Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, and Concert Winds
All wind classes are audition-based and are comprised of all high school band students.
The Wind Symphony meets 1st period under the direction of Mr. Keith Matthews, is the premier ensemble, and is composed of the top 45 to 50 musicians in the Bryant High School Band. Membership in Wind Symphony is competitive, and members are expected to strive for the highest level of individual excellence. Expectations for members include: studying with a private instructor; auditioning for the region and all-state bands; performing in solo and ensemble competitions; and performing in chamber ensembles. The Wind Symphony performs some of the most demanding literature in the wind band repertoire at the grade 5 level. Consequently, each member is expected to possess the technical and musical ability to handle those demands while contributing to the integrity of the ensemble. To maintain membership in the Wind Symphony, members must demonstrate proficiency by passing regular playing tests.
The Symphonic Winds meet 1st period under the direction of Mr. Jay Chipman and are composed of roughly 50–65 musicians in the Bryant High School Band. Membership in this ensemble is very similar to that of the Wind Symphony. It is equally competitive, and members are expected to strive to the highest level possible. Expectations are similar to those of the Wind Symphony, although private lessons are highly encouraged but not required. The Symphonic Winds will routinely perform grade 4 literature. To maintain membership in the Symphonic Winds, members must retain their level of proficiency by passing occasional playing tests.
The Concert Winds meet 3rd period under the direction of Mr. Matthews. The Concert Winds are generally made up of about 55–70 Bryant High School students and are somewhat competitive, like the other ensembles. This class will generally play 3 level of repertoire. Playing exams are given every so often to push students to perform at a higher caliber throughout the year. The goal of the concert winds class is to advance to the Symphonic Winds or Wind Symphony within a year.
The Campus Winds class meets 5th period under the direction of Mr. Matthews. The Campus Winds is routinely made up of around 60-75 band students. Campus Winds is fairly new to our program. This class will typically house students that are grade level behind and need extra fundamental growth to advance to the next band. Students are not required to audition for all-region but are highly encouraged to take private lessons to hone their craft. Similar to concert winds, the goal here is to advance to concert winds or symphonic winds by semester or the end of the year.
The Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, and Concert Winds perform many concerts throughout the year, starting with the annual Christmas Concert. In the spring, the bands perform at the Region Concert Assessment, where they have consistently earned superior ratings. A spring concert concludes the school year in May.
All students are expected to be in the high school marching band that performs at all home games throughout the fall season.
* High School Percussion has their own class 6th period and will meet with the winds during advisory or after school to prepare for concerts.