The beginning band is open to any students with one year of band experience or less wishing to learn how to play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. This group is not an auditioned group. In the beginning band, students will build fundamental skills in music theory and auditory skills and work heavily on reading music and building a fundamental playing level. Any student who did not make the entry audition for the concert band will be placed into this band to build instrument fundamentals to prepare for the concert band. The beginning band will perform three concerts a year.
The concert band is composed of woodwinds, brass, and percussion players. Students wishing to be a member of this band must have had at least two years of experience in a band or playing in lessons. This groups is not an auditioned group. The SBA concert band is a competitive band, competing at concert festival and other festivals in the spring. The band performs two home concerts each semester as well as several various community concerts. During this course, students will develop music literacy, music theory, and auditory skills. Musical selections will come from a large range of genres such as classical, contemporary, and pop.
This ensemble is an after-school group composed of members from concert band and rock band. Rehearsals are held once a week. Students who participate in this group will build skills in performing jazz with specifics such as improvisation, reading lead sheet and chord changes, and being able to identify elements of jazz. This ensemble performs several times throughout the school year.
Soarin’ Sound of SBA Marching Band
This ensemble is an after-school group composed of members from concert band, rock band, and orchestra. This group is composed of woodwinds, brass (marching brass depending on the instrument), drum line, front ensemble (guitar, bass, drum set, keyboard, mallets), and color guard. Students interested in being a member of this ensemble must sign a contract of membership no later than May 1. This ensemble performs at all home football games, at least one competition, and various other venues. This is the ONLY marching band in the Diocese of Memphis.
The Rock & Soul Band is composed of students with electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass, drum set, and/or vocal experience. Students wishing to be a member of this band must pass an audition. In the Rock & Soul Band, students will develop skills in ensemble playing and organization, sound equipment, music group management, music composition, and advertising and promotion. Rock & Soul performs two house shows a year as well as at, pep rallies, select concerts, and outside venues.
The Orchestra is open to any students who play an orchestral string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass). Students who are in this class must have at least one year of experience playing their instrument. This course is not audition based. In this course, students will develop skills in music literacy, music theory, and auditory skills as well as continuing to build a strong fundamental playing level on their instrument. The orchestra performs twice a semester as well as in various community concerts and events. Musical selections will come from a large range of genres such as classical, contemporary, and pop.
AP Music Theory
As described by the AP College Board, “The ultimate goal of an AP Music Theory course is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score.” There is an AP course exam that will be taken during the spring semester. This course will develop skills in composition, aural abilities, music analytical abilities, and performance skills. Students wishing to be in this ensemble must be either a junior or senior and must have been in a music ensemble for at least 2 years at St. Benedict (or school previously transferred from). Students wishing to take this course must have the teacher’s approval. Reading music is required and necessary for this course.
*For more information on how to become a member of the SBA instrumental music program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address, grade, and current school.
Director of Instrumental Music: Naomi Ziegler email@example.com