CONCERT BAND I and II
The Concert Band I and IIare large performing ensembles in the band program at FFCHS. These ensembles are open to students in all four grades by audition and consistently performs mid-level high school band literature. Members of these groups have demonstrated musical maturity, technical proficiency, and commitment to the FFCHS band program. Strong emphasis is placed on developing essential individual fundamentals and ensemble skills. As a part of these ensembles, students are strongly encouraged to prepare portions of the All-State Band audition music and participate in regional Solo and Ensemble Contests in February and will be required to participate in the Fountain-Fort Carson HS Chamber Ensemble Recital in the spring. Students must consciously work both in and out of rehearsal to improve their individual musicianship while also pursuing individual and ensemble goals. Members are strongly encouraged to take private lessons. The Concert Bands perform at band concerts, concert band festivals as determined by group eligibility and director discretion.
Concert Band I meets during 2nd period, and Concert Band II meets during 3rd period. Both courses are year long courses and may not be taken for one semester only.
The Symphonic Band is the top performing ensemble in the band program at FFCHS. This ensemble is open to students in all four grades by audition and consistently performs upper-level high school and collegiate band literature. Members of this group have demonstrated the highest level of musical maturity, technical proficiency, and commitment to the LHS band program. As a part of this ensemble, students are encouraged to audition for the All-City Band, participate in regional Solo and Ensemble Contests, participate in the Fountain-Fort Carson HS Chamber Ensemble recital in the spring, and attend all scheduled rehearsals during the spring semester. Students must consciously work both in and out of rehearsal to improve their individual musicianship while also pursuing individual and ensemble goals. Members are strongly encouraged to take private lessons. The Wind Ensemble performs at band concerts and concert band festivals throughout the spring each year.
Symphonic Band meets during 1st period, is open to student participation through audition only and is a year long course that may not be taken for one semester only.
The Fountain-Fort Carson High School Jazz Band is open by audition to all students currently enrolled in the FFCHS Band program. Students will perform in concerts and festivals, listen to the best jazz artists, and study jazz history and improvisation. The jazz band meets during the spring semester only, but may schedule auditions and additional performances in the fall semester once marching season has concluded. Spring band auditions and fall evaluations will be used to determine placement for participating students. Only students who are concurrently enrolled in Symphonic Band, Concert Band or Percussion Class may audition for this ensemble with the possible exception of guitar, bass and piano players. Jazz Band may not be a students primary (only) band course during any semester.
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CLASS
Membership in FFCHS Percussion is open to all percussionists who have successfully participated in a middle school band program. The members of FFCHS Percussion will focus on the Trojan Band Competition show as well as All-State Concert and Jazz etudes during the fall semester. The FFCHS Percussion Section participates at all events as part of the Trojan Marching Band, as well as regional drum line competitions in the fall. In addition, the students will be in percussion ensemble class and will perform individually and also present a percussion ensemble concert in the spring.