SBA Rock n' Soul Band
The SBA Soul Band is a unique band at SBA, and in the United States. They use Memphis' music heritage of STAX, Sun Studios, Blues, Pop and Rock as the inspiration for their music. They perform traditional Memphis music pieces as well as some original songs at various events at the school and around the community. The Rock n' Soul Band has performed in front B.B. King and the Dali Lama as featured performers at the Civil Rights Freedom Awards; opened for Devan Allman at The Court Square Concert Series; and have hosted such guest artists as Jackie Johnson, Joyce Cobb, Doug Wamble, and Charlie Wood. They are multiple winners of Downbeat Magazine's Outstanding Performance in the Blues/Pop/Rock Award recognizing them as one of the best bands in the nation.
For students interested in joining the SBA Soul Band, participation is by audition only. Please contact Mr. Gary Buss (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up an audition and visit the audition page for requirements.
SBA Jazz Band
The SBA Jazz Band take the Jazz sounds of Memphis and New Orleans and intertwine them for a wonderful and unique sound. They have performed with many local Memphis musicians including Reba Russel, Jackie Jonson, Jimme Davis, Devan Allmand and Honeytribe and Joyce Cobb. The Jazz Band was also featured on an episode of WKNO's Southern Routes. They have received the highest honors at The University of Memphis Jazz Festival and have had many students selected for the All-West Tennessee Jazz Band.
For students interested in joining the SBA Jazz Band, participation is by audition only. Then, please contact Mr. Buss (email@example.com) to set up an audition and visit the audition page for requirements.
SBA Concert Band
The SBA Concert Band is open to any student who plays a band instrument. They learn music fundamentals: reading notation, sound production, technique, ensemble playing, dynamics and style. There is an emphasis on basic music theory. The band class is the basis of the performing Concert Band and the Pep Band. They perform at many concerts at SBA and in the community, pep rallies and home football and basketball games.
Beginning Band is an introduction course open to any student who desires to play a woodwind, brass, and percussion band instrument but has no experience. Audition is not required. Students will have the opportunity to audition for various honor bands and ensembles in the area. All Band members are required to participate at all SBA Concert and Pep Band events. Performance dates will be given at the beginning of the semester. Woodwind and brass players are encouraged to obtain their own instruments, but SBA can provide some instruments at no charge. All percussion instruments will be provided.
Orchestra is open to any student who plays or desires to play a string instrument, with or without experience. Audition is not required. This class will be split up between students with experience and students who are beginners, and is focused with providing members with a variety of repertoire, including popular settings, unique repertoire, and non-traditional collaborations. Students will have the opportunity to audition for various honor orchestras and ensembles in the area. All Orchestra members are required to participate at all SBA Orchestra events. Performance dates will be given at the beginning of the semester. Students are required to obtain their own instruments.