Concert Band (Band Level 2)/Wind Ensemble (Band Level 3)
Concert Band and
Wind Ensemble are classes that meet during the school day in the fall and
spring semesters. Each performs for school
concerts, competitions, and graduation.
dress code for performances for both groups is black and white dress clothes.
Shoes should be black dress shoes with dark socks.
Band is open to all students who play a musical instrument. Wind Ensemble
requires an audition. Middle school directors will be contacted with
information concerning these auditions; however, if you are unsure about the
audition times and places or have any questions, please contact the Beau Bryson (firstname.lastname@example.org). The
audition consists of playing major and minor scales, sight-reading, and
performing a piece of the student's choice that showcases their talents.
students interested in Concert Band or Wind Ensemble should enroll in Concert
Band. Students will be placed into the correct ensemble once auditions have
are always needed to chaperone for competitions and trips, to help with the
music library, and to assist at concerts.
Wind Ensemble and Concert Band perform in September for our Music
Showcase; in December and May for concerts; in April for contests; and in the spring for
graduation. As the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band are performing
ensembles, missing any of these performances will result in the lowering of a
Everyone who wants to make music with an orchestral instrument is welcomed in the Boulder High Orchestras.
Orchestra (N81) is for everyone interested in making music with a violin,
viola, 'cello or bass. We play string and full orchestra repertoire. Harpists
and pianists are welcomed, as well (see Dr. Mason for details). NO AUDITION.
Orchestra (N86) is one of two advanced orchestras at Boulder High School.
This group focuses on chamber music and stringed orchestra repertoire from the
past four centuries. Full Orchestra Repertoire is also included in our
curriculum. Harpists and pianists are welcomed, as well (see Dr. Mason for
details). Audition required.
3 (N83) is Boulder High School's other advanced-level orchestra. This
group plays String and Full Orchestra Repertoire from the past four centuries.
Chamber Music is available. Harpists and pianists are welcomed, as well (see
Dr. Mason for details). Audition required.
Orchestra is a unique and exciting aspect of our Boulder High Music
Department. Full Orchestra takes place during orchestra class time. We combine
with the bands on a weekly basis, at minimum. Woodwind, brass, and percussion
players wishing to participate in Full Orchestra should register for Concert
Band or Wind Ensemble.
About Dr. Mason
Jazz Unlimited (Jazz Band 1)/Landmark Jazz (Jazz Band 2)/Boulder Jazz (Jazz Band 3)
There are three jazz
bands offered at Boulder High School: Boulder Jazz, Landmark Jazz, and Jazz
Unlimited. All bands require an audition. Middle school directors will be
contacted with information concerning these auditions; however, if you are
unsure about the audition times and places or have any questions, please
contact Beau Bryson (email@example.com). There are also opportunities to perform in Jazz Combos.
These are often formed by students and rehearse at times determined by the
students, with the help of the director.
Unlimited members learn various musical styles and the basics of improvisation,
as well as basic music theory.
Jazz members play a wide variety of music and continue their study of jazz
through improvisation, music theory, and so forth.
Jazz members play a wide variety of music, from swing to funk. The group often
performs at various community events and competitions. Its members are among
Boulder High's most skilled musicians.
jazz groups perform at school concerts and compete in or attend several
festivals during the year. The director and the students usually determine
these festivals. They are announced as soon as possible.
interested in any of the jazz bands should enroll in Jazz Unlimited. Students
will be placed into the correct ensemble once auditions have been finalized.
are always needed to chaperone for competitions and trips, and to help with
Choir is a course designed to promote academic achievement through music expression, creation, theory, and aesthetic valuation. Students in choir will study a wide variety of choral music while developing vocal technique. A variety of travel and performance opportunities will be provided throughout the school year including a fall choir retreat, multiple school concerts, traveling tours, and music festivals.
N60 CONCERT CHOIR
Course Length: 2 semesters, 10 credits
Concert choir is a year-long course that explores choral music from a wide variety of cultures and time periods through study and performance. Concert Choir emphasizes the basics of vocal technique, sight-reading, music theory, and music history. Culminating performances are a meaningful and mandatory component of this class. Students in Concert Choir are expected to participate in two evening concerts each semester as a major part of their grade.
