Symphonic Band is an advanced concert band class geared towards musicians that have been that have been playing for 3-4 years or are exceptionally gifted on their instrument. Instrumentation is of prime importance so section size is limited. Typical instruments include the standard flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, percussion, but the instruments of high importance are trombone, baritone, tuba, french horn, oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet, tenor sax, baritone sax. The Symphonic Band performs at a high level and has the most performance opportunities throughout the year. Performances include school assemblies, evening concerts, community performances, and statewide band festivals to name a few.
Concert Band is for musicians that have played for 1-3 years. Typical instruments include the standard flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, percussion, but the instruments of high importance are trombone, baritone, tuba, french horn, oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet, tenor sax, baritone sax. The Concert Band focus is on improving student musicianship through the use of method books and level appropriate literature. Students typically move from this band to the Symphonic Band. Performances include school assemblies, evening concerts, and may include a concert band festival. The Concert Band on occasion will combine with the Symphonic Band depending on the needs of a particular performance.
Beginning Band is for students new to an instrument (no experience required) or students with limited experience on an instrument. This band is the first step in building the band program at Hosford so instrument sign ups will be based on the needs of the program - you are not guaranteed your first choice of instrument. There is no limit on trombones, baritones, french horns, oboes, bassoons, tubas. There will be limits on flute, clarinet, and trumpet. Those that want to play percussion must first start on a wind instrument and will have an opportunity to change after the new year. There will be a very strict limit on saxophone players as well. Students will learn the basics of their instrument and music theory through the use of method books and appropriate literature. Students will progress towards higher level music and more performance opportunities and will move from this band into the Concert or Symphonic Bands.