Concert Bands

Symphonic Band (Honors)

Symphonic Band is offered as a full year course to students with previous experience playing a wind or percussion instrument and is the premier ensemble at Carl Hayden.  The honors ensemble performs a variety of repertoire ranging from small chamber ensembles to large symphonic wind ensemble pieces to works that include vocal collaboration.

Students must audition to be eligible for a seat in the ensemble and during the fall, students are required to also be enrolled in the 0 Period Marching Band class.  This ensemble is frequently participating in school activities, traveling on recruitment tours, and performing off campus for a number of events as well as performing a minimum of one campus concert per quarter.

The course is available with an HONORS component with additional requirements including: auditioning for Southwest Regional Festival, auditioning for Greater Phoenix Honor Band, and a number of projects chosen by the student.

Course Fee:  $10.00 per student, per semester ($20.00 yearly total)

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Concert Band (Intermediate)

Concert Band (noted as Intermediate Band in the course catalogue) is offered as a full year course to students with previous experience playing a wind or percussion instrument.  The course is open to all students with prior instrumental experience and there is no audition required to participate.  Students are encouraged to participate in Marching Band but there is no requirement to do so in order to be eligible for this ensemble.  The class focuses on the fundamentals of successful sound and ensemble playing to prepare students to move into the Symphonic Band when they are ready and eligible to meet all the requirements.

Students are required to perform in concerts during both fall and spring semesters as well as participate in festivals.  Instruments are provided for the students with no monthly rental fee or maintenance costs.

Course Fee: $10.00 per student, per semester ( $20.00 yearly total)

Beginning Band (Percussion & Winds)

Beginning Band is offered as a year-long course to students with NO previous experience playing an instrument.  During this time they will focus on the fundamentals of creating a quality sound on a new instrument and develop fundamental skills reading musical notation.

Students are required to participate in performance outside of class time.  Instruments are provided for the students with no monthly rental fee or maintenance costs.

Course Fee: $10.00 per student, per semester ( $20.00 yearly total)

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