SHS Bands

The Seymour High School Marching Owls (grades 9-12)

Marching BandMarching band is a one semester course that meets every day during the first semester as part of the block schedule at Seymour High School.  All band students are expected to participate in marching band unless a medical waiver is granted.  The Marching Owls perform for thousands of community members annually as an integral part of the athletic program and Oktoberfest weekend.  Some highlights include the following:  summer marching fundamental rehearsals, band camp, football and parade performances, Oktoberfest weekend, elementary/middle schools’ fall marching band tour, and the Halloween parade.  The Marching Owls have a tradition of entertaining performances and have developed an enthusiastic following through the years.  Every four years, the Marching Owls take a week-long trip to Florida to perform at Disney with the concert band and jazz ensemble.  Our next trip is scheduled for 2015!

The Symphonic Band (grades 9-12)

Symphonic BandThe symphonic band is a one semester course that meets every other day during the second semester as part of the block schedule at Seymour High School.  Band students must successfully audition into this group and are selected from advanced performance criteria such as tone quality, rhythmic accuracy, intonation understanding, and sight reading skills.  Students must also participate in Solo & Ensemble Contest as a required event.  The band literature/repertoire performed is of a very high caliber. Mastery of advanced wind band technique must be evident. Areas of refinement consist of advanced techniques including, but not limited to: intonation, balance and blend, breathing, tone production, tone quality, technique, rhythm, sight-reading, and critical listening skills. Evaluation of music and music performances is included.  Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for dress rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.  Some performance highlights include the following: the pops concert, the spring concert, and the commencement concert.

The Concert Band (grades 9-12)

Concert BandThe concert band is a one semester course that meets every other day during the second semester as part of the block schedule at Seymour High School.  Band students must successfully audition into this group and are selected from intermediate performance criteria such as tone quality, rhythmic accuracy, intonation understanding, and sight reading skills.  The band literature/repertoire performed is of an excellent caliber and focuses on refining teaching areas and developing consistency in intonation, balance and blend, breathing, tone production, tone quality, technique, rhythm, sight-reading, and critical listening skills. Evaluation of music and music performances is included.  Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for dress rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.  Some performance highlights include the following: the pops concert, the spring concert, and the commencement concert.

The Campus Owls Jazz Ensemble (grades 9-12)

The jazz ensemble seeks to develop musicianship and specific performance skills through group and individual settings for the study and performance of the varied styles of instrumental jazz.  Improvisation is a key component in the curriculum.  The course includes the study of the history, formative, and stylistic elements of jazz.  Students develop their creative skills through improvisation, composition/form, arranging, performing, guided listening, and analysis.  Students are provided with opportunities to experience live performances by professionals during and outside of the school day. A limited amount of time outside of the school day may be scheduled for dress rehearsals and performances. In addition, a limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and music goals. Students must participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend the learning in the classroom.  Performance highlights include the following: the fall concert, the holiday concert, and the spring concert.

The Seymour High School Pep Band (grades 9-12)

Pep BandThe Seymour High School pep band performs annually at a combined eighteen home boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball games.  The main goal for the pep band is to provide a high-quality entertainment and positive atmosphere at the home basketball games. The pep band has an excellent tradition and community following.  Students are required to perform at a minimum of 10 games each year.  This requirement ensures that we have an excellent sounding group at each home game.  The pep band exists almost entirely outside of the school day as the pep band very rarely rehearses during school.  Pep band is considered extra-curricular and students must participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend the learning in the concert band classroom.