Instrumental Music

Richard Ruhe

Director of K-12 Instrumental Music

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.

Greenwood Band Competition Awards

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 at Dixie Classic National Adjudicators 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)
2nd Place (7th Grade) Music in the Parks Band Competition (St. Louis, MO)

1998

2nd Place Division IV band at Dixie Classic National Adjudicators Invitational (Washington, DC)

1999

Superior Rating at Missouri State Music Festival

2000

1st Place Class A band at Smoky Mountain Music Festival (Gatlinburg, TN)

2001

1st Place at Music in the Parks (Chicago, IL)

2002

1st Place at Music in the Parks (St. Louis, MO)

2003

1st Place at Smoky Mountain Music Festival (Gatlinburg, TN)

2004

1st Place (7th Grade) Music in the Parks (St. Louis, MO)
2nd Place (8th Grade) 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)

2006

Superior Rating at 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)

2007

1st Place at Smoky Mountain Music Festival (Gatlinburg, TN)
1st Place (7th Grade) Music in the Parks (St. Louis, MO)
3rd Place (8th Grade) Music in the Parks (St. Louis, MO)

2008

1st Place at American Classic Band Competition (Dallas, TX)

2009

1st Place at Festival of Music (St. Louis, MO)

2010

1st Place at Music in the Parks (Atlanta, GA) Best Overall Band at Missouri State Music Festival

2012

3rd Place at Smoky Mountain Music Festival (Gatlinburg, TN)

2013

1st Place at American Classic Music Festival (Dallas, TX)
1st Place (JH) Music in the Parks (St. Louis, MO)

2014

Best in Class at Cavalcade of Music Competition (Colorado Springs, CO)

2015

1st Place at Smoky Mountain Music Festival (Gatlinburg, TN)

2016

Best In Class at Winter Park Music Festival (Winter Park, CO)

2017

Outstanding Performance Award at Bluebonnet Music Festival (San Antonio, TX)