A musical proving ground for wind and percussion musicians
The Music Department at ACHS offers three levels of wind bands for its students: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble Honors. All three ensembles rehearse during the school day and incorporate wind and percussion instruments. While many people assume that Marching Band is the most important part of the Music Department, we believe that wind bands are where wind and percussion instrumentalists receive the most valuable training in the development at musicians.
Wind Ensemble is the advanced concert ensemble at ACHS, and entrance into this ensemble is by audition only. The Wind Ensemble rehearses daily during Sixth Period in F-2. This ensemble plays advanced high school and collegiate literature. Students in Wind Ensemble are expected to study privately on their instrument. Auditions for the Wind Ensemble take place in the spring for the following year and once more in December for the second semester. The Wind Ensemble performs several concerts each year and at Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association Ratings Concert Festivals.
Concert Percussion Sectionals
Percussionists in the concert program will be pulled out to work with Mr. Bill Garcia three times each week on technique and chamber music in smaller groups. The location of these rehearsal will vary.
Arts credit earned through the passing
of this course.
Full year course
Wind Ensemble is a course for advanced musicians.
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Wind Ensemble is a fairly new course and festival results have not yet been added.
Department approved tuxedos and concert dresses are required for formal performances. Band polo shirts and dark black (Docker or school uniform-style, no denim, no leggings) dress pants, mid-calf black socks and black dress shoes are worn for community performances. Sweatshirts may be worn when it is cool.
Honor Band Opportunities
Advanced students can audition for the following. The music and scales that will be required for all the auditions are posted on the CBDA website. Summer is a perfect time to take lessons and practice.