The Bands

Chamber Winds is the most select wind band available.  Audition or instructor permission is required. This course is designed for serious students of symphonic music and is the smallest, most demanding wind band opportunity at MTHS.  Students must be able to prepare their parts on their own with little or no help from the instructor and will most often be the only person on their part.  Private lessons are required of all participants.  Course content includes rehearsals, sectionals, performances, festival adjudications, chamber music, guest conductors and performers, and travel, all based in the preparation and study of the highest quality wind band repertoire available. Students must commit to preparation of their parts, working on both the technical and artistic aspects of their musicianship in order to experience higher levels of complexity and beauty in music.
Symphonic Band is the highest level of large wind band available. No audition is required. Course content includes rehearsals, sectionals, performances, festival adjudications, guest conductors and performers, and travel, all based in the preparation and study of the highest quality wind band repertoire available. Students must commit to preparation of their parts, working on both the technical and artistic aspects of their musicianship in order to experience higher levels of complexity and beauty in music.
Jazz Ensemble 1 is the highest level of jazz band available.  Audition or instructor permission is required.  This nationally recognized ensemble teaches students a variety of big band jazz styles and performs extensively in the school, community, and nation. The literature often requires students to draw upon their different realms of knowledge, abilities, and experience in order to perform the music at the level of sophistication required.
Jazz Ensemble 2 is the second level of jazz band available.  Audition or instructor permission is required.  This ensemble teaches students a variety of big band jazz styles and performs extensively in the school and community. Students must commit to preparation of their parts, working on both the technical and artistic aspects of their musicianship in order to experience higher levels of complexity and beauty in music. Students awaken their desire for improvisation and learn to express ideas through music.
Percussion Ensemble