Barrington High School Band Program


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  • Band Program Overview

    Blues & Beyond

    Blues and Beyond is open to all 9-12 grade students who play ANY instrument (or voice). Blues and Beyond is an ENTRY LEVEL course, but advanced students who desire to learn how to improvise and study American blues music, and other contemporary Students need to have some degree of at least beginner proficiency on their instrument, and an open mind to learning how to perform and read music to some degree. While music reading proficiency is not important at the beginning of the year, all students will have better music reading skills by the end of the year. Listening, imitating (transcribing), and improvising over blues music, melodies, and chord changes will be stressed in the first semester, while longer forms, chord changes and scales will be studied in the second semester. All students will do some composition of their own melodies over existing chord changes. Students will have weekly playing quizzes on melodies, scales, and melodic patterns. There is also a large listening component that comprises weekly listening days encompassing the history of the blues, jazz, and more contemporary music genres such as Latin, Fusion, Funk, and Rock. Students will be tested periodically on listening day material. Blues and Beyond may be utilized as a performance ensemble that would perform on jazz band concerts and events.

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    Concert Band
    Concert Band is a large band ensemble comprising a majority of 9th and 10th grade band members (but not limited to) those students enrolled in band at Barrington High School. Symphonic Band is a large band ensemble comprising a majority of 11th grade (but not limited to) those students, and ALL 12th grade band students at Barrington High School. Assessment and grading is LARGELY performance-based, but is also assessed by students ability on their instruments, and their individual effort on their instrunents. Students are required to use SmartMusic for their individual performance assignments. Required performances include participation in three major concerts at school each year, participation in local and national festivals and competions, participation in Bronco Marching Band (1st quarter) and Pep Band (2nd/3rd quarter). All students may elect to earn honor credit in either band. Optional participation in Honor Recital, Solo/Ensemble contest, BHS Symphony Orchestra, applied individual lessons, and musical pit orchestra is also available for students.

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    Jazz Ensemble
    The BHS Jazz Ensemble jazz big band and Rithum Machine jazz big band is open to all 9-12 grade musicians who play trumpet, trombone/baritone/tuba, saxophone (flute or clarinets may audition, but will be expected to learn saxophone), piano, drumset, vibraphone, latin percussion, bass (acoustic and electric), and guitar. There are approximately 18-20 musicians in each group and the number of musicians on each instrument will be determined by those students who audition the previous spring. Audition material is available in mid-April the spring prior to the school year from the high school band director. Auditions generally take place in early May for the following school year.  The Jazz Ensemble is the less experienced jazz band at BHS, normally comprised of younger players.  "Rithum Machine" is generally comprised of more experienced jazz players. The Jazz Ensemble is required to perform at three school jazz concerts throughout the year, as well as one or two jazz festivals off campus, while Rithum Machine performs at three or four jazz festivals locally throughout the year, three BHS jazz concerts, local jazz clubs, some out of state touring, and area special performances.  Jazz Ensemble members are not required to be in a large band ensemble, but Rithum Machine trumpet, trombone, and saxophone players are required to be members of either the BHS concert or symphonic band. Final exams consist of transcribing a jazz improvised solo of the players' choice for class performance, and members of both bands are required to attend at least one live jazz performance each semester. Music that will be learned and performed will be jazz big band music including blues, swing, latin (various styles), funk , rock, ballads, and contemporary styles. Student-directed combos are encouraged with rehearsals and performances scheduled after school, at BHS concerts, and local jazz festivals.

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    Rhythm Machine/Jazz Ensemble (Honors Level)
    The BHS Jazz Ensemble jazz big band and Rithum Machine jazz big band is open to all 9-12 grade musicians who play trumpet, trombone/baritone/tuba, saxophone (flute or clarinets may audition, but will be expected to learn saxophone), piano, drumset, vibraphone, latin percussion, bass (acoustic and electric), and guitar. There are approximately 18-20 musicians in each group and the number of musicians on each instrument will be determined by those students who audition the previous spring. Audition material is available in mid-April the spring prior to the school year from the high school band director. Auditions generally take place in early May for the following school year. The Jazz Ensemble is the less experienced jazz band at BHS, normally comprised of younger players.  "Rithum Machine" is generally comprised of more experienced jazz players.  The Jazz Ensemble is required to perform at three school jazz concerts throughout the year, as well as one or two jazz festivals off campus, while Rithum Machine performs at three or four jazz festivals locally throughout the year, three BHS jazz concerts, local jazz clubs, some out of state touring, and area special performances.  Jazz Ensemble members are not required to be in a large band ensemble, but Rithum Machine trumpet, trombone, and saxophone players are required to be members of either the BHS concert or symphonic band.  Final exams consist of transcribing a jazz improvised solo of the players' choice for class performance, and members of both bands are required to attend at least one live jazz performance each semester.  Music that will be learned and performed will be jazz big band music including blues, swing, latin (various styles), funk , rock, ballads, and contemporary styles. Student-directed combos are encouraged with rehearsals and performances scheduled after school, at BHS concerts, and local jazz festivals.

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  • 2019-2020 Band Events

    October 29, 2019
    Jazz Band Concert

    December 10, 2019
    Winter Band Concert

    January 28, 2020
    Jazz Band Concert

    March 4, 2020
    Almost Spring Band Concert

    April 30, 2020
    Spring Band Concert