Instrumental Program

Independent Learners and Musicians

We are committed to encouraging our students to be independent learners and musicians, so that they may enjoy their instrument and the arts long past their high school careers. Both the expectations and performance standards we have for our students are very high. Private lessons and community involvement are encouraged. We strongly believe that the more a child practices and performs, the more successful he or she will be in any subject area or extra-curricular activity. We work to develop leadership skills in each child, and student directed help sessions (peer tutoring) are a part of these lessons.

Prepare for Life Beyond our Classroom

The numbers of commitments that an excellent performing ensemble can have are extensive. The emphasis on attendance in the student grade is due to our belief that we are providing students with experiences and skills to prepare them for life beyond our classroom. Support in attaining this goal is crucial.

Grades

Students are graded on performances, tests and quizzes, playing tests every nine weeks, daily attendance and classroom participation. The percentages shift each semester with the number of required performances.

High School Band

Greenville High School Instrumental Music Department

The Greenville High School Instrumental Music Department has an Enrollment this fall of over 200 students. Courses consist of one orchestra class, three concert bands, two jazz bands, and the Yellow Jacket marching band. Students may enroll in more than one course with special permission.

The Junior Varsity Band was created in 1995 and is made up of most ninth grade and some 10-12th grade students. These students participate in all parades and one varsity football game during the fall. The ensemble functions as an independent concert group during the winter and spring. The Yellow Jacket Marching Band is made up of 10-12th grade students and a few freshmen. After the first nine weeks, the marching band divides into the Concert Band and the Symphonic Band. These placements are made by audition, and remain throughout the school year. All students in grades 9-12 may participate in Jazz Lab One or Jazz Lab Two and Pep Band in the fall and winter. Jazz band is available for credit during zero hour.

Mrs. Gould directs the High School Band and Orchestra program. Student teachers direct the Pep Band and Mr. Ayres, Greenville Middle School Band Director, oversees the Jazz Bands.

The String Orchestra consists of string students in grades 9-12. The Symphony Orchestra is created during the second semester when 10-12th grade wind and percussion players are selected to play in the ensemble. Rehearsals for Symphony Orchestra generally happen during channel one time and in the evenings.

Photo credit: Cheryl Willard

Jazz Bands

Course Outline for Greenville High School Jazz Bands

Zero Hour

Jazz Band is offered as a zero hour course at Greenville High School.  Since the class does not meet every day, students receive ½ credit for the class over the course of the year.  Students will learn to perform in a wide variety of jazz styles.  The focus will be upon swing music of the Big Band era.  Students will also experiment with improvisation.

Regular Attendance

In such a small group setting, regular attendance is essential and will be part of the grading system.  The jazz bands are musical ambassadors for our school and regularly perform concerts both at school and in the community.  Attendance at each performance is mandatory.  Regularly scheduled concerts will include the GHS Holiday Band Concert, the GHS Collage Concerts, MSBOA Jazz Festival, a combined concert with the Flat River Big Band, a performance as a warm up act for a professional Big Band, and the Jazz Day Concert.

Pep Band

The Jazz Bands also perform as a pep band for both boys and girls Basketball games.  All other performances are to be announced.  Written itineraries and play lists for all concerts will be provided with as much advance notice as possible.

Course Outline for Greenville Middle School Bands

Sixth Grade Band

Beginning Level Course

Sixth grade band is a beginning level course where students will learn the basics of playing their instruments.  Most students rent or own their instruments, but the school does provide the larger, more expensive instruments like the tuba, baritone, French horn, oboe and bassoon.  Students are expected to play their instrument every day.  Gum, candy, food and drinks are not allowed in the classroom.  Students must respect their classmates, their teacher, and guest teachers.  Playing and talking stop when the director is on the podium.

Twelve playing tests

Students will perform twelve playing tests during the year and will be expected to complete twelve written music theory/history assignments as well.  The text is Essential Elements 2000 Book I.  They must purchase their own book as it is a workbook.  Book I will be finished during first semester and students will work in Book II for the remainder of the school year and into seventh grade.   The class is graded pass/fail.  Three concerts will be performed by the band; one in December, one in February, and one in May.

Seventh Grade Band

Intermediate level couse

Seventh grade band is an intermediate level course where students are expected to already have a beginning level of playing experience.  Most students rent or own their instruments, but the school does provide the larger, more expensive instruments like the tuba, baritone, French horn, oboe and bassoon.  Students are expected to play their instrument every day.  Gum, candy, food and drinks are not allowed in the classroom.  Students must respect their classmates, their teacher, and guest teachers.  Playing and talking stop when the director is on the podium.

Four playing tests

Students will perform four playing tests during the year and will be expected to complete four written music theory/history assignments as well.  The text is Essential Elements 2000 Book II.  They must purchase their own book as it is a workbook.  The students receive a letter grade on their report card based on their performance on tests, completion of written assignments, daily assignments in class, and attendance at concerts.  Three concerts will be performed by the band; one in December, one in February, and one in May.  

Solo & Ensemble Festival

Students will also have the option of performing in the Solo & Ensemble Festival and may be nominated for the MSBOA District VII Honors Band.  Jazz Band is also offered as an option on Wednesday Mornings.  The Jazz Band meets at 6:45am and will prepare for a concert in May over during these rehearsals.

Eighth Grade Band

Advanced level course

Eighth grade band is an advanced level course where students are expected to develop skills in preparation for High School band.  Most students rent or own their instruments, but the school does provide the larger, more expensive instruments like the tuba, baritone, French horn, oboe and bassoon.  Students are expected to play their instrument every day.  Gum, candy, food and drinks are not allowed in the classroom.  Students must respect their classmates, their teacher, and guest teachers.  Playing and talking stop when the director is on the podium.

Three concerts

Students will perform four playing tests during the year and will be expected to complete four written music theory/history assignments as well.  The text is I Recommend and it will be used at the High School level, too. The students receive a letter grade on their report card based on their performance on tests, completion of written assignments, daily assignments in class, and attendance at concerts.  Three concerts will be performed by the band; one in December, one in February, and one in May. In addition, the students will perform in three assemblies for the school and will also be evaluated by the Michigan Schools Band and Orchestra Association at a performance in early March. 

Solo & Ensemble Festival

Students will have the option of performing in the Solo & Ensemble Festival and may be nominated for the MSBOA District VII Honors Band. Jazz Band is also offered as an option on Wednesday Mornings.  The Jazz Band meets at 6:45am and will prepare for a concert in May over during these rehearsals.

 

External LinkMSBOA Website
Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Homepage

 

High School Orchestra

Symphonic Orchestra during Collage Concert Assembly 2009

Mrs. Gould conducts the Orchestra

GHS Symphonic Orchestra side by side with The Grand Rapids Symphony

Middle School Band

Mr. Ayres & The GMS Marching Band

GMS Marching Band, Danish Festival 2007