Commonly asked questions about band in High School

How is music different in high school?

While the actual act of playing your instrument is similar, the social network and safety net that high school music provides is very different from junior high.

From day one, students will be musically and personally mentored by successful upperclassmen who have a vested interest in their success.

They will have dozens of new and like-minded friends before school even begins and have experiences (Friday night football games and trips) that are unlike anything they have experienced in junior high.

What if I am not sure if I want to do music in high school?

Remember when your children wouldn’t eat the food you made for them? You always said, “Try it before you decide you don’t like it.” Music is the same way.

You should sign up for music even if you are unsure. If at some point you decide that music is not for you, drop the class. It is much easier to drop something after trying it, than to join late when you decide you miss it.

Can I do music and sports?

YES. While there might be occasional conflicts, please know that our faculty works hard to resolve as many conflicts as possible before they occur and to work collaboratively to solve them when they arise. Many of our musicians are in sports, theater, clubs, AP classes, and other activities.

How much out-of-school time is required?

The many ensembles have different requirements for participation. Some ensembles require very little (less than standard homework) while other ensembles require more substantial commitment. Generally, the greater the level of commitment, the greater the reward and memories.

Regardless of the ensemble, a year-long calendar will be provided well in advance to help you plan for these events.

What are the costs?

Fairshare is due at the beginning of the year and helps cover uniform and cleaning costs. $200 for new students | $150 for returning students

Trips often require additional funds. The music boosters and staff work together to provide fundraising opportunities for each and every child and ensure that no one is excluded due to financial issues. Please reach out with concerns.

How do I procure an instrument?

We wish funds were available to provide every child with an instrument, however, this is simply not possible. The school provides many of the larger and more expensive instruments. We encourage students playing smaller, less expensive instruments to either rent or purchase their own instrument.

We will not let instrument availability or financial constraints keep your child from participating. More information regarding instrument availability will be mailed as the new school year approaches.

What if I have other questions?

Please know that we are here to answer any and all questions you may have. Contact the director here or the booster president here:

Ensembles at Union * means Year-long class

Wind Ensemble* 10th-12th graders, by audition

Symphonic Band* 10th-12th graders

Concert Band* 9th graders

Jazz Ensembles 1 & 2*

Percussion Ensemble and Drumline*

Football and Basketball Pep Bands

Parade Marching Band

Chamber Music Ensembles

Pit Orchestra Opportunities

Holiday Caroling Ensembles

Instrument Choirs

Jazz Combos

Various Student-Run Competing and Non-Competing Ensembles

A variety of regional, state, and national honor bands