Junior High Band

The junior High band includes 7th and 8th graders who have completed 5th and 6th grade band.  Junior High Band meets from 8:05-8:51am in the Hamilton High School band room on a daily basis.  The Junior High band uses “14 weeks to a Better Band” and “Bach and Before” as curriculum along with other varies pieces of sheet music.  These books are provided to the students as practice packets along with the pieces of music.


In the Junior High band, a set amount of practice time is not recommended, but it is beneficial for students to set aside daily time for practicing.  Students are asked to independently gauge how much time they need to improve.  This year, students are asked to play individually for assessments and chair placement.  One student may need only 15 minutes of practice time to have a successful assessment, while another may need 1 hour and 15 minutes.  What is important is the student being able to play the part and being mature enough to understand their own abilities.  To help with this, students are given a “Event Preparation Timeline” to help organize their time and show what they need to prepare for.  It could be a challenge or it could be used to an IESA event.

Chair Placement

After hearing an initial assessment, a student will be given a specific spot to sit within their section based on how well they played.  Assessments are given once a quarter, and if a student is not satisfied where they sit, they are encouraged to offer a challenge to the student sitting above them.


Two students are given the same exercise to work on for one week.  The director will then ask both students to play one at a time, and objectively evaluate thier performance.  The student who performs best will earn the higher chair placement


The Junior High Band performs at 2 concerts a year with High School band.  Students are asked to wear black pants, or skirts on the bottom with black dress shoes, and a plain white button down shirt.  This is known as “concert dress.”


The Junior High Band performs in the West Hancock homecoming parade.  Students are asked to wear a black pair of gym shorts, sneakers with white socks and their band tee shirt.  Each year the band tee shirt order forms are handed out at school.

IESA events  

Once reaching the Junior High band, students will take part in organized music festivals for the first time.

  •  IESA Solo and Ensemble  All students will be asked to learn a solo, or a part in an ensemble (duet, trio, ect.) but only students who wish to will perform at the IESA Solo and Ensemble event.  This usually takes place at the end of March at a different school every year.  We will all go together on a school bus to the host school where students will go to their individual performances.  Parents are encouraged to attend, although any recording is forbidden.  If a student chooses to perform at this event, they will be asked to wear very nice clothes (a nice dress or shirt and tie)
  • IESA Organization Unlike Solo and Ensemble all students are required to attend.  This event is hosted by a different school each year and usually takes place in the end of April. The Junior High Band will wear concert dress.  Students are bused to the host school and perform together as a band in front of three judges. These judges then leave comments, written and a verbal recording, and score sheets.  This event is our main focus for the entire year.  Those comments and scores will be used not only to gauge what we have learned, but also be used to improve our band

High School Graduation  

The 8th graders only are asked to perform with the High School Band during high school graduation.  The band plays atmospheric music 20 minutes before the ceremony and processional for the graduates.  The band also plays a recessional as the graduates leave.  Students are asked to wear nice clothes (dress or shirt and tie).


At the end of a student’s Junior High Band experience, they will be able to:

  1.  Play concert Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, C, F, G major and a Chromatic scale.
  2. Have played through, and refined 12 pieces of music from a wide variety of cultures.
  3. Be able to perform a contest approved solo. The solo is performed at an IESA event at the student’s discretion.
  4. Perform at 2 adjudicated, state organized events.
  5. Know advanced music concepts and terms, such as enharmonic notes, non temperament intonation, standard intonation, transposing instruments, ect.
  6. Understand  and perform music with time signatures such as 6/8 or 2/2
  7. Be able to begin discussing music with artisanal terms, such as melodic, rough, or sonorous.