Middletown High School Band Program
The Middletown High School Band Program is a comprehensive program with a long-standing tradition of excellence. The program includes the following performing ensembles
- Concert Band
- Wind Ensemble
- Marching Band
- Pep Band
- Jazz Band
- Show Choir Combo
Members of the band also participate Show Choir Combo, Musical Pit Orchestra, and the MHS Symphony Orchestra.
Outside of school, a large number of students participate in Solo and Ensemble Events, Honor Bands, and select regional bands and orchestras. The bands are highly involved in the MHS community as well as the Middletown community at large by their involvement in stage performances, assembly performances, performances at sporting events, parades, and community events.
Band Classes: Concert Band & Wind Ensemble
All students will sign up for Concert Band the first time while in high school. Auditions for Wind Ensemble will take place in February or March. If a student is accepted into the audition group, the change will be made in their request. Once they are in an audition group, they may sign up for it the following year with teacher recommendation.
Concert band is a year-long course open to all students who have met the requirements of eighth grade band or approval of the band director. Concert Band performs a variety of band literature throughout the year that seeks to educate students in the following areas: 1 – develop and improve musical and technical skills; 2 – develop and improve individual tone quality and understanding of ensemble performance; and 3 – prepare students for possible admission into Wind Ensemble. Concert Band performs three evening concerts per year.
Wind Ensemble is a year-long course open to students in the instrumental music program by audition. It is a very selective ensemble that performs a variety of classic, contemporary, and popular band literature in at least four required evening concerts per year and one required contest. Students who have reached a high level of mastery on their instrument and who have demonstrated a strong sense of commitment to their musical training will be considered for this ensemble.
MHS Marching Band has qualified and competed in OMEA State Finals each of last 19 competition years and has earned the highest rating of 1 – Superior of the last several performance years.
Wind Ensemble has also received the top rating of Superior seven out of last eight performance years in OMEA contest.
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