Beginning BandAvailable for Students Entering Grades 4 & 5Over 1400 students participate in our award-winning fourth through twelfth grade program. In each grade, the band performs a minimum of two concerts a year. Students in grades six through twelve may audition to participate in our jazz programs (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drum-set, bass & piano) and all high school students may participate in marching band. Each year there is an all NA band festival called “ExtravaBandza”.2019 ExtravaBandza Video - View the 2019 ExtravaBandza concert.
Beginning Band Instruction is only offered in grades four and five. Students attend weekly pull-out classes in small groups and weekly band rehearsals. Instruments offered include: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone and percussion. In the small group setting, students focus on numerous concepts and skills. They learn to play their instrument with proper breath support, embouchure development, tone quality, aural skills, intonation, instrument technique, music reading, listening skills, ensemble playing and teamwork. Within this curriculum, students can expect to perform a varied repertoire of music. Students will also learn appropriate rehearsal and concert etiquette.
Students who enroll in middle school band have prior experience on their band instrument. The class is a co-curricular performance class with students grouped according to grade level and instrument choice, in a graded, scheduled class which meets every other day. In the small group setting, students focus on many concepts, skills and information learned in elementary band. with similar repertoire, rehearsal and concert etiquette. In high school, students may enroll in elective courses such as Jazz Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Honors Wind Ensemble. Some of these courses are selected by audition. Students may also participate in the co-curricular NA Tiger Marching Band.Please visit the Elementary Band & Orchestra FAQ page for information about renting an instrument, scheduling of classes and to contact one of North Allegheny's Elementary Band or Orchestra teachers.