Concert Bands (Main Page)

Students and Parents - before you know it, marching season will be over and it will be time to begin concert band. Below is the initial information necessary to get a good start. Please read carefully and thoroughly so you can be best prepared for concert band season. 

The transition from marching band to concert band will slowly begin the week after OBA State Marching Band Championships. Students will still be in full group for about a week working on the Kiwanis Christmas Parade tune, as well as polishing the final preparations for concert band/honor band auditions. 

Initial Audition Information

Auditions will take place on Wednesday, November 1st and Thursday, November 2nd Friday. Most auditions will take place before school and during 1st hour, but some auditions could be scheduled after school as well. As with the last few years, auditions will be done with school mp3 recorders.  Additional details as to the audition process will be given to students as the audition approaches. For the most updated information and the audition schedule, go to the concert band audition information page

Audition music has been passed out to all students. The material is the same music as honor band (both OMEA and NCDA) audition music. For clarification purposes, all music that is not marked out must be prepared for honor band auditions. Music that is marked in brackets is the portion that must be prepared for concert band auditions. Students must also prepare scales for both the honor band and concert band auditions. 

Students will be placed into one of three concert ensembles based upon audition, skill level, musicianship, eligibility, and ability displayed during audition. Audition results will be posted by Tuesday, November 7th and rehearsals will begin by Wednesday, November 8th.

Concert Attire

Concert attire (also referred to as concert blacks) is required for all students enrolled in concert band. Men use a full tuxedo - jacket, pant, white tux shirt (wing tip collar), black bowtie & cummerbund, black dress shoes with dark socks. Tuxes are to be purchased from Alyssa's Bridal at 6808 S Memorial for complete deal. Price for complete package is approximately $185.99 + tax. Students/Families should take care of this in advance to allow enough time for any alterations or back orders. It will be important to do this before the Thanksgiving Holiday in order to have tux in hand for the holiday concert in December.

Ladies use a concert dress ordered through the band parent organization with black shoes. All 9th grade girls, new students, and students needing another dress are measured for proper dress size during marching season and then ordered in time for dresses to arrive before the holiday concert in December. Price is approximately $75.00 and includes shipping.

Any questions regarding concert attire may be directed to Gene Ann Kerr.

Concert Materials Information

All students will need the Foundations for Superior Performance (blue book), a pencil, as well as additional materials defined by each performing group/conductor. Information and deadlines for additional materials will be added after auditions are completed and rehearsals for each band begin.

Concert Rehearsal Schedule

With a new school schedule this year, the concert band rehearsal schedule will be different as well. Students are to be seated in chairs and individually warming up @ 8:25. Roll will be taken at this time. Full group rehearsals will begin at 8:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and go to the end of 1st hour. On Tuesdays, students are to be seated @ 7:40 with rehearsal beginnng at 7:45.  This year, sectional time was built into the schedule during marching season. In the past, there have not be sectionals scheduled for the months of November and December. Sectionals will be defined by each group & director for this year. With the Wind Symphony performing at the BOA festival, it may be necessary for sectionals to start after the Thanksgiving Break in order to be thoroughly prepared for the event.  

Spring Trip Information

As announced earlier in fall, the Wind Symphony has been selected to perform at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival as a featured group. The Wind Symphony will travel to Indianapolis for this event and it will count as their spring trip. The date is set for Wednesday, March 14th through Sunday, March 18th. As soon as auditions are completed and personell defined, initial trip information including the opt in/opt out form will be distributed to students/families. Plans and reservations are currently being made and defined at this time, but it is anticipated that the approximate cost of this trip will be around $1,000.00. There will be a quick turn around for the deadline on the opt in/opt out form. It is strongly recommended that students decide beforehand if they want to participate at this event or not. Decisions could affect personell for the Wind Symphony. Payments for this trip will begin in December and continue through the beginning of March. Students who were in Wind Symphony last year and/or students who anticipate being in Wind Symphony this year should begin to save and plan financially to make this trip possible. The potential of a family and friends package for this trip could be in the works. More details will be shared as information becomes clear and available. 

BOA requires an initial meeting and site visit for all student participants and their families. This meeting has been scheduled to take place at the regular parent meeting on Thursday, November 2nd. All students (and a parent) who have been in or anticipate being in the Wind Symphony are required to attend this meeting. Roll will be taken. BOA's portion of the meeting lasts about 45 minutes and is intended to build excitement for the event, deal with some of the general logistics, as well as answer questions that you might have. 

The Symphonic and Concert Bands will be traveling to Colorado Springs for the Director's Choice Scholastic Music Festival. Trip dates are tentatively set for Wednesday, April 25th through Sunday, April 29th. Plans and reservations are also underway for this trip. Currently, the anticipated cost is approximately $650.00. Payments will begin in January and continue through the beginning of April. Students should begin to save and plan financially for this trip as well. Opt in/Opt out forms will be passed out to students in late November/early December. More details will be shared as information becomes clear and available. Information for this trip will be shared in the normal fashion via the website, eBlasts, and regular parent meetings. 

Concert Band Performance Dates

Holiday Concert - Thursday, December 14th
BOA National Concert Band Festival Preview Concert - Date & Location TBD
BOA National Concert Band Festival - WS Spring Trip - March 14th-18th
TCC Pre-State Music Festival - Thursday, March 29th or Friday, March 30th
HS Preview Concert - Tuesday, April 3rd
State 6A-E and 6A-EE Concert Band Contests - Tuesday, April 10th
State 6A Concert Band Contest - Friday, April 13th
Spring Trip for SB and CB - April 25th-April 29th
Spring Concert - Thursday, May 17th (back up date is May 11th in case of bad weather)