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Co-Curricular Band Experiences

Bismarck High School has developed an active and respected co-curricular music program. Participation opportunities include Jazz Band II (Jazz I is held as a class during the regular school day), clarinet choir, flute choir, saxophone ensemble, horn choir, trumpet ensemble, trombone choir, percussion ensembles, brass choir, pit orchestra, and the annual West Region Solo and Ensemble Contest. A vast majority of students in the Band program
choose to participate in one or more of these experiences. It has been our experience that students who become involved with co-curricular music groups seem to gain the most enjoyment from our program.

The role of all Bismarck co-curricular music groups is to provide students with an opportunity to expand their musical knowledge and experiences.

Pep Band

One of the responsibilities of the Bismarck High Band is to support various school activities. Students will be given a list of Pep Band performances at the beginning of the school year. As part of basic band membership, all BHS Band members are expected to perform at all Pep Band events. Participation in Pep Band counts towards a Band letter and is part of the Band grade. The Band provides entertainment for home sporting events. It is usually committed to no more the one event per week. Students are encouraged to exhibit school spirit and will wear the BHS Pep Band T-shirt( Covered by the Uniform Fee). Several events are scheduled each winter, but should a team advance to the region semi-finals or state level of play, the Band would follow that particular team. The events at which the Band performs are determined by the Band Directors and the Athletic Director.

Jazz Bands

The Jazz Bands are open to any BHS student who plays any instrument and can read music and is a part of one of the concert bands. We especially are in need of Bass Guitar players who read music! Enrollment in Jazz I, Jazz II is determined by audition.

Jazz Band II meets weekly (November-May) outside of the school day (rehearsal time is determined by the agreed consensus of each band's members, based on their after school schedules, availability, etc.) Jazz II: Is intended as an opportunity for students with less experience in jazz bands, and with an emphasis on medium-level music and having fun while learning about playing in a Jazz Band. Improvisation (the "heart & soul" of jazz music) will be introduced, studied and made fun!!!

The music is scored for saxophone, trombone, trumpet and rhythm section (piano, bass guitar, drum-set & guitar) and participation is limited to these instruments. The student must also participate in one of the schools concert bands to be eligible to participate in Jazz Ensemble.

Jazz I: Is intended for students with more advanced playing skills, and having had more playing experience in jazz bands in past year(s). The music will be at a more advanced level, and is scored for saxophone, trombone, trumpet and rhythm section (piano, bass guitar, drum-set & guitar) and participation is limited to these instruments. Improvisation (the "heart & soul" of jazz music) will be studied and included in most rehearsals. As BHS's "top" jazz band. The group will perform at scheduled jazz concerts occurring at BHS. This group is a part of the regular school day and is graded accordingly. Uniform for this group is ALL BLACK. Gentlemen need to find a silver tie.

Jazz Band Attendance
Jazz Band participation requires that students arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of rehearsal, to set-up equipment and warm-up. Any absence other than illness must be communicated and approved in advance by your Jazz Band Director. You are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances. Inconsistent attendance will result in dismissal from the group.

Jazz Band Uniforms
Dress for Jazz Band performances is ALL BLACK. Black Suit, black shirt, silver tie. Ladies all black.

Jazz Band II will perform one Spring Jazz Concert, and participate/perform in the University of Mary Jazz Festival. Jazz I will perform often, and may travel to a regional jazz festival for performance and clinics (decided by group on an interest basis). Jazz I may have additional performances such as school assemblies or civic events.

A complete Jazz Band events calendar will be available at the first rehearsal for all Jazz Band participants.

Solo & Ensemble Contest (Throughout Year)

Throughout the year, Bismarck High School students have the opportunity to attend West State Solo and Ensemble Festival. With the guidance of the instructor, students select and begin to prepare a piece to perform for a certified adjudicator. Two original pieces or a full score are required for adjudication. This piece may be an unaccompanied/accompanied solo or an ensemble with other members of the Band. Students are scored on their performance and may achieve a rating of Star. Their performance is followed by a master class by the adjudicator. This contest is open to all Band members.

Musical "PIT Band"

This is the musical ensemble that performs actual Broadway musicals, collaborating with student actors singing and dancing on stage, in the annual Fall Musical Production in conjunction with CHS. Expect daily after school practices in October/November; see Mr. Dasovick for more information.

All-State Band (Spring)

The All-State Band is sponsored by the ND Music Educators Association ( NDMEA) and is offered to students on an annual basis. The group is determined by statewide auditions through live auditions. All students grades 9-12 are eligible to audition. Participants prepare provided scales, solo material, and sight-reading exercises. Deadline for entry is in November. Auditions are held in early January and results are generally known in early February. The All-state festival is held in the end of March and is always a phenomenal experience for all students involved.

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