The Symphonic Winds is the second performing ensembles within the Little Elm High School Band Department. Membership is determined through auditions twice a year. All band members go through an audition process at the end of the Spring semester, then again at the end of the Fall semester. Auditions focus on scales, etudes, sight-reading, as well as the tone quality and musicianship of the performer.
The Symphonic Winds performs frequently throughout the year, including the UIL Concert & Sight-reading Contest, as well as other events at the discretion of the director. Membership in the Symphonic Winds requires frequent before-school and after-school practices and performances. All students enrolled in this class rehearse daily during a fifty minute class period. In addition to the rehearsal schedule, Symphonic Winds members meet once a week for sectionals/masterclasses.
The Symphonic Winds has been awarded numerous awards at various competitions, including UIL Concert & Sight-reading Contest. The focus of this ensemble is to expose band members to quality music or music of high artistic merit. Music performed by students in this ensemble is meant to increase the students reading ability, strengthen fundamental performance practices, develop good overall tonal and intonation concepts and develop a higher level of musicianship.
*Please see ‘Ensembles‘ for expectations and grading policy.