Band courses are one year in length and are grouped according to level (Beginning, Junior, Intermediate, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble). Students are placed in appropriate levels by the Band Director according to their experience and capabilities on their instrument. Evaluation is based on performance, participation in class, and playing tests. Students will receive credit for the grade in which they are enrolled. However, it is possible for a student to remain in one band class more than one year in order to maximize skill building opportunities. Most students provide their own instruments through purchase or rental from a music store. The school has some of the larger instruments available at a minimum rental. A method book may also be recommended for a specific class. All pertinent information regarding instruments will be distributed at the start of the year.
Beginning Band (MMU- -08BG8)
Beginning Band is a full-year course for Grade 8 students wishing to learn a band instrument. Students will be guided in choosing an instrument, and subsequently will acquire (purchase or rent) an instrument in order to build their skills. Students will learn basic instrumental techniques as well as music notation, vocabulary, and symbols. The goal of this class is to perform alongside the other bands in our School Music Concerts. Enrolment in Beginning Band is strongly recommended for any Grade 8 considering taking future band courses, but who has not had experience in elementary band.
Intermediate Concert Band 10 (MMCB-10INT)
This level is for students with 2 to 3 years of playing experience on a band instrument. Students will develop playing skills in small ensembles (duets, trios, quartets) as well as the concert band medium. Students will learn theory materials applicable to the performance pieces, including vocabulary, symbols, and rules of notation, transposition, and form. Performances are considered part of the course curriculum.
Senior Concert Bands
Symphonic Band 10 (MMCB-10SRB)
Symphonic Band 11 (MIMCB11SRB)
Symphonic Band 12 (MIMCB12SRB)
This level is for students who have three to four years (or more) of performance experience and instruction on a band instrument. This course provides an opportunity for moderately advanced ensemble and solo playing. This ensemble participates in annual touring to retreats and festivals. Performances are considered part of the course curriculum.
Junior Jazz Band 9/10
Junior Jazz Band 9 (MMU- -09JZB)
Junior Jazz Band 10 (MMJB-10JR)
This course is for Grade 9 or 10 students who are interested in the jazz and big band idiom. Students must have acquired basic playing technique on their instrument before entering this course. Students will learn the basics of the jazz medium including interpretation and improvisation. The student must be simultaneously enrolled in one of the band courses. Approval from the instructor is required.
Intermediate Jazz Band 10/11/12
Jazz Band 10 (MMJB-10)
Jazz Band 11 (MIMJB11)
Jazz Band 11 (MIMJB12)
This course is for senior students at an advanced performance level who are interested in the jazz and big band idiom. Students will learn improvisation and performance techniques in the jazz and big band idiom. Students will also learn about arranging in this medium and be provided opportunities to write and perform their own arrangements. Student must be simultaneously enrolled in the senior concert band. Approval from the instructor is required.
Wind Ensemble Bands
Wind Ensemble 10 (MMCB-10SRA)
Wind Ensemble 11 (MIMCB11SRA)
Wind Ensemble 12 (MIMCB12SRA)
This is the highest level of wind band at Eric Hamber and enrolment is by permission of the director only. It is designed for students with four to five (or more) years of experience on their instrument, and provides an opportunity for advanced ensemble and solo performance and high-level artistry. This ensemble tours annually throughout Canada and internationally. Performances are considered part of the course curriculum.