The concert band is open to students who have achieved a basic degree of proficiency on a woodwind instrument, brass instrument, or as a percussionist. Emphasis will be placed on the continued development of fundamental skills and technique. The ensemble will perform at concerts and attendance at some after-school events will be required. Students in this course will be required to purchase a method book at the beginning of the year. Sophomore/Junior/Senior students must have band director approval to be enrolled in this course.
This group is open to students who have passed an audition to show advanced proficiency on a woodwind instrument, brass instrument, or as a percussionist. A wide variety of music, individual skills, and continued development of technique will be covered in this course. This ensemble will perform at concerts and other band functions. Students in this course are selected by the band director based upon audition results and proper instrumentation needs.
The Wind Ensemble is the most prestigious performing band at Wayne High School and is open to students who have passed an audition to demonstrate a high degree of proficiency on a woodwind instrument, brass instrument, or as a percussionist. A wide variety of music, individual skills, and continued personal development will be covered in this course. This group will perform at concerts and other band functions. Students in this course are selected by the band director based upon audition results and proper instrumentation needs.
The jazz ensemble is open to students who play saxophone, trombone, trumpet, piano, bass, guitar, or drum set. Students in this course are selected by the band director based on audition results and proper instrumentation. All players must be enrolled in a concert band course in order to be eligible to participate unless special permission is granted by the director (Normally in the case of rhythm section students). The group performs at concerts and other band functions throughout the school year.
The marching band is one of Wayne High School’s largest extra curricular activities. This group performs at parades, football games, community events, and festivals and represents Wayne High School throughout the area. See the marching band portion of this handbook for complete information.
The pep band is formed following the marching band season and performs at many of the home boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball games, as well as for school assemblies and other school events. The pep band meets for rehearsals before the start of the season and then rehearses before the start of each basketball game.
Solo & Ensembles
Solo and Ensembles are opportunities for band members to play in small group settings to improve their skills. Much of the rehearsal and preparation is on an independent, self-study basis. There are opportunities to perform such as the OMEA Solo & Ensemble Competition and various community events.
Students have the opportunity to audition for honor bands throughout the year. Notices will be posted in the band room describing the various opportunities and their application deadlines/entry requirements. In the past, Wayne band students have participated in groups such as the Sinclair College Youth Wind Ensemble, Bowling Green State University Honors Band, and the OMEA All-State Concert Band.
Students may play in the pit orchestra for school musicals depending on the instrumentation needs.