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All-County Middle School Band

The All-County Middle School Band is made up of Alachua County middle school students who have been selected through an audition process using the same type of materials as All-State.  This audition takes place in November.  There are a limited number of students that can be selected for the actual audition, so attendance at these after school sessions is important.

Solo & Ensemble Festival

The Solo and Ensemble Festival of the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) is held during the month of February each year.  The opportunity to be evaluated as a soloist or a member of a small ensemble is a wonderful learning experience.  Participation in the festival by 7th and 8th grade students is strongly encourages by the director.

Music must be selected from the FBA Music List which is available from Mr. Montauk.  An original score must be provided for the judge and an accompanist must be provided with all solos.  (Mr. Montauk will help find an accompanist.)  There is usually a fee for their time practicing, attending rehearsals, and attending the performance.  Once you have made the commitment to participate, if you fail to attend the performance, you could fail the quarter.  Choice of ensembles partners becomes important because you rely on the members of your ensembles to be present for rehearsals and the performance in order to participate. 

All-State Band

The All-State Band is an ensemble drawn, through auditions, from the finest musicians in the state of Florida.  Auditions are held locally each year during the latter half of September.  Rehearsals and performances are held during the Florida Music Educators Conventions in early January in Tampa.  Participation in this event is a great honor.  All students who are capable are urged to prepare the All-State Audition Materials and audition.  Summer is the ideal time for preparation of those materials.  Interested students will be required to attend morning or afternoon rehearsals with the director to prepare for this audition, unless they are studying privately.



The Concert Band will perform in the Concert MPA sponsored by the Florida Bandmasters Association.  This performance will be evaluated by three highly qualified judges and rated on a musical scale of Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor.  After their concert performance the band will then go to another room and be evaluated on their ability to ‘sight read’ music they have never seen before by a fourth judge using the same rating scale.


Concert MPA is a valuable experience for many musical reasons and takes place in the latter part of March or the early part of April each year.  Each student in the band must thoroughly prepare for this performance since the whole band is evaluated.  The comments the band receives will enable the ensemble to grow musically as a group and as individuals.


Even though the director will work with all students on an individual basis, the value of private lessons cannot be overstated.  Band class is essentially ensemble practice, while in private lessons students can progress individually at a much faster rate.  The director has a list of names of reputable instructors in the area, please contact Mr. Montauk. 



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"Art and the encouragement of art is political in the most profound sense, not as a weapon in the struggle, but as an instrument of understanding . . . I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we too will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit. . ."

John F. Kennedy

Interested in Joining Band

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How do I join?

If you have chosen band as your elective next year, congratulations! We are very excited to meet you all.  If you have not chosen band as your elective next year, it's not too late to join!!!

We currently are the largest organization at HSCS, with over 100 members in the music program.  We are very proud of the accomplishments over the years, and we would love to share those with you. 

Here is some general information about the band program that might help answer some of your questions:

- No prior musical experience is necessary. 
- No before/after school practice during the 6th grade year. 
- Students can be in band AND athletics/dance/cheer in 6th/7th/8th grade. 
- There are 2 to 3 concerts a year and an optional solo/ensemble contest in February. 
- Classes meet daily to achieve maximum playing potential. 
- The band programs in Alachua County are highly regarded in the area, state, and national levels. 
- Music has proven to be a tremendous incentive for maintaining a good academic record.

Fun BAND Facts!

1.  96% of our nation?s astronauts performed in the fine arts during their school years, including Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.  Mr. Armstrong was a talented euphonium player in middle and high school band.

2.  President Ronald Reagan was a trumpet player and drum major in his high school band.

3.  President Bill Clinton was a three year All-State band member on saxophone.

4.  David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs attributes much of his mental quickness and coordination to the study of keyboard and saxophone.

5.  National Association of Secondary School Principals reports 66% of all college freshmen drop out after the 1st year.  In contrast, 96% of band students graduate from Universities.

6.   American Medical Association states that the #1 admittance to medical schools are students that majored in music as undergraduates.  Pre-med majors are #2.

7.  It is a fact that music students represent the top of the academic scale in our schools.  We know they are averaging 68 points higher on SAT exams.

8.  Commitment in an extra-curricular activity through the senior year is at the top of the list of admission criteria into most major universities. 

Common Questions

Do I need to know how to play an instrument or read music before I start band?

  1. No, I teach you everything from the ground up.

Do I get to pick the instrument I play?

  1. It depends. We do what is been called, Three Days of Chaos, that allows you to test all the instruments you are interested in playing.  After selecting your Top 3, there is an assignment and then I start to put the band together.  Many times spots fill up fast but I try to give you your first choice.

Is there any homework in band?

  1. YES! You have to practice every night on your instrument. Playing an instrument is like riding a bicycle; it takes practice. You also will have some written homework.

Is band a real class during school?
  1. Yes, we meet everyday just like your other subjects.

Who can be in marching band?
  1. Currently HSCS does not have a marching band, however, 8th grade band veterans who successfully audition may perform with the Santa Fe High School Raider Regiment.  

Where does Beginning Band play?
  1. At the Winter and Spring Concerts, sometimes at the Fall and/or Spring Festivals and the Alachua/High Springs parades.

What should I bring to band class everyday?
  1. Your instrument, music books/ folders, pencils, and paper, along with any work you need to turn in to me.

Can I get into band after the year begins?
  1. Yes, but you do not choose the instrument. We test you for a spot in a needed section.

Can I leave my instrument in the band room during the school day?
  1. Yes, before the first bell rings, you can come in the band room and put your instrument in your locker.

Can I take my instrument on the bus?
  1. Sometimes. It depends on the driver. Many times, bigger instruments just carry their mouthpieces home and buzz or you may have a home instrument and a school instrument.

I have my instrument now how do I care for my instrument?

  1. You will be shown in class how take care of your instrument by either myself or a profession instrument repairman.  I also have Instrument Care Articles upon request. These informative articles will help students and parents better care for and maintain their musical instruments. 



The U.S. Department of Education recommends the arts to college-bound middle and junior high school students asserting, “Many colleges view participation in the arts and music as valuable experience that broadens students’ understanding and appreciation of the world around them.” In addition, it plays a part in developing “children’s intellectual development.”  The U.S. DOE also suggests one year of Visual and Performing Arts for college-bound high school students.

(Source: Getting Ready for College Early: A Handbook for Parents of Students in the Middle and Junior High School Years, U.S. Department of Education, 1997)


Students taking courses in music performance and music appreciation scored higher in the SAT than students with no arts participation.  Music performance students scored 53 points higher on the verbal and 39 points higher on the math. 

(Source: 1999 College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers, The College Entrance Examination Board, Princeton, New Jersey)


Research made between music and intelligence concluded that music training is far greater than computer instruction in improving children’s abstract reasoning skills. 

(Source: Shaw, Rauscher, Levine, Wright, Dennis and Newcomb, “Music training causes long-term enhancement of preschool children’s spatial-temporal reasoning,” Neurological Research, vol. 19, February 1997)


I believe arts education in music, theater, dance and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface.  They (children) have an enthusiasm for life, a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training…training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.  As I visit schools around the country I see a renewed interest in arts education and a growing concern about the negative impact of cutting art and music out of curriculum.  The creativity of the arts and the joy of music should be central to the education of every American child. 

(Source: Richard W. Riley, Former U.S. Secretary of Education) 


“A grounding in the arts will help our children to see; to bring a uniquely human perspective to science and technology. In short, it will help them as they grow smarter to also grow wiser.” 

(Source: Robert E. Allen, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Corporation)