Instrumental Music-Band

 Instrumental Music

Milford Mill Band

H. Wesley Barnes, Instructor
Instrumental Music-Band
hbarnes@bcps.org


Courses Offered

Concert Band
Symphonic Band
Symphonic Winds
Jazz Ensemble
Marching Band/Pep Band
Percussion Class
Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion Ensembles

Elective Courses
**Classes beyond grade 9 are determined through audition and instructor evaluation.


This program allows students to develop their individual talents as well as skills in ensemble performance, sight-reading, and music theory.  Students are also prepared for conducting and solo performances in advanced settings and are exposed to composing and recording technology. 
(Instrumental Music does include the study of piano, but not guitar.)

Concert Band

An intermediate level performance class, a continuation of middle school Band, stresses a higher level of performance skills and techniques, including sight reading, small ensemble skills and festival performance. Incoming 9th graders only.

 Prerequisite: 

  • At least 2 years of successful middle school band experience. audition or permission of the instructor

 

Symphonic Band

This ensemble provides the opportunity for students to develop the musical skills needed to play in a large ensemble.  Symphonic Band is traditionally a large band, and performs music appropriate for that instrumentation.  In order to qualify to be a performing member of Symphonic Band, students must maintain  passing academic and art area grades, as well as appropriate conduct.  They must demonstrate consistent improvement in their instrumental performance skills in the context of the large ensemble, and demonstrate knowledge and application of proper rehearsal and performance behavior. 

 Prerequisite: 

  • audition or permission of the instructor

 

Symphonic Winds

This ensemble performs advanced level wind and percussion repertoire and requires all players to have strong skills in all facets of performance on their instruments.  This ensemble follows a one player per part tradition, so all members must demonstrate consistently reliable attendance and the ability to prepare music individually and perform well under pressure.  The numbers of players of each instrument will be limited to balance the ensemble sound correctly.

 Students can qualify for this ensemble by consistently demonstrating knowledge and application of proper rehearsal and performance behavior and a high level of technical and musical skill for their grade level.  Students must also demonstrate consistent satisfactory in their grades, appropriate conduct, and consistent attendance in all MMA classes.  A competitive audition will be required to qualify for this ensemble.  Except in extraordinary circumstances, membership in this ensemble is reserved for students who have been at MMA at least four semesters. 

 Prerequisite: 

  • Audition or permission of the instructor

 

Jazz Ensemble

A very advanced jazz ensemble which performs all styles of big band and jazz improvisation; participation in high levels jazz competitions.

 Prerequisite: 

  • Audition or permission of the instructor

 

Marching Band

Marching Band, Dance Line and Flag Unit which accompany home football games.   Following the football season, Marching Band members will be auditioned into the concert band and  higher-level wind symphony for the spring concert season.  Open to all wind and brass students; percussion by audition.

 Prerequisite: 

  • Audition or permission of the instructor

 

Percussion Class

Technical development on all orchestral percussion instruments is emphasized, including timpani, snare drum, xylophone, cymbals, and all other auxiliary instruments.

 Prerequisite: 

  • Audition or permission of the instructor

  

Wind and Percussion Ensembles

These ensembles are grouped by instrumental family.  Students will develop their technical and musical skills and increase knowledge of repertoire on their instrument.  The ensembles focus on skills playing in small chamber music and solo settings.  All skills and materials covered in this ensemble will be directly applicable to performance in a large ensemble.  Topics to be covered include appropriate physical warm-up to prevent injury, good tone production, development of good practice habits, development of listening skills, development of musical expression on your instrument, development of facility in all keys on your instrument, and selection of repertoire.  All students will perform for their peers as well as work with specialists on their instrument. 

  Prerequisite: 

  • Audition or permission of the instructor

**Please contact the Magnet Coordinator/Music Department Chairperson, Mrs. Crawford, should you have any questions or concerns regarding this program or the application process.


Arinita Crawford
Magnet Coordinator
Music Department Chairperson
Performing Arts Programs Supervisor

acrawford@bcps.org
(443) 809-3531