• The band program at Andersen Junior High School consists of four performing bands and a percussion ensemble. This page will provide a little information on what we offer.

     

     

    6th grade Cadet Band

    The 6th grade band consists of students that have 1 year of previous experience. They perform a minimum of 3 concerts and may also participate in one concert band festival. The students meet on a 2 day rotation. The focus for this class is tone development, individual technique, phrasing, air flow and breathing, ensemble playing, and other musical elements.

    The 6th grade band is divided into two separate groups. They are:

    1) Woodwinds (flutes, clarinets, oboe)

    2) Brass/Saxophone/Percussion

     

     

    7th grade Concert Band

    The 7th grade band consists of students that have 1 or more previous years of experience. They perform a minimum of 3 concerts and will also participate in one concert band festival. The students meet on a 2 day rotation. The focus for this class is tone development, individual technique, phrasing, air flow and breathing, ensemble playing, and other musical elements.

     

    The 7th grade band is divided into three separate groups. They are:

    1) Woodwinds (flutes, clarinets, oboe)

    2) Brass/Saxophone

    3) Percussion Ensemble

     

     

    Percussion Ensemble

    The percussion ensemble is a class with only percussion students. This class consists mostly of 7th grade students. It
    includes percussion students with no experience to students that have been playing since 5th grade or more.

    This class focuses on posture, technique, rudiments, rhythms, and all musical aspects of playing the many percussion instruments. Students will learn to perform with the Cadet Band and as a separate percussion ensemble.

     

    Jazz Band

    The Jazz Band is primarily an 8th grade group. It is an audition only band. All students in this band must have pre-approval from Mr. Lewis. This band performs at many school and community events. These students get to learn and study the true American art from of Jazz. They work on improvisation and style as well as technique specific to jazz.

     

    8th grade Symphonic Band

    This band is for 8th grade students only. The students in this band have been in a school band for 3 to 4 years. The Concert Band students focus on improving the musical elements learned from previous years such as tone production, balance, blend, technique, rhythm, and more. They perform a minimum of 3 concerts a school year and also participate in 1-2 concert band festivals.