Style Marchers is the primary performing ensemble in the fall. This group consists of the wind students (woodwind & brass), color guard, and percussion (front ensemble & battery). The Style Marchers attend and perform at all home football games, various away games, pep rallies, parades, and competitions. Rehearsals outside of class primarily take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. After the competitive marching and football season, the number of Tuesday and Thursday rehearsals will be reduced. There is a financial obligation each student will be responsible for to be considered an active participant in the Style Marchers. Specific fees will be known near the end of the school year for the upcoming summer and school year. Note: Instrumentalists who desire to play in the percussion section for the marching band season require director approval.

 

The Symphonic Band is a select group of individuals with select instrumentation. Membership is by audition only. The repertoire of the ensemble is extensive and private study is highly encouraged of members of the ensemble. The Symphonic Band is a class that meets (for credit) throughout the entire year and performs several concerts and festivals each year. After the competitive marching and football season, the number of Tuesday and Thursday rehearsals will be reduced. There is a financial obligation each student will be responsible for to be considered an active participant in the Symphonic Band. Specific fees will be known in November/December for the upcoming Symphonic Band season.

 

The Concert Band is open to students with previous instruction in wind and percussion instruments. It consists of modern wind band instrumentation and provides instruction in common-practice period and twentieth century wind literature and transcriptions. The Concert Band is a class that meets (for credit) throughout the entire year and performs several concerts and festivals each year. Private study is highly encouraged. After the competitive marching and football season, the number of Tuesday and Thursday rehearsals will be reduced. There is a financial obligation each student will be responsible for to be considered an active participant in the Concert Band. Specific fees will be known in November/December for the upcoming Concert Band season.

 

The Jazz Band is a select group of individuals with select instrumentation. Membership is by audition only and is dependent upon active participation in the Style Marchers and Symphonic Band and/or Concert Band. The repertoire of the Jazz Band is extensive and includes early jazz through the twentieth century literature. The Jazz Band is a class that meets (for credit) throughout the entire year and performs several concerts and festivals each year. Beginning in January, one afternoon rehearsal per week may be required. There may be a small financial obligation each student will be responsible for to be considered an active participant in the Jazz Band. Specific fees will be known in November/December for the upcoming Jazz Band season.

 

The Indoor Percussion Ensemble is a unit that participates in Winter Guard International (WGI) between late December and mid April. The Indoor Percussion Ensemble will compete against other high school groups on a local (Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit) and national (WGI Regional and Championship Contests) level. Although WGI is exclusively for percussionists, participation in the activity is open to all current band students. Entry in to the ensemble is by audition only. Wind players should show satisfactory progress on their primary instrument to be eligible to audition for the winter percussion ensemble. Wind players who do participate in Winter Percussion will be expected to continue their instrumental studies in a regular Band class in addition to their added responsibilities within the percussion ensemble. Auditions take place in November/December. There is a financial obligation each student will be responsible for to be considered an active participant in the Winter Percussion. Specific fees will be known in November/December for the upcoming Winter Percussion season. Winter Percussion students are expected to understand and meet the commitments as required for both concert and marching band programs. If those commitments are acceptably met then a competitive indoor percussion program will be offered for those who desire.

 

The Winter Guard is selected through a weeklong audition process in which the skill sets required to compete on the regional and national level are taught and assessed. The Winter Guard’s season begins in late October/early November and concludes in April. Winter Guard members are expected to continue their enrollment in the Eurhythmics class. Two to three afternoon rehearsals per week are required. The Winter Guard represents Choctawhatchee High School on the local circuit level, competing in several competitions in the Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi area and regionally and nationally in association with Winter Guard International and their associated competitions. There is a financial obligation each student will be responsible for to be considered an active participant in the Winter Guard. Specific fees will be known in November/December for the upcoming Winter Guard season.