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Instrumental Music

Middle School Band


Middle School Concert Band is available for students that would like to experience playing in a large instrumental ensemble.  Students study a variety of band  repertoire. They are introduced to the elements of good instrumental tone production, sight reading, and music theory basics. Students will receive instruction in small groups one day a week, during the Exploratory block. 

Performance is one of the most important factors of the VUHS Music Department, and students are required to attend all concerts and parades in order to pass the course. Students are expected to practice their music, so that they may be able to make a contribution to the excellence of the band. 

Grading is based on weekly practice logs, weekly lesson attendance, written work, performance tests, written tests, concert and parade attendance (evenings and weekends), and class participation. 


Symphonic Band


Symphonic Band is available for students who enjoy playing in a large instrumental ensemble.  Students study a variety of band  repertoire. They are introduced to the elements of good instrumental tone production, sight reading, music theory basics, and chamber ensembles. Students will receive instruction in small groups one day a week, during class time.

 Performance is one of the most important factors of the VUHS Music Department, and students are required to attend all concerts and parades in order to pass the course. Students are expected to practice their music, so that they may be able to make a contribution to the excellence of the band. 

Grading is based on weekly practice logs, written work, performance tests, written tests, concert and parade attendance (evenings and weekends), and class participation. 

Rudiments Sound Files:  http://www.pas.org/Learn/Rudiments/RudimentsSound.aspx


Commodore Jazz Band


The Commodore Jazz Ensemble is a select high school group with students selected by audition.  The CJE performs a variety of music in swing, rock, funk, Latin, and ballad styles.  Students learn how to improvise in a blues progression.


Marching Band