N62 SELECT WOMEN'S CHOIR (Aria)
Course Length: 2 semesters, 10 credits
Aria is a year-long course offered to treble voiced students as a progression in the choral sequence. The student receives a deeper exploration of vocal technique, music theory, and music history through the study of a wide variety of choral music written for treble voices. Culminating performances are a meaningful and mandatory component of this class. Students in Treble Choir are expected to participate in two evening concerts each semester as a major part of their grade as well as out of school performances that may arise.
N64 SELECT MIXED CHOIR (High Altitude)
Course Length: 2 Semesters, 10 credits
High Altitude a year-long, upper-level performance ensemble offered to experienced music students who are accomplished in vocal performance. Students will continue to develop vocal technique and musicianship as well as develop performance skills and critical thinking skills through the analysis of musical elements, including form and text. Students in this ensemble are expected to participate in multiple evening concerts and out of school performances as a major part of their grade.
Football Pep Band/Beach Band/Basketball Pep Band
2001 the students, parents, instrumental music faculty and administration at
Boulder High School decided to make a change from the more traditional marching
band to one that reflects our school community. This band will focus on music
performance and will no longer march for half-time shows. It will still provide
music and half-time performances for football games and perform in Boulder
Football Pep Band's season extends from mid-August to the end of October or
early November. Following the main season, we perform in a couple of parades
and may go on a major trip in the spring. Prior to school starting in late
August we hold a band camp.
Football Pep Band includes the instrumentalists and the Color Guard. Any
Boulder High student who plays a musical instrument, whether enrolled in an
instrumental music class or not, is encouraged to be in the The Football Pep
Band. Color Guard membership is open to any BHS student - prior experience is
school begins in the fall, members usually rehearse twice a week. Each
rehearsal begins at 3:15 P.M. and usually ends by 5:00 P.M. Practices will
rarely run late, but the possibility always exists. Carpools are available if
your student needs help getting to and from rehearsals. Practices will take
place in the band room at BHS. Additional rehearsals may be called for special
occasions or if deemed necessary by the members or the director.
Camp is held yearly. During Band Camp students will rehearse music, work on
show ideas and have a lot of fun. Scholarships and financial aid are available.
rehearsals may be held if necessary. Each instrumental section has its own
section leader who is responsible for his or her section's performance and
Football Pep Band will not wear a prescribed uniform. Each member will receive
a special band shirt, but the director and The Football Pep Band will decide
what the group will wear for each individual performance. The Color Guard will
wear specific outfits depending upon what the Color Guard is doing. They have a
warm up outfit and show outfit. Color Guard participants will be contacted in
August about uniform details and needs. No student will be denied the
opportunity to participate in the Football Pep Band because of difficulties
with paying fees.
BHS Football Pep Band Boulder and Color Guard perform at all home football
games, rallies, Boulder parades and Music Showcase. The members of The Football
Pep Band will decide upon additional performances. All home football games are
played at Recht Field. Most games are on Friday nights, however there may be
one or two Thursday games each year. The Football Pep Band plays in the stands
for the first half of the game and at half time will put on a unique and
spectacular show for the fans. During the third quarter of the game, the
Football Pep Band gets a break and the Beach Band (see below) goes onto the
side of the field to perform. During the fourth quarter, the whole band again
convenes to play. Parents are highly encouraged to come and cheer on the team
and instrumental music. Many band members get together after games to socialize
and grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants.
Basketball Pep Band is limited to 25 students and plays for all boys and girls
home varsity basketball games. Membership is open to all students at Boulder
High and requires an audition and director approval.
basketball season begins in November or early December and ends sometime in
February, depending upon playoffs. There are usually 2 or 3 games per week,
school nights and weekends. While there is no specific uniform, students
usually wear clothing that displays school spirit.
