George C. Marshall Band Ensembles
The Marching Statesmen ensemble is designed to perform modern field shows at the highest level. The Marching Statesmen compete at marching competitions and parades and perform at home football games. Emphasis is placed equally on musical and visual excellence. Marching band begins with daily band camp starting three weeks before the first day of school and continues with rehearsal and/or performance outside of school hours 5-6 times a week until November. Membership in the Marching Statesmen is co-curricular, open to all band students, and required of Wind Symphony. Students not in a band class wishing to join the Marching Statesmen may be able to do so by passing an audition.
A select concert band designed for in-depth study of major literature for winds and percussion, the Wind Symphony exclusively performs literature deemed of the highest quality from the repertory of both traditional and contemporary compositional styles, at the grade V-VI level. As a student member, you will develop a deeper sensitivity not only toward outstanding musicianship, but with regard to historical style, performance practices, and aesthetics. In addition to high expectations as an instrumentalist, your ability to apply intellect and spirit in meaningful ways during rehearsals and concerts is also demanded. Membership in the Wind Symphony is open to any student who qualifies through audition; it is a two-semester graded high school class. Wind Symphony students are required to participate in Marching Band, unless a waiver is granted.
The Symphonic/Concert band performs music at the III-IV level and is the primary training ensemble for Wind Symphony. Particular emphasis on pedagogy is placed in rehearsals, making this ensemble a valuable learning experience. Membership in the Concert Band is open to any student who qualifies through audition. It is a two-semester graded high school class.