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 woodwinds, 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.
Intermediate Level, 3 - 5 years of experience
Concert Band consists of woodwinds, brass and percussion students at an intermediate level. The ensemble will focus on original works as well as transcriptions of popular tunes and jazz selections. Students will develop musical expression, technical accuracy and ensemble skills.
Interschool Orchestra Symphonic Band
Advanced Level, 5+ years of experience
Students interested in playing in an advanced symphonic band can try out for the InterSchool Orchestras (ISO) Symphonic Band, which practices at Third Street. The ISO Symphonic Band explores the world of band literature from classical to contemporary. Contact ISO at isorch.org, or call 212-410-0370 for fees and to schedule an audition.