Ensembles

Honor Band

Prerequisites for Honor Band at Bradley Middle School include Student Audition and Teacher Recommendation. This is the advanced band at Bradley Middle School that consists of students who have attained a high degree of proficiency on their instruments. Members of this organization will perform at UIL competitions, contests, and concerts and should be prepared to dedicate time outside of the school day preparing for these performances. Every other year, the top band will participate in state Honor Band recordings and may require additional mandatory practices and performances to be competitive. There is a $30.00 maintenance fee for students using school owned instruments.
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Symphonic Band

Prerequisites for the Symphonic Band at Bradley Middle School include Beginning Band and teacher recommendation. This course is designed for students who have completed one or more years of study on their band instruments. Members of this organization will perform at UIL competitions and concerts and will spend time outside of the school day preparing for these performances. There is a $30.00 maintenance fee for students using school owned instruments. Students are expected to be performing at grade level on their instruments. They should be striving to maintain excellent team-oriented discipline. Solo and group contests and Region Band competition provide opportunities for students to receive constructive criticism from adjudicators outside the District and are highly encouraged. Students may be required to attend extra practices as we get closer to concerts or competition. This is an all-year class. Opportunities will exist for students to be moved to Honor Band if their performance, academic standing, and discipline are on a level justifying advancement.
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Concert Band

Prerequisites for the Concert Band at Bradley Middle School include Beginning Band and teacher recommendation. This course is designed for students who have completed one or more years of study on their band instruments. Members of this organization will perform at concerts and will spend time outside of the school day preparing for these performances. There is a $30.00 maintenance fee for students using school owned instruments. Students are expected to be performing at grade level on their instruments. They should be striving to maintain excellent team-oriented discipline. Solo and group contests provide opportunities for students to receive constructive criticism from adjudicators outside the District and are highly encouraged. Students may be required to attend extra practices as we get closer to concerts or competition. This is an all-year class. Opportunities will exist for students to be moved to Symphonic Band if their performance, academic standing, and discipline are on a level justifying advancement.
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Beginner Band

Beginning band class at Bradley Middle School consists of a group of students divided by instrument classification. Some classes will be grouped according to the type of instrument, i.e. low brass; other classes will be “like” instruments, i.e. clarinet class or French horn class, etc. All students in these classes have been or will be tested to determine which instrument they will play. Instruments will be assigned primarily according to the abilities of the student and then the needs of the band program. This course will cover basic fundamentals of tone production and note reading. This is an all-year class. These classes are combined at various times through the year to prepare for concerts. These mandatory rehearsals are usually held before school at 7:10 A.M. for two or three days before each concert. Students who have transportation problems with rehearsals or concerts should discuss the problem with their parents and band directors early so that a solution can be found. There are four mandatory concerts during the year, one in the fall, one during the holiday season, one in mid-winter and a spring concert in May. All concerts start at 6:30 P.M. unless otherwise specified. Beginning band students will also have the opportunity to participate in Solo and Ensemble contest held at Bradley Middle School in the spring.
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Jazz I

Highly qualified and dedicated students will be accepted in the advanced jazz ensemble, and then only by audition. Students will learn to perform music from the “Big Bands”, “pop and rock” from the fifties to today, and a variety of jazz styles with special emphasis on jazz, the one true American art form. This is an award-winning group that has won many honors over the years including many first place finishes in the Alamo Tournament of Bands and Southwest Jazz Festival, and also over 20 first place awards at the Fiesta Jazz Festival. The Jazz Ensemble also won “Best In Class” at the Sound Waves Music Festival in New Braunfels. We are very proud of this group and only the most outstanding team-oriented music students will be retained.
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Jazz II

This is a Jazz enrichment class for those students who are not yet prepared for the advanced performance of Jazz Ensemble I, in one or more respects. There are no audition requirements for this class and every effort will be made to prepare each student for advancement to the next higher group. This is also a performing group that performs at concerts and festivals. For the last three or more years, Jazz 2 has placed 1st in their division at Fiesta Jazz Festival.
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