There will not be a bus to auditions or the first rehearsal @ Kittatiny.
There will be transportation for all other rehearsals.
The Sparta High School Instrumental Music Department/BANDS consists of several ensembles.
Wind Ensemble Symphonic Band
Freshman Band Marching Band
Blues Inc! Jazz Ensemble Blues Sanction Jazz Band
In addition to the course offerings at Sparta High School, students may audition for the following honors groups:
Sussex County Band North Jersey Junior Region Band
North Jersey Senior Region Band All-State Band
All-Eastern Band North Jersey Junior Region Jazz Band
North Jersey Senior Region Jazz Band All-State Jazz Band
Assessment of instrumental ensembles is often a challenging task for the director because much rehearsal time is spent with group activities that are difficult to measure objectively as individual contributions. However, the grading system outlined in the school handbook as well as individual contribution and improvement will be considered as follows.
Positive contributions include:
Individual shows energy and concentration in rehearsal
Exhibits good posture
Students are prepared for class with music, pencil and instrument
Marks music and participates in class discussions/rehearsal evaluations
Evidence of home study-student brings music and instrument home on a
consistent basis with improvement indicated
Negative contributions include:
Music not prepared or memorized
Individual talks in rehearsal
Student is a distraction to others
Does not mark music as indicated by director
Takes poor care of his/her personal or school owned instrument
Tardy to rehearsal
Absence from performance (20 points)
On all levels, the following grading procedures will be followed:
Classroom Work and Technique 50%
This includes class discussions, assignments and preparation.
All students are required to attend lessons.
Each marking period, the student will be notified as to how may lessons will be required.
Materials required for class include:
Folder Pencils-markings in pen are not acceptable!
Instrument and care equipment Handbook/lesson schedule
*As well, there will be no gum, food or hats allowed in class.
**School owned instruments will be assigned in working order. Other than overhaul maintenance, the student will be responsible for any repair needed while in their possession.
Wind Ensemble Links
They Hung Their Harps in the Willows-Francis McBeth
Incantation and Dance-John Barnes Chance
Variations on a Korean Folk Song
Theme and Tirade-Richard L. Saucedo
Raging Machines-Brian Balmages
Silence Overwhelmed-Brian Balmages
West Side Story-Leonard Bernstein
Sounds the Bells-John Williams
And the Mountains Echoed Gloria-Longfeld
Armenian Dances-Alfred Reed
The Cowboys-John Williams