Fine Arts - Upper School Band
Band Director: Chris Castner
The Hebron Lion Middle/High School Band Program consists of 6th – 12th grade students, separated into four performing ensembles; beginning band, concert band, symphonic band, and pep band. Students study music fundamentals through playing woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments, while performing in an individual or ensemble setting. Our goal at Hebron is to lead students in many different musical experiences, all while glorifying God with the talents they are given.
This 6th grade ensemble learns music basics, such as theory, sight-reading, and pitch recognition, as they play their very first notes on their selected instruments. The fundamentals learned here are built upon throughout their HCA band experience.
The Concert band includes a combination of 7th and 8th grade students. We build on the foundations, scale development, tone production, and rhythm building, that were learned as 6th grade musicians, and further develop the skills necessary for performing at the Christmas Concert, LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation), and several seasonal concerts, all in ensemble performance settings. Each concert offers an opportunity for students to perform a varied selection of music which provides them the ability to address all aspects of music such as; tone quality, intonation within the ensemble, proper technique, balance within the ensemble and different sections, and their overall musicality.
The Symphonic band is offered for high school students. The primary goal for Symphonic band is to further develop each student’s individual and ensemble skills, while preparing for a variety of concerts throughout the year, including the Christmas, Spring, and LGPE performances. Each concert officers an opportunity for students to perform a diverse selection of music that allows them to focus on all aspects of music such as; tone quality, intonation within the ensemble, proper technique, balance within the ensemble and different sections, and our overall musicality. Another important aspect of the Symphonic band is to prepare high school students with the ability to incorporate music into their lives once they graduate, whether it be in pursuing instrumental music in college or any area of their lives after high school.
In its third year of existence, the Pep Band consists of 7th–12th grade students and brings energy and excitement through musical entertainment during our Varsity home football games.