Band Classes

Organization Membership Opportunities

Performing Ensembles

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Wind Ensemble

For syllabus, click HERE          Program for 2013 WE performance at KMEA Conference, click HERE

The Wind Ensemble is composed of the finest wind and percussion instrumentalists at Henry Clay.  This course consists of a wide variety of musical literature from many styles, periods, and genres.  The focus is on musically challenging the students individually and as a group.  All Wind Ensemble members will be required to attend after school rehearsals and performances to receive credit for the course.  Freshman and sophomore members of the Wind Ensemble will also rehearse and perform as needed with the other bands.

Prerequisite:  Audition, enrollment in the appropriate class, and permission of the instructor are required.

Notes:   1. This course carries advanced credit weight.

2. All students will be responsible for each appropriate program expense.

Symphonic Band

For syllabus, click HERE 

The Symphonic Band offers instrumentalists the opportunity to perform developmentally appropriate graded literature.  Students meet separately from the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, allowing a greater focus on technique, tone development, and other fundamentals.  The Symphonic Band performs by itself and occasionally in conjunction with the Wind Ensemble in public performances.  All Symphonic Band members will be required to attend after school rehearsals and performances to receive credit for the course.

Prerequisite:  Audition, enrollment in the appropriate class, and permission of instructor are required.

Notes:      1. All students will be responsible for each appropriate program expense.

Concert Band

For syllabus, click HERE

The Concert Band offers instrumentalists the opportunity to perform developmentally appropriate graded literature and develop on their instruments.  Students meet separately from the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, allowing a greater focus on technique, tone development, and other fundamentals.  The Concert Band performs by itself and occasionally in conjunction with the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band in public performances.  All Concert Band members will be required to attend after school rehearsals and performances to receive credit for the course.

Prerequisite:  Audition, enrollment in the appropriate class, and permission of instructor are required.

Notes:      1. All students will be responsible for each appropriate program expense.

**Students who are not able to attend after-school rehearsals and performances are not eligible for participation in the concert ensembles.**

Jazz Ensemble/Lab Band

For syllabus, click HERE

This course, which meets during zero hour (7:30-8:20 AM), is designed to provide students with opportunities to study, appreciate, and effectively perform all styles and genres of jazz literature.  Students will understand the fundamentals of various jazz styles and gain accurate knowledge and exposure to pertinent jazz history and theory.  Jazz improvisation will be studied thoroughly.  Out of school performances are required for successful completion of this course.

Prerequisite:  Students must be enrolled in a Henry Clay High School music performance course (band, percussion, orchestra, or chorus).  Students must have prior playing experience and are admitted through AUDITION ONLY.

Notes:   1. Piano, guitar, and bass students may be included in this course based upon audition and recommendation of the instructor and enrollment in a Henry Clay High School music performance course (band, percussion, orchestra, or chorus).

2.  All students will be responsible for each appropriate program expense.

Percussion Methods/Advanced Percussion Methods

These courses meet during different class periods separate from Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. These are designed to provide comprehensive studies in the area of percussion.

PERCUSSION:  For syllabus, click HERE  This course is designed for percussionists only and exposes students to the fundamentals of percussion performance.  Students will learn technique and perform on a wide variety of percussion instruments while studying appropriate music theory and literature.  Out of school performances are required for successful completion of this course.

ADVANCED PERCUSSION:  For syllabus, click HERE This course is designed for advanced percussionists only.  Students will study highly advanced technique and demanding percussion literature.  All students are required to perform with either the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, or Wind Ensemble in rehearsals and concerts.  Out of school rehearsals and performances are required for successful completion of this course.  This course carries advanced credit weight.

Prerequisites for ALL percussion classes: Audition, enrollment in the appropriate class, 2 years prior playing experience, and permission of instructor are required.

Notes:   1. All students will be responsible for each appropriate program expense.

Steel Band

 Henry Clay is fortunate to be one of the few high schools in the country to have a Steel Drum Band. This unique percussion ensemble performs the music of the Caribbean at numerous school and public concerts each year.  The Steel Band is an optional, non-credit, after school activity. Rehearsals begin after the conclusion of the marching season.

Prerequisite:  Audition, enrollment in a Henry Clay wind or percussion class, and permission of instructor are required.

Notes:   1. All students will be responsible for each appropriate program expense.

Advanced Marching Band

For syllabus, click HERE       Band Camp 2015

This course is designed to provide students with an experience in marching band.  Students will learn the fundamentals and technique of marching and performing a field show.  This course meets outside of the Henry Clay High School instructional day beginning in mid July continuing through early November.  Regular after school rehearsals and Friday/Saturday performances are required for successful completion of this course.  All students are required to attend and complete summer band camp as a part of the course.

PrerequisiteStudents must be enrolled in a Henry Clay High School music performance course (band, orchestra, or chorus) except for guard members.  Students must have prior playing experience and are admitted through AUDITION ONLY.

Notes:   1.  This course carries an advanced credit weight.

                  2.  All students will be responsible for each appropriate program expense.

Marching Band Option

Marching Band participation is highly valued and strongly encouraged for all band students at Henry Clay High School.  This activity greatly increases students’ musical progress and physical coordination in addition to strengthening areas of character, responsibility, and teamwork.  Occasionally students may choose not to participate in the Henry Clay Marching Band and instead participate only in a concert ensemble.  This allowance will provide all potential students the greatest opportunity to continue musical education in the band program at Henry Clay High School.

Conditions/Stipulations: Several conditions must exist in order to make this policy fair for all interested and eligible students:

  1. The requirements and expectations of each band class at Henry Clay High School will be academically ambitious, as elements of the marching band program will not be addressed during the curricular day.  Students should not view band classes as “easy grades” or as not academically valuable.  As a result, each band student must maintain a grade percent of 83% or higher to remain in the band courses at Henry Clay High School.  Any student who does not maintain this grade average must work with directors in a timely fashion in order to remain enrolled in the proper band class.
  2. Non-marching students will not have after-school obligations as it pertains to the marching band season (with exception to parades and Pep band).  However, ALL band students are required to attend every after-school rehearsal and performance scheduled for each student’s specific ensemble(s).  Lack of attendance at such rehearsals and performances is a ground for dismissal from the band program.
  3. All students will be responsible for each appropriate program expense.
  4. Due to the level of commitment necessary for a successful marching band program, students SHALL NOT be allowed to withdraw from the marching band program and still remain enrolled in a band class.  If a student agrees to participate in the marching band and decides to discontinue membership at any point through the season, this student immediately becomes ineligible for regular band class participation. Alternate class work will be assigned to such student(s) until schedule changes can be made.  All students and families must complete and sign the marching band contract.

Click here See history of Marching Band Shows

Color Guard

For syllabus, click HERE 

The Color Guard is open to any student who has a strong desire to dance, enjoys theatrics, and wants to learn flag, rifle, and saber techniques.  This ensemble serves as the visual component of the marching band. In addition, members of the Color Guard who play instruments are encouraged to participate in one of the musical ensembles.

Prerequisite:  Audition, enrollment in the appropriate class, and permission of instructor are required.

Notes:  1. Winter Guard may also be offered to Color Guard students following the marching band  season.

2.  All students will be responsible for each appropriate program expense.