Questions students often have about their decision to join the band.
Why should I consider joining the band?
Imagine going to a new school and not knowing anything about where to go or who to talk to. The transition from middle school to high school is much easier for band students because you will already have friends to help you through this process. Incoming band freshmen have immediate contact with upperclassmen; in a Big Brother/Big Sister kind of way. High school band is very healthy for students in a multitude of ways!
What is another reason I should join the band?
Because the band is unlike anything you have done before, it can greatly enhance your high school career, and it is, very simply, a great experience…
The High School Band is being recognized not only for creating its high standards, but also for the quality of experience given to its members. As you participate in the program and continue to grow, this will become more and clearer to you, as it has to students before you. The pride and sense of camaraderie that are the cornerstones of our band will figure profoundly in your future.
It is true that our performance standards are very high. Incoming freshmen often assume that the only way to get good is to do nothing else. THIS COULD NOT BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. In fact, one facet of the band of which we are most proud is that we accomplish these very high goals while maintaining a balance with the total school experience. We have top scholars, athletes, honor society members, student leaders, etc. among our ranks. We believe that students should experience many diverse activities and encourage them to do so.
Can I play sports and be in band?
YES! YES! YES! Contrary to popular assumption, members of the band can be actively involved in many levels of sports at Indian River. We firmly believe in allowing our students a wide range of experiences. We will endeavor to work with you, the counselors, and coaches to take band and other classes of your choice. If you wish to play sports as well, we encourage you to sign up for band and the sport of your choice. The only exception being in marching band and playing Varsity football as they are simultaneous.
How much time does it really take?
All bands meet during the regular school day for one class period. In addition to this, it is recommended that each student practice at least 30 minutes daily. Beyond this minimum, the time involved is related to your level of involvement. During marching band, the fall season will be the busiest time. From August to November you will be involved in rehearsals on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday after school, Friday evening games, and some Saturday competitions. Beginning in November and continuing through the end of the year, rehearsals are required for Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. There are a small amount of other required rehearsals and performances throughout the year.
Do I have what it takes for the band?
You are already a great fit for the band if you value learning, love music, enjoy friendships and look for personal challenges.