphonic Wind Ensemble represents the premiere ensemble in the FHS band program and performs the most challenging repertoire available to modern concert bands and percussion ensembles. Members of Symphonic Wind Ensemble are expected to take private lessons, audition for All-District Band, perform at Solo and Ensemble Festival, and participate in the spring trip. Members of this ensembles are also members of the Marching Band unless they are playing a fall sport. (Audition Required)
Symphonic Band is our second-mos advanced ensemble, also performing a challenging repertoire. Members of Symphonic Band are encouraged to take private lessons, audition for All-District Band, perform at Solo and Ensemble Festival, and participate in the spring trip. Members of this ensemble are also members of the Marching Band unless they play a fall sport. (Audition Required)
Percussion Ensemble is a class for all percussionists at Fairfax High School. After a brief audition to start the year, students are placed in one of the three concert bands. Each day, listening, rudiments, and rhythmic dictation are assigned to enhance overall musical ability. Students are also encouraged to practice at home on the practice pad provided. (Audition Required)