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Fourth and Fifth Grade Cadet Band
Open to fourth and fifth grade students, regardless of previous music experience, lower school students have the extra-curricular opportunity to begin a band instrument. Instruments offered in lower school are: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, and trombone. Percussion lessons are offered for students with a minimum of two years of formal piano training. All lower school band students have a group lesson once a week during a PE class.
The Cadet Band performs twice a year at Christmas and spring concerts.
Middle School Concert Band
Open to sixth through eighth grade students who have a minimum of one year lower school band experience, students who have participated in the HCA summer band camp or have taken a year of private lesson on their band instrument. In the middle school, either band or choir is required and students receive a grade for the class.
Middle School Concert Band is a curricular class with the purpose of training young musicians how to use their talents to worship God. Concert Band meets daily and includes not only training on instruments, but also ensemble experience and music education in basic music theory.
The Concert Band performs twice a year at both Christmas and spring concerts.
Summer Band Camp
Students entering sixth through eighth grade who have not yet played a band instrument who want to join the Concert Band. Also, this is for students who have played in band but want to switch to a new instrument.
Camp is offered each summer for beginning students who would like to join the middle school band but do not have any previous experience. This is not required for veteran band students and no grade or credit is given. No performances. This is only part of a pre-requisite to be in MS band.
Fishstix is a middle school elective open to seventh and eight grade students. Currently it only meets first semester. Fishstix, as an elective, is not required, but students do receive a grade.
Much like Broadway's STOMP troupe, this is a unique musical ensemble experience where students study intermediate level rhythm music theory and use that application to perform music on buckets, trash cans, push brooms...whatever else we can find from a home improvement store to make music for God's glory.
Fishstix performs once a year at the Christmas or spring concert.
High School Symphonic Band
Open to high school students who have had a year of previous concert band experience or have taken half a year of private lesson on their band instrument. High school band is not a requirement and students in the program do receive credit and a grade.
The Symphonic Band’s purpose is to glorify God through excellence in instrumental musicianship. This is a curricular class that meets daily and offers not only large group ensemble training on instruments, but also well-rounded music education in various music styles, music throughout history and intermediate music theory. The high school band serves as the pep band for in school pep rallies and also as an ambassador for Harvest Christian Academy during school events.
The high school band performs at the Christmas and spring concerts and also as needed for pep rallies and other Harvest Christian Academy events to promote our school.
Zero Hour High School Symphonic Band
Open to high school students who have had a year of previous concert band experience or have taken half a year of private lesson on their band instrument. Zero hour band is for students who cannot fit high school band in their normal day schedule and opt for a half credit a semester. Zero hour band meets twice a week from 7:00-7:45 AM and performs as a combined Symphonic Band twice a year.
Mr. Rahtjen and Mrs. Melugin offer a private lesson studio after school hours for students of all ages who want to study instrumental music private. Lessons are arranged through the teachers for an extra fee. There are no studio performances.