Careers in Music
Colorado All State Band
Colorado All State Orchestra
Colorado All State Choir
Western States Honor Orchestra
Instrumental Music Parents Association (IMPA)
Boulder Arts Focus Pathway
Boulder High School is proud to offer the Boulder Arts Focus Pathway (BAFP). This is an exciting program for students who have a passion for the visual and performing arts to earn an endorsement on their diploma for completing courses in the arts, mentoring with local artists, and making art an integral part of their lives. Colleges, universities, and employers will recognize the creative problem solving, innovative ideas, and collaboration of this select group of emerging student visual and performing artists.
Mission: The mission of the Boulder High School Arts Focus Pathway (BAFP) is to provide a comprehensive education in the visual arts and performing arts, which will enable students to succeed in the diverse global societies of the 21st century.
Rationale: Boulder High School firmly believes that the visual arts and performing arts strengthen cognitive and emotional development as students learn to be creative, collaborative, critical thinkers who are globally aware, as well as lifelong advocates for the arts with sophisticated senses of visual literacy. BAFP students acquire a strong appreciation of art and skills to decipher, evaluate, and comprehend meaning in our contemporary world. Visual and performing arts graduates will leave BAFP with a strong portfolio and will be prepared for a career in the visual and/or performing arts. Gifted and talented visual and performing artists will be challenged to develop to their highest potential during their high school years. Current technologies will be utilized to create art. We seek to graduate visual and performing art students in the 21st century who have the knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics that will make this world a safer, more thoughtful, and more inclusive place in which to live. Not only the Boulder Arts Focus Pathway students, but also all BHS students will benefit from the increased opportunities of the BAFP.
The overarching goal for the BAFP is to increase the quantity and the quality of learning experiences that enable all students to meet and exceed high standards of achievement by creating, performing, and responding to the arts in the school culture, courses, and extracurricular opportunities. In the process of achieving this broad goal, the subgoals are to
- Provide students with an opportunity to expand and focus their arts education in order to achieve more learning.
- Increase the quality and expertise of course offerings in the visual and performing arts with assistance from counseling, arts teachers, school recruiters, and community businesses.
- Increase community involvement opportunities for art students to “apprentice” with local visual and performing artists.
- Create partnerships among BHS students and staff, arts and cultural organizations, higher education, and other agencies in order to advance our visual arts education program.
- Increase professional development opportunities for arts instructors.
- Increase visual and performing arts opportunities at the local, state, and national levels appropriate for each student’s optimal development in the arts.
Students graduate with a Boulder Arts Focus endorsement on their diploma at several levels. (Students have approximately 70 discretionary credits available during their 4 years at BHS.)
- Arts Novice Focus = 20-30 credits
- Arts Apprentice Focus = 35-50 credits
- Arts Master Focus = 55+ credits
- Renaissance Focus = crossover courses in three or more distinct areas. Minimum: Novice/20 credits to attain Renaissance Focus
Outside of School Opportunities
Students will take part in visual and performing arts opportunities outside of the school day, thereby embedding the arts in their everyday lives. This will be done by completing a minimum number of hours attending arts events, taking lessons, participating in performances, or apprenticing in the arts community with a professional organization or individual artist. Each BAFP student will meet a minimum number of hours, which are as follows:
- Freshman = 5+ hours per semester
- Sophomore = 10+ hours per semester
- Junior = 15+ hours per semester
- Senior = 20+ hours per semester
We encourage upperclassmen to mentor with an artist/arts organization in the community in a career they are interested in. BAFP will match students with an opportunity. Parents will be required to meet with the volunteer, approve the mentorship, and supervise the “apprenticeship.” A teacher and the BAFP coordinator will assist in this opportunity.
Students may apply in any semester.
- Counselors and teachers provide guidance toward courses and timelines to fit in basic requirements and arts credits for graduation. Catalog flow charts, handouts, and personal meetings will be utilized toward this end.
- Students will be able to personalize their arts experience by choosing courses to fit needs and interests.
- Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in BAFP and 2.5 GPA at BHS. If the GPA falls below the minimum, students, parents, counselors, an art teacher, and an administrator will meet to develop a plan for the student. If after a semester of probation, the student fails to improve the overall GPA, a second meeting will be established to assess and possibly remove the student from BAFP, if necessary, each on a case-by-case basis. A school administrator will be in charge of identifying and setting up meetings.