RED RAIDER MARCHING BAND
 

DESCRIPTION
Marching Band is part of a dual-enrollment ensemble, meaning students in marching band are automatically enrolled in concert 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."

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

The marching band performs in local and regional parades, halftime shows, and at the annual elementary school tour, the Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) Concert in March and at Veteran’s events as well as school functions. All students are welcome and encouraged to take part in the marching band:
  • Wind instrumentation includes piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, mellophone (marching french horn), tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn and tuba. 
  • 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.
Marching Band season begins with the selection and rehearsal of music in mid-May each year and with Pre-Band Camp in early June when incoming freshman are invited to rehearse with the ensemble for the first time. Each student receives an individual copy of the fall season halftime show and music as well as a CD with which to practice and prepare for the annual Marching Band Camp in August. For those curious, photos of past camps are available in the Media section.

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 and several parades. Attendance is required at all events and a calendar is given to each student well in advance in order to avoid scheduling conflicts.

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. 


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.