Varsity Band is our non-auditioned ensemble at Sioux Falls Washington High School. Members of this group rehearse during one of their class periods. This ensemble participates in our Fall and Spring Band Concerts and Prism Concert. Members of this ensemble may also participate in Solo/Ensemble Contest and/or All-State Band.
In this course, students will improve proficiency in all aspects of reading and performing instrumental music. Through the rehearsal and study of quality wind band literature, students will strengthen individual playing techniques and skills; learn about the theory, history, and vocabulary of music; demonstrate confidence and poise during public performances; and learn to work collaboratively as a member of the ensemble. This course emphasizes the importance of participation, appreciation, and support of music for life.
Members of this ensemble (who are not a member of marching band or jazz band) are expected to pay a target amount of $75 by the end of the year to help cover costs associated with the program. Several fundraising opportunities will be available throughout the year to make this goal attainable.
Important Dates: 2022-2023
Tuesday, December 1 - Fall Band Concert, 7:00 PM at WHS
Saturday, January 28 - All State Band Auditions at Lincoln High School, Sioux Falls, SD
Tuesday, January 31 - Solo/Ensemble Contest at Augustana University
Thursday, February 16 - Prism Band Concert, 7:00 PM4
Wednesday, February 22 - 2023-2024 Band Placement Auditions Begin
Thursday – Saturday, Mar. 23-25 - All State Band Rehearsal (select participants) in Sioux Falls, SD (Bishop O'Gorman HS)
Saturday, March 25 - All State Band Concert (select participants) at Bishop O'Gorman HS, 4:00 PM
Thursday, May 18 - Spring Finale Band Concert/Award Ceremony 7:00 PM at WHS
Saturday/Sunday, May 27-28 - Graduation at Sioux Falls Arena (2023-2024 Symphonic Band plays)