The curriculum for the Prosper High School Wind Ensemble class focuses on developing the technical skills needed for performing on brass and woodwind instruments as well as musicianship. The students also learn the music vocabulary used in the Prosper High School Bands. The Wind Ensemble meets second period each semester. In alternation with the Wind Ensemble class, is a technique course called Applied Music.
The Wind Ensemble is the flagship instrumental concert organization of Prosper High School. Students in this ensemble display the highest level of musicianship, capable of performing “Masterwork” literature. This ensemble is intended for upperclassmen, most specifically Junior and Senior members.
1. Students in the Wind Ensemble will prepare and present multiple concerts per year, as notated in the Prosper Band Calendar
2. Students in the Wind Ensemble will participate in before/after school sectionals, as determined by the Directors
3. Students in the Wind Ensemble will prepare the TMEA Region and All-State Materials
4. Students in the Wind Ensemble will participate in the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest
5. Students in the Wind Ensemble will prepare a solo or small ensemble
Everyday is an audition – students will be evaluated daily on their individual musical skills and personal contributions to the ensemble. Formal playing assessments will be held weekly via Google Classroom submissions and/or live playing.
Students will audition for the concert ensembles in May of the Spring semester. The audition process includes two etudes, chromatic scale and 12 major scales, 12 natural minor scales, and a brief sight-reading excerpt.
All students who audition and fulfill the minimum competencies will become part of the Prosper High School band program. All band students, regardless of concert ensemble assignment, will also participate in the Prosper Mighty Eagle Marching Band.