BAND & MUSIC PROGRAM
Music plays an important role at Northridge.
Our High School band is high quality, often mistaken as a professional outfit! And, most of the practice takes place during the school day Activity Period, so athletes are able to participate in the music program and their sports.
- Playing music develops cognitive skills (musical and non-musical).
- Playing in a group reinforces listening, collaboration, leadership, and other elements essential to teamwork in general.
- Interaction with music leads to a more deeply developed sense of beauty.
After School & Lunchtime Obligations For Participants
High School – Besides attending daily Activity / Elective period practice sessions, all High School band members are expected to attend a sectional rehearsal once a week during lunch. All practices are required for us to learn music for concerts, basketball games and other school events.
Middle School – In total, the Middle School Band meets four times a week. Full rehearsals are Tuesday / Thursday during Activity Period and Monday after lunch.
- Brass sectional: Wednesday after lunch
- Woodwind sectional: Friday after lunch
Band members may participate in other Clubs during Activity and after lunch on the days they do not have rehearsal. We highly recommend that Middle School band members attend a weekly lesson before or after school to continue improving their own playing and the overall sound of the band.
Middle School Band
High School Band
1. High School Band
Meets four days a week, open to 9th through 12th graders with two or more years of experience on flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, tuba and electric bass. Drummers must audition to become part of the percussion section and other instruments may be permitted based on ability and compatibility with the band. The high school band performs various styles of music before the Northridge community at the annual Christmas concert and spring concert and plays at various school functions, including all home varsity basketball games.
2. High School Jazz Band
A new group at Northridge, the jazz band is made up primarily of students from the high school band. It meets five days a week during the winter-spring semester and performs at the annual spring concert as well as our annual school fundraiser, the “Dinner at the Ridge”. Auditions are held for bass, guitar, piano and drums and students learn both jazz ensemble playing and the basics of jazz improvisation.
3. A Cappella Club
Meets twice a week before school, open to 9th through 12th graders who have prior singing or musical experience, or show natural ability. A Cappella performs at the Christmas and spring concerts as well as various school functions, including singing the national anthem at home basketball games.
4. Middle School Band
Meets three days a week during the club period, open to 6th through 8th graders with one or more years of experience on flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, or tuba. Percussionists must audition for Middle School Percussion. Other instruments may be permitted by teacher consent. Middle school band performs for the Northridge community at the annual Christmas concert and spring concert and participates in additional performances during school.
5. String Ensemble
Meets two days a week before school, open to students with two or more years of experience playing a string instrument – violin, cello, viola or bass. Students explore works from the classical repertoire, and depending on the size of the group may be combined with some band instruments. The string ensemble performs twice a year at our annual concerts and at other events such as our annual fundraising event.
6. Middle School Percussion
Open to students with at least two years of experience playing drums or piano or by teacher consent. The percussion group plays with the middle school band and performs on its own at concerts. It also includes preparation for the high school percussion section.
7. Sixth Grade Music (required; full year as a class period)
Students choose a band instrument which they either rent or purchase: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, baritone horn or trombone. Students meet for music two days a week and are expected to practice 15 minutes a day at home. Lessons include basic piano, note reading, rhythm reading and music history.