Fishers High School Band photo by Brian Brosmer

The band program at Fishers High School offers a comprehensive music experience that includes classes, such as concert band and extra-curricular activities including jazz and marching band. There are currently five concert bands at Fishers, which include Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Varsity Band. Students can further explore their musical interest in the classroom in Beginning Piano, Intermediate Piano, Music History and AP Music Theory.

After school music programs include Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, and Solo and Chamber Ensembles.

ABOUT THE BANDS

Concert Band

Concert Band is a beginning level band in the Fishers High School band program. Concert Band is a year round class and is comprised of 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. The Concert Band focuses on refining instrument playing skills and performing quality music literature of a medium difficulty level. This large performing ensemble is open to all instrumentalists. Participation is by audition only. Students perform a wide variety of music during the year, performing several concerts. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer’s intent in order to connect the performer with the audience. Students also have the opportunity to experience live performances by professionals during and outside of the school day. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities, outside of the school day, that support and extend learning in the classroom. Away/overnight trips are possible. All costs may be defrayed through fundraising opportunities. Requirement: Audition.

Symphonic Band Red

Varsity Band is an intermediate level (1) band in the Fishers High School band program. Concert Band is a year round class and is comprised of 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. This large performing ensemble is open to all instrumentalists. Participation is by audition only. Students perform a wide variety of music during the year, performing several concerts. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer’s intent in order to connect the performer with the audience. Students also have the opportunity to experience live performances by professionals during and outside of the school day. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities, outside of the school day, that support and extend learning in the classroom. Away/overnight trips are possible. All costs may be defrayed through fundraising opportunities. Requirement: Audition.

Symphonic Band Silver

Symphonic Band Silver is an intermediate level (2) band in the Fishers High School band program. Symphonic Band Silver is a year round class and is comprised of 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. A small number of selected 9th grade students may be invited to enroll in this band after playing an audition in the spring. This large performing ensemble is open to all instrumentalists. Participation is by audition only. Students perform a wide variety of music during the year, performing several concerts. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer’s intent in order to connect the performer with the audience. Students also have opportunities to experience live performances by professionals during and outside of the school day. Students perform, with expression and technical accuracy, a large and varied repertoire of concert band literature. Evaluation of music and music performances is included. Some overnight trips are possible. All additional costs may be defrayed through fundraising opportunities. Requirement:Audition

Wind Symphony

Wind Symphony is an upper level band in the Fishers High School band program. This advanced concert band (1) is open to all instrumentalists. Participation is by audition only. Students perform a wide variety of music during the year, performing several concerts. Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop elements of musicianship including, but not limited to: (1) tone production, (2) technical skills, (3) intonation, (4) music reading skills, (5) listening skills, (6) analyzing music, and (7) studying historically significant styles of literature. Experiences include, but are not limited to, improvising, conducting, playing by ear, and sight-reading. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer’s intent in order to connect the performer with the audience. Students also have the opportunity to experience live performances by professionals during and outside of the school day. Band repertoire will be of the highest caliber. Mastery of advanced wind band technique must be evident. Areas of refinement consist of advanced techniques including, but not limited to: (1) intonation, (2) balance and blend, (3) breathing, (4) tone production, (5) tone quality, (6) technique, (7) rhythm, (8) sight-reading, and (9) critical listening skills. Evaluation of music and music performances is included. Away/overnight trips are possible. All costs are defrayed through fundraising opportunities. Requirement: Audition.

Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble features the finest musicians in the band program. Wind Ensemble is a year long course and is populated by mostly 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. This Advanced Concert Band (2) is open to all instrumentalists. Participation is by audition only. Students perform a wide variety of music during the year, performing several concerts. Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop elements of musicianship including, but not limited to: (1) tone production, (2) technical skills, (3) intonation, (4) music reading skills, (5) listening skills, (6) analyzing music, and (7) studying historically significant styles of literature. Experiences include, but are not limited to, improvising, conducting, playing by ear, and sight-reading. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer’s intent in order to connect the performer with the audience. Students also have the opportunity to experience live performances by professionals during and outside of the school day. Band repertoire will be of the highest caliber. Mastery of advanced wind band technique must be evident. Areas of refinement consist of advanced techniques including, but not limited to: (1) intonation, (2) balance and blend, (3) breathing, (4) tone production, (5) tone quality, (6) technique, (7) rhythm, (8) sight-reading, and (9) critical listening skills. Evaluation of music and music performances is included. Away/overnight trips are possible. All costs are defrayed through fundraising opportunities. Requirement: Audition.

