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    PERFORMING ENSEMBLES AT GROSSE POINTE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL

    WIND ENSEMBLE
    Wind Ensemble is the most advanced performing band at Grosse Pointe South High School; the group is comprised of advanced musicians, and students must audition to be a member of the group. The group consistently achieves first division ratings at MSBOA Band & Orchestra Festival. The majority of Wind Ensemble members participate at MSBOA Solo & Ensemble Festival (January/February at Rochester HS), and qualifying participants are eligible to attend State Solo & Ensemble (March at Chippewa Valley HS).

    SYMPHONY BAND
    Symphony Band is the second band at Grosse Pointe South High School; the group is comprised of intermediate to advanced musicians, and students must audition to be a member of the group. The group consistently achieves first division ratings at MSBOA Band & Orchestra Festival. Many Symphony Band members participate at MSBOA Solo & Ensemble Festival (January/February at Rochester HS), and qualifying participants are eligible to attend State Solo & Ensemble (March at Chippewa Valley HS).
     
    CONCERT BAND
    Concert Band is the third band at Grosse Pointe South High School; the group is comprised of intermediate musicians. Pre-requisite for membership in the ensemble is participation in middle school band or at the approval of the director. The group consistently achieves first division ratings at MSBOA Band & Orchestra Festival. Concert Band members are encouraged to participate at MSBOA Solo & Ensemble Festival (January/February at Rochester HS), and qualifying participants are eligible to attend State Solo & Ensemble (March at Chippewa Valley HS).

    All members of Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Concert Band perform at the following events:
    • Pops & Pastries
    • Band-O-Rama
    • Pre-Festival Concert
    • MSBOA Festival
    • Spring Concert
    • Commencement
     
    JAZZ BAND
    Jazz Band is an audition-only group. Jazz Band is an extension of the instrumental music program; members must be a current member of Symphony or Concert Band/Orchestra. Rehearsals take place twice a week outside the school day. The Jazz Band performs at the following events:
    • Pops & Pastries
    • Yule Be Boppin' Winter Jazz Concert
    • Band-O-Rama
    • Central Michigan University (CMU) Jazz Weekend
    • MSBOA State Jazz Festival
    • Spring Performance (location varies... i.e. Cliff Bell's, Cadieux Cafe, Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe)
    • Music on the Plaza
     
    MARCHING BAND
    The Blue Devil Marching Band is present at all home varsity football games and occasional away games and playoff games. Rehearsals take place once a week during football season, and all members attend a week-long band camp in the summer. In addition, the band marches in the Homecoming Parade and the Santa Parade (Friday after Thanksgiving).
     
    PEP BAND
    The Pep Band performs at select varsity basketball games. Rehearsals take place once a week during basketball season.
     
    CLARINET CHOIR / BRASS CHOIR / PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
    Members of these ensembles rehearse weekly prior to MSBOA Solo & Ensemble Festival.
     
    FULL ORCHESTRA
    Before certain concerts (Pops & Pastries, String Extravaganza, Spring Concert), the highest chair members of some sections (flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, french horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion) rehearse on Thursday nights with the Symphony Orchestra to perform full orchestra literature.