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The band will compete across the Mid South this fall and is proud to be sponsored by the Houston High School Band Boosters. The Boosters want to wish this year’s band the very best in their upcoming marching season! GO HOUSTON!
The Wind Ensemble is made up of approximately 60 members and is established through auditions at the end of the marching season. The very best musicians in our band program become members of the Wind Ensemble. Many of its members are also members of the All-West Tennessee Band, the All-State Tennessee Band, the All-West and All-State Tennessee Orchestra, the Memphis Youth Symphony, and the Memphis Youth String Orchestra. Wind Ensemble plays and interprets the highest level of high school band literature. They present several concerts a year and take a trip each spring to compete nationally. The Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Matt Taylor.
The Symphonic Band is made up of approximately 60 members and is established through auditions at the end of the marching season. This band serves as a feeder group for the Wind Ensemble. A high level of band literature is performed. The Symphonic Band presents several concerts each year and takes a trip each spring to participate in national competitions. The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Kevin Carpenter.
The Concert Band is comprised of approximately 70-80 members and is established through auditions at the end of marching season. This band serves as a feeder group for the Symphonic Band. Basic fundamentals are taught as well as appropriate band literature. The Concert Band is under the direction of Dave Wohlschlegel.
Jazz Ensemble is a performance based course intended serve as an introduction to the rich history of American jazz music. Through ensemble rehearsal, individual practice, and a variety of performance opportunities, the student will gain an understanding and appreciation for this great art form. Emphasis will be placed on not just performance technique, but also rudimentary improvisational skills, musicianship, and a sense of personal accountability. The Jazz Ensemble will perform often throughout the school year. This ensemble is under the direction of Matt Taylor and Kevin Carpenter.
The color guard is a non-musical section that provides additional visual aspects to the performance. The color guard performs alongside the marching band at football games and most guards regularly compete in competitions during the fall. The purpose of the color guard is to interpret the music that the marching band is playing via the synchronized work of flags, sabers, rifles, the air blade, and through dance.
Indoor guard is similar to color guard, except the performances are indoors on gymnasium floors through the winter season. The traditional marching band music heard during fall season is replaced with a recording of various musical genres.