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PERFORMING ensembles

The music and dance program at John North High School is a comprehensive performing arts program. Established in 1963, the program offers students performing opportunities in choir, band, percussion arts, ensemble music, dance, and International Music Appreciation. The program consists of three choirs, three concert bands, percussion studio, jazz band, basketball band, two dance ensembles, color guard, winter drum line, and the signature ensembles Synergy, The Measure B Project band, and the Blue Star Regiment marching band.

 

Blue Star Regiment

Enrollment 144
Period 7 (fall semester)

The music and dance program at John North High School is a comprehensive performing arts program. Established in 1963, the program offers students performing opportunities in choir, band, percussion arts, ensemble music, dance, and International Music Appreciation. The program consists of three choirs, three concert bands, percussion studio, jazz band, basketball band, two dance ensembles, color guard, winter drum line, and the signature ensembles Synergy, The Measure B Project band, and the Blue Star Regiment marching band.

 

Dance & Color Guard

Enrollment: 31
Period 6

The dance and color guard sections of the Blue Star Regiment are highly successful and artistic performers. The audition for this ensemble is held one time each year after spring break. Members perform as part of the Synergy Concert, compete with the Blue Star Regiment and in winter/spring dance and winter guard competitions.

 

Symphonic Winds

Enrollment: 65
Periods 3, 4, 5

Combining students from 3rd and 4th periods and percussion from 5h period, this is an intermediate ensemble designed to enhance students’ fundamental skills and develop high school proficient level music standards. Grade 3 and 4 literature is a staple of this band. Performances include concerts and the SCSBOA festival.

 

Wind Symphony

Enrollment: 44
Period 6 & Perc

The most advanced band offered, the Wind Symphony performs advanced literature and offers a college level experience. Members are expected to have a high level of musicianship and advance skill on their instrument. Percussionists are chosen to perform with this band from the 5th period advanced ensemble. This ensemble has more performances throughout he year that the other concert ensembles.

 

Percussion Studio

Enrollment: 18
Period 5

The 5th period class is dedicated entirely to the percussive arts. In the fall, the class is part of the Blue Star Regiment battery and pit, and then members are placed into various ensembles throughout the rest of the year. Students take master classes on various percussion implements, including mallet, battery and drum set.

 

Winter Dance & Winter Guard

Enrollment: 34
Period 6-7 (winter/spring)

This class prepares students for the indoor competition season, and team members are selected from the Blue Star Regiment’s fall membership. Students perform in venues around southern California beginning in February. The season culminates with USA Nationals and WGASC Championships.

 

Winter Drum Line

Enrollment: 26
Period 7 (winter/spring) Mondays 3-6 pm & Thursdays 4-9 pm

This is an advanced indoor marching ensemble open to students by audition. Members are selected from the Blue Star Regiment’s fall membership. Students perform an indoor marching show at venues around southern California beginning in February. The season culminates with a performance at the SCPA Championships in April.

 

Basketball Band

The basketball band is a select group of members who play in support of the basketball teams. The interested members try out after field show season. The band is around thirty-five members, including woodwinds, brass, bass guitar, and drum set. The band plays various pep tunes from marching season and other selections added each year.

 

Measure B Project

This ensemble is the ultimate in pep bands, performing music from every style, such as funk, pop, jazz, Latin, rock, hip-hop, etc. Students chosen for this group are the most senior members, section leaders, and participants in basketball band. Participation in both the Basketball Band and the BSR is required for all members. The ensemble is mostly student driven, and the members determine rehearsal times. The group performs at local events, as well as selected basketball and volleyball games, and other events throughout the school and community. The demands on band members in this ensemble are high, however the rewards far surpass any other experience .

 

Jazz Band

Enrollment: 23
Period 7 (winter/spring) Monday & Tuesday 3-4:30

The Jazz Ensemble is open to students by audition. A standard instrumentation is chosen to form the ensemble from members in the band program. Students must be concurrently enrolled in a concert band class.  

     
     
 

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Blue Star Regiment

Concert Bands
  Symphonic Band
  Wind Symphony

Auxiliary
  Dance / Drill Team
  Color Guard

Percussion
  Drum Line
  Percussion Studio

Athletic Bands
  Basketball Band
  MBP

Jazz Band

 

     
     
     

Blue Star Regiment
Concert & Jazz Bands
Dance & Color Guard
Percussion Studio
Athletic Bands

John North HS 1550 Third Street, Riverside, Ca  92507