Incoming 9th Grade Band Information
It's that time of the year to start thinking about plans for high school! Welcome to the Eau Gallie High School Band Program. I would like to encourage you to continue your instrumental music study when you reach the high school. This paper explains your opportunities in the EGHS Bands as an incoming freshman. All freshman students who play a band instrument will perform in two groups: Concert Bands and Marching Band.
Concert Bands meet daily as a regularly scheduled class for one credit. There are two ensemble that freshmen are usually placed in: Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. These ensembles performs at concerts and other musical functions. Occasionally, if there is an opening, advanced students may audition for the Symphonic Band. All incoming freshmen should register for Band and they will be placed in the appropriate band by the directors.
EGHS Marching Band (The Marching Commodores) is one of the most popular co-curricular activities at Eau Gallie High School. The band performs at parades, football games, community events, and band competitions including the Marching MPA. The band practices after school or in the evening and performs on most football Games in the fall. It is not possible to participate in fall athletics since rehearsals and performances conflict. Summer practices include one evening weekly through the summer, Band Camp at EGHS, and August practices in preparation for early performances. The two weeks of Band Camp are required for all marching band members (TBA based on Brevard Schools Calendar). A detailed schedule and the student fee structure will be made available soon!
Some eighth graders are intimidated about going into the program because of the success and reputation of the EGHS Bands. Please keep in mind that every year over 40 freshmen participate and do very well. A special program of instruction, help, and encouragement will prepare you for the skills you will need. Participating in the EGHS Band Program is a great way to make friends and become comfortable in the high school setting.
We encourage you to continue your instrumental music study by signing up for both the Concert Band and the Marching Band.
The concert ensembles—Concert Band and Wind Ensemble—are the foundation of the Eau Gallie Band Program. The many co-curricular ensembles and music classes are offered to supplement the basic concert ensemble experience.
Concert Band is open to students who have achieved a reasonable degree of proficiency on a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. Emphasis will be placed on basic skills and theory. This ensemble will perform at concerts and other functions. Members of the Concert Band are required to participate in the marching band, which is a co-curricular activity meeting after school in the fall. (Year course - 1 credit)
Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band are open to those students who have achieved a high degree of proficiency on a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. A wide variety of music, individual skills, and theory will be covered in this course. This ensemble will perform at concerts and other functions. A clinician and travel fee will be collected. Members of the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band are required to participate in the marching band, which is a co-curricular activity meeting after school in the fall. Students must audition with the band director to be placed in these ensembles. (Year course - 1 credit)
Jazz Ensembles are offered as an important element of the total band program. Currently there are two jazz ensembles. The jazz groups perform at concerts and jazz festivals during the second semester. Students must be enrolled in Concert Band or Wind Ensemble to participate (except guitar, bass, keyboard). There is a jazz ensemble fee of $25.
Marching Band—The Eau Gallie High School Marching Commodores is one of the school's largest co-curricular activities. This award winning band performs at parades, football games, community events, and band competitions and represents Eau Gallie High School throughout the area, state and Mid West. (See "Marching Band Information" for complete information.)
Winter Guard & Winter Percussion are extra-curricular activities for those students interested in indoor competition. There are several rehearsals weekly and competitions on weekends including several overnight trips. These groups compete at local, state, and regional events from December through early April. There is a participation fee and audition.
Solos and Ensembles are opportunities for band members to play in small groups to improve their skills. Much of the rehearsal is on an independent self-study basis. There are opportunities to perform such as the district Solo and Ensemble Competition and various community events.
MARCHING BAND INFORMATION
Participation in Eau Gallie High School’s award winning marching band—The Eau Gallie Marching Commodores—is an opportunity to become involved in one of the school’s largest and most active extra-curricular activities. The band performs at parades, football games, community events, and band competitions including Regional Contests.
Clinics & Tryouts for all members (including Eighth Graders) will be held in April.
Audition results will be one of three categories:
Full position member for competition show drill and performances. Members will be re-evaluated for regular and reserve positions in Band Camp as well as throughout the season.
Reserve members are marching band members that will perform in parades and football pre-game shows but will not have a full-time position in the competition show. They will attend all performances, trips, rehearsals, and band camp. Members will be re-evaluated for regular and reserve positions in Band Camp as well as throughout the season.
It is anticipated that a small percentage of students will not be accepted into the marching band if there are deficiencies in basic playing and movement skills.
Begins 3 weeks before school starts. The date is dependent on the school calendar, which has not yet been finalized.
Band Camp is Required for All Marching Band Members
This is the time the whole band works on fundamentals and the competition show. It is the most important activity in establishing a successful marching band in attitude and performance.
Other Summer Practices
(Attendance expected when you are in town. Send a note before absence.)
The winds and percussion will have practices on Thursdays from 6-9 during the summer.
Mondays No rehearsals.
Tuesdays No Rehearsals – Sectionals may be called as needed.
Wednesdays 6-8:30 PM Full Band rehearsal
Thursdays 6-8:30 PM Percussion Only Rehearsal
Fridays 3:45-5:30PM Full Band Rehearsal,
6 PM Football games
Saturdays 3 Competitions – One Early October, One Late October, MPA Nov. 7
Fee Requirements for The Eau Gallie High School Marching Commodores
Marching Band fees are approximately $325. Fundraising is the easiest way for students to generate all of their required band fees. If students do not participate in fundraisers, the Band Boosters Budget will not meet the needs of the band program. Students receive a percentage of their total sales to apply to their band fees. Band fees are broken up throughout the year. A schedule will be provided when band camp dates are finalized. There can be no refunds on band fees or sales credits.
Students will not be excluded from marching band because of financial need. If a student has made a reasonable effort to earn fees through the fundraising projects, a Band Booster support fund is available on a confidential basis. Contact the high school band director for more information