Middle School Ensembles

The Edison Middle School Ensembles are made up of the following 5 groups.

Beginner Band (5th Hour)

Beginning Band is for 6th through 8th grade students who have no experience with a band instrument.  In this class, students will learn the basics of reading notes and rhythm, and pick their first instrument from the following: Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, or Euphonium.  Percussion (drums) is NOT offered in 5th hour band class.

Intermediate Band (4th Hour)

Intermediate Band is for 6th through 8th grade students who have had at least one year experience with their band instrument.  In this class, students will learn more complex concepts of music and rhythm, as well as get the chance to step up to a new color instrument (Oboe, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Alto/Tenor/Bari Saxophone, or Tuba) should they show the aptitude for this.

Advanced Band (3rd Hour)

Advanced Band is for 7th & 8th grade students who have had at least two years experience with their band instrument -or- for students that audition to be in this group. This is a very important year for our students. This is where we make sure their skills are developed for a smooth transition into high school.  In this class, students will learn advanced concepts of music and rhythm, as well as preparing them for high school level repertoire.  Students in this class have the opportunity to become “Band Aids” and help out the high school Marching Band. Students in this class are also welcome to participate in high school marching band.

Explore Percussion (7th Hour)

Explore class is a semester long and allows students the opportunity to take beginning percussion. Percussion students will learn how to read notes and rhythms and how to hold sticks and mallets. They will be taught proper classical percussion technique on snare drum, mallet instruments, timpani, and auxiliary percussion. Students who wish to audition for the drum line for intermediate, advanced, or high school band, must have taken this course to qualify for an audition slot. Percussion students will be required to perform at the band concerts at the end of their corresponding semester.

Beginner Jazz Band (6th Hour)

This class will introduce jazz specific vocabulary & playing styles. Students will also be able to move to secondary instruments for this class if they wish. Secondary instrument choices are piano, guitar, bass guitar, drum set, trumpet, trombone, or alto/tenor/bari saxophone. This group can compete. Students will also be introduced to improvisation & more advanced scales.