Concert Band is open to all students. This course focuses on the development of basic skills and knowledge of instrumental music (wind and percussion). Members will focus on tone production, rhythm, scales and sight-reading. Students will study and perform music of various genres and grade levels. This course is ideal for students with no previous band experience and for those who are switching instruments (at the discretion of the director). Concert Band performs at VBODA Concert Assessment in March. Members of this ensemble are highly encouraged to participate in the marching band.
Prerequisite: Middle School Band or Director Approval
The focus of this course is to develop skill and knowledge in jazz performance and styling. Students will learn elements of jazz improvisation and be exposed to a variety of styles. The jazz combo is a dynamic group that performs all over the Washington metro area. Students in combo must be members of the jazz band and will be selected by the director.
Co-requisite: Must be currently enrolled in a Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, or Concert Band, or director approval
Symphonic Band is our intermediate concert band. Members develop musicianship and theoretical knowledge through rehearsals and performances that prepare them for more advanced literature. Students will study and perform music of various genres and grade levels with a strong focus on wind band literature grades III-V. The band performs at VBODA Concert Assessment in March. All members of the Symphonic Band participate in the Marching Titans.
Prerequisite: Middle School Band & Successful Audition
Marching Band is one of the most visible organizations at TC Williams High School. Students in marching band perform at football games, competitions, parades and pep rallies. The marching band is an ensemble made up of students from all band classes. Each year this ensemble presents an exciting new field show and performs for thousands of people. In addition, this ensemble performs at the VBODA State Marching Assessment each year.
Marching Band is required for all Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble students. Students in Concert Band and 8th grade are strongly encouraged to participate. Only students participating in a TCW High School VHSL fall sport are excused from the marching band requirement of their band class.
Wind Ensemble is the premier band at TC Williams. Students perform esteemed literature from traditional and contemporary styles at the grade V-VI level. Members of this ensemble develop sensitivity to musicianship, aesthetics, and historical practices. As the premier wind band in the school, members are expected to practice regularly and attend sectionals as needed; although not required, students are highly encouraged to take private lessons. Membership in the Wind Ensemble is open to students who qualify based on audition. All members of the Wind Ensemble participate in the Marching Titans.
Other Performance Opportunities
Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to audition and perform at a variety of musical events, including All-District and All-State Band, Solo and Ensemble, as well as other events in the community.
Pit Orchestra | Students play for the Spring Musical and rehearse with the Drama department.
Ensembles | Chamber ensembles perform at a variety community events throughout the year, including TCW Hall of Fame induction ceremony and other events by invitation