Wind Symphony

Directors:

The Wind Symphony features the finest musicians in the Mason band program. The honors component of Wind Symphony was established in 2003 by the Mason City School District. The Wind Symphony meets both semesters and is populated by mostly 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. A small number of 9th grade students may be invited to enroll in this band with the requirement that they also participate in marching band during their 9th grade year. The Wind Symphony performs the finest wind literature and continues the development of refined, professional skills. Wind Symphony will perform four school concerts a year and participates in outside musical opportunities when they present themselves. The Wind Symphony has performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Carnegie Hall, The National Concert Band Festival, Ohio Music Education Association State Conventions, and at various colleges such as Bowling Green State University, University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, and Northern Kentucky University. 11th and 12th grade students receive honors credit for participation in this class. The requirements for the honors credit include studying private lessons, professional concert critiques, 10 hours of community service, and participation in district solo and ensemble and honor band events. Student in all of the concert bands are part of the basketball pep band which requires attendance at two basketball games of the students’ choosing during the basketball season.

Handbook | Week in Preview | Reference Recordings | Tuning Chart | Private Lesson Reflection Sheet | Concert Critique Guidelines | Honors Criteria  

Wind Symphony Percussion Documents:

Classroom Guidelines | Concert Mallet Bags | Wind Symphony Mallet Bags | Required Materials

Symphonic Band

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Symphonic Band is one of four upper level bands in the Mason High School band program.  Symphonic  Band meets both semesters and is populated by mostly 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. A small number of selected 9th grade students may be invited to enroll in this band with the requirement that they also participate in marching band during their 9th grade year. The Symphonic Band focuses on refining instrument playing skills and performing quality music literature of a higher difficulty level. Symphonic Band will perform three concerts during the school year and participates in OMEA adjudicated events. Participation in one of these concert bands fulfills the prerequisite for participation in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities such as marching band, jazz band, and winter percussion. Students in all of the concert bands are part of the basketball pep band which requires attendance at two basketball games of the students’ choosing during the basketball season.

Handbook | Week in Review | Reference Recordings | Tuning Chart | Schedule

Concert Winds

Directors:

Concert Winds is one of four upper level bands in the Mason High School band program.  Concert Winds meets both semesters and is populated by mostly 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. A small number of selected 9th grade students may be invited to enroll in this band with the requirement that they also participate in marching band during their 9th grade year. Concert Winds focuses on refining instrument playing skills and performing quality music literature of a higher difficulty level. Concert Winds will perform three concerts during the school year and participates in OMEA adjudicated events. Participation in one of these concert bands fulfills the prerequisite for participation in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities such as marching band, jazz band, and winter percussion. Students in all of the concert bands are part of the basketball pep band which requires attendance at two basketball games of the students’ choosing during the basketball season.

Handbook | Week in Preview Reference Recordings

Concert White

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Concert White is one of four upper level bands in the Mason High School band program.  Concert White meets both semesters and is populated by mostly 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. Concert White focuses on refining instrument playing skills and performing quality music literature of a fairly high difficulty level. Concert White will perform three concerts during the school year and participates in OMEA adjudicated events. Participation in one of these concert bands fulfills the prerequisite for participation in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities such as marching band, jazz band, and winter percussion. Students in all of the concert bands are part of the basketball pep band which requires attendance at two basketball games of the students’ choosing during the basketball season.

Handbook | Week in Preview | Reference Recordings

Concert Green and Silver Bands

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Each of the two concert bands are entry level bands of similar ability level. These bands meet both semesters of the school year. Many 9th grade students will play in one of these bands, but enrollment is not limited to 9th grade students. The focus of Concert Bands Green and Silver is on the fundamentals of playing musical instruments and building ensemble playing skills. Each of these bands will perform two concerts during the school year and may participate in OMEA adjudicated events. Participation in one of these concert bands fulfills the prerequisite for participation in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities such as marching band, jazz band, and winter percussion. Students in all of the concert bands are part of the basketball pep band which requires attendance at two basketball games of the students’ choosing during the basketball season.

Handbook | Week in Review - Green | Week in Review - Silver | Reference Recordings

Contest

Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Event

Solo and Ensemble is an adjudicated event sanctioned by the Ohio Music Education Association in which students may play individually or in small groups. Soloists ordinarily play with a piano accompanist. Ensembles usually number from 2 to 5 players, but sometimes are larger. Examples of ensembles that could perform at Solo and Ensemble would be trumpet trio, flute quartet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet. Students in Wind Symphony are required to perform a solo at Solo and Ensemble, but students in all bands are eligible and encouraged to participate.

District Honor Bands

Each December students may audition for OMEA District 13 Honor Bands. District 13 consists of all schools in Butler, Preble, Clinton and Warren counties. From these schools students are selected to participate in three bands: 9th Grade Honor Band, Symphonic Winds (grades 10-12), and Wind Symphony (grades 10-12). The Honor Bands meet one evening in January for a read through of the concert music and then convene again on a Friday evening for rehearsal, then again the following Saturday for rehearsal, and culminating in a concert on Sunday afternoon. Each of the bands is directed by a guest conductor, usually from a college or university band program.

All State Band & Orchestra

The All-State Band and Orchestra are selected by tape or CD audition submitted by students from across the state. The audition tapes are usually made in the spring and submitted before the end of the school year for consideration during the next school year. Students are selected over the summer. The All-State Band and Orchestra rehearse and perform as part of the Ohio Music Education Association Conference which is held each year late in January or early in February. The location of the Conference rotates between Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland with 2007 in Columbus, 2008 in Cincinnati, and 2009 in Cleveland.

Large Group Adjudicated Event

In the spring of each school year, the Ohio Music Education Association sanctions an event in which concert bands may play for judges’ comments and ratings. At least two of Mason High School’s bands participate in this event annually, but all may participate if instrumentation allows. In March, the OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event is held at the district level. Bands that receive a Superior rating are eligible to continue on and perform at the State level, which occurs late in April or in early May.