Band: Mr. Nowak teaches two periods of band and two periods of seventh/eighth grade band. The sixth grade bands are heterogeneously grouped. Students are not separated by experience level in sixth grade, nor are there chair placements. Sixth grade band focuses on helping students build on the foundation developed by our district’s outstanding elementary music teachers. Sixth grade band is also the best time to switch to a more unique instrument. Our program has tubas, bassoons, French horns, oboes, baritones, trombones, tenor saxophones, baritone saxophones, and bass clarinets to lend to students. Every level of band benefits from having these diverse tonal colors.
Seventh and eighth grade bands are more homogeneously grouped, though the emphasis on band placement remains to have two groups with full instrumentation in each. Students play more challenging literature in these groups and have more opportunities to play off-campus and in our community.
Any student in any grade is welcome to sign up for band as a beginner.