As a student of Timber Creek High School, there are numerous Music Ensembles available from our Band program course offerings.
The Regiment, Timber Creek’s Marching Band, is the combined membership of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Freshman Band, Percussion Ensembles, Jazz Band and Color Guard. With an annual membership of approximately 200 students, the Regiment is a musical marching unit organized to provide artistic and entertaining performances for football games, parades, pep rallies, concerts and competitions. As per Orange County Public School guidelines, membership in the Regiment is required of all students involved in the Band Program. It is an integral part of instrumental music education at TCHS.
Membership requires TOTAL DEDICATION, MAXIMUM EFFORT and INVOLVEMENT in all aspects of marching and music performance. The full Regiment rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. (with Tuesday evening rehearsals replacing afternoon rehearsals August 21 through September 25). Additional weekly rehearsals take place for members in the Color Guard and Percussion section, and members of the Woodwind and Brass sections have additional “rotating” rehearsals after school throughout the fall.
There are many other ensembles available, each of which is detailed below:
The following Course Offerings overview shows the alignment of the above Ensembles to the Core Curriculum for the 2015-2016 Timber Creek High School Band Program.
Regiment – all members of the Timber Creek Band Program are also members of the Regiment (marching band) and are required at all after-school rehearsals and performances as per Orange County policy. During the school day, students are assigned to at least one of the following ensembles (more if scheduling allows):
- Concert Ensembles – wind & percussion students
- Wind Ensemble
- Symphonic Band
- Freshman Band (9th grade students should register for this class)
- Color Guard
The following opportunities are available to students once they have successfully scheduled one (1) of the Core Curriculum classes listed above:
- Jazz One (top auditioned Jazz Band)
- JV Jazz Band
- Percussion Ensemble
- AP Music Theory
Questions?Please contact the Band Directors for assistance.
The factors that go into choosing an instrument vary per student and instrument. We’ve compiled some recommendations on a per instrument basis but highly encourage students and parents to work with the Directors in exploring your options.
Yamaha YFL-461 Series Intermediate Flute
Woodwind Brasswind lists it from $1919-$2099, depending on certain features purchased.
Gemeinhardt 3SHB Series Intermediate Flute
Woodwind Brasswind lists it from $1025-$1110.
- Brands: Yamaha, Gemeinhardt, and Pearl. All of these brands have
different price levels and features with good quality.
- Material: solid silver head, body and foot are best but cost the most. When trying to save money, at least make sure the head joint is solid silver. Solid silver offers a warmer, richer tone quality than plated silver.
- Must Have: B-foot joint, open holes and off-set G keys are available for those
students with really small hands
Yamaha YPC-62 Professional Model Piccolo
Woodwind Brasswind lists at $2205.
Pearl PFP-105 Intermediate Grenaditte Piccolo
Grenaditte is a new composite material that isn’t quite grenadine wood but is higher quality than plastic. Woodwind Brasswind lists at $1014.
- Brands: Yamaha, Pearl, and Gemeinhardt
- Material: I never recommend a silver head joint and body picc to a student. Silver is too shrill for a picc and professionals do not use them. Grenadine wood is the best material for a piccolo but costs the most. Also, students who want to play the same piccolo in marching (not recommended) and concert band might like the new grenaditte
composite since it is resistant to cracking.
- Optional features: Split E-mechanism – makes playing E and life in general
Buffet Crampon 1183 Prestige Low Eb Bass Clarinet
Woodwind Brasswind lists at $2313.