The Elkins High School attendance zone incorporates a feeder system including four middle schools. Instrumental music begins in the sixth grade level at Quail Valley, First Colony, Fort Settlement, and Lake Olympia Middle Schools in homogeneous class settings. Full band classes are structured for seventh and eighth graders where individual skills are emphasized and ensemble skills are developed and refined.
At the high school level, all students participate in the Elkins Marching Band for the majority of the fall semester, which is comprised of all winds, percussion, and color guard. The Elkins Marching Band serves as musical entertainment and supports the varsity football team at all games. In addition, the band prepares and performs a musical and visual program for marching competitions, including UIL contests and other local competitions.
The Elkins Concert Ensembles are the foundation of the band organization. During the spring semester, students are assigned to one of four concert ensembles based on ability level: The Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band meet in daily classes, and all bands prepare several concerts throughout the concert season. In addition, many of the students participate in individual events, such as the TMEA All-Region process and Solo & Ensemble Competition. Several students each year advance to the TMEA All-Area auditions, and eventually become part of one of the Texas All-State Bands or Orchestras, which perform during the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Conference in February of each year in San Antonio, Texas. As full ensembles, the concert ensembles compete in University Interscholastic League (UIL) Concert and Sight-Reading Contests as well as other various concert competitions during the spring semester. Additional winter and spring performance-based programs are sustained in the winter and spring months, including Winter Guard.The Elkins Band Program is consistently supported by the incredible network of parents who comprise the band booster organization. Year after year, these individuals make extraordinary efforts to provide financial, physical, and moral support to the wonderful students in the wind, percussion, and color guard programs at Elkins High School.
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