The Albemarle high school bands
The Wind Ensemble is the top Large Ensemble and requires an audition or the recommendation of the director to become a member. It rehearses and performs Band Repertoire in the 5-6 level of difficulty range. Each Wind Ensemble member is required to participate in the All District Auditions.
The Symphonic Band is the intermediate Large Ensemble. The Symphonic Band rehearses and performs Band Repertoire in the 3-5 level of difficulty range.
The Concert Band is the entry level Large Ensemble at AHS and is comprised of all 9th grade band members unless a successful audition for an advanced ensemble has been completed. The Concert Band rehearses and performs Band Repertoire in the 3-4 level of difficulty range.
The Jazz Ensemble is an audition-only group that focuses on the performance, theory, and practice of Jazz and popular music. The Jazz Ensemble performs approximately 25 times throughout the year including regular concerts, special functions, dances, and jazz competitions.
The Percussion Ensemble class is comprised of all drummers grades 9-12. In this class percussionists work on technique and learn repetiore specific to the percussion world. Percussionists also learn music to play with the concert ensembles during this class. They perform at school concerts.