WIND ENSEMBLE

The Wind Ensemble is the advanced instrumental performance ensemble on the NHS campus.  Membership is based upon audition and advanced musicianship and is open to all grade levels.  Students enrolled in this class will also be concurently enrolled in Marching Band.  The first semester will concentrate on marching band related music, advanced concert literature, advanced technical studies and ensemble drill, along with preparation for concert performances. The second semester will focus primarily on Festival and Concert performance literature.  This ensemble performs at concerts, festivals and other related events.  Wind Ensemble meets KHSD graduation requirements for Fine Arts credit.

CONCERT BAND

The Concert Band is the intermediate level instrumental performance ensemble.  Membership is based upon being able to read music, knowledge of basic instrument performance techniques and instructor approval.  There will be a minor audition for this class comprised of several major scales, chromatic scale and a short etude. Students enrolled in this class will also be concurently enrolled in Marching Band.  The first semester will concentrate on marching band related music, intermediate concert literature, intermediate technical studies and ensemble drill, along with preparation for concert performances. The second semester will focus primarily on Festival and Concert performance literature. This ensemble performs at concerts, festivals, and other related events. Concert Band meets the KHSD graduation requirements for Fine Arts credit. 

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

This is a performing ensemble of advanced musicians who work with the artistic and technical aspects of contemporary Jazz and Big Band music.  The class will meet every Monday and Wednesday, 3:30-5:00pm.  Musical styles to be studied include Latin, Swing, Bebop, Rock, Funk, Fusion and other popular styles.  Music theory along with improvisational performance techniques will be a large focus of this group. This ensemble performs at concerts, festivals, and other related events. Jazz Ensemble meets the KHSD graduation requirements for Fine Arts credit.

PERCUSSION

This is the Marching Band Drum Line class.   This is a year class in which the first semester will focus on marching band related music while the second semester deals with all aspects of “Winter” Drum Line circuit competitions. Students enrolled in this class will also be concurently enrolled in Marching Band.   This is a performance-based class that is by audition only with the following positions available: Snare, Tenor, Bass, Cymbal and the Front Ensemble - all mallet and auxiliary percussion instruments. Students in this course will also have a  "Concert" component included in the curriculum which will require each musician be assigned music to prepare and perform with either Concert Band or Wind Ensemble at various performances throughout the year.  There is extra time spent in preparation for this group that will include one or two extra rehearsals during the week.  The Percussion class meets the KHSD graduation requirements for Fine Arts credit.

COLOR GUARD

The Color Guard is comprised of students who perform with Tall Flags, Rifles, Sabers and other performance related equipment.  For the first semester, this class is attached to the Marching Band and will be performing for football games and field show competitions.  Students enrolled in this class will also be concurently enrolled in Marching Band.  The second semester will be used for “Winter Guard” Indoor Court circuit competitions. This is a performance-based class that is by audition only.  There is extra time spent in preparation for this group that will include one or two extra rehearsals during the week.

MARCHING BAND

This performance-based class provides training in music and marching maneuvers for field shows and parades. Membership is based upon director approval and attendance is required at all rehearsals and performances.  This group will travel extensively during the first semester performing at all home varsity football games and 4 to 5 competitions around Kern County and Southern California.  This is an 7th period class that meets on Tuesday AND Thursday nights, 6-9pm. Marching Band is a one-semester class that meets KHSD graduation requirements for Fine Arts credit.  The Alliance Marching Band has a rich tradition of excellence and is one of the most decorated organizations on campus.