Jazz Ensemble

This is a traditional “big band” and is open to students in 10, 11 and 12h grades, who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, drums and guitar who have adequately developed technique on their instrument and are interested in performing jazz and popular music. Literature for this ensemble will be selected from the standard “big band” and contemporary repertoire. Intervals, chord structure, chord progressions and improvisation will be studied. Due to the changing repertoire, this ensemble course may be taken repeatedly. This is a full year class that will meet occasionally outside of the school day for rehearsals, sectionals, and performances. Throughout the year Jazz Ensemble students will demonstrate their mastery of technical skills and musical interpretation by performing in both formal and informal settings. Unique performance opportunities will be pursued beyond the Concert Band curriculum concerts. Participation in all fall, winter, and spring scheduled rehearsals and performance is required. Requirement: Limited enrollment is by audition, recommendation of director, and a member of regular band class with the exception of guitar, bass and piano players who must be enrolled in any year long music class.

2015 / 2016 Concert Band Performance Dates

October 7, 2015    (7 pm)

December 11, 2015   (Winter Fest)

December 12, 2015 (Winter Fest)

February 10, 2016    (7 pm)

April 13. 2016    (7 pm)

May 17, 2016    (7 pm)

Jazz Band is a high-level performing ensemble. Students wishing to participate in the jazz band must be enrolled in a band class and be able to perform at an advanced level. Instruments in the traditional jazz band include trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, bass, guitar, drum set, and sometimes additional percussion. Participating in the jazz band provides students with an opportunity to refine their technical skills through the study of music theory and history, and the practice of improvisation.

2015 Jazz Band Performance Dates

November

November 21 (Friday) – Hamilton County Jazz Festival

February

February 14 (Saturday) – Madison County Jazz Festival

March

March 7 (Saturday) – ISSMA Jazz Festival

April

April 17 (Friday) – Jazz Café

Jazz Band Forms

Jazz Band Awards

Marching band is the most visible group of the Fishers High School Band Program. This vibrant group of musicians practice beginning in the summer months and then on through October. During the summer, the band participates in local parades to prepare for the more intense drill work ahead. During the school year, the marching band participates in numerous Invitational competitions, which lead up to regional and state marching band competitions in late October and early November. The Fishers Marching Tigers has grown to include 180 musicians and 30 color guard performers.

The marching band is comprised of both the band and a color guard, which provides much of the visual spectacle of the performance. During a performance, each band member goes through a series of movements, or drills, which have them traveling across the field performing 50 to 60 different form sets. It takes an incredible amount of  teamwork to make these complicated drills happen seamlessly.

While marching band is an extra-curricular activity, students who participate in the Fishers High School Marching Band are required to also be in one of the Concert Bands, which meet as a class daily.

 

2016 Parent Charms Letter Veterans Instructions

Charms Band Booster Demo for Veterans

Marching Band Awards

2006: “The Incredibles” Silver at District

2007: “Dark Side of the Rainbow” Silver at Regional

2008: “Transformations” Gold at Regional

2009: “Infinities” Gold at Semi State

2010: “Rising from the Shadows” Gold at Semi State

2011: “Blueprints” Gold at Regional

2012: “In the Air” Gold at Semi State

2013: “Quintessence” Gold at Semi State

The Fishers High School Pep Band is a co-curricular group that is made up of traditional instruments as well as percussion and bass. The Pep Band performs at home basketball games. 

2014 / 2015 Pep Band Performance Dates

Pep Band Forms

Please visit the FHS Band Forms page to find all forms related to Pep Band registration, volunteering, varsity lettering, scholarships and more.

The annual Solo and Ensemble contest is sponsored each year by The Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA). Student musicians can perform as individuals or in small groups. They receive awards and written comments regarding their performance. Participation in the Solo and Ensemble competitions is not required, but the band directors highly recommend taking part.

2015 Solo & Ensemble Performance Dates

February 7, 2015 –  ISSMA Solo & Ensemble (Westfield High School)

February 28, 2015 –  ISSMA Solo & Ensemble State competition (North Central High School)

Solo & Ensemble Forms

Solo & Ensemble Awards

Students have received numerous gold ratings at the district and state levels.

Once marching band season ends, FHS band percussionists have the opportunity to participate in our Winter Percussion program. The Winter Percussion ensemble meets from late December to late March and learns a competitive percussion piece to compete against other schools in Indiana.Winter Percussion is a critical component of student musician training, and it provides an opportunity for percussion members to perform in a manner that highlights their instruments. During the Winter Percussion season, students perform a show between 4 to 6 minutes in length that is performed at competitions across Indiana.

2016 Winter Percussion Performance Dates

February

Feb 20 – IPA (Indiana Percussion Association) invitational @ Franklin Central HS

March

Friday, March 4 – HSE community night performance with the HSE and FHS winter guards and percussion ensembles – 7pm @FHS in the MAIN gym

March 5 & 6 – WGI (Winter Guard International) Indiana Super Regional Championship MOVEMENT ONLY @ Franklin Central HS

March 12 – IPA invitational @ Ben Davis HS

March 19 – IPA State Prelims @ Avon HS

April

April 2 – IPA State Finals @ Indiana State University

April 14-16 – WGI National Championships @ University of Dayton (Dayton Arena) MOVEMENT ONLY

Winter Percussion Documents

Winter Percussion Award

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