The Symphonic Band is a large ensemble musical experience that meets everyday, and will be offered to students that have had previous instrumental instruction. It is available for students who demonstrate the musical skills and competencies necessary to perform music ranging from grade 2 - grade 4 level of difficulty (on a scale of 1-5). Participation in group performances is required and may include public concerts, school concerts, and the commencement ceremony. Opportunities to audition for PMEA festivals, local honor band festivals, and adjudication festivals will be offered. Freshman Concert Band members are encouraged to participate in the marching band as a regular part of the program. A jazz ensemble experience may be offered to selected students. Instrumental Lab lesson periods are recommended to be scheduled along with Freshman Concert Band to enable them to learn essential techniques that will be implemented in Symphonic Band. Due to the range of musical skills of musicians, placement into this ensemble is by audition and band director recommendation. Participation in group performances is required and may include public concerts, school concerts, UIL Competitions, Music Festivals and the Commencement Ceremony. A jazz ensemble experience may be offered to selected students. Instrumental lessons will be scheduled so students can learn and master more difficult playing techniques on an individual basis, which in turn, will increase the achievement level of Ensemble.