Here at AISA, we have an exciting and growing music program. Starting in 6th grade, students have the option to join the Band Program and can choose from: Oboe, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion. At this age, most students are beginners with no prior experience. We dive into learning as individuals and as a group; rhythms, note reading, breathing, counting, articulations and much more.
In 7th and 8th grade, students continue to become more familiar with their instruments. We explore deeper musical concepts and are introduced to different styles of music. We also open up more instruments to give more depth to the band: Tenor and Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Baritone and Tuba--with the options in percussion being seemingly endless.
New students may still join the band program during these years.
In High School Band, we learn numerous songs in various styles from traditional concert band literature, Jazz and Blues, Pep Band, Rock and Roll, Latin, World music and more! In these years, students will continue developing proficiency on their instruments while also learning music theory and history.
This year, we also have Percussion classes which are made up of mostly non musicians. We work on some techniques specific to playing percussion along with reading rhythms and coordination. These groups will perform on stage at the end of the semester Band Concert as well as on campus for fellow students.
The Band Program has 2 major performances a year: in December and May. Various groups will also perform different times throughout the year on campus for students and parents.
We are honored and excited to have any and all students join the Band Program. Please feel free to speak with Mr. Panting—room 37— firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions about Band or Music here at AISA!