2016 Marching Band (Main Page)
We are all excited about the upcoming year and events for the Trojan Pride. Read below so that you can stay up to date with information, payments, and deadlines.
General Dates for the fall are available on the Website Calendar. Specific times and locations are updated regularly.
Marching Contest Show
Initial permission for copyrights have now been secured. We are still in the process of finalizing all permissions, but we are excited to be able to share some information. After the process has been completed, more information will be revealed.
This year's show is based of the four suits from a deck of cards - Spades, Diamonds, Hearts, and Clubs. Each suit generally represents a thought, a feeling, or some type of emotion. The music includes four different works - one for each suit. The Engulfed Cathedral by Claude Debussy, Downey Overture by Oscar Navarro, Symphony No. 2, Op. 19 by Samuel Barber, and Sure On This Shining Night by Samuel Barber are the works utilized for this year's show. Click on each song to hear it in its entirty.
The use of props and/or tarps is still possible at this time. Will keep you posted. It's going to be an exciting year!
Bands Of America Marching Championships
Currently all information regarding the St. Louis BOA Super-Regional and BOA Grand Nationals are posted on an independent page.
Summer & Pre-Band Rehearsal Schedule
Brass and Woodwinds will meet once a week on designated weeks throughout the summer to keep students progressing on music, marching fundamentals, physical fitness, and body/dance work.
Battery and Front Ensemble will meet once a week on designated weeks throughout the summer. Camps for both groups are usually the week before pre-band.
Color guard practices are two or three days a week throughout the summer. See Color Guard pages for detailed information.
Pre-Band begins the last week of July on the 25th and continues until the beginning of school. Rehearsals are 8am-12pm and 5pm-9pm, Monday through Friday for the first two weeks, and then 5-9pm begining August 10th. A packet containing all detailed information will be given to students at registration. That information will be added to the website in late June.
Click HERE to download the Summer and Pre-Band Rehearsal Schedules.
Music Memory Tests
Music memory tests are over the contest music, full band warm-ups, the fight song, the star spangled banner, the alma mater, and the chinese national anthem. Memory tests for the warm-ups, fight song, banner, and alma mater will begin during pre-band rehearsals in late July. Specific days and times will be announced at the beginning of pre-band. Students need to make sure and have this material learned and memorized correctly for the first day of rehearsal. Music memory tests will continue throughout the semester on the show music used for contests and the parade music used near the holiday season.
Stand tunes are selected. This year's set includes Insects, Pretty Fly, Jungle Boogie, The Race, Good Golly Miss Molly, Talk To Me Dance With Me, and You Dropped A Bomb On Me. Also included in the flip folder are the standards - the Fight Song, National Anthem, Alma Mater, Hey Song, Hey Baby!, all the Go Big J Stuff, and the Chinese National Anthem. We are adding one new standard to the Flip Folder this year called Trojan! It will be added to the flip folder in one of the summer music rehearsals in June.
Post Marching Season
Once Grand Nationals are finished, the Trojan Pride will be transitioning into concert band season, honor band season, and preparing for the Holiday Concert.
Concert Band Auditions will take place in mid-October or the same week of NCDA Auditions. Auditions will be done via recording individual auditions both during school and after school. An audition schedule will be added in late September. Once marching season is over, rehearsals will begin at 7:20 instead of 6:50. We divide into three concert bands after results are posted and begin preparing for the Kiwanis Christmas Parade and Holiday Concerts.