Performing in band ensembles gives students in woodwinds, brass and percussion the opportunity to create music with peers of a similar level of skill or experience. Through this process, students elevate their performance skills in an environment that fosters teamwork, fun and music-making. Bands are built around age and skill, and foster students' movement through the band program as their skills develop. Bands perform at an annual spring recital, the school-wide Holiday Concert in December, and at small concerts throughout the school year.
New students or students with prior playing experience will have the opportunity to audition for the Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion Department Chairperson for placement.
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Beginner Level, 1 - 2 years of experience
Prelude Band provides a strong woodwind, brass and percussion foundation in fundamental music concepts for young musicians. This ensemble focuses on popular and traditional works for young bands. Students should be enrolled in individual/ partner lessons or beginner group lessons and possess basic skills, including the ability to read music.
New York City Symphonic Band
Advanced Level, 5+ years of experience (Ages 12 – 18)
Students interested in playing in an advanced symphonic band can try out for the The New York Youth Symphonic Band at Third Street (formerly the ISO Wind Symphony at Third Street) and have the opportunity to perform traditional and contemporary works for Wind Ensembles at venues and concert halls throughout the city. Open to public and private school students city-wide, this unique ensemble consists of advanced-intermediate and advanced- level wind, brass and percussion players. Membership is by audition and good technical and sight-reading skills are required. Paul Corn, Conductor.