The Wind Ensemble is the premier performing concert ensemble in the Pace Band program. The Wind Ensemble consistently earns Straight Superior ratings at both District and State Concert Music Performance Assessments. Consisting primarily of upperclassmen, members of this ensemble will study and perform a wide span of advanced concert literature that varies in genre, style, cultural background, and historical time period. Members of the Wind Ensemble are also required to complete performance based assignments that address advanced musical concepts and fundamentals such as scales (major and minor), etudes, and rhythmic studies. Students in this ensemble are also required to participate in the Santa Rosa All-County Band auditions each Fall, as well as the Florida District 1 Solo and Ensemble Contest each February. Brass players may be asked to acquire various mutes, as necessary for the musical selections, which may include a straight mute, cup mute, and/or harmon mute. Membership into Wind Ensemble is determined through an audition consisting of scales and sight-reading that is held the year prior. Instrumentation will be carefully balanced, and only a set number of students are accepted into this group each year. Prior year membership in the Wind Ensemble does not guarantee membership the following year. Students who wish to become and remain a member of this prestigious group should strongly consider taking private lessons on their primary instrument.
SCALE OCTAVE REQUIREMENTS
Wind Ensemble members are eligible to receive a Band 5 or Band 6 HONORS credit during their Junior and/or Senior year.
Requirements for admission into the Band HONORS program are listed below:
Band HONORS Curriculum Requirements
State Concert MPA - 2017