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High School Band Program

Wind Symphony
This is an advanced level performance-oriented ensemble. Students will prepare high-quality musical literature for performance at concerts, chapels and competitive festivals. There is an annual weekend retreat in which students fine tune concert skills. This ensemble goes on tour every other year. Students also participate in solo or small ensemble performances. Private lessons are recommended, and are offered on campus by a professional musician for an additional fee.
Students enrolled in Wind Symphony also are part of the Warrior Marching Band, which performs at Warrior football games. (Students will not perform in Marching Band if they are in a BCHS fall sport which conflicts with rehearsals.) A one-week rehearsal camp for Warrior Marching Band (days only) is held during the month of August to prepare for football season.
 
Prerequisites: Open to grades 9-12, by audition only. At least two years experience on the instrument is recommended.
 
Fee: $150 (paid at book sales) for materials and for instructor fees (Students are given instruction by a professional in small groups by instrument, 2-4 times a month). Additional costs for outfits and trips may be offset by participating in fundraising activities.
 
Supplies: electronic tuner and metronome, band instrument and accessories
Wind Symphony/Honors
Honors Wind Symphony students are part of the Wind Symphony class, but must meet extra requirements to earn honors credit. Honors students can earn a varsity letter in band and a possible 5.0 grade points by completing the honors program requirements: passing a major and minor scales playing test, auditioning for the All-southern California and All-State Honor Bands (first semester), and weekly private lessons throughout the school year, in addition to the regular course requirements for Wind Symphony. Students will prepare high-quality musical literature for performance at concerts, chapels and competitive festivals. There is an annual weekend retreat in which students fine tune concert skills. This ensemble goes on tour every other year. Students also participate in solo or small ensemble performances. Private lessons are required, and are offered on campus by a professional musician for an additional fee.
Students enrolled in Honors Wind Symphony also are part of the Warrior Marching Band, which performs at Warrior football games. (Students will not perform in Marching Band if they are in a BCHS fall sport which conflicts with rehearsals.) A one-week rehearsal camp for Warrior Marching Band (days only) is held during the month of August to prepare for football season.
 
Prerequisites: Open to grades 9-12, by audition only. At least two years experience on the instrument is recommended.
 
Fee: $150 (paid at book sales) for materials and for instructor fees (Students are given instruction by a professional in small groups by instrument, 2-4 times a month). Additional costs for outfits and trips may be offset by participating in fundraising activities.
 
Supplies: electronic tuner and metronome, band instrument and accessories
8 O’ Clock Jazz Band (“Jazz 1”)
Primarily a performance-oriented ensemble, this is our top jazz band. Students learn skills necessary for performance of difficult high school level jazz arrangements, including jazz improvisation. There are several performances per semester, including a major jazz festival and “Big Night O’ Jazz,” a concert with a professional, Christian jazz artist. Daily practice is required.
Students enrolled in 8 O’ Clock Jazz Band also are part of the Warrior Marching Band, which performs at Warrior football games. (Students will not perform in Marching Band if they are in a BCHS fall sport which conflicts with rehearsals.) A one-week rehearsal camp for Warrior Marching Band (days only) is held during the month of August to prepare for football season.
 
Prerequisites: Open to grades 9-12, by audition only. Students must be concurrently enrolled in Wind Symphony. (Students in grades 10 and 11 may petition to take the course without being concurrently enrolled in Wind Symphony, provided they are doing so for academic reasons, not including study hall, off campus, or T. A.)
 
Fee: $150 (paid at book sales) for materials and for instructor fees (Students are given instruction by a professional in small groups by instrument, 2-4 times a month). Additional costs for outfits and trips may be offset by participating in fundraising activities.
 
Supplies: electronic tuner and metronome, band instrument and accessories
Jazz Workshop (“Jazz 2”)
Primarily a performance-oriented ensemble, this is our second jazz band. Students learn skills necessary for performance of high school level jazz arrangements, including jazz improvisation. There are several performances per semester, including a major jazz festival and “Big Night O’ Jazz,” a concert with a professional, Christian jazz artist. Daily practice is required.
Students enrolled in Jazz Workshop also are part of the Warrior Marching Band, which performs at Warrior football games. (Students will not perform in Marching Band if they are in a BCHS fall sport which conflicts with rehearsals.) A one-week rehearsal camp for Warrior Marching Band (days only) is held during the month of August to prepare for football season.
 
Prerequisites: Open to grades 9-12, by audition only. Students must be concurrently enrolled in Wind Symphony. (Students in grades 10 and 11 may petition to take the course without being concurrently enrolled in Wind Symphony, provided they are doing so for academic reasons, not including study hall, off campus, or T. A.)
 
Fee: $150 (paid at book sales) for materials and for instructor fees (Students are given instruction by a professional in small groups by instrument, 2-4 times a month). Additional costs for outfits and trips may be offset by participating in fundraising activities.
 
Supplies: electronic tuner and metronome, band instrument and accessories