Band instruction begins in the fourth grade where students explore different instruments. In the fifth grade, they pick one instrument on which to focus and they spend the entire year learning and developing their skills on that instrument. In both years they meet for instruction twice a week and have two concerts each year.
Middle School Band rehearses five times a week during the school day and performs five to six times per year. Students at this level develop the fundamental music and performance skills to become lifelong musicians.
High School Concert Band, is an advanced ensemble that rehearses five days a week and performs six to seven times a year. Students in Concert Band will learn multiple styles of instrumental music including Jazz, Classical, and Pop. Students in this ensemble also learn the fundamental skills in composition and music technology, enabling them to create a musical experience relevant to their own lives.
The IRCS Marching Band is a high school competitive ensemble that performs at each home and some away football games as well as five Marching Competitions. This ensemble rehearses twice a week after school with a few Saturday rehearsals. Students do NOT have to be a member of the high school band in order to march. The marching band also includes a color guard which is a fantastic outlet for dance and visual performers. The marching band season begins with band camp in July and runs through November. This is a great way for new students to get plugged in at IRCS. The marching band uses both traditional band instruments and electronic instruments such as keyboards and guitars.
The Battery Ensemble is a drum line that performs at each home and some away football games, pep rallies and a few other school events. Battery membership is NOT restricted to percussionists. Any musician can audition although basic percussion knowledge is required. This ensemble rehearses two mornings a week before school.
I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to lead and serve here at Indian Rocks. I am a recent graduate of the University of Miami ( Go Canes!) where I studied music education and percussion. During my time at University of Miami I served as the drumline captain in the Frost Band of the Hour. I actually began my music career all the way back in 2008 when I joined the beginning band class at IRCS and then later joined the Golden Eagle Regiment on the bass drum.
For information on band, contact Josh Class at Joshua_Class@indianrocks.org. Go Eagles!!