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Band Program

A tradition of winning

The purpose of the Fuqua School Band Program is to teach students the musical skills to become proficient on their specified instrument. These same skills can be carried throughout their life to apply to any musical experience. Fuqua School has long had a tradition of musical excellence both in performance and competition. The band  is a large part of the school culture and will continue to develop its role in the school community and community as a whole. It is also the goal of the band program and its directors for the students to learn in a positive environment where they are valued and feel comfortable creating and expressing themselves through music.  The nature of the courses requires students to be actively engaged in the learning process throughout class.  Students will also be challenged to work together as an ensemble, learn self discipline through practice, and practice critical thinking through evaluation and improvement of performance.  

5th Grade Beginning Band is an introductory program open to all students who are interested in learning how to play a band instrument. Instruction is offered for brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. No prior musical training is required. The objective of the class is to establish an environment which will enable the students to develop basic musical skills on their chosen instrument. All students are expected to fully participate in all rehearsals and performance, as well as practice at home a minimum of sixty minutes a week throughout the school year. Each student is responsible for providing his/her own instrument.

6th Grade Band students will continue to explore and develop mastery of the history, theory and performance of concert band music. The work of the students throughout the year is expected to be at a level commensurate with Virginia State Standards of Learning for Instrumental Music at the beginning and intermediate levels. Students must have completed one successful year of an introductory level band course; however, special needs may allow the director to audition and give special permission to students who do not meet the experience requirement. All students are expected to fully participate in all rehearsals and performances, as well as practice at home a minimum of sixty minutes per week throughout the school year.

Junior Band (grade 7 & 8) students will continue to explore and develop mastery of the history, theory and performance of concert band music. The work of the students throughout the year is expected to be at a level commensurate with Virginia State Standards of Learning for Instrumental Music at the intermediate level. Students must have completed two successful years of an introductory level band course; however, special needs may allow the director to audition and give special permission to students who do not meet the experience requirement. All students are expected to fully participate in all rehearsals and performances, as well as practice at home a minimum of sixty minutes per week throughout the school year. 

The Senior Band (grades 9-12) is offered throughout the year to students who play wind or percussion instruments. Students will have the choice of two different forty-five minute classes.  These classes will combine for performances throughout the year.  Students will explore the history, theory and performance of a variety of styles including marching, jazz, pop and concert band music. The work of the students throughout the year is expected to be at a level commensurate with the advanced nature of the class and aligned with the Virginia State Standards of Learning for Instrumental Music at the advanced and artist levels. Prior to Senior Band, students must have completed three successful years of introductory and intermediate band courses. All students are required to fully participate in all rehearsals and performances. Many of these performances will include events to support the school community and the community at large including football games, the Veteran’s Day service, concerts, and parades.  The Senior Band also participates in several competitions during the school year.

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