Class Information

Wind Symphony
The Wind Symphony is comprised of mainly juniors and seniors.  This ensemble is an audition-only ensemble with specific instrumentation open to students in grades 10-12. This ensemble develops advanced performance skills and music theory. Members perform a variety of concerts, festivals, contests and community events throughout the school year. All members of this ensemble join with the other concert ensembles, percussion ensembles and color guard to participate in a fall marching curriculum with level of student involvement options. In the winter, this ensemble is split into a "Blue" and "Gold" Pep Band. In the spring, all of our members come together into one large parade band participating in traditionally two parades - one day travel and our Maple Valley Days Parade.

All of our Wind Symphony members also participate in a summer instrumental field show or parade camp in August. There is a $75/semester participation fee that may be payment-planned, scholarshipped or waived if needed. 

All students in this ensemble are provided additional opportunities such as honor ensembles, combined Tahoma Symphony positions, student leadership positions, a traveling spring tour (every 2 years) and outside community ensembles. Wind Symphony Syllabus


Symphonic Winds
The Symphonic Winds is comprised of mainly sophomores and juniors.  This ensemble is a director-placed ensemble with open (yet balanced) instrumentation open to students in grades 10-12. Incoming 9th grade band students may submit an audition for advanced placement into this ensemble. This ensemble develops intermediate to advanced performance skills and intermediate music and rhythm theory. Members perform a variety of concerts, festivals, contests and community events throughout the school year. All members of this ensemble join with the other concert ensembles, percussion ensembles and color guard to participate in a fall marching curriculum with level of student involvement options. In the winter, this ensemble is split into a "Blue" and "Gold" Pep Band. In the spring, all of our members come together into one large parade band participating in traditionally two parades - one day travel and our Maple Valley Days Parade.

All of our Symphonic Winds members also participate in a summer instrumental field show or parade camp in August. There is a $75/semester participation fee that may be payment-planned, scholarshipped or waived if needed. 

All students in this ensemble are provided additional opportunities such as honor ensembles, combined Tahoma Symphony positions, student leadership positions, a traveling spring tour (every 2 years) and outside community ensembles.  
Symphonic Winds Syllabus 

Concert Band
The Concert Band is comprised of mainly freshman.  This ensemble is an open instrumentation ensemble open to students in grades 9-12. Concert Band includes upper class band members who are learning a secondary instrument, returning back to the band program, preparing for a career in music education, have a scheduling conflict with another ensemble, etc. This ensemble develops intermediate performance skills and beginning to intermediate music and rhythm theory. Members perform a variety of concerts and in one festival during the school year. All members of this ensemble join with the other concert ensembles, percussion ensembles and color guard to participate in a fall marching curriculum with level of student involvement options. All Concert Band members default to our Fall Parade Ensemble; however, individuals may audition in to the field show ensemble. Email Mr. Cole for additional questions (mcole@taomasd.us). In the winter, this ensemble is split into a "Blue" and "Gold" Pep Band. In the spring, all of our members come together into one large parade band participating in traditionally two parades - one day travel and our Maple Valley Days Parade.

All of our Concert Band members also participate in a summer instrumental workshop as part of our field show or parade camp in August. There is a $75/semester participation fee that may be payment-planned, scholarshipped or waived if needed. 

All students in this ensemble are provided additional opportunities such as honor ensembles, student leadership positions, a traveling spring tour (every 2 years) and outside community ensembles.
  Concert Band Syllabus 

Beginning Jazz Band
The Beginning Jazz Band is comprised of students 9-12.  This ensemble is a director-placed ensemble with open instrumentation. This ensemble includes standard jazz instrumentation, plus welcomes additional concert instruments such as flutes, clarinets, euphoniums, etc. This ensemble is a learning and development ensemble open to students who want to learn about a variety of styles under the "Jazz" umbrella. No audition is required to participate in this ensemble; however, students must have at least 3 years of successful previous concert band or lesson experience. This is a great ensemble for students to try jazz for the first time, continue developing their skills and for upper class students to experience more lead responsibilities. This ensemble develops beginning to intermediate (high school standard) performance skills and beginning solo/improvisation techniques (primarily - modal, blues scales, and chordal). Students will also learn jazz specific concepts such as vocabulary, back-tonguing, swinging, phrasing, back-phrasing, etc. Members perform a variety of concerts, festivals, contests and community events throughout the school year.

All members of this ensemble must be concurrently enrolled in one of the concert ensembles offered (Concert Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony, Orchestra or the Percussion Ensembles).

All students in this ensemble are provided additional opportunities such as honor ensembles, student leadership positions, a traveling spring tour (every 2 years - opposite from the main program spring tour) and outside community ensembles.
  Beginning/Intermediate Jazz Band Syllabus 

Advanced Jazz Band
The Advanced Jazz Band is comprised of mainly students 10-12.  This ensemble is an audition-only ensemble with specific jazz instrumentation. This ensemble includes standard jazz instrumentation, plus offers priority to those who double on instruments

Saxophone/Flute or Saxophone/Clarinet or Saxophone/Bass Clarinet or Multiple Saxophones
Upright/Electric Bass

Drum Set/Vibes or Drum Set/Latin Percussion

This ensemble is a learning, development (and competitive) ensemble open to students who want to challenge themselves in a variety of styles under the "Jazz" umbrella. This ensemble develops intermediate to advanced (high school standard) performance skills and advancing solo/improvisation techniques (primarily - modal, bepop, and chordal). Students will continue to develop jazz specific concepts such as a variety of articulation styles, swinging, phrasing, back-phrasing, etc. Members perform a variety of concerts, festivals, contests and community events throughout the school year. 

All members of this ensemble must be concurrently enrolled in one of the concert ensembles offered (Concert Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony, Orchestra or the Percussion Ensembles). 

All students in this ensemble are provided additional opportunities such as honor ensembles, student leadership positions, a traveling spring tour (every 2 years - opposite from the main program spring tour) and outside community ensembles.
  Advanced Jazz Band Syllabus 

Concert Orchestra/Chamber Orchestra
The Concert Orchestra is open to all string players who have had a minimum of three years of ensemble or private lesson experience. Special director permission may be received. Please email Mr. Cole with questions (mcole@tahomasd.us). This ensemble also includes students who play piano.

This ensemble develops intermediate performance skills and beginning music and rhythm theory. Members perform a variety of concerts, festivals, contests and community events throughout the school year. Towards the end of the school year, all members of this ensemble join with members of the Wind Symphony and Advanced Percussion Ensemble to perform symphony literature together.


Instrumental specialists will provide workshops during designated rehearsals throughout the school year. Chair placement and Concert Master/Mistress auditions will be held at the beginning of each concert season. The first placements will occur during the first FULL week of school.

Within this ensemble, advanced students will have an opportunity to participate in a Chamber Orchestra.  This will have limited members and play more challenging literature.  Members of this ensemble ensemble will also play with the Concert Orchestra at all concerts. Some additional rehearsals will be scheduled.

All students in this ensemble are provided additional opportunities such as honor ensembles, regional solo and ensemble contest, combined Tahoma Symphony positions, student leadership positions, a traveling spring tour (every 2 years) and outside community ensembles.  Concert Orchestra Syllabus

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