Year-Round Curricular* 

  • Symphonic Band 
  • Wind Ensemble 
  • Wind Symphony – Honors
  • Jazz Band I – Honors
  • Jazz Combo
  • Colorguard/Winterguard – PE

* Meets CSU & UC “f” Rqmt

Symphonic Band

The foundation of our musical curriculum focuses on the cultivation of individual high quality sound production, accurate translation of written music into sound and the development of creative and collaborative performance techniques. The ensemble annually performs at local concerts, district and regional festivals, and was most recently featured at Carnegie Hall in 2016.

Wind Ensemble

Takes the foundational elements of the musical curriculum and goes a step further. While the ensemble performs accurately, creatively, collaboratively and clearly as a matter of continued development, concepts of research and theory are introduced as responsibilities of the performers. The ensemble annually performs at local concerts, district and regional festivals, and was most recently featured at Carnegie Hall in 2016.

Wind Symphony

The pinnacle of our musical curriculum, taking all previously developed concepts ahead in the performance of collegiate and professional repertoire. The Wind Symphony was recently selected as the Featured Ensemble at the California Music Educators Association Stand Up 4 Music advocacy event in Sacramento, CA alongside keynote speaker Kenny G, and has received top honors multiple years in a row at the All State Band and Orchestra Festival. Most recently the Wind Symphony was featured in solo performance at Carnegie Hall in 2016.

2020-2021 Placement Assessments FAQ

When will assessments be held for placement in the 2020-20201 the Concert and Jazz Ensembles?Assessments for incoming students will be held during the first week of June on Zoom during the school day by Mr. Carlson or after school over ZOOM for students with Inter District Permit. Assessments are NOT Auditions:  Mr. Carlson wants to ensure that every musician is placed in the band that is the best fit to ensure that the development level and challenges allow the student to thrive in ensembles that are meaningfully selected There is no assessment for marching band.​

Please download and prepare the appropriate music here, following the instructions on the coverpage:

Placement Assessment Results

Placement assessment results will be individually emailed out to the primary e-mail account parents have on file with the district.  You may want to check your spam folder for some time around June 21st, 2019 if you do not see it in your inbox. Course rosters will be delivered to administration for adjustment of classes and you can contact the main office if you do not see the email that was sent to your account to find out the details of your placement.

​Questions?

Please email your questions to: MCHSBandDirector@gmail.com