Frequently Asked Questions
What is the time commitment in the band program?
Concert Band is nearly entirely experienced during the school day. There are usually 4 concerts a year (in the evening) and 2 or 3 dress rehearsals after school or in the evening. Wind Ensemble/Marching has 5 concerts and 5 dress rehearsals through the school year (all in the evening). Marching Band has 4 or 5 football game performances, 4 or 5 evening rehearsals and one performance at the Howard County Marching Band Showcase. Additionally, Marching Band has Band Camp in August (7 days of rehearsal before school starts.)
Can I participate in band and a club/sport/other activity?
YES! There are really no sports, clubs, or activities that would prevent you from participating in the band program (Concert Band and Wind Ensemble/Marching Band). We have had Marching Band members in every varsity sport (including Football and Cheerleading). We will make anything work!
Is there Marching Band Camp, when is it?
Marching Band Camp is 7 days in August. During those 7 days, we learn our half-time show. The vast majority of our rehearsal time takes place during band camp. For the 2023-2024 school year, band camp will run on the following days:
- August 7-11, 8 am - 4 pm
- August 14 - 15, 8 am - 4 pm
How many people are in the band?
There are about 60 students in Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble. About 120 total in all band classes.
Do I have to do Marching Band if I am in Wind Ensemble?
Yes. There have been isolated and special circumstances over the years where students in Wind Ensemble didn't do marching band. This is very rare. Plan on being in Marching Band if you want to do Wind Ensemble.
I am worried that I will be terrible at Marching Band, and it will be too hard.
Admittedly, this isn't a question, but a concern that is frequently raised. Marching Band isn't easy, but it is far from the most difficult thing you will do. I have taught thousands of students in marching bands over the years. All of them were able to do it. You can too!
What kind of music we play?
One of my goals is to play all kinds of music. You will play "serious" band music, music from movies, old music, new music, music from different cultures, and popular music. We play it all!
How much will I need to practice?
That depends, though I expect that all students are putting some practice time in at home. 2 hours a week is a great start.
When do we go to Disney World?
Each spring, the music department goes on a Spring Trip. Obviously the pandemic of Covid-19 has put all that on hold. Typically we go to Disney World every other year. In the "non-Disney" years, we go to other exciting places like Myrtle Beach, Boston, Chicago and more.
How do I join Jazz Band?
Jazz Band starts in September. If we need to do auditions they will be held in the middle of September. Jazz Band rehearses once a week in the evenings.