Prerequisite: Admission to this course is by audition or placement by the director.
Wind Ensemble is the top level instrumental ensemble at Alden High School made up of students who have demonstrated a high level of performance ability on their wind or percussion instrument. Although typically a student will earn a minimum of one credit in Concert Band before being chosen for Wind Ensemble, freshmen or transfer students who have demonstrated outstanding performance ability (e.g. NYSSMA level V or VI, grades of “A” or other evidence of achievement) may be considered for membership in Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble performs a wide variety of challenging repertoire as well as popular selections. Expertise on the instrument is expected to be maintained at a high level both during daily rehearsals and in weekly group lessons. Through enrollment in Wind Ensemble, students will have the opportunity to participate and/or audition for ECMEA and NYSSMA ensembles as well as participate in extra-curricular ensembles such as Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, Marching Band or Pit Orchestra. Career Paths introduced by this course include: Musician, Composer/Arranger, Educator and other professions in the music industry.