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Instrumental Music


Mr. Jonathan Held, Director --

Mr. Jonathan Kirchenberg, Assistant Director  --


2018-19 Theme Verse: 
"Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus" - Phillipians 2:2-5


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.


TAPPS 6A State Championship Results:

2017-18 TAPPS State Band Runner-Up

2016-17 TAPPS State Band Champion

2015-16 TAPPS State Band Champion


**Prospective Band Students**

All incoming freshmen or transfers need to sign up for a meeting with Mr. Held in May or August to share the students' past musical experience and play their instrument.  The purpose is to help Mr. Held properly prepare the best spot for you in Symphonic Band from day 1.  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.  


Symphonic Band Honors (for Junior/Seniors only):

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
  • 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:
    • Abilene Christian
    • Alabama
    • Arizona State
    • Baylor
    • The Citadel
    • Concordia Univ. Nebraska
    • Mary Hardin-Baylor
    • Texas A & M
    • TCU
    • Trevecca 
  • Non-Marching Band: While we 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 various fall 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.  
  • Well-Rounded Involvement:  We encourage our students to be involved in multiple activities.  Band students are currently involved in football, cheerleading, choir, cross-country, swimming, track, baseball, basketball, soccer, theatre, one-act play, academic team, speech/debate, NHS, 4H, chem club, and student council.
  • 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 2019:  Great Lakes Tour
    • Spring 2017: Southern California Tour
    • Spring 2015: Midwest Tour – Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin
    • Spring 2013: Southern California Tour
  • Honors Credit: Junior and Senior students have the option to take Symphonic Band for Honors Credit.  See course description above.
  • Optional Private Lessons:  Students have the option to study privately with teachers who give lessons on Concordia's campus during weekly band classes.


Audio Excerpts:

2018 CLHS Symphonic Band


2017 CLHS Symphonic Band