The mission of the music department is to develop within each student an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity through the study of music. Students will also develop their creative and critical-thinking skills which are essential in the areas of problem solving and decision making. Music as a form of communication and expression, upon mastery, can develop student's ability to express and explore their ideas in a medium more powerful than words. A valuable outcome of the music program is to develop performing organizations that will provide outstanding service to the school and community through performance and community service.
The Symphonic Band
Open to all wind and percussion students, the emphasis in the Symphonic band is on the study of literature composed originally for band during the 20th century. More advanced harmonic, melodic and rhythmic dictation, and transposition will be included. A study and analysis of repertoire will provide the students with an understanding of contemporary musical forms and styles. The importance of consistent and effective practice habits will be essential to the overall musical development of the students. Participation in the Marching Band is a requirement of the course. Additional experiences will include conducting, as well as solo and chamber performances. The Symphonic band is open to all students and No audition is required.
The Jazz Band
The Jazz Band is an advanced level Honors course. Students will develop a high level of skill in the performance of popular music including; jazz, jazz-rock, blues, soul, swing, rhythm and blues, and many others. The students will extend their technical range and develop specialized skills in jazz phrasing, interpretation, and improvisation necessary to perform the literature designed for the jazz ensemble. The study of jazz as it developed into a contemporary American art form will be essential to the overall musical development of the students. Participation in the Marching Band will be expected for students who play brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. Additional experiences will include conducting, as well as solo and small jazz combo performances
The String Orchestra
The String Orchestra is the premiere concert ensemble within the instrumental music department and is also an Honors Level ensemble for students in grades eleven and twelve. A study and analysis of repertoire composed for the string orchestra during the 20th century is the emphasis of this course. Advanced study of harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic dictation, as well as transposition will be included. The importance of consistent and effective practice habits will be essential to the overall musical development of the students. Additional experiences will include conducting, as well as solo, ensemble and chamber music performances. The String Orchestra is open to all string students and no audition is required.
Other performing groups at springbrook
The Springbrook High School Marching Band is an important part of the instrumental music program. It is a combination of all symphonic band and jazz band members. Participating in marching band is a requirement of all band members. The marching band participates in all home and selected away football games, as well as other school and community parades and activities.
The Pep-Band is open to all band students. Students will receive service learning credit hours for participating in the pep-band. The pep-band performs at many home basketball games.
Chamber Music Ensembles
The Chamber Music Ensembles include strings, woodwind, brass-wind, percussion and jazz combo. These performing ensembles are by audition only. Students must be currently taking private lessons in order to be considered. Student will receive service learning credit hours for participation. Chamber ensembles perform seasonal concerts as well as selected activities as requested.
County/State Honor Groups
Students must audition for these groups at both the county and state levels. If accepted in these ensembles, students will perform one concert per year and will earn service learning credit for participating.
Solo and Ensemble Festival
This festival at both the county and state level will provide students with the opportunity to perform a solo or small ensemble and to be adjudicated by professional music educators. Students will earn service learning credit for participating.
Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis gives Springbrook High School jazz band students a lesson in music and life, April 13, 2007.