Instrumental Music at Sand Creek High School is a school-year long commitment, and, with the exception of Color Guard, students must be registered for both Fall and Spring semesters to participate.
SYMPHONIC BAND/WIND ENSEMBLE/ORCHESTRA
Admittance to symphonic band or orchestra is by director recommendation only. Any students with band experience (at least two years) may register for Symphonic Band, and any students with orchestra experience (at least two years) may register for Orchestra. Admittance to the Wind Ensemble is by audition only, and band placement auditions will be held towards the end of the Spring Semester (March-April). Any incoming students (Freshmen or otherwise) who do not audition for the Wind Ensemble will be placed in the Symphonic Band. Students currently in Wind Ensemble DO NOT need to re-audition for the ensemble each year, however Symphonic Band students who wish to move up to Wind Ensemble will be required to audition.
SCORPION MARCHING BAND
The award winning Scorpion Marching Band is an after-school ensemble available to Sand Creek students. Any students may participate in the Scorpion Marching Band in addition to their concert ensemble (Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble, Orchestra or Percussion Class) and can get .5 credit for either PE or Fine Arts. Participating in the marching band is an extremely rewarding experience for students and is highly recommended. 8th grade students from Horizon Middle School are also be eligible to participate in the Scorpion Marching Band with the approval of Mrs. Hawthorne. Click here to learn more about the Scorpion Marching Band.
Admission to the Scorpion Jazz Ensemble is by director approval. With the exception of guitarists, and pianists, it is highly recommended that all students who successfully audition into the jazz ensemble be concurrently enrolled in a concert ensemble (Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble/Orchestra or Percussion Class).
Percussion Class is open to all students with a background in percussion from band or otherwise. Any students with percussion experience or desire to learn may register for Percussion Class. The course is designed for high school percussion students and intended to provide them with the opportunity to study percussion intensively and participate in a percussion ensemble. Students will have the opportunity to learn proper performance techniques on percussion instruments ranging from drumline and orchestral instruments (triangle) to ethnic percussion (hand drumming). The class will also perform as a percussion ensemble and explore the diverse music in this genre. The Percussion Class is also the percussion sections for the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble and the Drumline and Front Ensemble for the Scorpion Marching Band. Students will be required to attend all the performances for their respective ensembles.