HSCS BAND

Developing confident, motivated, self-disciplined learners who will contribute to 
the improvement of self, family and nation.

 

 

 

 

OVERALL     BEGINNING BAND     CONCERT BAND     SYMPHONIC BAND     HISTORY

Overall
The Middle Grades Music Department at High Springs Community School, under the direction of Mr. Montauk, is comprised of three full-time band classes: Beginning Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band with an additional after-school Jazz Band or Chorus. To further their musicianship, S-A-M-P-I-L-S, is infused throughout the curriculum. 
 

Sonority: Balance, Blend, Characteristic Tone Quality
Articulation: Beginnings of Notes, Releases of Notes, Stylistic Articulation
Musicianship: Dynamic Contrast, Range of Expression, Style, Phrasing, Interpretation
Personal Practice: Rhythmic Interpretation, Note Accuracy, Sticking
Intonation: Melodic Intonation, Harmonic Intonation, Tuning of Drum Heads/ Instruments
Literacy
Sight-Reading
 

Beginning Band

Beginning Band is comprised of 6th through 8th graders that have little to no experience playing a band instrument that meets everyday for the whole year.  During this time, they are given an opportunity to explore different instruments and then ultimately decided on one.  Over the year, the band, will focus on various skills that will include the development of fundamental skills related to posture, breathing, embouchure, fingerings, counting, music reading, and overall tone production to truly understand and appreciate the foundation of music as well as the aesthetics.  Beginning band members will perform in at least two formal concerts and may be invited to perform at other events throughout the year.

Concert Band
Concert Band, founded in 2007 with the name of the "Mighty 13",  is comprised of 7th and 8th graders that meet everyday for the full year. The band will play a variety of music from classical to popular literature and will have many performances throughout the year.  Emphasis is placed on the study of harmony, scales, rhythms, posture, breathing, embouchure, counting, music reading, and overall tone production.  Concert Band members will have the opportunity to perform at SFHS' Middle School Night, as well as all concerts and possibly the Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Evaluation.  *After school rehearsals will be required at times.
Symphonic band
The Symphonic Band is comprised of auditioned 6th, 7th and 8th grade students that meet everyday for the entire year.  The Symphonic band, like the Concert Band, will perform various music ranging from classical to popular literature and will have many performances.  Emphasis is placed on the study of harmony, scales, rhythms, posture, breathing, embouchure, counting, music reading, and overall tone production. Symphonic Band members will perform at SFHS' Middle School Night, as well as all concerts and attend the Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Evaluation. *After school rehearsals will be required at times. All students are highly encouraged to participate / audition for All-State and All-County honor bands and Solo and Ensemble.
Band History

2014 - 2015


2013 - 2014

August 

Three Bands; Beginning, Concert, Symphonic

Current enrollment 115 full-time students

  Three 8th grade players are members of the SFHS Raider Regiment; Trumpet, Percussion and Color Guard.

September 

Middle School Night

November

Veteran's Day performance

December 

Winter Concert @ SFHS

Alachua Winter Parade, High Springs Winter Parade (HS Cancelled due to weather).  All bands performed.

January

Julia, flute, selected for All-State Honor Band in Tampa

Emily, tenor sax, selected for All-County Honor Band

February

All students that participated at Solo and Ensemble MPA medaled (Superior or Excellent rating earned)

March

MPA at Bell HS 

SB, Overall Good; G-G-G-E (in sight-reading)= Overall Good

CB, Overall Good; G-G-G-G (in sight-reading)= Overall Good

Josh and Katie earn an Excellent Rating for Student Conductor 

May

Spring Concert 

5th grade performance

Music in the Park performance (make-up from December)


2012 - 2013

August

Concert Band is reinstated; Three Bands again.

Current enrollment 105

Four members selected as SFRR members as 8th graders

September

Middle School Night at SFHS

November

Veteran's Day performance

December

Music in the Park

Winter Concert

January

Student selected for the All-State Honor Band

Emily, percussion, selected for the All-County Honor Band

February

All students earned either a Superior or Excellent rating at Solo and Ensemble

PreMPA

March

MPA

SB, Overall Good (G-G-G-G)

CB, Overall Good (G-G-G-E)

April

5th grade performances

May

Spring Concert

2011 - 2012

8/11 - A second Beginning Band is created, lost Concert Band

8/11 - Current enrollment 97 full-time students

8/11 - Four 8th grade Symphonic Band players are members of the SFHS Raider Regiment; Two Color Guard and Two flutes.

8/11 - Band names created; Band-Aids (SB), Hawk-Eyes (BB4), MonHawks (BB6)

9/11 - Middle School Night

10/11 - Field Trip (1) to listen to Anda Union

11/11 - Field Trip (2) to Florida Marching Band Coalition Finals in St. Pete to support Alachua County Marching Bands

11/11 - Veteran's Day performance (SB only)

12/11 - Winter Concert @ SFHS

12/11 - High Springs Winter Parade.  All bands performed.

