BAND PROGRAM COURSES
Freshman Band: 1 Credit, Ames
This course is open to students after successful completion of 8th Grade Band or by audition. Students must have previous band training. Freshman Band is designed for those instrumentalists who have demonstrated knowledge of basic musicianship. It pro- vides an opportunity to study and perform the musical works of major composers. A variety of performance experiences is offered, including formal concerts, solo, and small ensemble experience. All members are scheduled on a daily basis plus a mandatory weekly rotating class lesson. Additional home study is required. All band members are required to participate in all school-sponsored performances.
MHS Band: 1 Credit, MHS
This course is open to students after successful completion of 9th Grade Band or by audition. Students must have previous band training. All students must demonstrate knowledge of basic musicianship. All members are scheduled for band on a daily basis plus a mandatory weekly rotating instrumental lesson. Additional home study is required. Grades are based on performances, rehearsals and lessons. The band is divided into two groups (Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band) based on an audition held annually in the fall. Each band performs major repertoire of the band medium. All students are provided the opportunity to study and perform the musical compositions of major composers. All students participate as part of the Massapequa High School Marching Band. Attendance at all weekend and evening performances is mandatory. Grading is based on musical development in rehearsals, performances, and lessons.
Jazz Ensemble: No Credit, Open to students in Grades 9 - 12
The Massapequa High School Jazz Ensemble is a co-curricular select performing group whose members are chosen through an audition process held at the beginning of each school year. The ensemble performs a variety of jazz music, including both traditional and contemporary works. Emphasis is placed on jazz phrasing, style, and improvisation. The ensemble is generally open to saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and rhythm section (piano, acoustic or electric bass, guitar, drums), but this is subject to change based on the needs of the ensemble.
This group rehearses one night per week for two hours. All students wishing to participate must be enrolled in the MHS/Ames instrumental program. However, since piano, guitar, and electric bass are not offered as part of the regular music program, anyone from the general student body may audition on these instruments. Preference, however, will be given to students enrolled in some aspect of the school music program.