The Bands

Band Descriptions 2016

Tiger Marching Band

All woodwind, brass, percussion and color guard (with the exception of Fundamentals of Music class members) combine to form the Tiger Marching Band.  The Klein ISD Course Descriptions publication lists participation in the marching band as a required element of every band course / class.  Students earn PE credit through marching band.  The actual number of minutes spent in marching must be at least as many as the number of minutes in a semester-long PE class during the school day.  Attendance at rehearsals and performances is mandatory.  The Tiger Band performs at all varsity football games and at marching competitions.  Students who are also members of other KC organizations, such as football and volleyball teams, where required practice is at the same time as marching practice, do need uniforms and will travel to varsity football games and marching contests.  The performances of the marching band include all playing from pregame to postgame when all students participate.  Those team members who do not learn the marching routines will help in other ways during half time and at marching contests.

The Tiger Marching Band is committed to the best in Musical Pageantry.

 

Fundamentals of Music

This course is designed for students who do not yet play their instrument well enough to march while playing.  The course does not earn PE credit.  The goal of the course is for students to develop the basic playing skills to a level where marching and playing are possible.  Students are encouraged to participate in a solo & ensemble contest in the spring semester.  The course is a one-year class.

Varsity Band

Membership is by audition.  Varsity Band members should expect to participate in the Tiger Marching Band, attend all rehearsals set up for the band, perform in concerts and in the chamber ensemble recital.  Students are expected to participate in ensembles in a solo & ensemble contest.  Additional participation in region tryouts and solo competition is encouraged. The Varsity Band will participate in contests and festivals when possible, depending on instrumentation and eligibility of the members.

Concert Band

Membership is by audition.  Concert Band members are expected to participate in the Tiger Marching Band; attend all scheduled rehearsals, chamber ensemble rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, attend all concerts, recitals, contests, and festivals.  The demand of the band literature and the individual responsibility for preparation is increased and will reflect the capability of the band as a whole.  Concert Band members are expected to participate in ensembles at the KISD solo & ensemble contest and encouraged to participate with solos and Region / KISD Freshmen Honor band competitions.  Because of the increase in individual responsibility, every student is encouraged to take private lessons to accelerate skill development.  The Concert Band will participate in UIL Contests and Band Contests or Festivals in the spring.

Symphonic Band

Membership is by audition.  Symphonic Band members are expected to participate in the Tiger Marching Band; attend all scheduled rehearsals, chamber ensemble rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, attend all concerts, recitals, contests and festivals.  Students should have a strong commitment to band and a desire to improve as an individual musician.  Symphonic Band members are expected to participate in ensembles at the KISD solo & ensemble contest and must prepare the etudes for Region / KISD Freshmen Honor band competitions.  Members are strongly encouraged to participate in solo competitions and in the Region / KISD Freshmen Honor band competitions.  Every student is encouraged to take private lessons where individual skills are refined and extensive help with solo and etude preparation is regular.  The Symphonic Band will participate in UIL Contests and Band Contests or Festivals in the spring and the music prepared for these will be demanding high school literature.

 

Wind Ensemble

Membership is by audition.  Wind Ensemble members are expected to participate in the Tiger Marching Band; attend all scheduled rehearsals, chamber ensemble rehearsals, sectional rehearsals and weekly night rehearsals in the spring; attend all concerts, recitals, contests, and festivals.  Band should be a priority for Wind Ensemble members; the desire to become an exceptional player is the norm.  Wind Ensemble members are expected to audition for Region Band and to perform both solos and ensembles at the KISD Solo & Ensemble Contest.  Members are strongly encouraged to participate in Region Jazz Band and / or Region Orchestra contests and in the UIL Region and State Solo & Ensemble Contests.  Every student should take private lessons if at all possible.  The Wind Ensemble will participate in UIL Contests and Band Contests or Festivals in the spring and the music prepared for these will be of the highest demand.

The Wind Ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2007, at the Chicago Symphony Center in 2010, and Lincoln Center Plaza in New York in 2015.  They will perform in other prestigious competitions in the future.  When such a performance is scheduled, Wind Ensemble members and families must be willing to make the financial commitment that allows each student to travel to the competition.

Additional Ensembles

Membership in Jazz Ensemble, which is a regular class during the school day, is by audition and restricted to students who are also enrolled in band, orchestra or choir.  There must be room in the student’s schedule for two band classes.

Membership in the Symphony Orchestra is by audition and restricted to students who are also enrolled in band and orchestra.  Rehearsals are after school, usually on Monday or Tuesday evening.  Members must be committed to making rehearsal attendance a priority and be willing to make a financial commitment when travel is required.  The Symphony Orchestra performed in Carnegie Hall in 2007, and on the Lincoln Center Plaza in New York in 2015.

Membership in Color Guard / Winterguard is by audition.  Members will learn to perform with flags, rifles and sabers with dance choreography.  The Color Guard, in the fall, is part of the Tiger Marching Bands and performs at football games and marching contests.  The Winterguard performs in gyms in competitions in the spring.  If you like dance performance, this may be for you!