Thursday, December 22, 2016

Band splits in two for concert season

Members of the marching band will split up this concert season into the symphonic and concert bands.

  • Members of the marching band will split up this concert season into the symphonic and concert bands.
  • Junior Eric Selle plays the tuba

For the past twenty years, the Hamilton High School band has always had a concert band for the winter and spring months. This year, the decision has been made to split the band for concert season.

“We have such a large band this year that having one concert band just wouldn’t work anymore,” band director Mr. Joe Herrick said. “We currently have nearly 100 students in band.

“A good sized concert band is usually in the range of about 40 to 70 people,” he added.

The band will divide into the symphonic band and the concert band. Students will be placed in one of the two bands based upon an audition.

Auditions are comprised of an etude, scales, and technical exercises, and are judged blindly by band directors. The students will receive chair placements, and the band will be split roughly down the middle in numbers, with the more musically advanced students in the symphonic band and those at a lower level in the concert band.

“While not always necessarily leaving musicians in their ‘comfort zone,’ the demand on individuals for personal independent musicianship will be furthered,” band director Mr. Kim Suhusky said.

Mr.  Herrick will be conducting the symphonic band, and Mr.  Suhusky will be in charge of the concert band, both of which will rehearse during the same class period.

“It’s going to allow kids to develop in their own way,” senior Hannah Lepird said.

Everyone will learn with people at their same level. This will allow the higher level band to be able to advance more quickly and the lower level band to learn together at their own pace.

Both bands will play at concerts and compete at festival, and it will allow for twice the typical amount of musical literature to be performed.

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