The instrumental music program points its members and its audiences toward their Creator and toward the joy of performing to His glory.
Instrumental music students seek Truth as they analyze and interpret music, serve others as they communicate through performance, and steward creation as they develop their talents and exercise the sonic gift of music.
Formal instrumental training at the Lower School begins in 5th grade. In earlier grades, students learn a variety of simple instruments in their General Music class. Our 5th grade band students are provided with the foundations needed to succeed in instrumental music studies in Middle School and beyond. Lower School students perform every spring.
Middle School Band is offered to students in grades 6 through 8. In addition, some older Middle School students may be invited to participate in the Upper School Marching Band. Middle School students perform an annual Christmas Concert and an annual Spring Concert.
The Upper School has five instrumental music ensembles, including Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Chapel Band, Jazz Band, and Percussion Ensemble. Students learn selections from standard repertoire, foster technique on their instrument, develop sight-reading skills, analyze music from all genres, identify musical arguments, and hone performance skills.
The Upper School Symphonic Band performs multiple concerts per year. Small Upper School instrumental ensembles (including the Jazz Band) perform in a special Chamber Music Concert in March. Recent Upper School instrumental music concert programs include:
- Reflections and Renewal (Symphonic Band Winter Concert 2016)
- Imago Dei (Symphonic Band Spring Concert 2015)
- Covenant (Jazz Band & Percussion Ensemble Concert 2015)
- Hero (Symphonic Band Winter Concert 2015)
- Simple Gifts: A Evening of American Music (Symphonic Band Spring Concert 2014)
- Awake, My Soul! (Jazz Band & Percussion Ensemble Concert 2014)
- Beauty for Ashes (Symphonic Band Winter Concert 2014)
Co-curricular groups include the Marching Band, which performs at home football games and participates in competitions; the Jazz Band, which competes at festivals and performs for school functions; and the Chapel Band, which leads the Upper School community in worship during our weekly Chapel services.