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Band Classes & Activities

Music is such a vital element in the development of each and every child. We are more aware now than ever before of how essential music is to the complete education of a child. Students in band develop a wealth of personal character traits that will help them succeed in life. It is our desire that the Center Grove Band help to shape and enrich the life of your son/daughter. We are looking forward to working with you and your child in many of the band’s activities in the years to come.

Curricular Band Classes

Symphonic Band

Intermediate level classes designed to give more individualized attention to students. The daily work and music selected will be used to advance the technique and musicality of the students to a higher level. The literature is moderate in nature and is selected to enhance the knowledge of styles and periods of music.

Wind Symphony

A select group, based on audition and past performance. Wind Symphony is designed to challenge the advanced musician and expose them to literature above the average high school musician’s ability.

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is the top ensemble at Center Grove High School. Members are selected based on past performance and instrumentation needs. It is intended for those students with a serious interest in developing their abilities on their instrument and the study and performance of college level music. Some evening rehearsals occur in March and April as we prepare for ISSMA State Qualification. It is highly recommended that students study privately on their instrument.

Color Guard (Dance Performance)

During the school day, color guard participants take a Dance Performance class. Learning color guard choreography, equipment, and dance techniques to enhance their fall Marching Band and Winter Guard Shows. This is a two semester class. Audition and acceptance in the fall marching band color guard is required for 1st semester and winter guard for 2nd semester.

Co-Curricular Activities

Participation in a CGHS Band Class is required for: Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble, Indoor Percussion, and Color Guard Participation.

Marching Band & Color Guard (May thru November)

The Marching Band is a volunteer ensemble of students from the high school instrumental band and color guard classes.  The rehearsal schedule begins in late May and goes through mid-November. This ensemble performs at football games and Saturday competitions. It is recommended that family vacations for marching band members be planned for mid June to mid July. All band students must be in attendance for all rehearsals from band camp through the completion of marching season. *Special consideration for interested and qualified 8th graders may be made by directors.

Center Grove Color Guard is a performance group that accompanies the marching band by being the “visual music”.  Spinning flags, rifles, sabers, and dancing to interpret the music.  Tryouts for Color Guard are held at the end of April and are open to ALL incoming freshmen through seniors. (Audition and participation in the CGHS Dance Performance Class for 1st semester is required.) *Special consideration for interested and qualified 8th graders may be made by directors.

Pep Band

The Center Grove Pep Band is voluntary and consists of approximately 75 students that play at girls and boys basketball games. The pep band is a great way to meet new people, play fun music, and experience basketball games with your friends. Other perks include a t-shirt, free drink at every game, reduced concession prices, and 3rd quarter off to socialize.

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble is composed of students who desire to express different styles of jazz music. Several performances are given during February to March, which include festivals, community performances, and concerts. This group will meet after school two days a week from January thru March with performances on weekends. No prior jazz experience is required and all instruments are included! *Special consideration for interested orchestra students may be made by directors.

Indoor Percussion

Indoor Percussion is designed to offer the percussion students another venue in which to perform. Students are challenged to execute advanced techniques and skills that are required elements of the activity. Students may be auditioned depending on the number of students interested in performing and the needs of the program. Rehearsals are after school beginning in December. Contests begin in February and end in mid-April. *Special consideration for interested and qualified 8th graders may be made by directors.

Winter Guard – World Guard (December thru April)

The Center Grove World Guard is a competitive ensemble that participates in our local circuit, Indiana High School Color Guard Association (IHSCGA), and the national circuit, Winter Guard International (WGI).  This activity is more demanding than the fall program as performers are the main focus.  They perform in gymnasiums and arenas to recorded soundtracks.  Members continue to grow their technique as well as develop more complex dancing and spinning skills. (Audition and participation in the CGHS Dance Performance Class for 2nd semester is required for all high school members.) *Special consideration for interested and qualified 8th graders may be made by directors.

Extra-Curricular Activity

CGCGtoo – JV Color Guard

CGCGtoo is an extension of the Center Grove Color Guard program and is primarily made up of middle school students from both Central and North.  The fall season runs from mid August through the beginning of October where students will learn the basic skills of Color Guard.  The winter season of CGCGtoo runs from the end of October through March with competitions throughout Indiana in the IHSCGA circuit.  These competitions allow performers to grown and enhance their skills preparing them for the high school color guard programs.