Instrumental Music

Richard Ruhe, Director

The band program begins in the sixth grade. Students are introduced to a musical instrument of their choice, and over the course of the year, master the basics. The sixth grade performance at the Spring Concert at the close of the school year. Emphasis is placed on learning how to take proper care of the instrument and developing a good basic embouchure and correct technique.

During the seventh and eighth grade years, students are offered band as an elective course. The emphasis during the course is switched to further developing technique, learning scales and how music is structured, and learning to be part of ensemble. Students have the opportunity to attend junior high solo and ensemble festivals and apply for Junior High All-District Honor Band. Both the 7th and 8th Grade Bands usually perform once each semester, at both the Winter and the Spring concerts.

High School Band is offered to those students who are in ninth grade or older. It is an elective course that fulfills the fine arts credit requirement for graduation. Students in the band learn to develop their musical skills to the best of their ability. At this level, students have the opportunity to try out for the All District and All State honor bands, as well as participate in solo and ensemble festivals in the spring.

 

Brief history of band accomplishments:

* 1993 - Best in Class at Worlds of Fun Festival of Bands  -  Kansas City, MO 
* 1994 - 1st place Class A band at Smoky Mountain Music Festival  -  Gatlinburg, TN 
* 1995 - 5th place Division IV band at Dixie Classic National Adjudicator's Invitational
                     St. Louis, MO 
* 1996 - 1st place Class A band at Smoky Mountain Music Festival  -  Gatlinburg, TN 
* 1997 - Best in Class at Lone Star Shoot out Festival of Bands  -  Dallas, TX 
* 1998 - 2nd place Division IV band at Dixie Classic National Adjudicator's Invitational 
                Washington, D.C. 
* 1999 - I ranking in State music competition
* 2000 - 1st place Class A band at Smoky Mountain Music Festival  -  Gatlinburg, TN
* 2001 - 1st place Music in the Parks competition  -  Chicago, IL
* 2002 - 1st Place Music in the Parks - St Louis, MO
* 2003 - 1st Place at Smokey Mountain Music Festival - Gatlinburg, TN
* 2004 - 1st Place - 7th Grade Band - Music in the Parks - St Louis, MO
* 2004 - 2nd Place - 8th Grade Band - Music in the Parks - St Louis, MO
* 2005 - 1st Place (7th Grade) Music in the Parks Band Competition St. Louis, MO
               1st Place (8th Grade) Music in the Parks Band Competition St. Louis, MO
               Superior Rating (H.S.) State Music Festival
* 2006 - Superior Rating Cavalcade of Music Competition Colorado Springs, CO
               1st Place (7th Grade) Music in the Parks Band Competition St. Louis, MO
               3rd Place (8th Grade) Music in the Parks Band Competition St. Louis, MO

The band has also achieved 8 consecutive "I" ratings at the State Large Ensemble Festival since Mr. Ruhe came to Greenwood.