Symphonic Band

Advisor: Mr. Lewis
Email: dlewis@xeniaschools.org


Description:
*Students wishing to take this course must have successfully completed an audition for the instructor OR have the instructor’s permission to participate.
*Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
*Students who take this class MUST participate in fundraising projects AND attend performances outside of the regular school day.

 
The XHS Symphonic Band is made up of the most advanced instrumentalists at Xenia High School and is for students wishing to perform wind band literature at a very advanced high school and college/professional level. Students taking this class are highly encouraged to study their instrument with a professional teacher outside of the school setting. Rising juniors and seniors who have completed at least one year in Concert Band, Symphonic Band or the equivalent should enroll in Symphonic Band. Rising sophomores may audition for placement in this ensemble. Truly outstanding freshman instrumentalists may be permitted to audition for Symphonic Band.

The rehearsal process is focused on producing high-level performances that are musically expressive and technically polished. Central to attaining the course’s goals is the achievement of ensemble performance excellence, through each student’s growth in the areas of knowledge, understanding and skills. Growth in these areas is fostered through rehearsal and performance of wind band music written in a variety of styles.

This music is presented at several concerts spread over the course of the school year. It is also the course’s goal to create an atmosphere of thoughtful reflection and critical thinking and to foster a community in which students respect the music, the ensemble, and each other. Symphonic Band students are strongly encouraged to perform at the OMEA Solo and Ensemble adjudicate event each winter. The Symphonic Band performs at OMEA District Large Group Adjudicated Event in March, at the OMEA State Large Group Adjudicated Event in April (if qualified), at all regular band concerts and may travel to national and international music festivals.

Students enrolled in Symphonic Band or Concert Band have the option of participating in the XHS Marching Band, Jazz Band and Pep Band. Participation in annual fundraising projects is expected.

Attendance at concerts is REQUIRED.