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Symphonic Bandphoto credit: Margaret Higgins
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Last Update: 10/11/19
Prerequisite: Audition with the Band DirectorThe Symphonic Band provides a challenge for students who show exceptionally high levels of performance on their musical instrument. In rehearsals, students work on the skills of blend, balance, tone quality, intonation, and proper interpretation, while preparing for three concert appearances. Students are also eligible to participate in their grade-level band. In addition, students are eligible to participate in PMEA music festivals at the district, regional, state, and all-eastern levels, and travel to festivals and competitions as the opportunities occur. Students enrolled in this band have the opportunity to participate in the High School Marching Band, The High School Jazz Band, and the High School Symphony Orchestra.2012 NYC Adjudication Performance
Concert ScheduleWednesday, November 6, 2019 - All BandsMonday, April 27, 2020 - Advanced EnsemblesCommencement Concert is Saturday morning, June 6, 2020, Penn State campusConcerts are held at the Performance Hall starting at 7:30 PM
Adult tickets are $3 and are available at the door on the night of the concert
Congratulations to our 2010 Band Award recipients
Eric Kernfeld - The John Philip Sousa Band Award
Eric Posatko - The Franklin B Hege Memorial Award Scholarship
Michael Marini - The Lemont Young American Band Scholarship
Natalie Roberts - The National Band Association Outstanding Band Musician Award
Emily Browne - Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence
Michael Marini - Shiri Berg First Flute Memorial Award
Yosef Berlyand - Mario Marcanti Memorial Award
Sam Heppelmann - Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
Auditions are held annually during the course registration period. Students moving into the district after the auditions should contact Mr. Leskowicz to arrange for an audition.
1. Performance of MAJOR SCALES from memory.Scales may be played at any tempo or rhythm for as many octaves as you are able to.
2. Performance of a solo, etude, or excerpt.This prepared piece of your choice should be two to three minutes in length and demonstrate your highest level of competency.You can also choose two shorter excerpts from either the same piece or two different pieces where one demonstrates your technical playing (faster rhythms and tempo, varied articulations, etc) and the other your lyrical playing that demonstrates tone quality, phrasing, breath control, and musicianship.Percussionists should choose an excerpt for mallet percussion.
3. Demonstration of sight-reading skill
You will be asked to sight read a brief excerpt of typical Symphonic Band music. Percussionists will perform a sight-reading excerpt on snare drum.