WHS MUSIC Ensembles
Directed by: Mr. Brian Frazier
Wind Ensemble is a performance-based course, which is designed to challenge the students in all aspects of wind and percussion playing. Students will be performing advanced high school (Grade IV) and college-level literature (Grades V or VI) according to the ratings of the Maryland Band Directors Association. Emphasis will be placed on musical elements such as phrasing, interpretation, ensemble techniques, and intonation. Students participating in this ensemble are also encouraged to create small chamber ensembles to develop a repertoire of solo and small ensemble work, and a more soloistic style of playing. Students participating in this ensemble often audition for All County, and participate in solo and ensemble, along with several other music organizations.
INDOOR COLOR GUARD AND PERCUSSION
Marching band has evolved from simple entertainment into a very serious sport and art form. It makes use of musicians and dancers, where the final product is a combination of music, athletics and choreography in a competitive arena. Students perform a 6-9 minute show of music that is totally memorized with over 50 pages of movement unique to each band member.
The Color Guard is a section of the WHS Marching Band that interprets and performs visual accompaniment to the music of the band. Students in Color Guard may be asked to dance, spin flags, spin rifles, or perform with other objects during the Marching Band performance. Color Guard is open to any interested WHS students. Please see the Marching Band FAQ for more information.