Band & Strings

Welcome to the Band & String Web Page
Music is a Co-Curricular Activity at MSHS. Since band classes also involve events that occur outside of the classroom, students are held accountable to the Manitou Springs High School Extra-Curricular Eligibility Policy.
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Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band is a great musical experience for HS students who are instrumentalist. Most of the school year is spent studying and rehearsing music in this ensemble. We will also work on core musical concepts like sight reading, composition, theory, pitch and rhythm through rich curriculum. The study of high quality musical literature will introduce skills and concepts that will be invaluable to students in middle school, high school and beyond. Students will perform for home concerts, home football and basketball games, contests, state festivals, national festivals and assemblies. Opportunities also exist for playing in chamber groups formed by the director.

Jazz Band
The primary purpose of the Jazz Band is to study and perform jazz/rock/pop style music. Basic and intermediate music theory concepts and improvisation are necessary skills to be explored in this ensemble. Students are encouraged to transcribe solos, study improvisation and chord structures, or even write original material for the Jazz Band. Listening skills and studying music and composers is also a part of this class. Students will perform at concerts, Night of the Arts, basketball games and other community-based events upon request at the availability of students.

Coming soon!

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Disney Land
We are excited to announce that Mr. Tramel and Mr. Weimer are taking the band and orchestra students to Anaheim California this school year! Here are some of the highlights of our trip:

Instrumental music clinic with a guest conductor
Recording music for film in a film scoring session
Listening to the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Performing a concert in Disney
Riding rides, building relationships and having a blast!

This trip is life changing, and will be a tremendous opportunity for the students who go. However, we cannot get there without your help! If you sponsor one of the students on this page, you will be helping that student get this experience of a lifetime! We hope you will support us in this ambitious and life changing endeavor.

Thank you,

Mr. Tramel, Mr. Weimer, and the Manitou Springs Band and Orchestra

Donations can be made online
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