The Junior High Concert band is made up of all seventh- and eighth-grade band members and continues the progress made in fifth grade and sixth grade. Just as in sixth grade band, the first quarter of the year focuses on establishing routines, developing tone quality and range, and working on technique. We move away from the lesson books during full band because of varying abilities at this level, and instead focus on rhythm, music theory, tuning, and balance within an ensemble. This ensemble plays pieces of varying degrees of technical and musical difficulty, ranging from Grades 1.5 to 3. Band members have 3 formal performances during the school year, participate in our school’s Elementary and Junior High Solo and Ensemble Festival.