CONCERT BAND (grade 9)
Concert Band is an entry level study of music theory and performance of band literature. This course is for all freshmen band students entering the high school instrumental music program. The focus of this ensemble is to introduce marching techniques, and prepare students for the level of musicianship required in high school bands. It is a prerequisite for Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble.
SYMPHONIC BAND (grades 10-12)
Prerequisite: Concert Band; entry determined by audition.
The main objective of this course is to attain the highest possible level of performance possible for each student. This is accomplished through the performance of intermediate literature, and the study of theory, rhythm, technical facility, etc.
WIND ENSEMBLE (grades 10-12)
Prerequisite: Concert or Symphonic Band; entry determined by audition.
The main goal of this group of accomplished musicians is to study and perform advanced compositions. The Wind Ensemble is the most traveled and performed band at Rockford High School. Entry is by strict audition only.
MARCHING BAND (grades 9-12)
All students enrolled in the High School Band Program, are required to participate in Marching Band. Band is a full year class. The season begins with Music Camp in June, Pre-Camp and Band Camp in July and regularly scheduled weekly rehearsals beginning in August and running throughout the season. Performances and activities such as home football games and competitions, take place almost every weekend through November. Attendance is mandatory for all students. See Documents for specific paperwork related to Marching Band.
Color Guard (grades 9-12)
Color Guard auditions usually take place in March with rehearsals beginning in April and continuing through November. The Color Guard is a non-musical section of the Marching Band. Students that are not in one of the high school bands that are selected through audition, must sign up for the first trimester of band. The Color Guard provides additional visual aspects to the performance and interprets the music that the marching band is playing via the synchronized spinning of flags, props, and through dance. They incorporate the use of different colors and styles of flags to enhance the visual effect of the marching band as a whole.
Extracurricular High School Bands
Director Of RPS High School Bands
Brian Phillips BEPhillips@rockfordschools.org
Phone: 616.863.6030 ext 7079