ENSEMBLES

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 Freshman Band is comprised of 9th grade students with previous instruction in wind instruments. It consists of modern band instrumentation and provides instruction in common-practice period and twentieth century wind literature and transcriptions. The Freshman Band is a class that meets at a set period every day and performs at several concerts and the District Concert Band Music Performance Assessment each year. Private study is encouraged for all members of the Freshman Band.

The Symphonic Band is comprised of 9th – 12th grade students with previous instruction in wind instruments. Membership is by audition only. It consists of modern band instrumentation and provides instruction in common-practice period and twentieth century wind literature and transcriptions. The Symphonic Band is a class that meets 1st period every day and performs at several concerts and the District Concert Band Music Performance Assessment each year. Private study is encouraged for all members of the Symphonic Band.

The Wind Ensemble is comprised of mostly 10th – 12th grade students with previous instruction in wind instruments and is the top performing wind group at Timber Creek. Membership is by audition only. The repertoire of the ensemble is extensive and advanced (college level). Private study is expected of members in this ensemble. The Wind Ensemble meets 2nd period every day. After school rehearsals for all Wind Ensemble students are frequent and mandatory. The Wind Ensemble performs at several concerts and District and State Concert Band Music Performance Assessments each year.

Percussion Ensembles I, II and III are three separate class periods (1st, 2nd and 5th) that address specific instruction in the area of percussion. Membership in these classes is by audition only. Enrollment in a specific Percussion Ensemble is based on the instrument of the individual as performed with the Regiment. Students can expect to play challenging literature in an intense percussion environment. The Percussion Ensembles perform at several concerts and other related venues each year.
The Color Guard is the visual ensemble that greatly enhances the performances of the Regiment. Members learn from skilled instructors in the areas of flag, rifle, saber and dance. The Color Guard class meets 6th period every day during the entire school year. Members of the Color Guard are members of the Regiment and take part in all performances and rehearsals. The Color Guard also has separate mandatory rehearsals (usually on Monday evenings) during the fall semester. The Color Guard continues in the spring semester each year with “Winter Guard”, an activity that begins at the end of marching season in November and concludes in mid-April. Students in the fall Color Guard are expected to participate in the Winter Guard program, as the class is a full-year course.

The Jazz Band is a select group of instrumentalists from the Band Program (with the possible exception of piano, bass and guitar). Membership is by audition only. The repertoire of the ensemble is selected from a variety of jazz styles. The Jazz Band is a full-year credited class that begins rehearsals at the conclusion of marching season in mid-November. Rehearsals are after school on a designated weekly schedule (a couple of days a week). The Jazz Band performs at several concerts and District and State Music Performance Assessment each year.

AP Music Theory is an advanced class that intensely explores the “how’s” and “why’s” of music. It is highly recommended for students that are considering a career in music or for students that want a challenge. AP Music Theory is generally for 11th and 12th grade students only, though individual exceptions can be made.

The Timber Creek Independent Percussion Ensemble (TCI) is an auditioned ensemble with membership open to students from Timber Creek as well as students from central Florida area schools. Student membership will include students through the age of 22. Timber Creek percussion students are not required to participate, but are encouraged to do so. As with the Timber Creek Winter Guard, TCI will begin rehearsals in mid-November and will conclude their season in mid-April. The rehearsal and travel schedule will be aggressive but rewarding, including trips to Nashville, TN and Dayton, OH.

COURSE OFFERINGS

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.

Core Curriculum

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

Additional Courses

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.

INSTRUMENT CHOICES

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.

Woodwind Instruments

1st Choice

Yamaha YFL-461 Series Intermediate Flute
Woodwind Brasswind lists it from $1919-$2099, depending on certain features purchased.

2nd Choice

Gemeinhardt 3SHB Series Intermediate Flute
Woodwind Brasswind lists it from $1025-$1110.

Other notes

  • 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

1st Choice

Yamaha YPC-62 Professional Model Piccolo
Woodwind Brasswind lists at $2205.

2nd Choice

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.

Other notes

  • 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
    much easier!

1st Choice

Buffet Crampon E11 Eb Clarinet
Woodwind Brasswind lists at $2313.

1st Choice

Buffet Crampon R13 Clarinet
Woodwind Brasswind lists at $3800.

2nd Choice

Buffet Crampon E11 Eb Clarinet
Woodwind Brasswind lists at $2313.

1st Choice

Buffet Crampon 1183 Prestige Low Eb Bass Clarinet
Woodwind Brasswind lists at $2313.

1st Choice

Any Selmer
Woodwind Brasswind lists several at multiple prices.


Brass Instruments

1st Choice

Yamaha YTR-8335 Xeno Series Bb Trumpet
Woodwind Brasswind lists at $2345.

2nd Choice

Bach 180S37 Stradivarius Series Bb Trumpet
Woodwind Brasswind lists at $2760.

All choices are equal

Bach 42BO Stradivarius Series F Attachment Trombone
Woodwind Brasswind lists at $3089.
Conn 88H Symphony Series F Attachment Trombone
Woodwind Brasswind lists at $2409.
Yamaha YSL-881G Xeno Professional Trombone Standard
Woodwind Brasswind lists at $2163.

1st Choice

Willson 2950S Series Compensating Euphonium Standard
Woodwind Brasswind lists at $8669.

2nd Choice

Yamaha YEP-642II Neo Series Compensating Euphonium
Woodwind Brasswind lists at $6000.

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