What performing opportunities are available to band students?
We have two curricular bands at Plainfield Central. They are the symphonic band and wind ensemble. Wind ensemble is our top group and it requires an audition for enrollment. All three of these bands meet inside the school day. Marching band is a combined effort from woodwinds, brass, percussion, and color guard from both bands. We perform at home football games, competitions, and parades. Additional opportunities include an extracurricular jazz band, musical pit, solo/ensemble festival, basketball pep band and several honor bands.
Is marching band required?
Yes, all band students are part of the marching band. This is a co-curricular ensemble. Marching band offers many wonderful opportunities for students. The band works as a team to develop a unique musical and visual show to be performed at home football games and regional competitions. Students who participate in marching band improve not only their instrument proficiency and physical conditioning but become better team members and leaders. Due to the physicality and time commitment, students are exempt from PE their junior and senior years in the band. When does marching band rehearse? Although marching band is graded, all rehearsals and performances are outside of the school day and required. We meet on occasion throughout the summer and we have a 2-week band camp before school starts. When school is in session, we meet twice a week after school plus rehearsals/competitions on Saturdays. The marching band season goes through the end of October.
Are instrument rentals available to incoming 9th graders?
Yes, we have a limited inventory of larger instruments to rent. Please contact the directors before the end of the school year to check availability. Students would be expected to supply their own mouthpieces, ligatures, reeds, sticks, mallets, mutes, etc.
Are there auditions to be in band?
Yes and no. All students are encouraged as 8th graders to complete a placement audition for the high school bands. An audition is not required to enter the bands, however, there are auditions for placement into wind ensemble. These auditions are typically held the week after Spring Break. Audition materials will be available mid-February. Also, after spring break we hold percussion and color guard workshops for students wanting to be in those sections for marching band. From those workshops, we place students in an appropriate place within those sections according to skill level.
Can I still perform in marching band if I am involved with a fall sport?
Yes. Due to the nature of the schedule, it is easier to manage some sports conflicts over others. Most of our practices happen after athletic practices, which makes it easy to manage. If students have a sporting event conflicting with a rehearsal, they encouraged to go to the sporting event. Likewise, if a performance conflicts with athletic practice, they are expected to be at the performance.
Are there any additional costs for involvement in the band at Plainfield Central?
Yes, in addition to the district music fee, there will be some sort of cost for participation in marching band due to us being a competitive marching band. Per-student costs are discussed at the marching mand Information night. This cost helps cover competition registrations, show music, drill design, instructional staff, and many other expenses. We do have several fundraising opportunities to help keep the costs down to a minimum. Keep in mind that any big trips in the spring are an additional cost.
Do the bands go on trips?
Yes, the marching band typically takes three trips per year to competitions at local-area high schools and one more at a university. Additionally, the band takes a long-distance trip every other year and has traveled to New York City, Orlando, and Washington D.C. in recent years. These long-distance trips are open to all students enrolled in bands in grades 9-12.