Band is offered to students who are in 5th-12th grades. There are four separate band ensembles at Judah: 5th Grade Band, 6th Grade Band, Jr/Sr High Band (7-12 grades) and a Jazz Combo. Each group participates in at least two performances per semester, including the Veteran’s Day Assembly, a Winter Concert, Grandparent’s Day, a Spring Concert, and performances at the Elementary Chapel.
The Judah Christian School Concert Bands are committed to giving students the opportunity to use and develop the musical gifts and talents bestowed upon them by our Lord Jesus Christ. Through musical performance, students learn how to work together to achieve common goals. The Concert Bands at Judah Christian School allow students to focus on goals and achievements that go beyond personal gain and focus on what contribution they can make for the greater good of the ensemble.
Through the study of scales, rhythm, and a variety of music literature, students learn to value the self discipline it takes to achieve excellent music. Each band, 5th grade band, 6th grade band, and Junior-Senior High Band will play a variety of literature that is both challenging and educational. Emphasis is placed on musicianship by developing the fundamental skills related to breathing, embouchure, fingerings, counting, music reading, ensemble playing, and overall tone production.
Participation in the Jazz Combo is by audition only. Auditions are held each fall at the beginning of the school year. Involvement in a concert band is mandatory in order to be eligible to take part in the Jazz Combo.
While learning a wide variety of tunes, students learn the basics of improvising and different styles of jazz (such as Blues, Swing, Latin, Funk, and Rock).