Concert Bands

The Wind Ensemble is a performance-oriented class and is the most advanced group of wind and percussion students in Arrowhead's Instrumental Music Program. Each student will work on general music skills and specific technical aspects of his or her instrument. This class will help prepare each student and the class as a whole for concerts, festivals, small ensemble work, and solo playing opportunities. Students are expected to fully prepare all parts before the first in-depth rehearsals may begin on that particular piece. Students are only accepted into this class upon completion of a successful audition for the directors.

In December of 2009, the AHS Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of Michael Markowski's Instinctive Travels. The Arrowhead Wind Ensemble had the distinct honor of being involved in the creative process, rehearsing the piece for the first time, and performing the world premiere on December 3, 2009.

As the organization responsible for the initial project, Arrowhead Union High School will forever be associated with this work as other schools and universities perform it in years to come. Instinctive Travels has since been published by Manhattan Beach Publishers and was one of the featured works in their Winter 2010 catalog.

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The Symphonic Band is a performance-oriented class consisting of students from grades 9-12. This ensemble meets everyday during 5th period and performs at four concerts throughout the year. Each student will work on general music skills and specific technical aspects of his or her instrument. This class will help prepare each student and the class as a whole for concerts, festivals, small ensemble work, and solo playing opportunities.

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Wind Symphony is a performance-oriented class made up of freshman and sophomore students. This ensemble meets every day during 4th period and performs in three concerts throughout the year. Each student will work on general music skills and specific technical aspects of his or her instrument. This class will help prepare each student and the class as a whole for concerts, festivals, small ensemble work, and solo playing opportunities. Students are only accepted into this class upon completion of a successful audition for the directors.


Concert Band is a skills-oriented class comprised of freshman and sophomore wind and percussion players who have demonstrated a developmental level of ability on their instruments. This ensemble meets every day during 2nd period and performs in three concerts throughout the year. Each student will work on general music skills and specific technical aspects of his or her instrument. This class will help prepare each student and the class as a whole for concerts, small ensemble work, and solo playing opportunities.

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