ENSEMBLES AND PARTICIPATION INFORMATION
The Alonso High School Bands are great programs that help develop confidence, a positive attitude, self-esteem, cooperation, and self-discipline. It also give members the thrill of performing in a superior band in front of hundreds of enthusiastic fans. It takes a great amount of time, discipline, and dedication, but the rewards are equally great. There are countless benefits to being part of the Alonso Band family.
RAVEN MARCHING BAND
WIND ENSEMBLE | SYMPHONIC BAND | CONCERT BAND
1. WITH SO MANY REQUIRED SUBJECTS, WILL I BE ABLE TO FIT BAND INTO MY SCHEDULE?
Absolutely! All high school students are required to take one full year of Fine Arts to graduate. Band counts as that graduation requirement. If you take band as a class next year, you'll still have room for other electives in your schedule. Since you have to take a Fine Arts course anyway, it might as well be band!
2. BAND TAKES UP TO MUCH TIME. WILL I HAVE TIME TO STUDY?
The academic success of our band students is evidence that study time is available. Most students in band are at the top of their class, in Honors/AP classes, clubs, sports, etc. The Alonso Band has graduated (3) valedictorians in the past (8) years. In 2018, the Valedictorian and Salutatorian were both band members! Band members learn to manage their time wisely. The marching -band generally rehearses only (2) days a week during the first (12) weeks of school. After that, band rehearsals are once a week or less. You will get your homework done if you manage your time appropriately!
3. CAN I BE IN BOTH SPORTS AND BAND?
Yes. Sometimes we have to work out schedules, but it can be done. Band students are given a calendar of events for the entire year to know ahead of time when activities are planned. If you plan to participate in a fall sports, please talk to Mrs. Griffis about your options.
4. CAN I ALSO BE IN JAZZ BAND?
Absolutely. Jazz Ensemble is a separate class though. Students must first be a member of a Band I-IV class. Then if your schedule permits, you can add Jazz Ensemble as a second music elective. Students may not ONLY be in the jazz band class; unless they play guitar, bass guitar or jazz piano.
5. WHEN DOES THE BAND REHEARSE?
Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 6:00pm (during marching band season). Times may change a little based on the new bell schedules.
6. IS THERE A FEE FOR BEING IN BAND?
Yes, there are fees to help pay for the expenses of being a band member. The fees and fundraising opportunities will be sent out in the Summer Newsletter Email. Lack of money should never be the reason to miss out on the high school band experience. You can always work a payment plan out with the band director if there is a problem paying fees. Many students pay for all their fees by fundraising.
7. DOES THE BAND TRAVEL?
Yes, the band goes to all home and away football games (except for BYE week). For away games, the students meet at AHS and take school buses to the destination school. We also travel to the Concert Band Music Performance Assessments and Marching Band competitions together. In 2017, we went to Hawaii! We will try to plan a BIG trip every (4) years and an in-state trip every (2) years. Participation in local parades and community events may be added in 2019.
September 13, 2019
“Students who participate in music are shown to be more adaptable, quick-thinking, and resilient than students who don’t...”