The opportunities in the Instrumental Music Department include large and small groups, audition experiences, spring tours and performances in the school’s auditorium and in the community.
Students are invited to audition for the Heights High Symphony, Symphonic Winds Band, or Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble.
The non-audition groups (courses) include Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band – these groups are open to all students.
All students who are enrolled in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Symphonic Winds are required to participate in Marching Band, including band camp the week before school begins.
Percussionists participate in band camp and drum camp the week before regular band camp.
Other music courses include: Guitar, African American Music, Jazz, AP and Basic Music Theory.
Students also perform in ensemble groups, these smaller groups are coached by a trained music teacher and perform at school concerts and events in the community.
All seniors are invited to audition to perform as a soloist with the band or orchestra at one of the three school concerts.
The Symphonic Winds and Heights High Symphony, travel for an annual spring tour where the groups perform at different venues and participate in workshops and tours at a college or university.
Jazz plays at Casa Loma in Toronto, Ontario, March 2015.
Instrumental Music Staff
Read more about the Directors below:
Brett Baker, Benjamin Ammon, and Daniel Heim
Contact Information for the Directors:
Instrumental Department Assistant:
The Band and Orchestra Parents Organization, BOPO, provides support for the students and the program.
All of the courses are described in the music section of the Program Planning Guide.
Concert Program booklet is produced for the three concerts and includes photographs and repertoire of each group, senior solo photos and bios, department history and concert schedule.