Concordia Lutheran High School

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Instrumental Music

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Mr. Jonathan Held, Director

 

2016-17 Theme Verse: 
"Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.  Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work.  Live in peace with each other."
 
- 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

 

Music Department Mission Statement:

 The CLHS Music Department shares God's gift of music, strives towards choral and instrumental excellence, and fosters each student to become a cooperative creative artist.

 

**Prospective Band Students**

All incoming freshmen or transfers need to sign up for an interview with Mr. Held between May and August.  The interview will include a discussion on the students' past musical experience and playing music listed below.  Please contact Mr. Held to schedule a time.

 

Be prepared to play:

1 major scale

8 measures of sight-reading

16-32 measures of an etude or band piece

 

 

Course Options

Symphonic Band:

Our main ensemble, Symphonic Band, meets during the 1st period of the school day.  All students involved in our instrumental program are also in Symphonic Band.  Current students get band information through the Band Edmodo page.

 

Symphonic Band Honors:

This class meets at the same time and is part of the Symphonic Band.  It is an opportunity for students who already have a strong foundation on their instruments to study music at a more advanced level.  In addition to the regular band requirements, honors students have numerous requirements to fulfill outside of class.

 

Band Highlights:

  • 4 Major Concerts a year
  • Out-of-State Tour every two years
  • TAPPS Music Competitions
    • 2016 – TAPPS 5A State Champion
    • 2015 – 3rd Place TAPPS 5A State
    • 2014 – 5th Place TAPPS 5A State
  • Opportunity to audition for Texas Private (TPSMEA) and Public School (TMEA/UIL/ATSSB) All-State ensembles

 

Other Extra-curricular Ensemble Opportunities:

  • Jazz Band
  • Drumline (in fall)
  • Various Small Ensembles
  • Handbells
  • The Messengers (praise band)

 

Unique Aspect of Our Program:

  • CLHS Band Alumni have gone on to excel in bands at the collegiate level.  We are proud of the legacy they have left at Concordia.  These universities include:
    • Concordia Univ. Nebraska
    • Texas A & M
    • Baylor
    • TCU
    • The Citadel
    • Alabama
 
  • Non-marching Band: We are proud to have CLHS Band alumni who go on to perform in concert and marching bands at Division I universities, we do not march at Concordia.  The hours normally spend on the field for marching practice are put to use building playing skills and also allows our students to be involved in multiple activities.  We will play in the stands for football games.  Students who have a desire to march in college have the opportunity to work individually with Mr. Held so they have the necessary skills to successfully transition into a collegiate program.  
 
  • Band Tours: The CLHS Band goes on an out-of-state tour every other year. These mountaintop experiences have students perform a variety of concerts, visit college campuses, and connect with other high school students from different parts of the country.  
    • Spring 2017: Southern California Tour
    • Spring 2015: Midwest Tour – Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin
    • Spring 2013: Southern California Tour
 
  • Honors Credit: Students have the option to take Symphonic Band for Honors Credit (on 5.0 scale instead of 4.0).  Symphonic Band Honors is an opportunity for students who already have a strong foundation on their instruments to study music at a more advanced level.  In addition to the regular band requirements, honors students have numerous requirements to fulfill outside of class. 
 
  • Optional Private Lessons:  Students have the option to study privately with teachers who give lessons on Concordia's campus during weekly band classes.
 
  • Well-Rounded Involvement:  We encourage our students to be involved in multiple activities.  Band students are currently involved in football, cheerleading, cross-country, swimming, track, baseball, basketball, soccer, theater, chem club, and student council.