The Dulles High School band program
exists to provide an excellent music education for the students. This goal is achieved through individual study
and varied performances in many venues, both marching and concert, supporting a
curriculum which places an emphasis on comprehensive musicianship. Performance opportunities include large
ensembles, chamber ensembles, and solos. The skills that band students acquire in these
activities are directly related to skills necessary for auditions,
presentations, and interviews in other career fields.
provided for those who wish to develop their leadership skills. The directors rely upon the student leadership team to lead others by
example, assist with limited teaching responsibilities, and create success
through achieving organizational goals.
Social skills are
also developed. Participation in band
enables the students to form close friendships within the school through their
collaborative efforts, as well as the opportunity to work with their peers as
part of a team. As a member of the Dulles
Bands, students make long-lasting friendships and develop a sense of comradeship
that is unique to this organization. Organizational
goals are clearly established and the students depend heavily on each other to
achieve them. As a result, the concepts
of responsibility, teamwork, and good citizenship develop as each student
experiences achievement in the world of music.
The ultimate goal
of the program is to produce graduates who operate at a high level of
awareness, are knowledgeable about music, can perform successfully and with
confidence, can operate within a structured framework, and can work to develop
the skills necessary to become a life-long musician. In addition, the program also strives to
produce informed adults of high integrity who understand and appreciate music
and musicians, and who will foster the continuing development of artistic
endeavors in their community.