Band Department Chairperson
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Choral Department Chairperson
Our band programs are comprised of talented, hard-working, student musicians. The quality of our students and program is apparent when you see us in action. We're proud to share the accolades of our accomplishment s earned by our students and directors. Our musical product is the reflection of numerous hours of hard work and represents a tremendous number of practice hours and remarkable dedication by our students, parent-supporters, and staff.
The 125 member marching band is in its 3rd of existence after a 5 year hiatus. The Screamin’ Eagle Marching Band performs at numerous parades and events throughout the year including the Big E, Gillette Stadium, and Stone Soul Festival. The marching band also performs at all home football games and will be competing for the first time this year in regional marching band competitions.
Our prestigious band consists of 3 different concert bands. Filled with passion, wisdom, and integrity, each one has its own unique style
The Central High Concert Band is the most advanced level ensemble at Central High School and plays Grade 3 literature and masterworks from the band repertoire. The group follows a course of study designed to enrich and develop younger musicians with skills necessary to play advanced musical literature.
The Central High Jazz Band is an intricate part of the Central High Bands program. Comprising of select member s of the Central High Concert Band the ensemble performs standard jazz repertoire in addition to performing concert band literature and fulfilling critical lead roles in the Screaming Eagle Marching Band. The Jazz Band has performed in regional competitions such as the Clark Terry Jazz Festival at the University of Massachusetts and the Holyoke Community College Jazz Festival.
The Central High Intro Band is open to all students who have a desire to learn a musical instrument. The yearlong course develops student musicians to enter the Central High Concert and Jazz Bands.
The percussion program at Central High School is comprised of 50 students that perform with the Central Screamin’ Eagle Marching Drumline, 2 large percussion ensembles, and several chamber groups. Percussion Ensemble I & II meet every day all year long. The percussion students are trained in a variety of aspects of percussion and have the opportunity to perform with the concert band and jazz band as well. In the past the percussion program has been exposed to work with world renowned clinicians such as Thom Hannum, Susan Powell, and members of the United States Marine Band.
The colorguard program at Central High School is part of the marching band and music program. During football season, the colorguard is an integral part of the marching design, color palette, and musical interpretation of the halftime show. The guard uses props and equipment, along with movement, to express dynamic passages in the music accompanying the marching band show. By using flags, sabres, rifles, swing flags, and other pieces of equipment pertaining to the music, as well as a mix of ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary modern dance, the color guard interprets the music into a stunning visual element. The Central high Color Guard performs during football games at halftime and at competitions. During competitions, the guard adds to the overall score of the band; however, the judges also give an individual score to the color guard for a category usually called auxiliary. The Central High Color Guard consists of high school students who benefit from being in a world-class organization and have the opportunity to work with some of the best professional color guard instructors and performers in the world. Top-quality instruction is critical to the success of the color guard and allows success and contributes to the rich tradition of excellence, which makes the Central High Bands so well known.
The Central High Indoor Percussion Program has become one of the more popular activities at Central High School. The program invites members of the concert band and Drumline to develop and continue their mastery of musician ship while affording wind players the opportunity to play percussion instruments. The winter percussion season begins when marching band ends which is usually mid-November and continues through April. The Indoor Percussion Ensemble rehearses Monday and Wednesday nights from January to April and travels to 3 regional competitions at various high school gymnasiums throughout New England.
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