BAND
 
At Spaulding High School, band is part of a dual-enrollment ensemble, meaning students in concert band are automatically enrolled in marching band and vice-versa. In the eyes of the school they are one and the same, and the class is referred to simply as "Band," though there are several different sections and credit options (see below). The concert band is the primary instrumental performing ensemble at Spaulding High School while the marching band tends to be the most visible ensemble that we offer.


SPAULDING HS CONCERT BAND

DESCRIPTION

The Spaulding High School Concert Band consists of approximately 120 instrumentalists playing standard concert woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentation including: piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone/euphonium and tuba as well as varied battery and melodic percussion instruments. 

Percussionists are assigned on a piece-by-piece basis. When not assigned specifically to play on a piece they are tasked with building their skill set on snare, mallets, and timpani through a series of exercises and activities conducted in a separate room. In addition, all percussionists are required to participate in Percussion Ensemble as a means to further build their unique skill set. 

In addition, approximately 40 colorguard students meet concurrently, also under the heading of "Band" and prepare their own performance material to be presented at concerts throughout the year.

Daily in-school rehearsals meet during block D2 (approx 1:30 - 2:15 PM) starting by mid-October as the marching season winds down. Preparation for the Winter Holiday Village (our version of a Christmas concert) begins at that time and is completed in December. After that, rehearsal time is dedicated to preparing material for several spring concerts.



  RED RAIDER MARCHING BAND
 

DESCRIPTION

The 160-member Spaulding Red Raider Marching Band is recognized throughout New Hampshire and New England as a highly entertaining corps-style marching band.

Marching Band is primarily a first-quarter activity revolving heavily around the Football season. Performances include halftime at Friday (and sometimes Saturday) football games as well as at the Dover and Salem Band Shows, several local and regional parades, the annual elementary school tour, the Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) Concert in March, as well as at certain school functions. Attendance is required at all events and a calendar is given to each student well in advance in order to avoid scheduling conflicts. 
  • Wind instrumentation includes piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, mellophone (marching french horn), tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn and tuba. 
  • Students playing bassoon for concert band will be asked to choose a secondary instrument to play for marching band.
  • Percussionists participate in one of two sections: the front ensemble or the battery. 
    • Students in the front ensemble perform on marimba, vibraphone, bells, and xylophone as well as other pitched and non-pitched concert percussion instruments. 
    • Battery players are assigned to either snare, tenors (quad configuration), tonal bass drum, or hand cymbal parts based on ability level determined by instructor assessment. 
  • Students interested in colorguard are auditioned on basic equipment such as flag and rifle. Dance ability, motivation, and personal experience are also considered.
  • Approximately four students are chosen each year to lead the band on the field as drum majors, and an additional 2-3 are chosen as "drum majors in training" who will spend a year preparing themselves to move into the position of drum major.
Daily in-school rehearsals meet during block D2 (approx 1:30 - 2:15 PM) and transition gradually to focus mainly on Concert Band by mid-October. The Marching Band, however, continues to make encore appearances in parades and concerts throughout the entirety of the school year. 


PERCUSSIONISTS
Students playing Percussion (battery or front ensemble) are required to participate in a once-weekly mandatory after-school sectional rehearsal. Currently rehearsals for percussion are scheduled on Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30PM. After Marching Band season concludes percussionists continue to meet in this time slot for Percussion Ensemble, which is also mandatory for all percussionists participating in Band. Over the summer weekly rehearsals are held to prepare music for the following Marching Season. Though not strictly required attendance is highly encouraged and desired. Failure to attend summer rehearsals regularly will likely diminish a student's range of performance opportunities the following year. 



  AVAILABLE SECTIONS AND CREDIT OPTIONS
 


STANDARD BAND VS. ENRICHED/HONORS
Band is offered at several different levels with differing expectations for each track. As the level of the track increases, so does the weighting of the credit and grade against a student's overall GPA. 

    STANDARD CREDIT
    Standard-level band is the default track at which students are enrolled. At the Standard level all students are expected to        meet the base-level criteria for the course in order to gain the basic Band credit.

    ENRICHED CREDIT
    In order to take Band or Chorus for Enriched credit, which is weighted more highly in their GPA, students must meet                the following additional criteria for the ENTIRE academic year:
    •  Enrollment in and regular attendance at one or more of the following additional musical experiences:
      • SHS Group & Private Lesson Program
      • Private Lessons w/ 3rd Party Instructor (evidence must be provided)
      • NH Youth Band, Strafford Wind Ensemble, Seacoast Wind Ensemble, or equivalent
    • Prepare, to a high standard, a level-appropriate piece for performance at the Honors & Enriched Recital held annually in May/June.

    HONORS CREDIT
    In order to take Band or Chorus for Honors credit students must meet the following criteria for the ENTIRE academic year:

    • Apply and Audition for the New Hampshire All-State Festival (Acceptance to the festival is not required, but a good faith effort in audition preparation is!)
    • Enrollment in and regular attendance at one or more of the following additional musical experiences:
      • SHS Group & Private Lesson Program
      • Private Lessons w/ 3rd Party Instructor (evidence must be provided)
      • NH Youth Band, Strafford Wind Ensemble, Seacoast Wind Ensemble, or equivalent
    • Prepare, to the highest standards possible, a level-appropriate piece for performance at the Honors & Enriched Recital held annually in May/June.

Failure to establish and/or maintain these criteria throughout the course of the year will result in forfeit of the Honors or Enriched credit with the student being moved back into Standard Band.



  MEET YOUR 2017-18 SHS BAND LEADERSHIP!
 

DIRECTORS
Joanne Houston
Ron Goodwin
Cheryl Richardson (Colorguard)

PRESIDENTS
Jeremiah Richardson
Grace Rouleau

VICE PRESIDENTS
Camryn Gallagher
Noah Trueworthy

DRUM MAJORS
Sophie Adams
Isaac Melville
Corin Molinaro
Patrick Stanley

DRUM MAJORS IN TRAINING
Caroline Dillon
Kol Spielvogel
Shannon Stanley

SECTION LEADERS/CAPTAINS
Flute: Madi Orrell, Talyn McGarrity
Clarinet 1: Makayla Baita
Clarinet 2: Connor Stevens
Clarinet 3: Mya Urena
Bassoon: Megan Gallagher
Alto Saxophone: Gabby Ferro, Nate Trueworthy
Tenor Saxophone: Ben Caplette, Jacob Wallingford
Baritone Saxophone: Simon Ropars
French Horn / Mellophone: Becca Bahlert
Trumpet 1: Max Ehmett
Trumpet 3:  Ben Stanley
Trombone: Tyler Murray, Grace Rouleau
Euphonium / Baritone: Gabe Lapolla
Tuba: Kol Spielvogel

Percussion, Battery Captains: Maddie Makarewicz, Ryan Whittier
Percussion, Front Ensemble Captains: Kyla Lepine, Chloe Molinaro
(all four serve as section leaders for concert band)
Percussion, Marching Band Segment Leaders: 
Snare:  Shaun Collopy
Tenors: Jacob Shevenell
Bass Drums: Megan Gallagher
Cymbals / Aux. Percussion: Emalie Johnson

Colorguard Captain: Meghan Morton
Colorguard Assistant Captains: Reegan Camire, Abigail Wenczkowski
Colorguard Equipment Captains: Destiny Romero, Kaelynne Shaw

MUSIC LIBRARIANS
Caroline Dillon, Library Chair
Kyra Bezanker
Molly Caplette
Jenny Duong
Olivia Fieldsend
Allison Files
Dominic Lynch
Robert Miles