Since its inception in 2007, the Bands of Woodland High School have grown from an original 95 students to well over 200 who now participate in the program. With the exception of some colorguard members, all members of the Woodland Band program are auditioned into one of our curricular performing ensembles, which meets daily as part of the academic schedule
Wind SymphonyThe Woodland High School Wind Symphony is the top performing organization in the band program. The band will study a large repertoire of wind literature and will train students in advanced musical skills. This group will also provide appropriate quality musical programs for the school and community. The Wind Symphony will be carefully balanced as to instrumentation. To qualify for this ensemble, each student must audition and be judged by the director to be proficient on his/her instrument. Auditions may consist of selected major scales, the chromatic scale, a prepared piece of music, and sight-reading. Audition scores will determine seating position and membership into the Band which will primarily consist of the most experienced students.
Symphonic BandThe WHS Symphonic Band will perform music at an advanced high school level to prepare students for future placement into the Wind Symphony. Non-marching percussionists will be assigned to this ensemble. The audition requirements will be the same for this group, and it will also be carefully balanced for instrumentation.
The WHS Concert Band will serve as a fundamental ensemble helping to prepare student musicians for future placement into the Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony. The group will perform at Fall, Winter and Spring Concerts and is open to all students and beginners without an audition.
Percussion Ensemble I/Percussion Ensemble IIPercussion Ensemble I will comprise members of the marching band’s front ensemble (pit). During the fall students in this group will work extensively on fundamental percussion technique and marching band repertoire. During the spring this class will focus on advanced percusssion ensemble repertoire. Percussion Ensemble II will comprise members of the marching band’s battery section. During the fall students in this group will work extensively on fundamental percussion technique and marching band repertoire. This auditioned group will later function as the percussion section for the Wind Symphony and Concert Bands on a rotation basis, and will also perform percussion ensemble literature throughout the school year. During the spring this class will focus on advanced percusssion ensemble repertoire.Percussion Ensemble III
Percussion Ensemble III will comprise members of the band who play percussion, but do not participate in the marching band. They will combine with the Symphonic Band for concerts in the fall and spring
AP Music Theory
AP Music Theory will meet the needs of the most advanced students in the entire WHS music department. The class will be composed of senior musicians who wish to study the structure of Western Music at a college level through an intensive, year-long curriculum. Students will also be trained in sight-singing, ear training, and basic keyboard skills.
EXTRA CURRICULAR OFFERINGS:
Students enrolled in one of the above courses may also elect to join the following extra-curricular groups, which meet after school or at other points as designated by the director:
The Wolfpack Marching Band and Colorguard
The Woodland High School Marching Band is comprised of all students who wish to be actively involved in an organization with a tradition of excellence and school pride. Performances include half-time shows, concerts, parades and marching festivals. Members are expected to make all rehearsals and performances their top priority.
This is a select ensemble of limited instrumentation that performs more diverse styles of music. Instruments included are saxophone, trumpets, trombones, drums, guitar, bass guitar, and piano. Student interest and ability will determine membership in this ensemble. Membership in this group is an honor; members are expected to make all rehearsals and performances their top priority.
The Winterguard is a contemporary performance ensemble utilizing flag, weapon and dance, Winterguard members are selected in the fall by a panel of judges. They do not have to be band members to be eligible for tryouts. Upon selection, they must agree to abide by all rules of the band and attend all activities of the group. It must be understood that there are additional fees involved with participation in this group. This is a very select group, and members must make all practices and performances their top priority. Performing as part of the SAPA curcuit, Performances take place at a variety of high schools in the North Georgia area in the winter months.