Symphonic Band

PATRIOT OAKS ACADEMY BAND – Mr. Rauh

Symphonic Band is a performance-based instrumental ensemble.  The Band provides instrumentalists the opportunity to perform music from a wide range of styles and periods.  The content is meant to challenge an individual’s skill level and promote the development of musicianship.  Music theory and history is woven into the curriculum through the study of quality literature and the elements of music. Students are required to have at least two years of successful band experience. In addition to the Fall and Spring Concerts, The Symphonic Band will participate in MPA (Music Performance Assessment), an adjudication performance off campus.

Goals

  • Develop a love of musical performance and the appreciation of music
  • Master technical aspects of music performance and the rudiments of music theory
  • Attain the ability to profoundly communicate through instrumental performance
  • Learn steadfast self-discipline and commit to musical excellence
  • Participate in a musical community and connect with the dynamics that exist

Expectations

  • Active participation
  • Regular practice
  • Acceptance of instruction
  • Progression of skill level and musicianship
  • Mastery of assigned music
  • Helpful support of others
  • Positive attitude and rehearsal etiquette
  • Respect for fellow colleagues and their equipment

Performances

All Band classes will have several required performances – ALL SPECIFIED WELL IN ADVANCE. These are graded.

Grading

80% for assessments; this includes performances and state/district testing

20% for assignments and projects done in class; weekly rehearsal grade

Uniform

The Band T-shirt and blue jeans will act as our uniform for Pep Band and other more informal performances.

Symphonic Band – The school will provide the bowtie and cummerbund. Parents must provide black pants or black floor length dress, a long-sleeved white-collared shirt and solid black shoes/socks.

Required Texts

Books may be required on an individual basis during the progression of the year.

Sheet Music

Most music will be on loan from Patriot Oaks Music Library at no charge. A replacement fee will be charged for music that is lost. PLEASE KEEP UP WITH YOUR FOLDER!

Lessons

Private lessons are not required but highly recommended.  Qualified instructors may be found at our local music stores and universities. Please inquire with Mr. Rauh for specific names.