2/12 - All students that participated at Solo and Ensemble MPA medaled (Superior or Excellent rating earned)

2/12 - Pre-MPA @ SFHS

3/12 - MPA at Bell HS (Overall Good; G-G-G-E (in sight-reading)= Overall Good)

3/12 - Hailey earns an Excellent Rating for Student Conductor 

3/12 - Field Trip (3) to support Symphonic Band at MPA

5/3 - 5th grade performance

5/4 - Educational Fair performances

5/21 - Band Assembly  

5/21 - Spring Concert / Banquet 

 

2010 - 2011

8/10 - Symphonic Band is created (again) due to the growth of the HSCS Band Program.

8/10 - Current enrollment 72 full-time students. (BB 25, CB 21, SB 26)

8/10 - Two 8th grade Symphonic Band players are members of the Santa Fe High School Raider Regiment.

8/10 - Band Names created; "B.G.'s" Beginning Band, "HSCS Jammers" Concert Band, "The Band" Symphonic Band.

8/10 - Jazz Band created again.

8/10 - Two 8th grade Symphonic Band players are members of the Santa Fe High School Raider Regiment.

9/10 - Hawks Band Picnic

09/10 - Concert and Symphonic Bands along with Mebane Middle School and Santa Fe High School performed during Middle School Night at Santa Fe High School

10/10 - W. Thomas, 8th grade trombone, selected for the 2011 All-State Middle School Honor Band.

11/10 - SB performs at the HSCS Veteran's Day performance.

12/10 - All bands performed at the Winter Concert with Santa Fe Symphonic Band.

12/10 - B.G.'s Beginning Band performs with the Santa Fe High School Seniors for Beethoven's Ninth.

1/11 - HSCS Jammers  and The Band are merging for M.P.A. and will be known as Jammers Band Symphonic Winds.

1/11 - W. Thomas selected for the Alachua County Middle School Honor Band.

2/11 - Solo and Ensemble results, 12 Superior, 7 Excellent, 2 Good medals were earned.

3/10 - W. Thomas is selected for the 2011 MPA Student Conductor. 

3/10 - Jammers Band receive an Excellent rating at MPA.

3/10 - W. Thomas receives a Superior rating for his student conducting.

4/10 - Jammers Band and B.G.'s Bands perform at Educational Fair.

5/10 - All bands perform for the school.

5/10 - Springs Concert

6/10 - 8th graders perform at graduation 

 

2009 - 2010

8/09 - Symphonic Band is created (again) due to the growth of the HSCS Band Program.

8/09 - Current enrollment 97 full-time students. (BB 35, CB 26, SB 36)

8/09 - Four 8th grade Symphonic Band players are members of the Santa Fe High School Raider Regiment.

9/09 - Hawks Band Picnic was a great success again. 

9/09 - Band Names created; "Flat-Soda" Beginning Band, "Starbursts" Concert Band, "Tropical Skittles" Symphonic Band.

09/08 - Concert and Symphonic Bands along with Mebane Middle School and Santa Fe High School performed during Middle School Night at Santa Fe High School

10/09 - Flat Soda performs during the Fall Festival.

10/09 - C. Dyer, 8th grade clarinet, selected for the 2010 All-State Middle School Honor Band.

11/09 - C. Dyer (clarinet) and D. Hendry (7th grade percussionist)  selected to perform with the Santa Fe High School Indoor Percussion.

12/09 - All bands performed at the Winter Concert.

12/09 - Flat-Soda Beginning Band performs with the Santa Fe High School Seniors for Beethoven's 9th.

12/09 - Tropical Skittles Symphonic Band performs for the HSCS 5th grades.

1/10 - Tropical Skittles and Starbursts are merging for M.P.A. and will be known as Tropical Starbursts Symphonic Winds.

1/10 - C. Dyer, S. Perrine, W. Thomas selected for the Alachua County Middle School Honor Band.

2/10 - Flat Soda performs for the Kindergartners during Jump Rope for Heart.

2/10 - Solo and Ensemble results: J. Jenkins, W. Thomas, M. Olsen, C. Hindman, R. Gil de Gibaja all received a Superior rating and C. Dyer and D. Henrdy received an Excellent rating.

3/10 - C. Dyer is selected for the 2010 MPA Student Conductor. 

3/10 - Tropical Starbursts receive an Excellent rating at MPA.

3/10 - C. Dyer receives a Superior rating for his student conducting.

4/10 - Bands perform at Educational Fair.

4/10 - Jazz Band created; Name TBA

4/10 - Flat-Soda performs for the 5th graders.

5/10 - All bands perform for the school.

5/10 - Springs Concert

6/10 - 8th graders perform at graduation 

 

2008 - 2009

8/08 - Symphonic Band is created due to the growth of the HSCS MG Music Program.

8/08 - Current enrollment 85 full-time students. (BB 26, CB 27, SB 32)

8/08 - Two 8th grade Symphonic Band players are members of the Santa Fe High School Raider Regiment.

9/08 - Hawks Band Picnic established and was a great success. 

