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The Bismarck High Bands

The BHS Bands program is composed of the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Prep Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, and Jazz Ensembles. Membership in each of the bands and performing organizations is by annual audition.

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble plays level IV, V, and VI music and is composed of the more experienced musicians. The Wind Ensemble performs frequent concerts for audiences. The band is often called on to play for special events, such as performing at the NDEA conference or various functions at the state capitol. Students from the Wind Ensemble along with the Concert Band, and Sophomore Band make up the Marching Band.

Concert Band

The Concert Band plays levels III, IV and V music and includes musicians who are earlier in their musical development. It is typical that a student who shows interest and works hard to improve his or her musical skills will move from Concert Band to Wind Ensemble during his or her high school career. Students from the Concert Band along with the Wind Ensemble and Sophomore Bandmake up the Marching Band.

Sophomore Band

The Sophomore Band plays level III and IV music most of the year and is comprised of sophomores who did not make the Wind Ensemble. Continued work on scales and technique along with the use of method books will be a part of the coursework. Students from the Sophomore Band along with the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band make up the Marching Band.

Jazz Ensembles

The BHS Jazz Ensembles are composed of talented woodwind, brass, percussion and keyboard musicians from any of the three concert bands at BHS. During the winter and spring months, the Jazz Ensembles will appear in concerts ant travel to local and regional festivals.

Marching Band

In the Fall and the Spring the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Sophomore Band form the BHS Marching Band. The Marching Band performs at the Folkfest Parade and the Band Night Parade along with a few other functions throughout the year.

Pep Band

All BHS Band musicians perform in the Pep Band. The BHS Pep Band performs at all home Football games and at select Boys and Girls basketball functions throughout the school year. All band students are required to attend all performances.


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