From the perspective of Trumpet/Flugelhorn soloist Alex Gifford, a member of the 2022 Drum Corps International World Champion, the Concord Blue Devils. This year the Blue Devils celebrated their 65th anniversary with their championship-winning production, “Tempus Blue”. The corps went undefeated the entire season, finishing with a score of 98.750 and winning caption awards for best brass, best visual performance, and best overall general effect.
A school band is a group of student musicians who rehearse and perform instrumental music together. A high school concert band is usually under the direction of one or more conductors (band directors). A school band consists of woodwind instruments, brass instruments and percussion instruments, although upper level bands may also have string basses or bass guitar. A high school marching band is a group of instrumental musicians who perform while marching, often for entertainment or competition. Instrumentation typically includes brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Most marching bands wear a uniform, often of a military-style, that includes an associated organization’s colors, name or symbol. Most high school marching bands, and some college marching bands, are accompanied by a color guard, a group of performers who add a visual interpretation to the music through the use of props, most often flags, rifles, and sabres.
High School Marching bands are generally categorized by function, size, age, instrumentation, marching style, and type of show they perform. In addition to traditional parade performances, many marching bands also perform field shows at sporting events and marching band competitions. Increasingly, marching bands perform indoor concerts that implement many songs, traditions, and flair from outside performances. In some cases, at higher level competitions, bands will be placed into classes based on school size. “Traditionally” speaking, the term general music has often been reserved for elementary music. However, there is an exciting shift occurring at the secondary level, more specifically in music classes offered at the high school level. In a response to a realization that music offerings in band, choir, or orchestra may not resonate with every student, teachers and schools are reaching out and expanding their musical offerings so that even more students can be involved in school music education. The title “Secondary General Music” usually encompass performance-based and non-performance-based classes alike. Performance-based classes might be guitar ensembles, world drumming ensembles, and rock bands. Non-performance-based classes usually include, but not limited to songwriting classes, music technology classes, and music theory classes.