9/08 - Band Names are created; "Hawk-Rockers" Beginning Band, "4-Tops" Concert Band, "Symphonians" Symphonic Band.

9/08 - Official High Springs Community School Banner is created by generous band parents.

10/08 - Concert and Symphonic Bands along with Mebane Middle School and Santa Fe High School performed during Middle School Night at Santa Fe High School.

11/08 - Levi R., baritone, is selected for the 2009 All-State Honor Band.

12/08 - 8th grade flute player performs Silent Night during passing period.

12/08 - Symphonians welcomes fifth graders and plays and introduces the various band instruments.

12/09 - All bands perform in Evolution Winter Concert with Santa Fe High School.  Concert ended with All HSCS bands plus SFHS band and alumni performing two works combined (approx. 130 performers on stage).

1/09 - Levi.R. is 1st chair in the 2009 All-State Honor Band.

1/09 - Cody D. (solo) and Dylan K. and Levi R. (duet) receive Excellent ratings while Zack B, Alexia B. and Levi R. received Superior Ratings for their solo works at Solo and Ensemble.  

1/09 - Levi R. is selected 1st chair for the All-County Band. 

2/09 - 4-Tops and Symphonians work with guest conductors and then perform at Pre-MPA.

2/09 - 4-Tops receive overall Fair and Symphonians receive overall Good ratings at MPA.

3/09 - Hawk-Rockers performs for the fifth graders.

4/09 - All bands perform at the annual Carnival / Educational Fair.

4/09 - Hawk-Rockers welcomes the fifth graders and teachers them how to play their instruments.

5/09 - Four 7th grade students selected to march at SFHS next year.

5/09 - Hawk-Rockers welcomes the first graders and plays and introduces the various band instruments.  (3 days)

5/09 - All bands perform at the Spring Concert with special guests Dean Burton playing the guitar and SFHS Jazz Band.

5/09 - Symphonians welcomes some home-schooled students and plays and introduces the various band instruments.

5/09 - All bands perform for the middle school students with special guest Dean Burton playing the guitar.

6/09 - Final performance was given by the graduating 8th grade members at the HSCS graduation.

2007 - 2008

8/07 - Mr. Montauk becomes the new Director of Middle Grades Music at HSCS.

8/07 - 8th grade Concert Band clarinet player, Tiffany, becomes a member of the Santa Fe High School Raider Regiment.

8/07 - Concert Band creates their official name; "Mighty 13" Concert Band.


8/07 - Beginning Band creates their official name; "Quarter 1" Beginning Band.

10/07 - Quarter 1 clarinet player, Ian, and "Mighty 13" percussionist, Denzel, perform for the HSCS Faculty during their monthly meeting.
 
10/07 - Mighty 13 performs with Mebane Middle School during Middle School Night at Santa Fe High School.

10/07 - Mighty 13 and Quarter 1 bands perform at the HSCS Music and Arts Showcase (MAS).

10/07 - Morning Lab Band created and given the official name; "Secret" Lab Band.


10/07 - Beginning Band (2) creates their official name; "50 Cent" BB.

11/07 - Levi R., 7th grade Mighty 13 Baritone player, makes the Alachua County Middle School Honor Band.

11/07 - Sports Pep Band created and will perform at the HSCS sports games; boys and girls teams.

12/07 - Mighty 13, 50 Cent and Secret lab bands perform at the HSCS Music and Arts Showcase 2.0 with special guest, the Jr. Beta Club Dancers.

1/08 - Beginning Band (3) created their official name; "Tri-Band" BB.

1/08 - Secret LB grows to 8 members with the conclusion of the second quarter. 

1/08 - Mighty 13 grows with the addition of four new students.  Band agrees to keep name and add to it; "Mighty 13 and a few" is the unofficial name. 

1/08 - Levi R. and Denzel B., two Mighty 13 students, participated in Solo and Ensemble, both doing a solo, and walked away with Superior Ratings.  

2/08 - Mighty 13 performs at the Re-Dedication of the HSCS Gym.

2/08 - Pep Band performs at the Girls Basketball game. (They won!!!)

2/08 - Mighty 13 invited to perform at Santa Fe High School along with Mebane MS and Santa Fe HS for a Pre-District Music Performance Assessment Showcase.

3/08 - Mighty 13 performed at District MPA at Bradford HS and earned an overall  Excellent Rating. 

3/08 - Mighty 13, Secret LB and Tri-Band Bands perform at the Music and Arts Showcase 3.

4/08 - Secret LB continues to grow with the conclusion of the 3rd Quarter. 

4/08 - Mighty 13 invited to perform at the annual Carnival.

4/08 - Beginning Band (4) is created their official name; "Cash $" Beginning Band.

5/08 - Mighty 13 performs at the Educational Fair.

5/08 - Mighty 13, Secret LB and Cash $ bands perform at Music & Arts Showcase 4. 

6/08 - Final performance was given by the graduating 8th grade members at the HSCS graduation.