Parents, Students, and Friends,
It’s with great anticipation that we look forward to a new school year! Next year will bring many changes to our JICHS Band Program. These changes align with my personal band philosophy, spotlighting the “individual” musician while preparing our students for scholarships and lifelong music making. We will achieve this by focusing our resources on our core unit, our concert program. As a result, I’m confident you will see ALL aspects of our program improve immensely!
Charleston Symphony Orchestra musicians will be working year-round with our students both in and outside of the classroom.
We will increase focus on “individual” events: region/all-state, solo & ensemble
Addition of Symphonic Winds, an after-school, audition-only, premier performing group
Addition of Jazz Band and AP Music Theory to curriculum as band electives
Marching Band remains voluntary and becomes non-competitive, adopting a more college-style approach.
Marching Band students may now choose to receive PE credit for participation.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in a field trip each quarter, attending local, professional performances.
As our program prepares for rapid growth, it’s my hope that students will choose to participate in ensembles/courses that interest them. There is a place for ALL students in our band program here at JICHS.
In Spring 2019, students will have the opportunity to go on our band trip to Orlando. While this trip will be purely optional, I hope most students will attend as there will be a performance element involved.
Lastly, the positive energy surrounding our program is contagious. Our community, administration, and parent support is greater than ever! Students are taking more ownership, practicing more, and having more FUN! Keep up the good work!