Ensembles at Tortolita
7th & 8th Grade Bands
The 7th and 8th grade bands will be combined and split into 2 class periods with close to equal instrumentation. The bands will combine for one large ensemble with the jazz band for our concerts. With the bands combined we’ll have around 50 members performing! This will create great leadership opportunities for the 8th graders and a chance for the 7th graders to push themselves.
We will have several performances throughout the year including: pep assemblies, winter and spring concerts, we’ll have a combined concert with the 6th grade students from our feeder schools, a football game and two other events with the Mountain View band, we’ll also perform at our first adjudicated festival at the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association festival and a performance tour to all the elementary schools. As you can see our students will have lots of opportunities to show what they have learned!
The Jazz band is available to 8th grade band members and select 7th grade members. The first semester focuses on learning jazz style, articulations and improvisation. The 2nd semester is more performance oriented. Along with our winter and spring concerts, we will be performing with the area 6th graders and going to the ABODA Jazz festival held the University of Arizona. This ensemble will also join forces with the rest of the concert band for concerts so they will be learning both concert band and jazz band techniques! There are no auditions for Jazz Band. Everyone is welcome to experience this great outlet for musical expression..
Southern Arizona Honor Band
This Honor Band consists of top students from all of Tucson and the surrounding area. There is a 7th grade and an 8th grade band. Each year I get to select students from both bands to perform in this group. We are guaranteed 2 players, but some years we get in more based on instrumentation needs of the ensemble.
Outreach Band at University of Arizona
This ensemble comprises some of the top 6th-9th grade musicians in the Tucson area. Rehearsals are held in the University Band room (170) and performances are in Crowder Hall. Students must register for an audition at the University of Arizona Outreach Honor Band website. Students will also find audition materials on the outreachband website. Auditions are held in early September and early January. If your student needs help with the audition, please let me know. I’d love to help.