Wylie High School Bands

Wind Symphony

Director: Todd Dixon

This course is specifically designed for the advanced instrumental student who has proven through audition the ability to perform above average in the areas of technical ability, sight reading, and audio perception. Students in the Wind Symphony are expected to be enrolled in private lessons and participate in the All-Region Auditions, Solo & Ensemble, and be leaders in other performing ensembles such as Brass Choir, Woodwind Choir, and Percussion Ensemble. Required participation in extra-curricular activities range from as much as 8 hours of outside rehearsal to as little as 1 extra hour of rehearsal each week. Students will receive 1/2 credit P.E. equivalency for participation in the marching band. Audition and other criteria will determine membership.

Grade Levels: 10-12
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Approval of the Instructor.

Wind Ensemble

Director: Mark Schroeder

This course is specifically designed for the advanced instrumental student who has proven through audition the ability to perform above average in the areas of technical ability, sight reading, and audio perception. Students in the Wind Symphony are expected to be enrolled in private lessons and participate in the All-Region Auditions, Solo & Ensemble, and be leaders in other performing ensembles such as Brass Choir, Woodwind Choir, and Percussion Ensemble. Required participation in extra-curricular activities range from as much as 8 hours of outside rehearsal to as little as 1 extra hour of rehearsal each week. Students will receive 1/2 credit P.E. equivalency for participation in the marching band. Audition and other criteria will determine membership.

Grade Levels: 9-12
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Approval of the Instructor.

Symphonic Winds

Director: Steve Lisko

This course is specifically designed for the upper level intermediate instrumental student. While continuing to develop technical ability and basic musicianship, students are involved in the rehearsal and the performance of easy to medium level difficulty band literature. Students in the Symphonic Band are encouraged to be enrolled in private lessons and participate in the All-Region Auditions, Solo & Ensemble, and contribute in other performing ensembles such as Brass Choir, Woodwind Choir, and Percussion Ensemble. Required participation in extra-curricular activities range from as much as 8 hours of outside rehearsal to as little as 1 extra hour of rehearsal each week. Students will receive 1/2 credit P.E. equivalency for participation in the marching band. Audition and other criteria will determine membership.

Grade Levels: 9-12
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Approval of the Instructor

Symphonic Bands

Directors: Todd DixonMark SchroederSteve Lisko, & Jeremy Noyes

This course is specifically designed for the intermediate level instrumental student. While continuing to develop technical ability and basic musicianship, students are involved in the rehearsal and the performance of easy to medium level difficulty band literature. Students in the Concert Band are encouraged to be enrolled in private lessons and participate in the All-Region Auditions, Solo & Ensemble, and contribute in other performing ensembles such as Brass Choir, Woodwind Choir, and Percussion Ensemble. Required participation in extra-curricular activities range from as much as 8 hours of outside rehearsal to as little as 1 extra hour of rehearsal each week. Students will receive 1/2 credit P.E. equivalency for participation in the marching band. Audition and other criteria will determine membership.

Grade Levels: 9-12
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Approval of the Instructor.

Jazz Bands

Directors: Todd DixonMark SchroederSteve Lisko, & Jeremy Noyes

This performance-oriented organization is designed for the advanced instrumental student who has proven through audition the ability to perform above average as a member of the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, or Wind Symphony and must maintain membership in one of these groups in order to be eligible for the Jazz Band. Students will study and perform jazz music from the mid 1900’s to the present time. Students will be involved in a variety of performances and competitions. This ensemble frequently performs at various school and civic functions.

Grade Levels: 10-12
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Approval of the Instructor. In addition, students must be a member of the Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, or Wind Symphony unless the director has approved enrollment in the class due to special needs of the program.

That Wylie Band (Full Marching Band)

Director: Todd Dixon

That Wylie Band consist of all students in grades 9-12. Members of That Wylie Band will attend all football games and perform throughout the game in the bleachers. They will perform in a pre-game show for all home games and will perform at half-time during all play-off games should the football team advance. They will also perform on the field for the drill team at half-time at all games. Students who are in That Wylie Band are only responsible for rehearsals for That Wylie Band and are not expected to attend the Competition Band rehearsals.

Grade Levels: 9-12

Competition Marching Band

Director: Todd Dixon

Any student in grades 9-12 is eligible for a position in this group. Students who are selected for the competition band will participate in all the activities listed above for members of That Wylie Band. In addition, they will perform at all half-time shows throughout the season, and will attend all marching band contests in the fall.

Grade Levels: 9-12