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No. 1754 & 1755 Course Credit: 2 Grade Level: 10 - 12

Wind Ensemble is the continued development of advanced level instrumental performance skills through large group rehearsals, student-led sectionals, solo and ensemble performances, honor band, concerts, music oriented trips and individual and/or small group lessons. Sophomores must complete 3 lessons per a quarter, Juniors 2 and Seniors 1. The Advanced Rubank Books I and II, Modern School for Mallets and Alfred’s Drum Method Book II will be the primary literature source for lessons; upon completion students will then be able to decide the direction of their study. The final outcome of the class is a diverse musical experience at the highest possible level. Performance will be the most common assessment. Each student will be able to demonstrate various technical and stylistic points in regards to written and terraced elements within the music. Prerequisites: Concert Band or previous instrumental experience, completion of Essential Elements Book I, II and Advanced Rubank book I for winds, and for percussion through page 40 in the mallet book and chapter 22 in the drum method. Students are chosen by the director of bands during registration for the following school year. Wind Ensemble is a year-long course & commitment and is graded accordingly.